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Central Michigan falls short at Toledo, 31-17

Associated Press

Toledo — Logan Woodside and receiver Cody Thompson connected seven times for 122 yards and four touchdowns to help Toledo beat visiting Central Michigan, 31-17, in Mid-American Conference football on Saturday.

It was the second-best scoring game for a wide receiver in program history, trailing just Eric Page with five scores in 2011.

Cooper Rush was 18-of-31 passing for 229 yards for Central Michigan (5-3, 2-2). He pulled the Chippewas within 17-7 when he scrambled from 20 yards out and broke several tackles near the end zone.

The Rockets forced two turnovers. Central Michigan running back Devon Spalding caught a screen pass late in the first half but fumbled it at the goal line for a touchback. In the third quarter, Connery Swift jumped a route and made Toledo’s third interception of the season.

Woodside found Thompson for two 16-yard touchdowns — on back-shoulder throws — in the third quarter as Toledo took a 17-0 lead. On the Rockets’ first possession of the fourth, Thompson scored from 11 yards out for a 24-10 lead and the duo added a 34-yard TD with 7:30 remaining.

Woodside went 23-of-32 for 264 yards and four touchdowns for Toledo (6-1, 3-0).

Spalding carried the ball 10 times for 65 yards for the Chippewas.