continued As the crowd of 36,145 grew restless, the Orange squad knew it could not let the game get out of hand. Sure enough, in the second quarter, SU regrouped and methodically found its rhythm with 13 unanswered points.
Aside from a pair of Krautman field goals, the Orange got its first TD at the 4:12 mark when Nassib, on a play-action pass, rolled to his left and hit a wide-open Provo for a 25-yard scoring play.
But Toledo was undaunted, and responded with an impressive drive that ended when Anthony Casano drilled a 51-yard field that knotted the score 13-13 at intermission.
In contrast to the first half, the final two quarters was a scoring marathon and game that tilted back and forth. Both the Orange and Rocket defense allowed too many completions and effective running plays, and they each were hindered by committing too many penalties.
But SU still managed a 23-20 lead after three completed quarters. In the final period, Toledo put together a fast four-play, 61-yard drive that was capped off by Morgan Williams’ three-yard TD run with 9:14 remaining.
On the ensuing possession, SU patiently took seven minutes off the clock, reaching Toledo’s 18 before Nassib, against Toledo’s heavy pressure, remained poised in the pocket as he delivered the go-ahead TD pass to Lemon.
Even with the PAT controversy SU may have won in regulation, but terrible defensive mistakes prevented this from happening. Linebacker Robert Welch missed a tackle that Page turned into a 23-yard catch and run, made worse by a 15-yard face mask penalty.
It set up Toledo with a first-and-goal at the 10 yard line. The Orange defense atoned, not surrendering a game winning TD in the closing minute. SU proceeded to stymie a quarterback draw and a Williams run which forced a game tying 20-yard field goal from Casano, leading to the OT drama.
SU, who did lost to Southern California 38-17 a week before Toledo, begins its final tour through the Big East this Saturday with a noon kickoff at the Dome against Rutgers.