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Rocket fans have chance to win Jeep at football game Oct. 20

The University has teamed up again with Yark Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram, Bud Light, and iHeart Media for the Toledo Rocket Fan Jeep Giveaway contest. Rocket fans will have the opportunity to win a brand new Jeep Wrangler at the Saturday, Oct. 20, football game against Buffalo.

“We value being local and working with local partners to provide the people of Toledo with products and services they love,” said John Miller, a representative of Treu House of Munch, which has been part of Toledo since 1875. “This has been one of the biggest and most successful marketing programs we participate in because the people of Toledo support all things Toledo.”

“We are very excited to be sponsoring our third year of the Toledo Rocket Fan Jeep Giveaway,” added Doug Kearns, vice president of Yark Automotive Group. “We love to support our hometown Toledo Rockets as they go after another Mid-American Conference Championship this season.”

“The University of Toledo and the Jeep Wrangler represent some of the best we have to offer in Toledo,” said iHeartRadio Toledo Market President Kellie Holeman. “We’re thrilled to once again give Rocket fans and iHeartRadio listeners the chance to drive away from a game in a brand new Jeep from Yark Automotive Group. It’s just one more exciting part of Rocket Nation.”

NewsRadio 1370 and 92.9 WSPD has been the flagship home of UT football for 52 years, and now games may be heard on the free iHeartRadio app.

The contest will run through Saturday, Oct. 20, with the winner receiving the keys to a brand new 2018 Toledo-made Jeep Wrangler.

Contest participants must be 21 years of age or older to enter. There are three ways to enter (limited to one entry per person) to win:

• Text JEEP to 81530 to enter for a chance to qualify (standard message and data rates apply).

• Go online and enter at WIOT.com.

• Enter to win at the UT vs. Buffalo football game Saturday, Oct. 20.

Two finalists will be selected via text or online entry with the third finalist being selected at the game. The winner will be announced at halftime during the UT-Buffalo game. All three finalists will be given a key to the Jeep, with one lucky fan’s key starting the vehicle. For the chance to win, all entrants must be at the Oct. 20 game.

The Toledo Rocket Fan Jeep Giveaway contest is sponsored by Yark Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram, Bud Light and iHeart Media.

Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame to induct 2018 class

The University of Toledo Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame will induct nine former student-athletes Friday, Oct. 19, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Perrysburg.

Social hour for the event will begin at 6 p.m., and dinner will follow at 7 p.m. The class also will be introduced at halftime of the UT football game vs. Buffalo Saturday, Oct. 20.

Tickets for the Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame induction dinner are $45 or $360 for a table of eight and can be purchased by calling the Athletic Development Office at 419.530.5087.

The 2018 Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame inductees are:

Lurley Archambeau, football, 1963 to 1965. He was a three-year starter, playing in the first three years of legendary Rocket Coach Frank Lauterbur’s tenure. In his sophomore and junior seasons, Archambeau started on both the offensive and defensive lines, one of the last two-way players in UT history. He also played on all special teams, meaning he did not come off the field during games. As a senior, Archambeau was the starting center on a team that went 5-5. After graduation, Archambeau was drafted in the 17th round by the Atlanta Falcons, but an injury ended his football career. After graduation, he attended medical school and became the first president of the first class of the former Medical College of Ohio. He has been in private psychiatry practice in Toledo for the past 43 years and has served his alma mater as a counselor for Rocket student-athletes for four decades.

