MAC championship game: Dequan Finn (Detroit King) leads Toledo past Ohio, 17-7




Dequan Finn passed for a touchdown and rushed for 86 yards on 18 carries as Toledo captured its first Mid-American Conference championship since 2017 by defeating Ohio, 17-7, on Saturday afternoon at Ford Field.

Finn (Detroit King) completed 16 of 25 passes for 154 yards. Jacquez Stuart rushed for 93 yards on nine carries, including a 29-yard touchdown. Micah Kelly added 53 rushing yards for the Rockets (8-5), who lost their last two conference games.

Toledo is headed to a bowl game but since the MAC doesn't have a postseason pecking order, its destination is unknown. The Arizona, Idaho Potato and Quick Lane bowls - the latter also at Ford Field - are the most likely possibilities.

Toledo head coach Jason Candle and team hold the championship trophy after the Mid-American Conference championship against Ohio, Saturday, Dec.
Toledo head coach Jason Candle and team hold the championship trophy after the Mid-American Conference championship against Ohio, Saturday, Dec.  

Sieh Bangura rushed for 56 yards on 20 carries and the lone touchdown for the Bobcats (9-4), whose seven-game winning streak was snapped. CJ Harris completed 17 of 31 passes for 163 yards and was intercepted once.

Harris was making his second start since MAC Player of the Year Kurtis Rourke suffered a season-ending knee injury.

Ohio is 0-5 in the MAC title game.

The Rockets led, 10-7, at halftime.

They drove 75 yards after the opening kickoff with Stuart scoring on his 29-yard run up the middle.

Ohio tied it on Bangura's 2-yard run midway through the second quarter, finishing off an 84-yard drive.

Toledo's Thomas Cluckey kicked a 44-yard field goal with 16 seconds left in the half.

The Rockets drove to the Bobcats' 10 midway through the third quarter but passed up a field goal attempt and turned the ball over on downs.

Toledo wide receiver DeMeer Blankumsee (0), defended b Ohio safety Tariq Drake (11) catches a 16-yard pass for a touchdown during the second half of the Mid-American Conference championship game, Saturday, Dec.
Toledo wide receiver DeMeer Blankumsee (0), defended b Ohio safety Tariq Drake (11) catches a 16-yard pass for a touchdown during the second half of the Mid-American Conference championship game, Saturday, Dec.  

Finn's 16-yard scoring pass to Demeer Blankumsee completed a methodical 16-play, 90-yard drive that gave Toledo a 17-7 lead with 10:36 remaining.

The takeaway

Toledo is now 4-3 in the MAC title game, with its previous championships coming in 2001, '04 and '17. Ohio's long drought without a conference championship continued. The Bobcats haven't won a MAC championship since 1968.

Next up

Both teams are headed to bowl games TBD on Sunday. Toledo is bowl eligible for the 13th straight season.

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: MAC championship game: Dequan Finn leads Toledo past Ohio, 17-7

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