KALAMAZOO, Mich. --- The Rockets played a brilliant first quarter to jump start a 37-17 win at Western Michigan.
In racing out to a 17-0 lead after one quarter, Toledo outgained the Broncos 259-14, picked up 12 first downs to zero, and harassed stand-in quarterback Tyler Van Tubbergen into three three-and-outs to start the game.
The Rockets, 4-1 for the first time since 2005, got 213 rushing yards from David Fluellen, three field goals from Jeremiah Detmer, and a defensive touchdown from reserve cornerback Jordan Haden.
Toledo leads 34-17 heading into the fourth quarter.
Jordan Haden picked off a pass and ran 63 yards for Toledo's first defensive score of the season. David Fluellen punched in his third rushing TD of the night on a 22-yarder.
Toledo leads 20-7 at halftime.
The Rockets went ahead 20-0 on Jeremiah Detmer's second field goal of the night, a 28-yarder. An illegal shift penalty wiped out an Alonzo Russell touchdown reception earlier in the drive.
Western Michigan struck back with Tyler Van Tubbergen beating the blitz of Trent Voss and delivering a 22-yard TD strike to Jaime Wilson.
Rockets defensive end T.J. Fatinikun left early with a lower body injury and has not returned.
Toledo leads 17-0 at Western Michigan after the first quarter.
The defense has forced three three and outs, and the offense has scored on every possession. David Fluellen has two rushing touchdowns, of six and 53 yards. Jeremiah Detmer's 20-yard field goal gave UT its other points.
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