Defense Paces Toledo To 42-0 Win Over Marshall

Updated 10/14/2000

Marshall running back Chanston Rodgers is brought down by Toledo defensive back Ira Singleton (2) and lineman DeJuan Goulde.
(AP Photo/Paul Warner)
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP)(Oct. 14) - Tavares Bolden threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score, and Toledo scored three defensive touchdowns as the Rockets beat Marshall 42-0 Oct. 14.

The Thundering Herd (2-4, 1-2 Mid-American Conference) hadn't been shut out since a 14-0 loss at Tennessee Chattanooga in 1989, and hadn't given up more than 40 points since a 45-21 loss to Miami (Ohio) in 1997.

Bolden threw a 52-yard TD pass to Mel Long in the first quarter to give the Rockets (6-1, 3-1) a 7-0 lead.

He also hit Greg Grothous on an 8-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter and scored on a 12-yard run in the fourth. He completed 13-of-18 passes for 140 yards and rushed for a game-high 82 yards in seven carries.

Marshall quarterback Byron Leftwich fumbled twice on sacks and threw an interception - and all three turnovers turned into Toledo touchdowns.

DeJuan Goulde returned a fumble 17 yards for a score in the first quarter, and Jim Barker fell on a fumble in the end zone in the third. Corey Morris had a 67-yard interception return for a score in the fourth.

Leftwich was 18-of-32 for 177 yards. He was sacked five times. No other Marshall player committed a turnover.

The Herd was held to 42 yards rushing on 28 attempts. Toledo had 247 yards rushing on 49 carries, including 81 from Antwon McCray in 18 attempts.

Marshall, which went 13-0 last season and was ranked No. 10 in the final AP Poll, hasn't lost four games this early in a season since 1983, when it finished 4-7.