Andy Boyd, football, 1998 to 2001. He was a walk-on who became a four-year starter at safety. During his collegiate career, Boyd always seemed to make the big play in the biggest games. Boyd totaled 314 tackles and 10 interceptions. He made the Mid-American Conference Academic Honor Roll in 1999, 2000 and 2001. During his junior year in 2000, he also was named All-MAC by the Sporting News. Boyd also was named UT’s Most Outstanding Defensive back in 1999, 2000 and 2001. During Boyd’s time at UT, the Rockets had a 33-13 record (22-8 MAC) and won MAC West Division titles in 1998, 2000 and 2001. In Boyd’s senior year, the Rockets won the MAC Championship and 2001 Motor City Bowl. He had 76 tackles and three interceptions as a redshirt freshman in 1998, making the Football News’ First-Team Freshman All-American squad and Football News’ All-MAC First-Team. He also received the Norman Cohen award for UT’s Most Outstanding Freshman football player in 1998. His biggest play came in the fourth quarter with an interception against Central Michigan that set up the game-winning field goal to help Toledo take the MAC West Division title. Boyd had 61 tackles and three interceptions as a sophomore, and 95 tackles and three picks as a junior in 2000. That 2000 team went 10-1 and was one of the strongest defensive teams ever at UT, racking up three shutouts and holding opponents to 14 points or fewer in seven games. Boyd made the game-saving tackle on the final play in a 31-26 defeat of Tony Romo and Eastern Illinois that season. In 2001, Boyd was named a team captain. He had 82 tackles and one interception. He broke up the potential game-winning pass in the end zone on fourth down to clinch Toledo’s 23-16 victory over Cincinnati in the 2001 Motor City Bowl. After graduation, Boyd served the Rockets as a volunteer coach (2002), a graduate assistant coach (2003 to 2004), and assistant coach (2005 to 2009) and director of high school relations (2010). While on the coaching staff, Boyd recruited First-Team All-MAC players Barry Church, Archie Donald, Jermaine Robinson and Eric Page. Church and Page would go on to become All-Americans. Boyd went into private business in 2010 and returned to the program as color commentator on Rocket football broadcasts from 2011 to 2015.

Sean Dobson
, baseball, 2001 to 2004. He made First-Team All-MAC, First-Team All-Region and was named an All-American by College Baseball Insider.com in 2004. He hit .394 that season and set UT records for total bases (152), RBIs (63) and doubles (23), while also scoring 60 runs. He led the team in hitting in 2002 with a .387 average, knocking in 34 runs and scoring 33. In 2003, he hit .367 and led the team with 60 runs scored. Dobson finished his career as UT’s leader in runs, hits and doubles. He ranks second in batting average (.371), third in runs (159) and hits (249), fourth in total bases (356), tied for fourth in doubles (46), and seventh in RBI (131). An outfielder, Dobson was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 40th round of the 2004 Major League Baseball draft.

Ari Fisher, women’s track and field/cross country, 2008 to 2012. Fisher made All-MAC six times in her career as a distance runner, three times in cross country and three times in track and field. She is one of only five runners in MAC history to win back-to-back cross country titles, achieving that feat in 2009 and 2010. She qualified for the NCAA Cross Country Championship Meet three times in her career, earning All-America honors in 2010. Fisher won the individual title as a sophomore in 2009, pacing UT to a second-place finish. She then took ninth place at the NCAA Regionals and qualified for her first NCAA Championship Meet. A year later, she won the MAC title again, leading the Rockets to a MAC title. She was third at the NCAA Regionals and 26th at the NCAA Championship Meet. In 2011, Fisher came in third place at the MAC Championships as UT again won the team title. She was 17th at the NCAA Regionals and 76th at the NCAA Championship Meet, helping UT to its highest national finish ever (21st place). Injuries hampered her track career, but she was named the league’s Outstanding Distance Runner at the 2010 Indoor Championship when she won the 5K by more than 26 seconds. In 2011, she set the MAC record in the 5K at the Iowa State meet. Her time of 16:04.56 was one of the top 10 fastest times in the world that year. She was one of the favorites to win the 5K at the NCAA Indoor Championships that year, but an injury forced her to withdraw from the race. In 2012, she won the 10K at the MAC Outdoor Championships.

Laura Lindsay, women’s swimming and diving, 2008 to 2011. She was a two-time All-American and three-time All-MAC swimmer who helped lead Toledo to MAC Championships in 2010 and 2012. She earned All-America honors in the breaststroke in 2011 and 2012, the only Rocket woman swimmer to make All-America twice in her career. In 2012, Lindsay swam the fifth fastest time at the NCAA Championships in the 100-yard breaststroke, swimming in the B final and winning the event. She also swam the 200-yard breaststroke at the NCAA Championships twice, making her a four-time NCAA qualifier. Lindsay set three MAC records in the breaststroke and still holds two all-time UT individual records, as well as the MAC record in the 200 breast (2:09.72). Over her career, Lindsay won six MAC titles, one each in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, and four in medley relays. As a sophomore, Lindsay was part of the MAC Championship 200- and 400-medley relay teams, earning second-team all-conference. A year later, Lindsay finished in second place in both the 100- and 200-breaststroke, taking home First-Team All-MAC honors. As a senior, she won both of those races at the MAC Championships, as well as participating in the 200- and 400-medley relay teams that won league titles. Lindsay, who was named Toledo’s team MVP in 2011 and 2012, was a USA Olympic top 10 qualifier in the 100- and 200-breaststroke in 2012, and top 25 qualifier in 2016.

