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Fresno St. puts away Toledo in OT, 55-54

September 21, 2008|From the Associated Press

TOLEDO, Ohio -- Nico Herron knocked down Aaron Opelt's two-point conversion pass in the second overtime and No. 25 Fresno State held on to beat Toledo, 55-54, on Saturday night.

Toledo Coach Tom Amstutz decided to go for the win after the Rockets (1-2) scored on Opelt's three-yard touchdown pass to tight end John Allen on fourth down to make it a one-point game.

Opelt was pressured on the final play and forced the ball into coverage.

In the first overtime, the Rockets needed only two plays to jump in front 48-41.

Receiver Nick Moore caught a lateral and then threw a strike to a leaping Stephen Williams at the one. Opelt then dived over for a touchdown.

Tom Brandstater answered with his fourth touchdown pass, a six-yard throw to Isaac Kinter that tied it at 48-48.

The Bulldogs (2-1) got the ball first in the second overtime and took only three plays to go in front 55-48. Anthony Harding's 23-yard run took the ball to the two and Brandstater then dived in on a one-yard sneak.

Toledo's Alex Steigerwald sent it into overtime with a 33-yard field goal with 15 seconds left.

Brandstater completed 22 of 28 passes for 231 yards with no interceptions.

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