Let’s start with giving respect to Toledo. Their defense made it pretty hard to get going early on and their QB made some big scramble plays to put some good drives together.
As far as our Wildcats go, the whole team played well in my opinion. Terry Wilson made some really nice throws and didn’t turn the ball over. He had a few throws that were not good but overall he looked good. He finished 19/26 for 246 yards.
The running backs looked decent in the 1st half but looked great as they wore down the Toledo defense. Smoke led the team in yards with 78 yards on 7 carries with 1 TD. AJ Rose led the team with carries with 16 for 64 yards and a touchdown and he also did well catching the ball out of the backfield with 3 catches for 26 yards. Chris Rodriguez had two fumbles in the game which will need to be cleaned up but managed 34 yards on 5 carries.
The wide receivers looked really good which was something most fans didn’t expect. Bowden was the main target and came through with 6 grabs for 77 yards. Wagner was the stand out performer at WR in my opinion with 2 pass interference calls (his specialty) and also making 3 grabs for 57 yards. Josh Ali and Bryce Oliver both caught some great TD passes and Allen Dailey had a couple of nice catches. Overall I was really impressed with our passing game.
Defense struggled at first but played very well towards the end of the game. The line came up with some pressure and Calvin Taylor, TJ Carter, and Josh Paschal all had sacks. The linebackers were great with Deandre Square coming up with a team leading 11 tackles, 1 interception, 1.5 tackles for a loss and assisted on a sack. Overall the defense had 7 tackles for a loss which was huge. The secondary was supposed to be our weak point this year but I thought they played really well today. We only allowed 166 passing yards and Brandin Echols and Jamari Brown combined for 5 pass deflections!
Max Duffy had 54.0 yard average on his punts with a long of 61 and 2 inside the 20. Chance Poore was able to hit a 46 yard field goal as well.
Like I said it was an overall impressive performance for Stoops’ team today and we will look to keep it rolling next Saturday against Eastern Michigan.