Toledo defeated arch-rival Bowling Green to keep the Battle of I-75 trophy in Toledo for a fifth year. Straight from UTRockets.com:
Sophomore Kareem Hunt rushed for a career-high 265 yards to lead Toledo to a 27-20 victory over arch-rival Bowling Green at the Glass Bowl Wednesday night. The victory, the Rockets’ fifth-straight over BGSU, kept the Battle of I-75 Trophy in the Glass City. More importantly, it kept Toledo (7-4, 6-1 MAC) in the hunt for the Mid-American Conference West Division title.
Played on a blustery evening with windchills creeping down into the teens, the 79th meeting between the two schools lived up to its billing. Toledo held a 13-10 lead at halftime, saw the Falcons tie the game in the fourth quarter, recaptured the lead, then stopped BGSU on its final three possessions.
A good team effort led by Hunt, the Rockets proudly kept the trophy where it belongs. The weather played a large factor in the missing passing game but we look for it’s return against EMU on 11/28.
Toledo will be wearing these special uniforms for the game tonight versus BGSU. @UToledoFootball tweeted: “Proceeds to benefit Families of Fallen Heroes.”
This was a frustrating game for Toledo. QB Julian got the start but was quickly injured. Woodside came in for a few snaps but wasn’t able to stay in the game so the ball was put in the hands of Dwight Macon. Straight from UTRockets.com:
Down to their fourth-string quarterback, the Toledo Rockets fought valiantly but ultimately succumbed to Northern Illinois, 27-24, in a critical MAC West Division game in DeKalb Tuesday night.
Senior Dwight Macon, a wide receiver who began his career as a quarterback, came off the bench to complete 8-of-11 passes for 140 yards and a touchdown, and nearly led the Rockets to their first victory over Northern Illinois since 2009. Macon also rushed for 97 yards and two TD’s.
We were pleasantly surprised by the play of Macon. He did everything he could to keep us competitive in the game and put us in a good position to be successful. The biggest question heading into the BGSU matchup will be whether Woodside is ready to play, or whether Julian/Macon gets the nod for the game. All things being equal, we’d rather see Macon (with some practice reqs at QB this week) under center on 11/19.
Toledo added another MAC victory to it’s record in defeating Kent State last night, in the first of several mid-week games for the Rockets as they close out the 2014 campaign. Straight from UTRockets.com:
Sophomore Kareem Hunt enjoyed his homecoming to Northeast Ohio as he rushed for 141 yards to lead Toledo to a 30-20 victory over Kent State in a rain-drenched Dix Stadium Tuesday night.
The victory moves Toledo into bowl eligibility at 6-3, and more importantly keeps the Rockets on top of the West Division of the Mid-American Conference at 5-0. On the horizon is another big November showdown at Northern Illinois (6-2, 3-1 MAC) on Nov. 11.
Mancz and Woodside’s apparent injuries are troubling but we will wait to hear official word from the coaches before jumping to any conclusions regarding those players. Toledo will face NIU next Tuesday (11/11) in an important MAC West matchup.