Utah State vs. Toledo: Twitter Reaction, Postgame Recap and Analysis

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistDecember 15, 2012

The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl wasn't as high-scoring as the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, but Utah State running back Kerwynn Williams put on a show of his own.

He dominated the fourth quarter of the Aggies' 41-15 win, scoring three touchdowns in the game's final minutes.

Toledo was able to hang tough despite encountering injuries to its two best players in David Fluellen and Dan Molls, but the offense couldn't sustain enough of an attack to overcome Utah State's own inconsistent attack.

Backup quarterback Terrance Owens tried to get Toledo into the end zone with under 10 minutes to play, but he was stuffed on a quarterback draw on 4th-and-1 with 9:17 remaining in the game. The team got it back on the very next play after Williams' fumble but had to settle for a field goal.

That ruined any momentum the Rockets had and allowed Williams to erupt.

Toledo's Jeremiah Detmer got the game's scoring started with a 37-yard field goal to give the Rockets a 3-0 lead. Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton followed that with an electric 62-yard scramble to give Utah State a 7-3 lead and give fans some hope that this matchup would be as exciting as the one earlier in the day.

Detmer and Nick Diaz traded field goals in the second quarter, but the first half was uneventful otherwise. Keeton's scrambling touchdown was an unbelievable play, although it didn't jump-start his team like it seemed like it would.

Diaz's second field goal came less than four minutes into the third quarter to give the Aggies a 13-6 lead early in the second half. Toledo missed Fluellen's presence in the backfield, even though Bernard Reedy did his best to ignite the Rockets offense.

Toledo had a drive going as the third quarter wound down, but Kyler Fackrell intercepted Austin Dantin at the 8-yard line to thwart the Rockets' scoring attempt. Dantin was replaced after this.

Detmer was able to add a field goal with just over seven minutes left on the clock to pull Toledo within four, but Keeton and the Aggies offense were just too much.

Let's look at some Twitter reaction and name a player of the game.


Twitter Reaction

Let's start with a bit of humor from CBS Sports' Tom Fornelli:

Toledo leads the FBS in Yards of Hair

— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) December 15, 2012

CBS Sports provided this interesting tidbit during the game:

Utah St has outgained Toledo nearly two-to-one, 302 to 162, and hasn't turned the ball over, but still leads by just a touchdown. Early 3rd.

— Eye on College FBall (@EyeOnCFB) December 15, 2012

Eric Frandsen pointed out how fast Toledo running back Bernard Reedy is and how he impacts the Rockets offense:

Speedy Reedy carrying the ball now for Toledo and they're starting to move the ball effectively down the field #potatobowl

— Eric Frandsen (@efrandsen) December 15, 2012

Will Brinson had an idea for the organizers of the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl:

Potato Bowl would be a lot cooler if they streamed chives and bacon down, confetti-style, on whichever team won.

— Will Brinson (@willbrinson) December 15, 2012

Pac-12 Digital's Bryan Fischer mentioned Utah State's most dangerous weapons:

Kerwynn Williams is a one man wrecking crew for Utah State. Except that Chuckie Keeton can also wreck you.

— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) December 16, 2012


Player of the Game: Kerwynn Williams

Williams finished the game with 235 yards on 18 carries and three huge scores to seal the Aggies' win. 

He was relatively quiet until the game clock wound under 10 minutes. After committing a potentially costly fumble, he exploded for multiple long runs and finished them like an elite running back should.

Stefphon Jefferson and Ka'Deem Carey both put on great performances in the New Mexico Bowl earlier in the day, but Williams wasn't overshadowed. His play down the stretch was as impressive as it gets, whether it was against Toledo or not.