When the Rockets host Bowling Green at the Glass Bowl this Saturday, the question could be asked: Just how much significance can you pack into one game? Not only is it a matchup between arch-rivals who have exactly split the all-time series (39 wins apiece, four ties), it is also the Mid-American Conference opener for UT and it is the Rockets' Homecoming game. Clearly, no pre-game speeches will be needed for this game.
Toledo (2-2, 0-0 MAC) is coming off a 49-27 loss at Fresno State Saturday night. Junior quarterback Mitchell Guadagni threw for 59 yards and ran for 55 in one half of action but it wasn't enough to counter a strong offensive effort by the Bulldogs.Toledo held a 13-7 lead early in the second quarter but Fresno State controlled the game after that.
Guadagni was shaken up on a play late in the second quarter. Although he did return to action after missing one play, he did not play in the second half. He finished with 6-of-10 passing for 59 yards and one TD. Sophomore Eli Peters took over for Guadagni, completing 10-of-21 passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns. Guadagni's status for the Bowling Green has not been determined.
Bowling Green (1-4, 0-1 MAC) comes to the Glass Bowl following a 63-17 loss at Georgia Tech. The Falcons have played a tough schedule, losing to Oregon, Maryland and Miami (Ohio), and defeating Eastern Kentucky. BGSU is led by sophomore quarterback Jarret Doege, who has completed 64.2 percent of his passes for 1,196 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Toledo (2-2, 0-0 MAC) is coming off a 49-27 loss at Fresno State on Sept. 29.
Toledo and Bowling Green will be playing for the Battle of I-75 Trophy for the seventh time in the history of the rivalry. The trophy was officially awarded to UT in 2011 following its 28-21 win, but the trophy was not completed in time for the game. This will the 83rd meeting in the rivalry, which began in 1919.
Junior quarterback Mitchell Guadagni leads the MAC and is fourth in the nation in passing efficiency (196.6).
Guadagni leads the Rockets with 253 yards rushing. He has led the team in rushing in each of the last three games, including a career-high 131 yards vs. Nevada on Sept. 22, a figure that trails only Maurice Hall (142 yards vs. Bowling Green in 1979) in UT annals.
Toledo's top three receivers have combined for 63 touchdown receptions in their careers: Cody Thompson (24) Diontae Johnson (20) and Jon'Vea Johnson (19).
Toledo leads the MAC and is tied for 11th in the country in scoring (45.0), and is fourth in the MAC total offense (443.0).
Senior wide receiver Cody Thompson is fourth place all-time in school history in career receiving yards (2,837) and tied for third place with 24 career TD catches.
Jameson Vest's 61 career field goals ranks third on Toledo's all-time list.
Toledo vs. Bowling Green
Saturday, Oct. 6 - 3:30 p.m.
The Glass Bowl
Toledo (2-2, 0-0 MAC)
Bowling Green (1-4, 0-1 MAC)
SERIES RECORD: Tied, 39-39-4. Toledo won at Bowling Green last year, 66-37, its eighth consecutive win in the series.
Jason Candle, 23-9 (3rd year) at Toledo, same overall. 2-0 vs. Bowling Green.
Mike Jinks, 7-22 (3rd year) at BGSU, same overall. 0-2 vs. Toledo.
Play by Play: Shawn Kenney
Analyst: Dustin Fox
ROCKET RADIO NETWORK: Pregame begins at 2:00 p.m.
Play by Play: Brent Balbinot
Analyst: Bruce Gradkowski
Sidelines: Mike Robinson
WEB-AUDIO: Free live audio streaming of the UT Rocket Radio Network broadcast on UTRockets.com.
UT COACH'S SHOW: Coach Jason Candle and host Brent Balbinot talk Rocket Football every Monday at Frickers in Maumee. Carried live on WSPD-AM1370 and online on UTRockets.com.
@ToledoFB: Regular updates on UT Football, live updates on Game Day.
@UTPaulHelgren: Regular updates on UT Football.
TICKETS: Limited number of tickets are still available. Go online or call 419-530-GOLD (4653)