Gradkowski's TD pass caps Rockets' 582 yards of offense

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) -- Bruce Gradkowski threw a 22-yard
touchdown pass to Chris Hopkins in the second overtime to lift
Toledo to a 44-41 victory over Bowling Green on Tuesday night.

Gradkowski also connected with Hopkins for a 3-yard TD pass with
1:43 left to tie it at 31 for the Rockets (8-3, 6-2 Mid-American
Conference), who finished with 582 yards of offense.

Trinity Dawson, who had 170 yards rushing and two touchdowns,
ran 2 yards to score in overtime to put Toledo in front 38-31.
Bowling Green responded with Omar Jacobs' 25-yard TD pass to Steve

After Joe Timchencko kicked a 37-yard field goal to give the
Falcons a 41-38 lead, Dawson ran 3 yards to the Bowling Green
22-yard line. Gradkowski threw an incomplete pass before he found
Hopkins for the game-winner.

Jacobs completed 25 of 43 passes for 315 yards and three
touchdowns for the Falcons (6-5, 5-3), who dropped into a tie with
Akron and Miami of Ohio for the top spot in the MAC East. P.J. Pope
had 23 carries for 131 yards.

Steve Odom had 10 catches for 146 yards and a touchdown for the

The matchup for the MAC championship game will be determined
when Northern Illinois meets Western Michigan on Wednesday.

If the Huskies beat the Broncos, the Zips will face Northern
Illinois in the championship based on their 24-14 victory over
Bowling Green on Oct. 29.

If Western Michigan wins, the Falcons will take on the Rockets
in the final because Bowling Green's opponents from the West
Division would have a better conference winning percentage than
Akron's crossover opponents.

The RedHawks can't advance to the conference championship game
because they lose tiebreakers to the Falcons and Zips.