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Men’s, women’s basketball season preview Oct. 24

The University of Toledo will host “Tricks, Treats and Dunks,” presented by Paramount Advantage, a special basketball season preview Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 6 p.m. in Savage Arena. Admission is free.

The evening will begin with trick-or-treating for kids from 6 to 7 p.m. at stations located in the arena concourses, pumpkin decorating, and a haunted house inside Fetterman Gym.

Fans can dress in their Halloween costumes and get treats and prizes. Free basketball schedule posters will be provided for fans to get autographs from UT women’s and men’s basketball players.

At 7 p.m., the fun moves to Nichols Court, where a contest for best Halloween costumes will be judged. Prizes will be given out to best costumes for children. There also will be raffle prizes for both fans and UT students throughout the night.

Following the Halloween costume contest, the 2018-19 UT women’s and men’s basketball teams will be introduced. The Rockets will participate in a game of Knockout that will feature players from both teams, a Rocket Kids Club member, a UT student and a fan. The event will conclude with a slam-dunk contest for the men’s team.

Fans can purchase snacks from the concession stands as they watch the action and listen to music from a DJ.

In conjunction with “Tricks, Treats and Dunks,” the Residence Hall Association will host its annual Halloween Walk. Children and families will have the opportunity for more trick-or-treating in the residence halls following the conclusion of the event in Savage Arena.

Free parking will be available in lots 3, 4 and 5, which are adjacent to Savage Arena.

Rockets to host MAC East Division leader Buffalo Oct. 20

Toledo returns home this week to host Buffalo (6-1, 3-0 Mid-American Conference) Saturday, Oct. 20, at noon.

The Bulls are the leaders in the East Division of the Mid-American Conference. They are one of three MAC teams, along with MAC West teams Northern Illinois (4-0) and Western Michigan (3-0), that are still undefeated in conference play. Toledo must still play all three teams this season.

The Rockets (3-3, 1-1) are coming off a 28-26 loss at Eastern Michigan Oct. 13. Toledo nearly came back from a 25-point deficit, but the Rockets’ furious rally came up just short.

Toledo trailed 28-3 going into the fourth quarter when junior Mitchell Guadagni engineered three scoring drives, the final touchdown coming with 20 seconds left when Guadagni scrambled 10 yards to cut the lead to 28-26. Toledo went for the two-point conversion to tie the game, but Guadagni’s pass to sophomore Bryce Mitchell was broken up. Toledo’s attempt at an on-side kick went out of bounds, giving EMU its first win over the Rockets in the past 12 meetings.

Buffalo is coming off a 24-6 victory over Akron at home last week. The Bulls have won six of their seven contests this season, their only defeat a 42-13 loss to Army. Buffalo has defeated non-conference opponents Rutgers and Temple, along with MAC foes Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan. The Bulls lead the MAC in scoring defense (21.7) and total defense (335.9). Their offense is paced by junior quarterback Tyree Jackson (1,543 yards, 18 TDs) and freshman running back Kevin Marks (530 yards, seven TDs).

Toledo and Buffalo have not met since a 51-41 Rocket victory in the Glass Bowl in 2013. UT leads the all-time series, 7-3.

Tickets for the game are on sale at the UT Athletic Ticket Office, online at utrockets.com or at 419.530.GOLD (4653). Faculty and staff can buy tickets half off with ID, and UT students are admitted free with ID.

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.

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.

Rockets to take on Eagles Oct. 13

Toledo will get its first test against a Mid-American Conference West Division opponent when it travels to Ypsilanti to face Eastern Michigan Saturday, Oct. 13.

The game will start at noon and be carried by ESPN+.

The Rockets (3-2, 1-0) are coming off a 52-36 victory over archrival Bowling Green in their Homecoming game Oct. 6 in the Glass Bowl. In his first starting assignment at quarterback, sophomore Eli Peters threw for three touchdowns, and redshirt freshman running back Bryant Koback added three more on the ground.

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

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. Sophomore Shakif Seymour led the running attack with 101 yards on 18 carries to complement Koback’s 90 yards and three scores.

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

Eastern Michigan (2-4, 0-3 MAC) is coming off a 27-24 defeat at Western Michigan. The Eagles have had tough luck this season, losing in overtime to San Diego State and Northern Illinois, and falling by a touchdown at MAC East Division leader Buffalo.

UT soccer team’s 3.554 GPA earns 15th program recognition

The Toledo women’s soccer team earned the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award. This is the fourth consecutive year and 15th time overall that the Rockets have received the honor.

“It’s a great honor to receive this type of award,” Head Coach TJ Buchholz said. “We work hard to build a championship program on the field while also being very dedicated in the classroom. We’re very proud of our team’s achievements this year.”

The 2017-18 women’s soccer team was recognized with the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award for the fourth consecutive year.

Toledo earned a 3.554 GPA during the 2017-18 academic year and joins 772 other collegiate programs that also received the honor.

The Team Academic Award recognizes exemplary performance in the classroom during the 2017-18 academic year. United Soccer Coaches annually celebrates the academic achievements of high school and college soccer teams whose student-athletes collectively demonstrate a commitment to excellence in their studies over the course of a full academic year.

College Team Academic Award recipients are active members of the United Soccer Coaches College Services Program with a composite grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale for all players on the roster.

Golfer rewrites Rocket record book

Pimchanok Kawil rewrote The University of Toledo women’s golf record book last weekend at Kentucky’s Bettie Lou Evans Invitational in Lexington.

A day after firing a program best and tournament record seven-under 65, the Rocket senior carded a two-under par 70 Sunday to finish the tournament in third place at eight-under par 208 (73-65-70).

Pimchanok Kawil shot a UT best and tournament record seven-under 65 over the weekend.

Kawil’s total was two shots better than Sathika Ruenreong’s 54-hole record in the 2013-14 campaign and helped UT register a sixth-place tie at 18-over par 882.

“I’m incredibly proud of Pim’s round today and her accomplishments this weekend,” Head Coach Jenny Coluccio said. “We stressed focusing on her process and that was the key to her round [Sunday]. She continued to put that in play and that was important.”

Senior Pinyada Kuvanun matched Kawil’s two-under par 70 Sunday and finished in ninth place at one-under par 215 (74-71-70).

“Pinyada played very well [Sunday] with a lot of grit,” Coluccio said. “She was driven from the very beginning, but had an unfortunate situation on No. 10 that she recovered very well from and finished the round strong.”

Senior Natcha Daengpiem displayed consistency throughout the tourney and finished tied for 44th place at 12-over par 228 (77-75-76). Junior Saranlak Tumfong tied for 60th place at 18-over par 234 (75-81-78). Juniors Thunpijja Sukkasem(83-78-75) and Donchanok Toburint (90-80-76) each improved their scores each round and finished tied for 67th and in 73rd place, respectively.

“The team’s improvements overall are very encouraging, and they should be proud of their efforts,” Coluccio said. “This really is the beginning of what they are capable of, and I hope that they believe anything is possible. Now we need to get back to work this week on our areas that need more tightening up before the MAC Preview next weekend.”

Kentucky edged Penn State by two strokes for the team title, finishing at six-under par 858 (280-286-292). The Wildcats’ Leonie Bettel captured medalist honors with impressive 11-under par 205 (71-66-68) with the Nittany Lions’ Cara Basso in second place at nine-under par 207 (72-68-67).

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)