No. 25 Fresno St. beats Toledo 55-54 in overtime

September 20, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Nico Herron knocked down Aaron Opelt's 2-point conversion pass and No. 25 Fresno State held on to beat Toledo 55-54 in two overtimes on Saturday night. Toledo coach Tom Amstutz decided to go for the win after the Rockets scored on Opelt's 3-yard touchdown pass to tight end John Allen on fourth down

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

In the first overtime, the Rockets needed just 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 1. Opelt then dove over for a 1-yard for a touchdown.

Tom Brandstater answered with his fourth touchdown pass, a 6-yard throw to Isaac Kinter that tied it at 48-48.

The Bulldogs got the ball first in the second overtime and took just three plays to go in front 55-48. Anthony Harding's run took the ball to the 2 and Brandstater then dove in on a 1-yard sneak.

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

Fresno State started the game sluggish, but scored the first four times it had the ball in the second half and appeared to take control after going ahead 41-31 with 10 minutes left in the game.

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