TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Dequan Finn threw for three first-half touchdowns and Peny Boone rushed for three more before intermission as Toledo bounced back from a last-second loss to Illinois by thrashing Texas Southern, 71-3 on Saturday.
Opening a rare stretch of four straight home games in September, Toledo was a model of efficiency. The Rockets scored 10 touchdowns on their 11 possessions and punted just once while scoring the third most points in school history. Three quarterbacks completed a collective 27 of 32 passes for 371 yards and five touchdowns with a dozen receivers pulled in at least one catch. Ten backs had at least one carry as the Rockets rushed for 178 yards.
Finn started, completing 16 of 17 passes for 232 yards and three touchdowns in the first half to help Toledo (1-1) to a 50-3 lead at intermission — setting a school record for most points scored in a half. Tucker Gleason started the second half for the Rockets, completing 8 of 11 passes for 90 yards and two touchdowns. John Alan Richter finished, hitting 3 of 4 passes for 49 yards. Boone rushed for three touchdowns on six carries for 39 yards.
Texas Southern (0-2) was down 29-0 before Curtis Falkenburg capped a 12-play, 59-yard drive by kicking a 34-yard field goal for the Tigers' only points.
Jace Wilson was just 8-of-20 passing for 92 yards with an interception for the Tigers. Jacorey Howard had 11 carries for 43 yards. Texas Southern amassed just 238 yards of offense.
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