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Terrance Owens leads Toledo past Wyoming 34-31

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LARAMIE, Wyo. — Terrance Owens plays like he practices — to win.

Owens passed for 300 yards and four touchdowns, leading Toledo over Wyoming 34-31 Saturday in a game that saw the two teams combine for 1,030 yards total offense.

"I'm just doing what I'm doing in practice," Owens, who also rushed for 74 yards, said. "It carries on to the game."

Rockets coach Matt Campbell said Owens had a great week of practice. The coach abandoned his normal routine of rotating Owens and backup Austin Dantin during the game due to Owens' outstanding play.

"We got in the rhythm of the game early on, and I thought T.O. was in great rhythm," Campbell said. "I thought it was really important to ride the hot hand and in this game I didn't feel there was time to find out who was hot."

David Fluellen added 109 yards rushing as the Rockets (1-1) amassed 504 yards of total offense in a game in which both teams drove up and down the field.

Toledo's defense, which ranked No. 3 in the nation in turnover margin in 2011, converted three Wyoming turnovers into 17 points. The Rockets' offense had no turnovers.

Wyoming (0-2) was led by Brett Smith, who passed for 339 yards and two touchdowns before he was injured during an 11-yard scramble with 6:22 left in the game and taken off the field on a stretcher. Smith appeared to be hit in the head out of bounds by one Toledo defender while another was pulling him down from behind.

Smith, who was strapped to a backboard to immobilize his head and legs, lifted his right arm and gave a thumbs-up as he was wheeled away and taken to a local hospital.

Cowboys coach Dave Christensen said after the game that Smith was going to be OK although medical personnel will monitor him for a couple of days.

"All the tests came back clear. He's alert, walking around, laughing," Christensen said.

The exact nature of Smith's injury and what tests were administered weren't disclosed.

Toledo was assessed a personal foul on the play, and Wyoming went on to score on a trick play when receiver Chris McNeill took a handoff from backup quarterback Colby Kirkegaard and tossed the ball to tail back Riley Lange alone in the end zone. Wyoming, however, couldn't mount a drive on its last possession with Kirkegaard.

The Cowboys gained 526 total yards, but Smith threw two interceptions which led to a Toledo touchdown and field goal. Wyoming lost a fumble which resulted in another Rockets TD.

"You can't turn the ball over and then not get the takeaways and win a football game," Christensen said.

Owens completed 25 of 41 passes. His 41 pass attempts are a career high and his four TDs equal his career-best. His 4-yard TD pass to James Green with 7:57 left in the fourth quarter put the Rockets up 34-23.

Bernard Reedy caught six of Owens' 41 passes for 111 yards and two 35-yard TDs.

Toledo was 9-of-19 on third down and converted both of its fourth-down attempts, while the Cowboys were just 3-of-12 on third down.

"I thought offensively we executed in crucial situations," Campbell said. "We still have a long way to go, but I like what this football team did today."