Jared Miller, men’s tennis, 2005 to 2009. He was a four-time All-MAC tennis player and three-time team captain during his collegiate career. His overall record was 128-108, including a 42-28 mark at No.1 singles and No. 1 doubles as a senior. He earned a spot on the All-MAC Tournament Team in 2008 and 2009. In his senior year, Miller helped lead the Rockets to the MAC Tournament title match, their best finish in 36 years, and was ranked No. 8 in doubles in the Midwest Region. Miller was a three-time Academic All-MAC choice and was twice named MAC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Week. In 2009, he earned the MAC Men’s Tennis Senior Sportsmanship Award and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division I Men’s Midwest Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship Award. Miller nabbed numerous team awards, including Newcomer of the Year (2005-06); Most Improved Player (2005-06 and 2006-07); Team Leadership Award (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09) and Most Valuable Player (all four years). In 2009, Miller was voted UT’s Most Valuable Male Senior by the UT Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. In 2009, he was honored for having the highest GPA among all UT male student-athletes. Miller graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry with concentration in biochemistry. He went to medical school and works in general pediatrics and primary care sports medicine with St. Vincent Medical Group in Kokomo, Ind.

Eric Page, football, 2009 to 2011. Page’s 306 receptions are the most in Toledo history and the 12th most in NCAA history. He also leads Toledo with 3,446 receiving yards. He holds the single-season mark for catches, snagging 125 passes as a junior in 2011, and ranks first all-time in career kickoff return average (27.3). Page was a three-time All-MAC selection who earned first-team All-America honors as a kickoff returner in 2010, a year in which he averaged 31.1 yards per return and scored three TDs. In 2009, Page led the nation’s freshmen with 82 receptions and 1,159 receiving yards. He earned second-team All-MAC honors and was named a Freshman All-American by Phil Steele and College Football News. As a sophomore, Page caught 99 passes and was named First-Team All-MAC as both a receiver and kickoff returner. He was selected by Walter Camp and the Sporting News as a First-Team All-American at kickoff returner, the first Rocket to make first-team on a major All-America team since Gene Swick in 1975. He also was named MAC Special Teams Player of the Year and the National Kickoff Returner of the Year by College Football Performance Awards. In his junior season, Page became only the third person in NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision history to make First-Team All-League at three positions: wide receiver, kickoff returner and punt returner. He shattered the UT reception mark by catching 125 passes and was one of four national finalists for the Paul Hornung Award, given annually to the nation’s most versatile player. He set the UT record and tied Randy Moss’ MAC record when he caught five TD passes in one game vs. Northern Illinois in 2011. At the end of his college career, he was tied for the most career receptions by any player in MAC history.

Lena Richards-Crider, softball, 1995 to 1996. She is a two-time First-Team All-MAC selection. As a junior in 1995, she led the Rockets in nine categories: slugging percentage (.439), runs (40), hits, (69), at-bats (212 — which ties for fifth place in MAC history), doubles (13), sacrifices (18), total bases (93), stolen bases (12) and home runs (3). These impressive season stats helped her earn a spot on the First-Team All-MAC and First-Team All-Mideast Region lists. She was the MAC’s Hitter of the Week and was nominated for National Hitter of the Week after batting .600 (12 for 20) with seven RBI, four runs scored, three sacrifices, two doubles, and a grand slam over six games against No. 6 Michigan and Eastern Michigan (1995). She also pitched an 8-0 shutout over Eastern Michigan during that same stretch. In 1996, Richards-Crider made First-Team All-MAC again. She was named MAC Co-Hitter of the Week April 15 after hitting .692 (9 for 13) with two runs, one double, and a pair of stolen bases. Richards-Crider is vice president of development and marketing for A Kid Again, a nonprofit organization in Columbus, Ohio, that works to foster hope, happiness and healing for families raising children with life-threatening illnesses.

