As the Rockets enter their 81st annual Homecoming Game vs. Central Michigan this Saturday, it's beginning to become clear that first-year head coach Matt Campbell's team has the potential to be very special. Now
Campbell must make sure that the Rockets keep their engines firing this Saturday vs. a dangerous Central Michigan team in another MAC West Division showdown.
Toledo is 4-1, 2-0 MAC and coming off a decisive 37-17 victory at West Division foe Western Michigan last week, its fourth consecutive win following an overtime loss at Arizona to start the season. The Rockets rose to the challenge of playing a MAC West foe in hostile territory and made an emphatic statement. Junior David Fluellen rushed for a career-high 213 yards and three touchdowns as the Rockets rolled out to a 20-0 lead and used three interceptions by their defense to keep the Broncos' high-powered offense in check. It was an important victory for a team that was picked to win the MAC West and has so far lived up to that billing.
The fact that Toledo's next opponent, Central Michigan, got flattened by an outstanding Northern Illinois team on the road last Saturday, 55-24, should not be misinterpreted. Don't forget that two weeks ago, CMU (2-2) stunned Iowa, 32-31, by scoring nine points in the game's final 45 seconds. The Chippewas are more than capable of spoiling Toledo's Homecoming.
Back Story on the Central Michigan Game
• This will be the 41st meeting between the two schools with Toledo leading the series, 19-18-3. It's been a series of streaks. Toledo won 10 straight from 1995-2004, while the Chippewas snagged five consecutive victories from 2005-09.
• Toledo has won four straight and is 16-2 in its last 18 MAC contests.
• Two-time All-MAC senior defensive end T.J. Fatinikun is lost for the season due to injury for the second consecutive season. Fatinikun suffered a lower leg injury in the WMU victory. He missed the final seven games last year due to an elbow injury.
• Toledo is 4-1 for the first time since 2005. That team started out 6-1 and went on to finish 9-3 with a victory in the GMAC Bowl.
• Junior QB Terrance Owens has now thrown 263 passes without an interception, going back to the second quarter of the Western Michigan game on Nov. 8, 2011. That's seven straight games without a pick.
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 6, 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Glass Bowl (26,248)
• Toledo (4-1, 2-0 MAC)
• Central Michigan (2-2, 0-1 MAC)
SERIES RECORD: Toledo leads, 19-18-3. The Rockets have won the last two meetings.
• Matt Campbell, 5-1 (1st full year) at Toledo, same overall. 0-0 vs. CMU.
• Dan Enos, 8-20 (3rd year) at CMU, same overall. 0-2 vs. Toledo.
ROCKET RADIO NETWORK: Mark Beier (play-by-play), former Rocket Andy Boyd (color) and Jim Heller (sideline) will cover the action. Pregame begins at 1:00 p.m.
WEB-VIDEO: Free live video streaming on ESPN3. Mike Gleason (play by play) and John Bunting (analyst) will call the action.
WEB-AUDIO: Free live audio streaming of the UT Rocket Radio Network broadcast on www.utrockets.com.