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2016 Week 5 Recap: BYU Beats Toledo 55-53

BYU outscores the Rockets in late night thriller

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On BYU’s first play, it scored a touchdown. Toledo answered seven plays later, and that set the tone for the game. Up and down the field both teams went, late into the evening. Logan Woodside set the Toledo record for passing. Jamaal Williams set the rushing record for BYU. From the opening drives, it felt like the team that had the ball last was going to win, and that’s exactly what happened. Rhett Almond’s last second kick pulled out the victory for the Cougars.

There were few times in the game when it seemed like one team was going to pull away. In the first quarter, BYU went up 21-7 on the second of five touchdowns for Jamaal Williams, and there was a sense that the Cougars could pull away, but Toledo quickly tied the game up. Back and forth the teams went, until the dramatic end.

BYU pulled ahead by 7 with 4 minutes and change left.

Toledo drove down the field with the help of a controversial no call on 4th down and scored a touchdown. Rockets head coach Jason Candle decided to go for two and the win. The ball hit the turf after an early snap caught Woodside by surprise, but he was able to gather the ball in and complete the 2-pt. conversion to Tight End Michael Roberts. Inevitably it seemed, BYU marched down the field and Almond kicked the game-winning field goal as time expired.

The final numbers were staggering.

64 first downs. Almost 1300 combined yards. 108 combined points. Toledo’s Logan Woodside had 505 yards passing and 5 TDs. Jamaal Williams, the Cougars running back, had 286 yards on the ground and 5 touchdowns. The Rocket’s Jon’Vea Johnson led all receivers with 9 catches, 182 yards and 3 touchdowns. It almost seems embarrassing to mention the 146 yards on the ground and the touchdown Kareem Hunt had for the Rockets and the 248 yards and one TD through the air that Hill had for the Cougars.