Naama Shafir, women’s basketball, 2008 to 2013. She was a four-time All-MAC selection and is one of only two players (Kim Knuth) in program history to earn all-conference accolades on four occasions. Shafir wrapped up her collegiate career ranked first in UT annals in assists (722, third most in MAC history), minutes played (4,218), games played (139) and games started (139). She also ranked second in free-throw attempts (696), third in steals (227) and made free throws (538), fourth in field-goal attempts (1,476), and fifth in points (1,874). Additionally, Shafir was sixth in field goals made (601), seventh in free-throw percentage (.773), and tied for ninth in scoring average (13.5 points per game). As a freshman, Shafir averaged 11.7 points and 4.5 assists, earning honorable mention All-MAC honors. A year later, she earned second-team all-league honors, averaging 14.3 points and 6.7 assists, leading UT to the MAC Championship title game for the first time since 2001. As a junior in the 2010-11 season, Shafir averaged 15.3 points and 5.1 assists, earning First-Team All-MAC honors. The Rockets finished in first place in the MAC that year and went on to win the WNIT Championship. She was named MVP of the tournament, scoring 40 points against USC in the championship game, a 76-68 Rocket victory before a record crowd in Savage Arena. Shafir played in only four games in 2011-12 due to a knee injury, but came back in 2012-13 to lead UT to a 29-4 record (15-1 MAC). She once again earned First-Team All-MAC honors, averaging 12.8 points and 4.6 assists. She was runner-up for MAC Player of the Year and a regional finalist for the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s All-America Team. An excellent student, Shafir earned Academic All-MAC honors three times. She was part of the winningest class in school history, helping UT post a 107-31 overall ledger and a 54-10 MAC mark, with two MAC regular-season titles (2010-11, 2012-13), and four-consecutive MAC West-Division crowns, as well as advancing to the postseason each year. After graduation, Shafir returned to her native Israel, where she has played professional basketball for Elitzur Ramla, Maccabi Ramat Hen and Maccabi Bnot Ashdod.

Day of Giving events Oct. 16 and 17

Get ready and get involved: UT’s annual Day of Giving is this week.

The fundraising campaign, Rocket Forward: You Launch Lives, will begin at midnight Tuesday, Oct. 16, and will last until noon Wednesday, Oct. 17.

Alumni, faculty and staff members, students, and friends of the University who support its mission are encouraged to give during this second annual Day of Giving. Go to rocketforward.utoledo.edu.

And check out some of the events taking place Tuesday, Oct. 16:

• Meet and Greet with the President from 8 to 9 a.m. in the Collier Building. Dr. Sharon L. Gaber will meet students, pose for selfies, and pass out doughnuts and apples.

• Fall Fest from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Law Center. Donate to decorate mini-pumpkins and mugs; play cornhole, ring toss and horseshoes; and eat kettle corn, caramel apples and cider.

• Day of Giving Carnival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Centennial Mall. Stop by for games, food trucks and the dog-petting station. Participants can donate dollars for coins to play games, at which they can earn tickets for prizes; donations may be made with cash, credit cards and Rocket dollars. It’s $1 to pet a pup!

• Taco Tuesday from noon to 2 p.m. in Rocket Hall. Donations will be accepted for lunch at this event sponsored by University College.

• Zumba Class at 8 p.m. between Ottawa East and Ottawa West. Donate to attend the class.

From 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, stop by Rocket Hall Room 1300 and pick up a bagel or doughnut for a donation.

For a complete list of events, go to utfoundation.org/rocketforward/events.html.

Every donor and every dollar will make a difference in this 36-hour campaign to raise money for student scholarships, athletic and educational programs, and resources for UT’s academic colleges, among many other areas.

Gifts to rocketforward.utoledo.edu during the Day of Giving can be designated to specific funds that support causes donors are passionate about, and there are more than 2,000 funds to support.

Toledo to hold women’s basketball tipoff event Oct. 23

Toledo will hold a Women’s Basketball Tipoff Event Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 6:30 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union Auditorium.

The cost for the annual fundraiser hosted by the Rockets is $55 per person, $100 per couple, and $10 per child age 12 and younger. All proceeds will go to the UT women’s basketball program.

