FIU beat Toledo 35-32 in the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl. Five thoughts and analysis of the win, and what it all means.
5. Toledo’s missed opportunities
The Rockets were cruising right along.
They scored 23 seconds into the game and were up 10-0 at the end of the first quarter. FIU fought back, but Toledo kept looking and playing like things were about to click and the offense that was so amazing during the regular season was about to blow up.
Instead, the timing was a bit off, there were just enough misfires to stall drives, and – give credit to the FIU defense for making a lot of that happen – the offense just never got it back.
The offense that led the MAC in scoring and was second in yards sputtered late, and the problems it had all year long on third downs came back to haunt them.
Toledo missed on nine of 11 third down tries, didn’t control the clock, and could never establish the running game enough to make a difference. It’s as if the layoff took away just enough of the timing to make a difference.
But again, FIU had something to do with that, and …