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Published: Saturday, 9/16/2006

Toledo beats Kansas in double overtime

BLADE WIRE SERVICES

Bo Martin intercepted Kansas quarterback Kerry Meier s pass in the end zone on the first possession of the second overtime, and Jalen Parmele scored on a 25-yard run on the next play to give Toledo a 37-31 victory Friday night.

Parmele ran up the middle before cutting right and racing into the end zone to give Toledo its first victory in three games this season. In the Rockets opener, they fell 45-43 in three overtimes at Iowa State another Big 12 team.

The Rockets went on offense first in the initial overtime and drove to the 8, but a pair of penalties forced the Rockets out of field-goal range. A long pass into the end zone on fourth down fell incomplete.

Kansas (2-1), which routed Toledo 63-14 in 2004 in Lawrence, took over and Jon Cornish promptly fumbled away the handoff on the first play, sending the game to a second overtime.

Meier tied it at 31 with 3:55 left in regulation on a two-point conversion, leaping into the end zone for the score. He set up the tying play with an 18-yard touchdown pass to Dexton Fields.

Meier, who passed for 243 yards, struggled at times during the second half, but he came through on the tying 69-yard drive, completing a key third-down pass and hitting Fields twice for long completions.

On the drive prior to that, Toledo freshman Barry Church picked off Meier s pass and raced untouched down the left sideline for an 84-yard touchdown, giving Toledo a 31-23 lead with 7:19 left.

Kansas appeared to be on the verge of going in for a go-ahead touchdown, but Meier telegraphed his pass to Derek Fine, allowing Church to get the easy interception.

Richard Davis scored on a 1-yard run, twisting into the end zone and stretching out just enough to score on fourth down, putting Toledo ahead 24-23 with 11:49 to play.

Kansas could only muster one first down on its first three possessions of the second half.



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