Attendees also can reserve an eight-person table for $500 or purchase the MVP package for $1,000, which includes a reserved table for eight and a signed Toledo basketball.

Attendees will be treated to live music and food donated by local restaurants while vying for numerous prizes throughout the course of the event.

“We want to let fans know the name of this year’s fundraiser has changed from Cake, Rattle and Roll to Toledo Women’s Basketball Tipoff because of the outstanding support for our program,” Head Coach Tricia Cullop said. “Since it has become so big, it’s tough to manage the size of a cake walk. Don’t worry, though, it will still be a fun-filled night with music, prizes, and a chance to get to know our players.”

In addition to music and prizes, this year’s event will feature current Women’s National Basketball Association Seattle Storm Head Coach Dan Hughes. A two-time WNBA Coach of the Year, Hughes also served as an assistant coach for the UT women’s program in 1996-97, as well as on the UT men’s squad from 1991 to 1996.

The Storm last month won their third WNBA Championship in franchise history with a three-game sweep over the Washington Mystics.

“We’ve once again landed one of the top coaches in the WNBA as our featured speaker,” Cullop said. “Dan Hughes, a former women’s and men’s assistant coach at Toledo, has agreed to join us this year, and we couldn’t be more excited.”

For more information or to reserve your spot/table for the event, contact Lauren Flaum, director of women’s basketball operations, at 419.530.2363 or lauren.flaum2@utoledo.edu. RSVPs are requested by Thursday, Oct. 18.

Day of Giving set for Oct. 16

The University of Toledo provides students with so many opportunities for success, and UT’s annual Day of Giving is a chance for the entire campus community to help students reach their goals by giving to Rocket Forward: You Launch Lives.

Alumni, faculty and staff members, students and friends of the University who support its mission are encouraged to give during this second annual Day of Giving. The fundraising campaign will begin at midnight Tuesday, Oct. 16, and will last until noon Wednesday, Oct. 17.

Every donor and every dollar will make a difference in this 36-hour campaign to raise money for student scholarships, athletic and educational programs, and resources for UT’s academic colleges, among many other areas.

“We encourage Rockets everywhere to join together on Oct. 16 and 17 to give back and have a significant impact on the lives of our students and all that The University of Toledo does to support them,” UT President Sharon L. Gaber said. “Philanthropy is essential to continuing the University’s mission to educate the next generation of leaders. I look forward to the possibilities of the combined efforts of our global, national and local alumni and friends when they support our Day of Giving and keep UT moving forward.”

Participation is an important goal for Day of Giving, which aims to encourage as many people as possible to support the University. Gift matches and gift challenges are ideal options for making a donation because they double the investment and double the impact.

In 2017, an anonymous donor challenged the colleges to compete for Day of Giving participants to support them. The College of Nursing and the College of Arts and Letters led the colleges, garnering the support of 99 and 95 donors, respectively. The colleges also received the additional $5,000 (Nursing) and $4,000 (Arts and Letters) for their progress funds via the donor’s gift.

“Last year was our first Day of Giving and it was a huge success,” said Charlene Gilbert, dean and professor of the College of Arts and Letters. “Our faculty and staff had the second highest number of donors. Their generosity demonstrated their deep belief in the mission of the University and the college. The money raised last year allowed us to provide strategic support to students who were close to graduating and just needed a little financial assistance. The result of that was our ability to graduate a record number of students and contribute to the University’s overall increase in our six-year graduation rate.”

Despite the rain last year on Day of Giving, students, faculty and staff members came out to Centennial Mall for free cupcakes handed out by the president, to hear the UT Rocket Marching Band perform, and to cozy up with some canines at a popular dog-petting station. Multiple activities are planned for Oct. 16 to celebrate the day and raise awareness of the opportunity to give.

For early risers, the Student Recreation Center will offer a Rise and Shine cycling class at 6:15 a.m. Oct. 16. With a $5 donation to Rocket Forward: You Launch Lives, you can attend the class, which also will be open to non-members of the center.

The UT community is invited to Centennial Mall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 16 when WXUT FM 88.3 will provide popular music entertainment. Student-run organizations will offer booths featuring carnival-style games. Participants can donate dollars for game tickets, and donations may be made with cash, credit cards and Rocket dollars. Dog-petting will return to this year’s Day of Giving Centennial Mall event, and for a $1 donation you can pet a pup. Foodies can get their fill by visiting three food trucks that will be on the scene: Koral Hamburg, The Leaf and Seed, and Holey Toledough Handcrafted Doughnuts.

