2014
09.08

The #24 ranked Missouri Tigers were more than the Rockets could handle on Saturday and walked away with the victory in the Glass Bowl. From UTRockets.com:

Sophomore Kareem Hunt rushed for 148 yards and three touchdowns but it wasn’t enough for Toledo to match No. 24 Missouri, as the Tigers defeated the Rockets 49-24 at the Glass Bowl Saturday afternoon.

To make matters worse for Toledo, UT junior quarterback Phillip Ely went down with a knee injury in the third quarter. Ely was helped off the field and taken to the locker room. Toledo head coach Matt Campbell said Ely was still being evaluated and his status for next week should be determined by Monday. Ely finished 17-of-34 for 204 yards and one interception.

The latest on Ely’s injury:

Junior quarterback Phillip Ely will miss the remainder of the 2014 season due to a knee injury he suffered vs. Missouri on Sept. 6. Ely was hit on a 10-yard gain late in the third quarter. He returned to the huddle but then collapsed on the next play when his knee gave way as he planted his right foot to make a pass. Campbell said the Ely will likely have surgery in the near future. Sophomore Logan Woodside and redshirt freshman Michael Julian will compete for the starting job in practice this week, according to Campbell.

This is troubling news for a team that was gelling well under Ely’s direction. The Rockets will travel to Cincinnati on Friday night to take on the Bearcats at Paul Brown Stadium.

2014
09.06

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2014
09.03

With one game under our belts, we turn out attention to week 2. 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 Ball State blog, Over The Pylon.

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2014
09.02

The Rockets started the season on the right foot, defeating New Hampshire in methodical fashion to start the 2014 season. Phillip Ely had a strong showing and his performance diffused concerns by some that the offense would suffer after losing Owens. From UTRockets.com:

After misconnecting on two of his first three passes on Toledo’s first series, Ely took command of the game, finishing the contest with 24-of-34 completions for 337 yards and four touchdowns. He led Toledo to seven consecutive touchdown drives from midway through the second quarter until late in the game, turning a close game into a rout.

The offense was balanced with 360 rushing yards and 306 passing yards and the defense managed to sack the UNH QB 4 times. Toledo returns to the Glass Bowl on September 6 to host Missouri on ESPN at Noon.

2014
08.30

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2014
08.27

With kickoff of the 2014 season just around the corner, it’s time for the first week of 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 Buffalo blog, Bull Run.

MAC Roundtable

Below the fold you’ll find the questions that were posed to us and our answers, so read on…

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2014
08.25

Toledo has added the Virginia Military Institute to the 2018 football schedule. The Rockets will host three non-conference opponents in 2018: Miami (FL), Nevada and VMI.

From UTRockets.com:

The University of Toledo football team has added the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) to its 2018 home schedule, UT vice-president and athletic director Mike O’Brien announced today. The Rockets will host the Keydets on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2018. VMI, an NCAA Division I FCS school, plays in the Southern Conference.

Currently, the 2018 schedule look like this:

Aug. 30 – MIAMI (FL)
Sept. 8 – VMI
Sept. 15 – at Fresno State
Sept. 22 – NEVADA

2014
08.12

The Glass Bowl is getting another upgrade. The Rockets are replacing the current video board, a screen size of 25×14 with one that measures 50×30. The current video board will move to the opposite end of the stadium.

The new video board will be four times larger than the current screen and will be attached to the Larimer Athletic Complex on the north end of the field. The old board will be moved to the south end zone, making UT the only school in the Mid-American Conference with video boards on either end of its campus football stadium.

“The new video board and sound system will greatly enhance the game-day experience for our fans,” said O’Brien. “They will really enjoy the larger screen size of our video board, as well as the improved sound quality that will make the music and our public address system clearer and more resonant. In addition, by having two video boards, our fans will be able to see replays and other video content from any angle in the stadium. These improvements are another way we are striving to make the Glass Bowl the best possible venue for our fans to enjoy first-class college football.”

I really like this upgrade. As stadiums continue to add these features to keep attendance numbers up (Camp Randall Stadium at the University of Wisconsin is adding wifi), it was only a matter of time before the Rockets made strides to improve the stadium experience. The new video board should be completed by the home opener on August 30th.

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