Junior Sylvestre was named the MAC West Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against WMU. Straight from MAC-Sports.com:
Toledo senior linebacker Junior Sylvestre (Delray Beach, Fla.) totaled a season-high 14 tackles in a 20-19 OT win at Western Michigan, marking his second double-digit stops total of the season. Sylvestre was also credited with a sack in the fourth quarter and a pass breakup.
Good to see a Toledo defensive player recognized for their contributions to the collective effort. Sylvestre needs to continue to lead the way and set a good example for the rest of the defense. Congrats to him on the accolades.
Toledo edged Western Michigan to move to 3-0 in the MAC. Straight from UTRockets.com:
Sophomore quarterback Logan Woodside’s 22-yard pass on third down to junior wide receiver Alonzo Russell gave Toledo a 20-13 edge in overtime. Russell nearly went down as the Broncos attempted to tackle him at about the 15-yard line, but regained his footing and sprinted into the end zone.
WMU answered with a 20-yard TD pass from Zach Terrell to Darius Phillips but Andrew Haldeman’s extra-point attempt hit the left upright and bounced back onto the field, igniting a Rocket celebration.
Sounds like the rain was a big factor for both teams. The Toledo secondary is still very porous and WMU was able to throw for 388 yards — something we need to work on down the stretch. Swanson had a career night with 174 rushing yards and 54 receiving yards.
It’s time for the next installment of the MAC Blogger Roundtable. Each week one MAC blog posses questions to the other blogs and gathers the answers into a digest post. This gives us a chance to get the skinny from many different bloggers’/teams’ perspective and better understand the issues facing other teams on a weekly basis. This week’s questions are from the MAC blog, Hustle Belt.
Below the fold you’ll find the questions that were posed to us and our answers, so read on…
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Logan Woodside has been named the MAC West Offensive Player of the Week after his performance against CMU. Straight from MAC-Sports.com:
Toledo sophomore quarterback Logan Woodside (Frankfort, Ky.) completed 23-of-34 passes for a career-high 339 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-28 win over Central Michigan at the Glass Bowl. Woodside’s previous best effort was 322 yards at Cincinnati on Sept. 12.
This was probably the best complete performance that we’ve seen from Woodside so far this season. He did a good job of distributing the ball around to his play makers and used his feet and arm to keep the defense honest. Hat-tip to the O-line for keeping Woodside from being sacked and giving him the time to get the ball down the field.
Toledo downed CMU on Saturday, 42-38 for the program’s 501st win. Behind 543 yards of offense, Toledo pulled away from Central Michigan and closed the game out after recovering a CMU fumble.
Playing without starting running back Kareem Hunt, the Toledo offense did not miss a beat, grinding out 543 yards of total offense. Woodside completed 23-of-34 passes and threw two touchdowns, both to junior Alonzo Russell. Russell had seven catches for 120 yards, while sophomore Corey Jones had a game-high eight receptions for 106 yards. Sophomore Damion Jones-Moore started in place of Hunt and rushed for 51 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries. Freshman Terry Swanson gained a season-high 97 yards and just 11 attempts.
Toledo’s defense held CMU to just 95 yards rushing on 26 attempts and forced two turnovers. Junior Christian Dukes led UT with nine tackles, a fumble recovery and added a key on-side kick recovery in the second half.
The Rockets will face WMU next Saturday in another important MAC battle.
The university has announced they will be distributing a poster commemorating the program’s 500th victory at the CMU game this weekend. These will be available for the first 500 fans and first 500 students through the gates, so make sure you get to the game early (gates open at 5:30pm). Posters will also be for sale at Rocky’s Locker for $5.00.
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Toledo’s victory over Ball State last Saturday was the school’s 500th win. The Rockets’ record now stands at 500-412-24 in 94 years of college football. Victory number one came against Defiance in 1918.