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Toledo Rockets vs. Eastern Michigan Eagles Football Final Score: Toledo Wins 52-16

A dominating win provided the consolation on a disappointing day for the Rockets.

Logan Woodside's five touchdown passes were a career high.
Logan Woodside's five touchdown passes were a career high.
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While the Toledo Rockets fell short of their goal on a busy MAC football Friday, they did their part and closed the season with a 52-16 win at Eastern Michigan.

The Rockets (8-4, 7-1 MAC) will end the regular season as co-MAC West champions, but Northern Illinois earned the division's berth to the MAC Championship game earlier in the day with a 31-21 victory at Western Michigan. Toledo entered the day needing a win and a Northern Illinois loss to punch its ticket to the MAC title game in Detroit on Dec. 5.

While their ultimate fate hung in the balance, the result in Ypsilanti was almost never in doubt. Rockets quarterback Logan Woodside fired a career-best five touchdowns, including three in the first quarter as Toledo jumped out to a 21-0 lead and did not look back. He finished with a 14-of-18 line and 323 yards in a game that the visitors led 42-9 at halftime.

Reggie Bell accounted for most of the scoring for Eastern Michigan, completing eight of 23 passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns, as well as two interceptions. The loss meant the Eagles (2-10, 1-7 MAC) ended the season on a six-game losing streak in head coach Chris Creighton's first year at the helm.

Woodside's aerial assault on the end zone began just over a minute and half into the contest, when he hit Corey Jones for a 41-yard score. A 22-yard toss to Justin Olack two and a half minutes later extended the lead once more, and Woodside added touchdown throws of 89 yards to Kishon Wilcher, 59 yards to Alonzo Russell and 11 yards to Michael Roberts to accomplish the feat of passing five scores to five players.

Kareem Hunt chipped in 110 yards on the ground, and he and Damion Jones-Moore each had rushing scores for the Rockets.

For Eastern Michigan, no receiver hauled in more than two passes from Bell, but Kris Strange led all pass catchers with 55 yards and a second-quarter touchdown. Bell also hit Ryan Brumfield for a 34-yard score with the game out of hand in the third quarter. Bronson Hill led the Eagles on the ground with 50 yards on six carries.

Toledo's 8-4 record gives head coach Matt Campbell a chance to match his best record as a coach, after the 2012 Rockets finished the regular season at 9-3 before falling to 9-4 at the hands of Utah State in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. The Rockets are not yet assured of a bowl, but consensus suggests they are likely to receive an invitation this season after being left at home with a 7-5 record last year.

For Eastern Michigan, the 1-7 conference record places the Eagles at the bottom of the MAC by a half game, following Kent State's 27-24 win against Akron to push the Golden Flashes to 1-6 to end the season.