Toledo scored one for the bookies Saturday afternoon.

The Rockets, favored by 40 points, scored on a 39-yard touchdown pass with 34 seconds left to complete a 43-0 win over Marshall University before an estimated 12,000 fans at sun-sprinkled Fairfield Stadium.

The victory pushed the Tangerine Bowl-bound Rockets' victory string to 33 straight, second longest in major college football history.

Toledo scored three touchdowns and a safety in the fourth period against the physically exhausted Young Thundering Herd defense to turn the contest into a rout.

"I honestly didn't think we would score that many points," said Toledo coach Jack Murphy who drew fire from some observers who felt the Rockets scored a couple of unnecessary touchdowns at the end.

"I'm sorry if anyone thinks we were rubbing it in," said Murphy. "It was just a matter of execution of good football by a good football team."

Toledo scored its final two touchdowns in the final two minutes when George Keim bucked in from the three with 2:26 left and when quarterback Bruce Arthur passed 39 yards to Glyn Smith with 34 seconds left.

Toledo rolled up 430 yards total offense on the day while its defense, ranked fourth in the nation, held Marshall to only 57 yards. The Young Herd showed a minus 13 yards on the ground.

The Rockets completed 16 of 33 passes for 234 yards, including five of 12 for 98 yards in the fourth period after the game was on ice.

"We throw all the time ... we would like to throw more regardless of where the football is or the score," explained Murphy. "We feel we should take advantage of anything we can do and we felt like we could throw."

Marshall head coach Jack Lengyel graciously avoided the situation.

"They've got a good football team," he said. "They're an aggressive football team and that's part of their style of attack. They're capable of scoring points and they can throw the ball."

Arthur, playing in place of the injured Chuck Ealey, completed 12 of 25 passes for 173 yards and he picked up another 21 rushing.

Ealey started and directed the Rockets to their first touchdown. The Portsmouth, Ohio, senior was suffering from a deep bruise in the back of his passing arm. He retired for the day with seven minutes left in the first half. While in the game, he completed four of five passes for 61 yards while losing five yards on the ground.

"We considered not starting him," said Murphy, "but we felt we had to because of the pressure we faced here -- the winning streak and the memorial service.

"We started him to get some offensive poise."

Marshall had its two most serious scoring threats snuffed out by a fumble and a pass interception.

Toledo took the opening kickoff and marched 88 yards in 11 plays for a touchdown with Ealey passing seven yards to Jeff Calabrese for the score.

Bill Ralston returned the ensuing kickoff 29 yards to the Marshall 47. However, Dave Walsh's pitch to Terry Gardner was low and Ron Roberts recovered for the Rockets.

Toledo gave it right back when Rich Eberlin dropped the ball with Chuck Wright covering for Marshall on the Herd 48.

Gardner got six to Toledo 48. John Johnstonbaugh gained two around right end and Gardner got a first down at 45.

After a running play failed to gain, Walsh hit tight end Randy Kerr near the five line. However, Kerr fumbled at the one when hit by John Saunders who covered the ball in the end zone.

Toledo made it 14-0 with 13:39 left in the half when Joe Schwartz scored on a nine-yard romp around right end to cap a 53-yard drive which required seven plays.

On the following series Toledo held, but Steve Banks dropped Bob Eshbaugh's punt on the Rocket 30 with the center Gary Pfleger falling on the ball.

Safety Gary Hinkson, however, got the ball right back for Toledo when he intercepted Walsh's second down pass in the end zone.

Marshall was in Toledo territory only one more time the rest of the day.

In the fourth period and holding a 28-0 lead, punter Bill O'Hara's pass off a fake punt feel incomplete and Marshall took over on its own 49.

On second down, Ned Burks got two yards to the Rocket 49. However, Toledo held and the Young Herd had to give up the football.

Toledo had to go only 30 yards for its third touchdown when Ralston fumbled the second half kickoff on the Herd 30.

Arthur, a 5-11, 175 pound junior, scored his first touchdown of the season and second of his career on a one-yard plunge.

The Rockets' fourth touchdown was a masterful 89-yard drive which required 22 plays to complete. Schwartz scored from the on with the big play of the drive being a 13-yard pass to Al Baker.

Toledo made it 30-0 when freshman quarterback Steve Cooper was tackled in the end zone by Rocket tackle Willie Dukes with 4:20 left.

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