TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Bruce Gradkowski threw for two touchdowns
and ran for another score Thursday night to help Toledo rout
Western Illinois 62-14 in the season opener for both teams.
Gradkowski, a senior who only played in the first half,
completed 9 of 17 passes for 134 yards to help the Rockets build a
The Division I-AA Leathernecks committed six turnovers and
didn't score until late in the fourth quarter.
Richard Davis had 13 carries for 111 yards for Toledo, which
finished with 401 yards of offense.
Will Ducey tossed a 52-yard touchdown pass to Paul Anderson for
Western Illinois' first score with 6:11 remaining. He added a
17-yard scoring pass to Carl Sims with 1:04 left.
The Leathernecks' offense struggled most of the game against the
Rockets, who return eight starters on defense from last season's
Mid-American Conference championship team.
Antonio Malone started the scoring for Toledo, intercepting a
first-quarter pass by Steve LaFalce and running 60 yards for the
Gradkowski, who last year became the first player in Division I
history to complete 70 percent of his passes in two seasons, got
going in the second quarter.
He found Jon Allen for a 4-yard scoring play with 14:54 left to
make it 20-0. After Nigel Morris returned a fumble for a score,
Gradkowski tossed a 32-yard touchdown to Andrew Hawkins and ran
four yards for another score right before halftime.
Richard Davis returned the second-half kickoff 94 yards for a TD
and added a 9-yard scoring run for the Rockets.