David Fluellen rushed for 143 yards and two touchdowns to help Toledo outlast Eastern Washington, 33-21, on Saturday night in Toledo, Ohio.
Toledo’s powerful ground game eased the burden on freshman quarterback Logan Woodside, who took over when starter Terrance Owens injured his knee early in the second quarter.
Cassius McDowell added 89 yards on 10 carries as the Rockets (1-2) bulled their way to 325 yards on the ground. Much of Woodside’s 185-yard passing total came on an 81-yard score to Bernard Reedy late in the third quarter, giving Toledo a 23-14 lead. He completed 14 of 24 passes.
The FCS Eagles (2-1) responded when Vernon Adams hit Cooper Kupp for his third touchdown pass, closing the lead to 23-21 with 14:55 to play. However, Toledo answered with a 12-play, 88-yard scoring drive. A late Jermiah Detmer field goal iced the game.
Adams finished 21-of-42 for 326 yards for the Eagles.
At Central Washington 20, Western Oregon 7: Ishmael Stinson scored two first-quarter TDs on short runs, and the Wildcats forced five turnovers to win the Great Northwest Athletic Conference opener for both teams. Stinson finished with 68 yards on 12 carries for Central (1-1 overall, 1-0 GNAC), while Ryan Bergman went 27-of-50 for 251 yards and a TD for the Wolves (0-2, 0-1).
Northern Illinois 45, at Idaho 35: Jordan Lynch threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more as the heavily favored Huskies (2-0) held off the Vandals (0-3). Idaho had been outscored 82-16 in their first two games but twice led the Huskies (2-0) by two touchdowns in the first half and tied the game at 35 in the opening minute of the fourth quarter on James Baker’s second touchdown.
At Idaho State 29, Western State 3: Justin Arias threw for 436 yards and two touchdown passes and ran for a score to give the Bengals (2-0) the victory over the Mountaineers (0-2). Trailing 13-3 early in the third quarter, Western State recovered a fumble at the Idaho State 3. But the Mountaineers failed to score after a fourth-down pass by Brett Arrivey was broken up. Arias then led Idaho State on a 12-play, 99-yard scoring drive.
At Wyoming 35, Northern Colorado 7: Brett Smith passed for 264 yards and a TD, Shaun Wick rushed for two TDs, and the Cowboys (2-1) returned two interceptions for scores to beat the Bears (1-2) in a game delayed nearly an hour by lightning. Smith completed 30 of 47 passes with one interception. Dominic Rufran caught nine passes for 87 yards, including a 6-yard TD.
Montana 55, at North Dakota 17: Jordan Johnson threw five touchdown passes as the Grizzlies (2-0) reeled off 33 consecutive points to erase an early 7-0 North Dakota lead and defeat the Bison (1-2). Johnson, who completed 15 of 19 passes for 354 yards, threw three TDs in the first quarter.
At Portland State 43, Humboldt State 6: Kieran McDonagh passed for a career-high 377 yards, fueling the FCS Vikings’ pounding of the Division II Lumberjacks (0-2). The Vikings (2-1) broke open a 7-6 game with three TDs and a safety in the third quarter and finished with 622 total yards.
At Colorado State 34, Cal Poly 17: Garrett Grayson threw for 297 yards and two touchdowns, Chris Nwoke ran for 133 yards, and Shaq Barrett blocked two field goals leading the Rams (1-2) past the Mustangs (1-2). Cal Poly, the co-champion of the Big Sky Conference a year ago, was outgained 533-367.
At Montana State 26, Colorado State-Mesa 0: Jake Bleskin threw for 305 yards and two touchdowns in his debut at quarterback for the Bobcats (2-1) in their win over the Division II Mavericks (1-1). CSU-Mesa was held to 164 yards thanks in part to MSU defensive end Brad Daly and outside linebacker Alex Singleton. Daly had four sacks, and Singleton had four tackles for loss and returned an interception for a touchdown.