Toledo (4-4, 2-2 MAC) hosts Ball State in a special Halloween night contest at the Glass Bowl on Wednesday, Oct. 31 (7:30 p.m./ESPN2).
The Rockets are coming off a 51-24 victory over Western Michigan last Thursday that certainly was a treat for Rocket fans. Toledo blasted a Bronco team that had won six straight games and had been perched atop the MAC West Division. The victory kept Toledo in the hunt for the MAC West Division title, trailing Northern Illinois (4-0) and WMU (4-1).
Junior quarterback Mitchell Guadagni, who had the Toledo offense rolling to a 20-17 advantage, suffered an injury on the next-to-last play of the first half. Sophomore Eli Peters came in and picked up where Guadagni left off. He took a roughing the passer penalty on the very next play that set up a Jameson Vest field goal on the final play of the half. The second half went even better.
Peters kicked the offense into overdrive in the third quarter, driving the Rockets to three quick touchdowns to open up a 44-17 lead that proved too big a hole for the Broncos to climb out of. For the game, Peters was 8-of-14 for 107 yards and three touchdowns. Guadagni was 10-of-18 for 140 yards and two scores. Senior Cody Thompson led the receiving corps with six receptions and three TD receptions.
For the second straight game, Toledo's defense slowed down a potent offense. Western, which came in the game as the MAC's leader with an average of 467.1 yards per game, did rack up 432 yards of total offense but was held to just seven points in the second half. The Rockets ended the night with five sacks and several key stops on third and fourth down in the second half.
Ball State (3-6, 2-3 MAC) is coming off a 52-14 loss at Ohio on Thursday. The Cardinals are led by junior quarterback Riley Neal, who has thrown for 1,917 yards and 11 touchdowns this season.
Toledo (4-4, 2-2 MAC) is coming off a 51-24 victory at Western Michigan on Oct. 25.
Toledo leads the series with Ball State, 23-19-1. The Rockets won in Muncie last year, 58-17, their fourth straight win against the Cardinals. The Rockets are 13-7-1 all-time vs. BSU in games played in the Glass Bowl.
Junior quarterback Mitchell Guadagni came out of the WMU game with an injury late in the first half and did not return. Head Coach Jason Candle said Guadagni's status for the Ball State game is still uncertain.
Toledo leads the MAC in scoring (40.8), and is third in the MAC total offense (428.8).
Senior wide receiver Cody Thompson caught three TD passes vs. WMU, upping his career total to 29, the most in UT history. He also passed the 3,000-yard receiving mark and now has 3,015 yards in his career, fourth all-time at UT.
Toledo's defense has had five sacks in each of the last two games.
Jameson Vest was 3-for-3 in field goal attempts vs. WMU and has now successfully converted 68 field goals in his career. He moved into a tie with Rusty Hanna (1989-92) for the most made field goals in Toledo history.
Toledo vs. Ball State
Wednesday, Oct. 31 - 7:30 p.m.
The Glass Bowl
Toledo (4-4, 2-2 MAC)
Ball State (3-6, 2-3 MAC)
SERIES RECORD: Toledo leads, 23-19-1. The Rockets won at Ball State last year, 58-17.
Jason Candle, 25-11 (3rd year) at Toledo, same overall. 2-0 vs. Ball State.
Mike Neu, 9-24 (3rd year) at Ball State, same overall. 0-2 vs. Toledo.
Play by Play: Chris Cotter
Analyst: Desmond Howard
ROCKET RADIO NETWORK: Pregame begins at 6:00 p.m.
Play by Play: Brent Balbinot
Analyst: Bruce Gradkowski
Sidelines: Mike Robinson
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