On Health Science Campus, giving stations will be located in the Collier Building and the Four Seasons Bistro inside UT Medical Center. The College of Nursing will host activities, as well.

Click here for a full list of Day of Giving events.

Gifts to rocketforward.utoledo.edu during the Day of Giving can be designated to specific funds that support causes donors are passionate about, and there are more than 2,000 funds to support.

Support UT Oct. 16 and 17 during its Day of Giving, Rocket Forward: You Launch Lives fundraising campaign, and remember to share messages and encourage others to give using #rocketforward.

Rockets blast past Bowling Green, 52-36

In his first starting assignment at quarterback, sophomore Eli Peters threw for three touchdowns, and redshirt freshman running back Bryant Koback added three more scores on the ground as Toledo defeated archrival Bowling Green, 52-36, in the Battle of I-75 in its Homecoming game Saturday in the Glass Bowl.

It was the ninth consecutive victory for the Rockets over the Falcons, but it didn’t come easy. Toledo (3-2, 1-0 Mid-American Conference) jumped out to a 17-0 lead, but was only up by three points, 31-28, going into the fourth quarter. However, the Rocket defense clamped down, and Koback scored all three of his touchdowns in the final 15 minutes to secure the win.

The Toledo Rockets retained possession of the I-75 Trophy, beating Bowling Green for the ninth straight time.

While Toledo had heroes on offense and defense, it was the special teams that may have played a decisive role in the win. A blocked punt by Reggie Gilliam in the first quarter set up his own TD catch moments later, sophomore punter Bailey Flint ran for a key first down on a fake punt, and the Rockets blocked a potential game-tying field goal at the end of the first half. The special teams factor could have been even greater by kickoff and punt return touchdowns by junior Diontae Johnson that were both called back for penalties.

Peters, filling in for the injured junior Mitchell Guadagni, completed 17 of 35 passes for 184 yards and three TDs. He did not throw an interception and was not sacked. Senior Cody Thompson was his top target, catching six passes for 78 yards and one TD. Sophomore Shakif Seymour led the running attack with 101 yards on 18 carries to complement Koback’s 90 yards and three scores.

Reggie Gilliam blocked a punt and then caught a touchdown pass to cash in on the BG turnover.

On the defensive side, Toledo broke up eight passes, led by three breakups from senior safety Josh Teachey.

Toledo scored on its first drive as Jameson Vest connected on a 39-yard field goal following a nine-play drive that stalled on the BG 22-yard line. The Falcons were forced to punt on their first possession and the Rockets made them pay when junior tight end Reggie Gilliam blocked the punt and Victor Williams recovered on the BGSU 22-yard line. Four plays later, Peters hit Gilliam for a four-yard score.

On the Falcons’ first play on their next possession, junior linebacker Jordan Fisher forced a fumble that was recovered by senior cornerback Ka’dar Hollman on the BG 34-yard line. Peters struck again, this time connecting with Diontae Johnson on a seven-yard TD to make the score 17-0 just eight minutes into the contest.

Bowling Green struck back on a 15-yard TD run by Andrew Clair, capping a 10-play, 86-yard drive to cut the lead to 17-7.

Senior Cody Thompson caught six passes for 78 yards and one touchdown.

Just two plays into the second quarter, the Falcons trimmed the lead to 17-14 on a 60-yard bolt by Clair down the middle of the field.

Toledo answered with a 12-play, 67-yard drive that was finished off by a one-yard run by Art Thompkins, putting the Rockets ahead 24-14 with 9:35 to play in the half.

Clair struck again on another big play, this time catching a short pass near the sideline then sprinting 61 yards for the TD to make the score 24-21.

BGSU had a chance to tie the game right before halftime, but a 42-yard field goal attempt was blocked by the middle of the Rockets’ line.

Toledo’s defense got off to a good start in the third quarter, forcing the Falcons to punt on a three-and-out on their opening possession of the half.

The offense followed that up with an impressive 12-play, 90-yard drive that resulted in a three-yard TD pass from Peters to Thompson.

