2001 Motor City Bowl
Dec. 29, 2001 - Pontiac Silverdome - Pontiac, Mich.
Chester Taylor rushed for a bowl-record 190 yards, including a game-winning 24-yard touchdown with 3:23 left to lead Toledo to a 23-16 win over Cincinnati in the 2001 Motor Bowl.
Cincinnati had a chance to tie the game in the closing moments but could not score following a first down at the 11 yard line.
Tavares Bolden was 14-for-28 for 135 yards and ran for 99 yards, which helped the Rockets set a Motor City Bowl-record with 322 yards rushing.
Toledo held Cincinnati to just 13 yards on the ground, also a record in the five-year history of the bowl.
Taylor's 24-yard touchdown capped an 80-yard drive, which he sparked with three carries for 52 yards. The third-team all-America selection had a bowl-record 31 carries.
After Todd France gave Toledo a 3-0 lead on a 28-yard field goal with 9:24 left in the first quarter, the Bearcats ran off 13 straight points to take a 13-3 halftime lead.
Jonathan Ruffin sandwiched field goals from 29 and 46 yards, the latter coming as time expired in the first half, around a 28-yard Gino Guidugli touchdown pass to Tim Walker.
Toledo pulled even after three quarters as France connected on a 42-yard field goal and quarterback Tavares Bolden scored on a 28-yard run with 1:44 left in the third.
Both teams put together long drives on the first two possessions of the fourth quarter but settled for field goals.
The Rockets went 76 yards on 14 plays over five minutes, but stalled at Cincinnati's 13. France's 30-yard field goal gave them a 16-13 lead with 9:42 left.
The Bearcats then stalled at Toledo's 8 after driving 73 yards. Ruffin's 25-yard kick tied the game with 6:26 to go.
The Rockets then drove 80 yards in seven plays with Taylor breaking loose up the middle for the winning score with 3:23 left.
Gino Guidugli was 29-for-46 for 283 yards and a touchdown. Tye Keith caught a bowl-record nine passes for 63 yards.
TOL -FG France 28-yds, 9:24
CIN- CIN -FG Ruffin 29-yds, 9:05
CIN -Walker 28-yd pass from Guidugli (Ruffin kick), 2:43;
CIN -FG Ruffin 46-yds, 0:00
TOL -FG France 42-yds, 11:33
TOL - Bolden 28-yd run (France kick), 1:44
TOL -FG France 30-yds, 9:42
CIN - FG Ruffin 25-yds, 6:26
TOL -Taylor 24-yd run (France kick), 3:23
|Time of Possession||25:44||34:16|
Rushing-- Cincinnati: McCleskey 11-18; Jackson 7-9; Guidugli 2-(-14).
Toledo: Taylor 31-190, 1; Bolden 7-99, 1; McCray 12-36; Team 1-(-3).
Passing-- Cincinnati: Guidugli 46-29-0, 283, 1; Keith 1-0-0, 0, 0.
Toledo: Bolden 28-14-1, 135, 0.
Receiving-- Cincinnati: Keith 9-63; Vann 8-78; Olinger 3-47; Jackson 3-38; McCleskey 2-18; Wize 2-7; Walker 1-28, 1; Holly 1-4. Toledo: Ford 5-73; McCray 3-14; Johnson 2-23; Greene 2-13; Holmes 1-15; Clarke 1-(-3).