The Toledo Rockets (7-3) (5-1 MAC) are coming off a big win against MAC East leader Buffalo, 51-41. The Rockets jumped out to a 31-0 halftime lead, and extended the lead to 38-0 before Buffalo got on the scoreboard. The Bulls were able to score 14 in the 3rd quarter and 27 in the 4th quarter. Owens completed 11 of 20 passes for 228 yards and 2 touchdowns. With Fluellen still sidelined, Hunt took on most of the rushing duties and ran for 186 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries. Jones-Moore had 1 carry for 53 yards and a touchdown. Pringle had 4 carries for 51 yards and touchdown. Reedy had 3 receptions for 149 yards and 2 touchdowns. Russell had 4 receptions for 56 yards.
The #16 NIU Huskies are coming off a 48-27 victory over Ball State last Wednesday. The game was neck and neck heading in to the 4th quarter tied at 27 before the Huskies broke the game wide open with 5:49 remaining, scoring twice on offense and a pick six on defense. Lynch completed 26 of 32 passes for 345 yards and 2 touchdowns, while rushing 20 times for 123 yards and 2 more touchdowns. Brown had 12 receptions for 209 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The Huskies have defeated the Rockets for the last 3 years, including close wins of 63-60 in 2011 at the Glass Bowl, and 31-24 last year in DeKalb. The Rocket Senior class is looking for its first win against the Huskies. The Rockets are looking to play spoiler to the Huskies chance of a repeat BCS game and their current streak in the MAC Championship game. In order for the Rockets to win, they need a healthy Fluellen, which is still unknown publicly. He missed the last 2 games and the Rocket rushing attack didn’t miss a beat with Hunt and Jones-Moore, but the Rockets desperately need a big back like Fluellen to pound the ball against the Huskies. The Rocket defense needs to do something most teams this season can not figure out – stop Jordan Lynch both through the air and on the ground. Lynch is getting some national media members discussing his place in the Heisman race and the Rockets need to put a stop to that early. A challenging task is playing 4 tough quarters because the Huskies have proven, even just last week, that they can score quickly. A win against the Huskies and the Rockets are in the driving seat back to the MAC Championship game. As much as I want to see the Rockets get back to the domination days over the Huskies, I just don’t think it will be this year.
NIU – 41
Toledo – 31
The MAC West champions could be decided in this match up against the Huskies. How have the teams played in the past? NIU has more overall wins than the Rockets, but have been playing since 1899 (.537 winning %) where as the Rockets have been playing since 1917 (.548 winning %).
|Largest Victory||70-21 (2007)||41-5 (1987)|
|Longest Win Streak||11 (1990-2004)||3 (2010-2012)|
|1st Round NFL Draft Picks||1||1|
|All Time Wins||498||543|
|Weeks in AP poll||39||19|
|Bowl Record||8-5 (.615)||4-4 (.500)|
|NFL Draft Picks||51||35|
Barry Church DNP as the Cowboys had a bye week.
Bruce Gradkowski DNP as the Steelers beat the Lions, 37-27.
John Greco started at left guard as the Browns lost to the Bengals, 41-20.
Andrew Hawkins had 1 reception for 6 yards as the Bengals beat the Browns, 41-20.
Brett Kern had 3 punts for an average of 39 yards with a long of 48 as the Titans lost to the Colts, 30-27.
Lance Moore had 3 receptions for 23 yards and a lost fumble on a punt as the Saints beat the 49ers, 23-20.
Eric Page had 3 kick returns for 61 yards with a long of 26 as the Bucs beat the Falcons, 41-28.
Stephen Williams DNP as the Jaguars lost to the Cardinals, 27-14.
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The Toledo Rockets (6-3) (4-1 MAC) are coming off a 55-16 drubbing of the Eastern Michigan Eagles on November 2nd. Owens completed 18 of 24 passes for 375 yards and 3 touchdowns. Olack lead the Rocket receiving corps with 4 catches for 110 yards and a touchdown. With Fluellen in street clothes on the sidelines, Hunt did most of the ground work, racking up 168 yards on 20 carries and 2 touchdowns. The Rockets tallied 729 yards of total offense. The Rockets dominated every aspect of the game.
The Buffalo Bulls (7-2) (5-0 MAC) are coming off a 30-3 win over Ohio on November 5th. The Bulls solid defense limited the Bobcats to just 233 yards of total offense. QB Licata completed 13 of 22 passes for 169 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. The Bulls did most of their damage on the ground. Oliver rushed for 249 yards on 34 carries and 2 touchdowns.
After dropping it’s first two games of the season (Ohio State and Baylor), the Bulls have won their last 7 games, and rather easily too. Digging a little deeper into that schedule, the Bulls have beaten a 3-6 FCS Stony Brook, an 0-8 UConn, a 2-8 EMU, a 1-8 WMU, a 1-8 UMass, a 2-8 Kent State, and a 6-3 Ohio. Ohio is really there only impressive win of the season. The Bulls opponents are averaging just 1.85 wins on the year. Take out the common opponents of EMU and WMU, the opponents are 12-33 (2.4 wins). The Rockets opponents (taking away EMU and WMU) have won 31 games and lost 16 (66% winning percentage). This Bulls team is pretty good, better than years past. They have tied their school best winning streak at 7 games (1958-1959). If the Rockets have a healthy Fluellen, they win this game in the 2nd half. The Bulls defense is good, especially LB Mack, but the Rockets balanced attack should overcome the Bulls as the game goes on.
Buffalo – 23
Toledo – 34