BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- Morgan Williams rushed for three touchdowns to help Toledo pull away in the second half in a 28-21 win over Bowling Green on Saturday.
Williams, who rushed for 136 yards, scored twice in the fourth quarter to break a 14-14 tie. His 13-yard score gave the Rockets (4-2, 2-1 Mid-American Conference) a 21-14 lead with 10:43 to play. Then, Williams scored on a 24-yard run to push the lead to 28-14 with 1:34 left.
BooBoo Gates returned the ensuing kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown for the Falcons (3-4, 1-2), who lost their third straight game.
It was Toledo's first win at Bowling Green since 2005.
The Rockets limited the Falcons' Matt Schilz, who entered the game with a MAC-leading 16 touchdown passes, to one touchdown. Schilz passed for 220 yards, including a 27-yard scoring pass to Kamar Jorden that put the Falcons ahead 7-0 with 1 second remaining before halftime.
South Carolina's loss to The Citadel, coupled with Georgia and Florida struggling in tight victories, was an embarrassment for the conference.
The SEC prides itself on being the best of football conferences, but Adam Rittenberg points out that Alabama is the only team from the SEC with any actual chance of reaching the playoff.
The Sooners, after defeating ranked opponents in consecutive weeks, jumped playoff contenders Iowa and Notre Dame into the top 4.
Greg Windham pass complete to Keith Heitzman for 5 yds for a TD (Josiah Yazdani KICK)
"I'm a big fan of not putting the cart before the horse," Shaw said of the Cardinal's playoff chances. There's still hope yet for two-loss Stanford.
Josiah Yazdani 22 yd FG GOOD