Toledo 44

(8-3, 6-2 MAC)

Bowling Green 41

(6-5, 5-3 MAC)

Coverage: ESPN2

7:00 PM ET, November 22, 2005

Doyt Perry Stadium, Bowling Green, OH

1 2 3 4 OT T
TOL 0 7 17 7 1344
BGSU 7 0 10 14 1041

Top Performers

Passing: B. Gradkowski (EAST) - 298 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: T. Dawson (TOL) - 28 CAR, 170 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: S. Odom (TOL) - 10 REC, 146 YDS, 1 TD

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 Sanders.

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 Rockets.

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.