Toledo 35, Pittsburgh 31

Sept. 21, 2003 at 2:35 AM
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TOLEDO, Ohio, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Bruce Gradkowski threw the go-ahead touchdown pass in the final minute Saturday night as Toledo upset No. 11 Pittsburgh, 35-31.

Last week, Toledo (3-1) snapped Marshall's 17-game home winning streak, a victory that looks even better after the Thundering Herd won at No. 6 Kansas State on Saturday afternoon.

Gradkowski, a sophomore making his fourth career start, was 49-of-62 for 461 yards, all school records, and had three passes. His nine-yard scoring toss to Lance Moore with 43 seconds left gave the Rockets their first lead.

"I'm so pumped about this team that words can't express what I feel right now," said Gradkowski, ironically a native of Pittsburgh. "If you believe in yourself, there is no telling what can happen."

Toledo trailed, 31-21, before Trinity Dawson's two-yard touchdown run with 6:45 to play.

"Their offense really gave our defense all sorts of problems," said Pittsburgh Coach Walt Harris. "Their quarterback did a fabulous job and their receivers caught everything."

Panthers quarterback Rod Rutherford, who entered the contest with the nation's best pass efficiency rating, completed 24-of-36 passes for 315 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions for Pittsburgh (2-1).

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