Junior Diontae Johnson jumped over a Falcon defender.

Later in the quarter, the Falcons put together a 14-play, 84-yard drive to cut the lead to 31-28. Jarret Doege hit Quintin Morris for an eight-yard score to finish off the long drive.

Toledo missed a chance to extend the lead early in the fourth quarter when Vest’s 32-yard field goal attempt sailed wide right.

But two possessions later, the Rockets used a short field to their advantage to add to their lead. Toledo needed just two plays to score — a 19-yard completion to Thompson and a seven-yard TD run by Koback, taking a 38-28 lead with 9:35 left in the game.

Toledo forced BG into a three-and-out, then came back to score again, this time on a five-yard run by Koback to up the lead to 45-28 with 5:08 left.

UT stopped BG on downs on the Falcons’ next possession, and Koback scored again from 21 yards out.

The Falcons tacked on a final score on a 42-yard bomb from Doege to Scott Miller, but the ensuing on-side kick was recovered by Nick Kovacs to clinch the win for UT.

The Rockets travel to Eastern Michigan next Saturday for a noon kickoff at Rynearson Stadium.

Glass Bowl ranked No. 4 stadium in country in national fan poll

The Glass Bowl has been ranked by fans as the No. 4 college football stadium in the country, according to a new poll conducted by Podium.com.

An article ranking 25 of the top stadiums in the nation was published by Business Insider.

Fans ranked the Glass Bowl the No. 4 college football stadium in the country.

The Glass Bowl had an overall rating of 4.837 out of 5. In the comment section, the article mentioned the famous Rocket, a U.S. Army Nike-Ajax missile that sits just outside The University of Toledo’s venerable football stadium.

Originally built as a Works Progress Administration project in 1937, the Glass Bowl was renovated in 1990. As a result of those changes, the Glass Bowl became a graceful synthesis of modern technology and old-time charm and craftsmanship.

More recent improvements to the Glass Bowl include a renovation of the east side of the stadium (2016), new turf (2016), and the installation of a new videoboard as part of the Larimer Athletic Complex renovation (2014).

The Rockets have played 430 games in the Glass Bowl and have a 294-128-8 record. In each of the first three games this year, more than 23,000 fans have packed the stadium, including an above-capacity crowd of 28,117 for the contest vs. Miami (Fla.) Sept. 15.

Another big crowd is expected for Saturday’s Homecoming game vs. Bowling Green. Kickoff will be at 3:30 p.m. A limited number of tickets are still available. For more information, go online or call 419.530.GOLD (4653).

Top College Football Stadiums
Podium.com Fan Poll

1. Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium (Kansas State University)
2. Kyle Field (Texas A&M University)
3. Jerry Richardson Stadium (University of North Carolina-Charlotte)
4. The Glass Bowl (The University of Toledo)
5. Memorial Stadium (University of Nebraska)
6. Lane Stadium (Virginia Tech)
7. Milan Puskar Stadium (University of West Virginia)
8. Amon G. Carter Stadium (Texas Christian University)
Memorial Stadium (Clemson University)
10. Spectrum Stadium (University of Central Florida)
11. Jack Trice Stadium (Iowa State University)
12. Michigan Stadium (University of Michigan)
13. Johnny “Red” Floyd Stadium (Middle Tennessee State University)
14. Neyland Stadium (University of Tennessee)
15. The Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium (University of Oklahoma)
16. Kinnick Stadium (University of Iowa)
17. Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium (East Carolina University)
18. Beaver Stadium (Penn State University)
19. Tiger Stadium (Louisiana State University)
20. LaVell Edwards Stadium (Brigham Young University)
21. Autzen Stadium (University of Oregon)
22. McLane Stadium (Baylor University)
23. Apogee Stadium (University of North Texas)
24. Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (University of Florida)
25. Jones AT&T Stadium (Texas Tech University)

Homecoming on the hardwood: Open basketball practice sessions, tours

The Toledo men’s and women’s basketball programs will both hold open practice sessions in Savage Arena Saturday, Oct. 6, as a part of UT’s 2018 Homecoming events.

Women’s hoops will start the day with a 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. session. Men’s practice will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. following the 10:30 a.m. Edward C. and Helen G. Schmakel Homecoming Parade.

