TOLEDO - Toledo's high-powered offense may face its stiffest challenge this season when the Rockets host No. 18 Cincinnati in the Glass Bowl this Saturday (7:00 p.m. on ESPN3). The Rockets (6-1, 4-0 MAC) have been firing on all cylinders recently, averaging 44 points and 503 yards of total offense in their last four games. In Toledo's most recent victory, a 52-47 shootout over Eastern Michigan last week, the offense practically exploded. And it's a good thing, too, as UT needed just about every one of its 655 yards of total offense and 170 yards in kick returns.
Junior WR Bernard Reedy had a career day, catching 11 passes and setting a school record with 237 receiving yards. Reedy scored on receptions of 65 and 59 yards, and added an 89-yard kickoff return for a TD. Reedy almost overshadowed junior RB David Fluellen, who rushed for 188 yards and two scores, and junior QB Terrance Owens, who threw for a career-best 401 yards and three TDs. The EMU victory was highlighted by an incredible third quarter in which each team scored four touchdowns apiece, including three scores in a span of 32 seconds.
Toledo should expect a much tougher challenge from Cincinnati (5-0, 1-0 Big East) this Saturday. The Bearcats are holding their opponents to 14.4 points per game, which ranks 10th-best in the nation. Cincinnati is coached by former Central Michigan head coach Butch Jones, now in his third season with the Bearcats. The Bearcats are led by junior QB Munchie Legaux and senior RB George Winn. Legaux has thrown for 1,208 yards and 11 TDs, while Winn has rushed for 521 yards and averages 6.4 yards per carry.
Back Story on the Cincinnati Game
• This will be the seventh meeting between the two schools with Cincinnati leading the series, 4-2. The Rockets won the last meeting, a 23-16 triumph at the 2001 Motor City Bowl.
• Toledo returns the trip to Cincinnati on Sept. 13, 2014.
• Since a season-opening loss at Arizona, Toledo has won six straight.
• Toledo is 6-1 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.
• UT is 18-2 in its last 20 MAC contests.
• Toledo received two votes in the latest USA Today coaches poll.
• Cincinnati is ranked No. 18 in the coaches poll and No. 21 in the AP poll. Toledo is 6-11 all-time vs. Top 25 teams, 4-1 at home. The last ranked team to play in the Glass Bowl was No. 4 Boise State in 2011. The Broncos came away a 40-15 winner in that contest.
• Cincinnati has allowed 72 points in five games this year. Toledo has scored 71 points in its last five quarters.
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 20, 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Glass Bowl (26,248)
• Toledo (6-1, 4-0 MAC)
• Cincinnati (5-0, 1-0 Big East)
SERIES RECORD: Cincinnati leads, 4-2. The schools last met at the 2001 Motor City Bowl, a 23-16 Toledo victory.
• Matt Campbell, 7-1 (1st full year) at Toledo, same overall. 0-0 vs. Cincinnati.
• Butch Jones, 19-11 (3rd year) at UC, 46-24 overall (6th year). 3-0 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 5:00 p.m.
WEB-VIDEO: ESPN3. Mike Gleason (play by play) and John Gregory (analyst) will call the action.
WEB-AUDIO: Free live audio streaming of the UT Rocket Radio Network broadcast on www.utrockets.com.
TICKETS: Tickets are still available. Call 419-530-GOLD (4653).