Toma shines while replacing Riddick
Brian Kelly said his offense wouldn't lose much with Robby Toma replacing injured Theo Riddick and he was right. Toma caught seven passes for 73 yards in the spot start.
"He really adds a dimension to our offense," Kelly said of Toma. "You saw that tonight, especially in the quick game stuff. He's very good with the ball in his hands, run [after] the catch, just a smart receiver. He's a really good football player."
Michael Floyd caught nine passes for 90 yards and his 36th career touchdown, tying him for third on the all-time list with Louis "Red" Salmon. Tyler Eifert caught eight passes for 83 yards, including his fifth of the season, making him one of only two tight ends to have five TD catches in a season. Ken MacAfee had six in 1977.
"I just felt like they didn't pay much attention to me and [quarterback] Tommy [Rees] found me," Toma said.
Kelly also lauded Mike Golic Jr.'s performance at center in his first start. Golic Jr. was filling in for Braxston Cave, who is out for the season with a foot injury.
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