Toledo running back Kareem Hunt set a GoDaddy Bowl record with 271 rushing yards, tied an all-time bowl record with five rushing touchdowns, and earned the GoDaddy Bowl Most Valuable Player award as Toledo used his legs to run away from Arkansas State 63-44.
Fredi Knighten had a hard time getting over the Christmas spirit early in the game. He fumbled the ball away twice and both were returned for touchdowns. The first fumble occurred on the first play from scrimmage and gave Toledo the lead only 10 seconds into the game.
Though Knighten would not allow the mistakes to hamper his performance as he tied the bowl record with five touchdown passes in the game. He threw two touchdowns in the first half of 44 and 66 yards to Booker Mays and Tres Houston and continued in the second half with two more to Mays.
Kareem Hunt was the difference in the game as he was the workhorse for the Rockets and exploited Arkansas State's 93rd ranked rushing defense all night long. But Damion Jones-Moore also rushed for over 100 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Rockets while earning the offensive MVP award.
Toledo's rushing defense, ranked 17th in the nation, held Arkansas State to only nine yards in the first half and 65 for the game.
The game started with fireworks as both teams combined for 35 points and over 300 yards of total offense but ended with over 350 yards on the ground for the Rockets. But in the end both teams combined for over 1,000 yards of total offense and no shortage of spectacular play.
As always, the GoDaddy bowl did not disappoint.