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Battle of I-75: BG at UT Rivalry Week

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Published: Oct. 10, 2016 at 5:34 PM EDT
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From UT athletics:

TOLEDO - The greatest football rivalry in the Mid-American Conference renews for the 81st time when Toledo hosts Bowling Green in the “Battle of I-75” at the Glass Bowl this Saturday (3:30 p.m./CBS Sports Network).

The Rockets (4-1, 1-0 MAC) are coming off a 35-20 victory at Eastern Michigan on Oct. 8, the same day the Falcons (1-5, 0-2 MAC) fell at Ohio, 30-24.

Junior quarterback Logan Woodside had another superior performance, throwing for 247 yards and four TDs to put away a stubborn EMU squad. Woodside now has 20 touchdown passes in just five games this season and is second in the nation in passing efficiency. Senior Kareem Hunt led the ground attack vs. the Eagles with 141 yards rushing and one score. Hunt’s performance gives him 4,024 career yards rushing, only the third Rocket ever to go over the 4,000-yard mark.

Defending MAC champion Bowling Green knocked off North Dakota in week #2 of the season but has lost four straight games since then. First-year head coach Mike Jinks’ team is led by senior running back Fred Coppet, who has rushed for 451 yards and three touchdowns. Redshirt freshman James Morgan is now the starter at quarterback, and has thrown for 706 yards and three TDs in the equivalent of three games.

Toledo has had the upper hand lately in the Battle of I-75, but Bowling Green still leads the all-time series, 39-37-4. Toledo has won six straight games in the series, its last defeat coming in 2009, the first year that first-year UT head coach Jason Candle began his career as an assistant with the Rockets.

Rocket Round-Up

• The winner of the Toledo-BG game earns the right to keep the Battle of I-75 Trophy. Toledo won the trophy in 2011, the first year it was established, and has never had to relinquish it since. Though the trophy was officially awarded to UT in 2011, it was not completed in time for the game, so the first time the Rockets hoisted it after a victory was in 2012. UT also won the Battle of I-75 in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

• Saturday is the 88th annual Homecoming Game at UT. Toledo is 59-27 in Homecoming games.

• Toledo is 17-1 against MAC East Division opponents since 2010. The Rockets’ last loss to a cross-division foe came against Akron, 31-29, on Nov. 29, 2013.

• Toledo leads the nation in successful third-down attempts, converting 42-of-74 (56.8%). Conversely, Rocket opponents have made just 13-of-67 third-down tries (19.4%), the third-best mark for defenses in the country.

• Quarterback Logan Woodside has thrown for 20 touchdown passes in just five games, which already ranks seventh in UT history for most TD passes in a season. The all-time Rocket record is 29 set by Bruce Gradkowski in 2003.

• Woodside is second the nation in passing efficiency (204.0), tied for third in TD passes (20) and leads the country in yards per attempt (11.2).

• Junior wide receiver Cody Thompson is second in the nation with 28.2 yards per catch.

Toledo vs. Bowling Green

• TEAM RECORDS:

Toledo (4-1, 1-0 MAC)

Bowling Green (1-5, 0-2 MAC)

• SERIES RECORD: BGSU leads, 39-37-4. The Rockets have won six straight, including a 44-28 triumph in Bowling Green last year.

• THE COACHES:

Jason Candle, 5-1 (1st full year) at Toledo, same overall. 0-0 vs. BGSU.

Mike Jinks, 1-5 (1st year) at BGSU, same overall. 0-0 vs. Toledo.

• TV/STREAMING: American Sports Network/ESPN3.

Play by Play: Jeff McCarragher

Analyst: Michael Young

• ROCKET RADIO NETWORK: Pregame begins at 2:00 p.m. ET

Play by Play: Brent Balbinot

Analyst: Austin Dantin

Sidelines: Jim Heller