Toledo Accepts Invitation to Play in Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl

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The University of Toledo has accepted an invitation to play Florida International University of Conference USA in the 2018 Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl at Thomas A. Robinson Stadium in Nassau, UT Vice-President and Athletic Director Mike O'Brien announced on Sunday. The game will be played at 12:30 p.m. ET on Friday, Dec. 21 and will be televised on ESPN.

"We are very excited to accept an invitation to play in the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl," said O'Brien. "We are looking forward to working with the staff at the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl as we participate in their outstanding bowl. This will be our first trip to the Bahamas and we are looking forward to a terrific bowl experience against a very fine FIU team. I also want to congratulate head coach Jason Candle, his staff and our entire Rocket football team for earning their eighth bowl invitation in the last nine years."

Toledo head coach Jason Candle said the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl will be a well-earned reward for his team.

"The Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl will provide our team with an outstanding bowl experience, as well as the opportunity to play against a very tough FIU team," said Candle. "We are looking forward to a great matchup. Playing in the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl is an excellent reward for our players, coaches, fans and everyone who has played a part in the success of our program."

The Rockets (7-5, 5-3 MAC) finished tied for second place in the West Division of the Mid-American Conference. Toledo has a streak of nine consecutive winning seasons and will be attending its eight bowl in the past nine years. UT is 11-6 all-time in bowl games.

FIU (8-4, 6-2 Conference USA) finished tied for second place in the East Division of CUSA. The Golden Panthers lead the all-time series over Toledo, 2-1, including a 34-32 win in the 2010 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, the most recent meeting between the two programs.

Rockets fans may purchase tickets for the game form the UT Athletic Ticket Office. Information on placing orders for tickets will be announced later this week. Fans wishing to purchase rooms at the host resort for the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl, the Atlantis Bahamas, can do so by clicking the Bowl Travel tab at MakersWantedBahamasBowl.com.

Toledo's Bowl History
Bowl Record: 11-6
1969 Tangerine Bowl
Toledo 56, Davidson 33
1970 Tangerine Bowl
Toledo 40, William & Mary 12
1971 Tangerine Bowl
Toledo 28, Richmond 3
1981 California Bowl
Toledo 27, San Jose State 25
1984 California Bowl
UNLV 30, Toledo 13*
1995 Las Vegas Bowl
Toledo 40, Nevada 37 (OT)
2001 Motor City Bowl
Toledo 23, Cincinnati 16
2002 Motor City Bowl
Boston College 51, Toledo 25
2004 Motor City Bowl
Connecticut 39, Toledo 10
2005 GMAC Bowl
Toledo 45, UTEP 13
2010 Little Caesars Bowl
FIU 34, Toledo 32
2011 Military Bowl
Toledo 42, Air Force 41
2012 Famous Idaho Bowl
Utah State 41, Toledo 15
2015 GoDaddy Bowl (2014 season)
Toledo 63, Arkansas State 44
2015 Marmot Boca Raton Bowl
Toledo 32, Temple 17
2016 Raycom Media Camellia Bowl
Appalachian State 31, Toledo 28
2017 Dollar General Bowl
Appalachian State 34, Toledo 0
2018 Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl
Toledo vs. FIU
* Toledo claims victory by forfeit

Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl History
2014- Western Kentucky 49, Central Michigan 48
2015 - Western Michigan 45, Middle Tennessee 31
2016 - Old Dominion 24, Eastern Michigan 20
2017 - Ohio 41, UAB 6
2018 - Toledo vs. FIU
NOTE: From 2014-17 the Bahamas Bowl was known as the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl