Despite home field in Reno, Nevada was no match for Logan Woodside and the Toledo Rockets on Saturday evening.
Toledo (2-0) steadily defeated Nevada (0-2) 37-24, refusing to lose a single quarter of the game. The Rockets stayed one step ahead of Nevada the entire night and held possession for over 40 minutes of the contest, providing the Wolf Pack with little time to mount a comeback.
Woodside threw for 232 yards and two touchdowns in the double-digit victory, earning his first passing scores of the young season. He connected with six different targets but none were more effective than senior receiver Cody Thompson.
Thompson finished with team-highs in receptions (8) and yards (101) en route to an incredible performance. His lone touchdown of the night boosted the Rockets to a critical 34-17 lead in the late third quarter.
Nevada's offense followed up with its strongest possession of the night, gaining 75 yards in just one play: quarterback Ty Gangi found a wide open McLane Mannix down the right sideline, and Mannix sprinted in the end zone, untouched, as a definitive response to Thompson's touchdown.
The fourth quarter was anything but spectacular for both competing offenses. Toledo missed a 31-yard field goal but maintained the lead as a result of two significant Nevada turnovers. With under five minutes to go, Jameson Vest extended Toledo's advantage to 37-24 after Ja'Wuan Woodley intercepted Gangi.
Nevada's final possession reached the red zone but Jason Candle's defense finished the job and left the Silver State with a 13-point road triumph.
The Rockets defeated the Wolf Pack in the rushing game, with Terry Swanson passing the century mark and adding two touchdowns to the scoreboard. Also, the two fourth quarter turnovers by Nevada were key in securing a comfortable Toledo win. Nevada never led once the entire 60 minutes, just one week after providing Northwestern with a scare in the opener.
Toledo will return home to the Glass Bowl next Saturday and look to preserve its undefeated record against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane of the American Conference. The Rockets are now 9-1 in their last 10 non-conference games heading into Week 3.