Head Coaches Tod Kowalczyk and Tricia Cullop will sport microphones for their respective teams’ practice.

The women’s practice session will feature free bagels and coffee, and tours of the facility will be available afterward.

The men’s session will have free pizza and soda, along with another opportunity for fans to tour the facility following practice.

Fans planning to attend are encouraged to use parking lots 1 and 2, along with the East Parking Garage. Normal game-day parking rules apply.

Opening tipoff is right around the corner with the teams hosting an exhibition doubleheader Saturday, Nov. 3. The women will play Findlay at noon, while the men take on Hillsdale at 2:30 p.m.

Season tickets can be purchased at the UT Athletic Ticket Office in Savage Arena, online at utrockets.com, and by calling 419.530.GOLD (4653).

Rockets to host Archrival Bowling Green for Homecoming game Oct. 6

When the Rockets play Bowling Green in the Glass Bowl Saturday, Oct. 6, the question could be asked: Just how much significance can you pack into one game?

Not only is it a matchup between archrivals 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.

Toledo has won eight straight games in the Battle of I-75.

Clearly, no pre-game speeches will be needed. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.

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.

There are a limited number of tickets still available. Go to utrockets.com or call 419.530.GOLD (4653). Faculty and staff can buy tickets half off with ID, and UT students are admitted free with ID.

Homecoming Gala to recognize Gold, Blue T, Young Alum award recipients

The University of Toledo Alumni Association will honor the winners of its most prestigious honors: the Gold T, Blue T and Edward H. Schmidt Outstanding Young Alum Award.

These three recipients will be recognized — along with distinguished alumni from each UT college — at the Homecoming Gala Friday, Oct. 5, at 6 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union Auditorium.

Tickets for the gala are $30 per person, $10 for children. To make a reservation, visit toledoalumni.org or contact the UT Alumni Office at 419.530.ALUM (2586).

Montgomery

The Gold T is presented to a UT graduate in recognition of outstanding achievement in his or her field of endeavor while providing leadership and noteworthy service to the community.

The 2018 recipient is Betty Montgomery. She received a law degree from the University in 1976 and began blazing trails. In 1995, Montgomery became the first woman to serve as attorney general in the state of Ohio. She served a four-year term and was re-elected to another four-year term. In 2003, she ran for auditor of the state of Ohio. Again she was a trendsetter, becoming the first woman to hold that four-year title in the more than 200-year history of the Buckeye State.

Before that, Montgomery spent seven years as a state senator for District 2, covering Ottawa, Wood and parts of Lucas and Erie counties. She also served as Wood County’s prosecuting attorney for eight years, during which time she was the only woman prosecuting attorney in Ohio.

Wakefield

The Blue T is presented to a UT Alumni Association member and University graduate who has made outstanding contributions to the progress and development of the Alumni Association and his or her alma mater.

Dr. Tom Wakefield is the 2018 recipient. He received an undergraduate degree in premed in 1970 and a medical degree from the former Medical College of Ohio in 1973.

Wakefield is the James C. Stanley Professor of Surgery, section head of vascular surgery and director of the Frankel Cardiovascular Center at the University of Michigan. He has received nearly $26 million in funded grants for vascular research. Wakefield is passionate about his alma mater. He served as president of the Alumni Association during the 2014-15 school year and is a major financial supporter of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences; the Athletics Department; the Alumni Association; and the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women.

Ladd

The Edward H. Schmidt Outstanding Young Alum Award is presented to a University graduate who is 40 years or younger in recognition of outstanding achievement in her or his field of endeavor, while providing leadership and noteworthy service to the Alumni Association, University or community. This award is named in memory of the 1942 alumnus and a longtime supporter of the University and its Alumni Association.

The 2018 recipient is Dr. Mallory Ladd, who earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Jesup Scott Honors College in 2011.
A recent graduate of the University of Tennessee’s PhD program, Ladd has been hired by the federally funded Center for Naval Analysis in Washington, D.C. She is an internationally recognized scientist who has developed mass spectrometry tools to measure the chemistry of soils in the Artic, which is viewed as a tipping-point area for climate change. Ladd also has served as a panelist at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany.

For more information, contact Dan Saevig, UT associate vice president of alumni engagement, at 419.530.4008.