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EMU football achieves Bowl game eligibility after 52-49 victory against Toledo

The Eastern Michigan Eagles triumphed against Toledo, garnering first Glass Bowl win since 1999

Eastern Michigan University Eagles football team faced the University of Toledo Rockets on Tuesday, Nov. 2, at The Glass Bowl in Toledo, OH. After trailing the Rockets 28-24 at halftime, EMU clawed back to claim a victory of 52-49 over the Rockets.

Eastern Michigan’s latest win against Toledo was their first Glass Bowl win since 1999.

The Eastern Michigan Eagles, 6-3 overall, 3-2 in Mid-American Conference, garnered bowl eligibility for the sixth time in history and the fourth time under head coach Chris Creighton since he started coaching at Eastern in 2013.

Quarterback Ben Bryant totaled 354 yards passing, throwing three touchdowns and one interception against the Toledo Rockets.

Wide Receiver Hassan Beydoun had a fantastic game, catching 12 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns. Eastern Michigan welcomed back wide receiver, Tanner Knue from injury. In his return, Knue completed six catches, amounting to 55 yards and one touchdown. Wide Receiver Dylan Drummond recorded a touchdown in the third quarter.

EMU utilized the entire running back depth chart. Jawon Hamilton led EMU in rushing yards with 64 yards and one touchdown, averaging 7.1 yards per carry. Darius Boone Jr. added 63 rushing yards, averaging 4.2 yards per carry. Running Back Samson Evans scored two touchdowns, one in each half of the matchup.

The Eagles defense had a strong showcase, completing five sacks. Defensive Back Russell Vaden completed one interception. Defensive End Jose Ramirez collected 10 tackles, two sacks, 3.0 TFL, and forced a fumble to win the game. Linebacker Terry Myrick also had nine tackles and recovered one fumble.

Tune in next week as EMU returns home to play Ohio University (2-7 record, beating Akron and Miami Ohio) on Nov. 9 in Rynearson Stadium at 7 p.m. You can also watch on ESPN2 or listen at 89.1 WEMU.