Rockets to Honor 14 Seniors

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Toledo will look to send off 14 seniors with a victory over Central Michigan on Friday, Nov. 23 (Noon/ESPN3), the regular-season finale for both teams.

Toledo (6-5, 4-3 MAC) is coming off a 56-34 at Kent State on Nov. 15. The victory made the Rockets bowl eligible for the ninth consecutive season. It was also the fifth time this season Toledo topped the 50-point mark, a school record.

Redshirt freshman Bryant Koback ran for a season-high 192 yards and two touchdowns to lead Toledo in wintry conditions at Kent State. Junior Art Thompkins added 122 yards and two scores to Toledo's running attack, which racked up a season-high 384 yards. Sophomore quarterback Eli Peters completed 11-of-14 passes for 131 yards and two scores. Junior Diontae Johnson helped the cause with an 83-yard punt return just before halftime that gave Toledo a 28-17 lead going into the locker room. Toledo then scored three quick touchdowns in the third quarter to take a 49-17 lead that ended Kent State's hopes of an upset on a night that featured rain, sleet and snow.

Central Michigan (1-10, 0-7 MAC) has not won a MAC game this year but have been in almost every game, with only one conference defeat coming by more than 11 points. The Chippewas, who have the No. 1 pass defense in the league (148.0), are led by senior linebacker Malik Fountain, who tops the MAC with 142 tackles.

Senior Day
The Rockets will honor 14 graduating seniors prior to kickoff of the CMU game. In the past four years, this group has posted a 36-14 record and won a MAC Championship in 2017. Here are the graduating seniors:
Chandler Cotterman, Anna, Ohio
Chris Green, Toledo, Ohio
Ka'dar Hollman, Burlington, N.J.
Reggie Howard, Cincinnati
Jon'Vea Johnson, Gary, Ind.
Sami Kassem, Cincinnati
Richard Olekanma, Downers Grove, Ill.
Jalen Reese, Mansfield, Ohio
Brock Ruble, Charlotte Hall, Md.
Tuzar Skipper, Norwich, Conn.
Tyler Taafe, Hubbard, Ohio
Josh Teachey, Waldorf, Md.
Cody Thompson, Huron, Ohio
Jameson Vest, Peachtree City, Ga.

Rocket Round-Up
Toledo's six wins makes it bowl eligible for the ninth consecutive season. The Rockets have gone bowling in seven of the last eight seasons. Most bowl berths will be announced on Sunday, Dec. 2, though some announcements could come as early as Nov. 25.
Toledo leads the series with Central Michigan, 25-18-3. The Rockets have won the last eight meetings, most recently a 30-10 victory at Mount Pleasant last season. The last CMU win in the series came in 2009.
Toledo is second in the MAC in scoring (40.2), just a few points behind Ohio's 40.5. The Rockets are also second in the league rushing offense (217.3) and third in total offense (446.3).
Redshirt freshman Bryant Koback's 192 rushing yards vs. Kent State are the third-most by a UT freshman. It is also the highest output by a Rocket since Kareem Hunt had 200 yards against Western Michigan on Nov. 25, 2016. Terry Swanson matched Koback's 192 yards vs. Bowling Green last year.
Sophomore quarterback Eli Peters is 3-1 as a starter this year. He replaced junior Mitchell Guadagni, who was injured in the Western Michigan game on Oct. 25.
Senior wide receiver Cody Thompson has been named CoSIDA Academic All-District for the second consecutive season.

Toledo vs. Central Michigan
Friday, Nov. 23 - Noon
The Glass Bowl

Toledo (6-5, 4-3 MAC)
Central Michigan (1-10, 0-7 MAC)

SERIES RECORD: Toledo leads, 25-18-3. The Rockets won at CMU last year, 30-10, and have won eight consecutive games in the series.

Jason Candle, 27-12 (3rd year) at Toledo, same overall. 2-0 vs. CMU.
John Bonamego, 22-28 (4th year) at CMU, same overall. 0-3 vs. Toledo.

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