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UT faculty awarded $1.3 million in federal grants for medical research, education, technology

Faculty members at The University of Toledo were awarded $1.3 million in federal grants for projects related to opioid abuse, mental health, cancer and antimicrobial technology.

“The University of Toledo continues to advance its strong research base, this time in the two critical areas of innovative drug targets for cancer risk and also to public health and opioid crisis education,” said Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur. “The University of Toledo’s leadership in pioneering treatments and therapies for everything from heart disease to detecting a substance-use relapse has earned it the attention of granting agencies. Securing competitive federal awards is no easy task. Congratulations to UT for identifying and competing in very competitive space.”

Dr. Cheryl McCullumsmith, professor and chair of the UT Department of Psychiatry, was awarded a three-year, $449,076 grant from the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment to expand education about opioid use disorder across all disciplines within UT’s College of Medicine and Life Sciences.

“The College of Medicine and Life Sciences will equip all medical students with the knowledge and the skills they need to appropriately manage opioid treatment and confidently identify opioid use disorders, regardless of their planned specialty. We are training a generation of family medicine doctors, surgeons and internists to actively prevent and treat opioid use disorders,” McCullumsmith said.

Dr. Linda Lewandowski, dean of the UT College of Nursing and co-chair of the UT Opioid Task Force, was awarded a three-year, $371,723 grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for an interdisciplinary public health project that will provide evidenced-based mental health awareness training to UT students, faculty and staff, as well as the wider northwest Ohio community.

The training includes appropriate responses, materials on available community resources, and information about the unique mental health needs of active-duty military and veterans. The program is built with a specific emphasis on issues related to the opioid epidemic.

“With one in five Americans experiencing mental health problems in a given year, it is more likely that an individual will come across someone having an emotional or mental health crisis than someone having a heart attack. By providing ‘mental health first aid,’ we will empower our students, faculty and community to recognize mental health and substance abuse problems and respond appropriately. This type of training is especially important during this time of the pervasive opioid crisis affecting our state and the nation,” Lewandowski said.

Dr. Maria Diakonova, professor in the UT Department of Biological Sciences, was awarded a three-year, $449,667 grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to focus on a protein called JAK2 as she works to identify new drug targets to reduce the risk of cancer.

“Our goal is to explain the JAK2-mediated intracellular pathways and have a better understanding of the mechanisms involved in cell proliferation, or cell division, which could provide insight into future therapeutic approaches to cancer,” Diakonova said.

Dr. Terry Bigioni, professor in the UT Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was awarded a $50,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to research broad-spectrum antimicrobial coatings for garments and textiles. Antimicrobial treatments are already used in medicine as anti-infective treatments and in garments and textiles for odor control. This technology could bring odor control to a wider range of products and reduce the need to launder many garments, improving garment lifespan and reducing their environmental impacts.

“We think our antimicrobial technology could bring a lot of added value to the garment and medical industries and create new manufacturing jobs right here in northwestern Ohio,” Bigioni said.

Exercise your freedom to read at UT Banned Books Week

The University of Toledo will hold its 21st annual Banned Books Vigil to celebrate the right to read, think, speak and create freely without censorship.

The free, public event will take place Thursday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Carlson Library Room 1005. Programs will start every 30 minutes during the event that coincides with the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week, Sept. 23-29.

“We emphasize taking a moment to think about how fortunate we are to live in a country where we can express our views and read the views of controversial people because, in a lot of places, freedom of expression is not a right,” said Dr. Paulette D. Kilmer, UT professor of communication and coordinator of the UT Banned Books Coalition.

Classic books such as “The Catcher in the Rye,” “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Color Purple” are a few of the novels that have been challenged or banned from libraries and classrooms. And every year, new books are added to the banned list.

Banned Books Week strives to celebrate and make these books easily available to students and bring together the entire reading community.

“It’s very important for us to remind students that they need to enjoy this freedom to read, create, think and speak,” said Arjun Sabharwal, UT associate professor of library administration and digital initiative librarian.

Banned books and door prizes will be given away throughout the day at the event. In addition, light snacks and refreshments will be served along with 20-minute presentations by guest speakers throughout the day.

“My expectation is that people enjoy themselves and just take a few minutes to think about our wonderful First Amendment and the right to think and read freely because the battle for the First Amendment is never over,” Kilmer added.

Topics and speakers for the event will be:

• 9 a.m. — “Welcome: Read on!” by Dr. David Tucker, UT professor and chair of communication, and Beau Case, dean of University Libraries.

• 9:30 a.m. — “Forty-One Years of Free Speech” by Tucker.

• 10 a.m. — “The 10 Biggest News Stories You’ve Never Heard of” by Lou Hebert, Toledo broadcaster and historian.

• 10:30 a.m. — “Book Burning Videos: Indiana Jones, Eyewitnesses and Ray Bradbury.”

• 11 a.m. — “Pandora, Lilith and Eve: Three Superheroes” by Warren Woodberry, Toledo writer.

• 11:30 a.m. — “Writing From Prison, Challenging Mass Incarceration” by Dr. Renee Heberle, UT professor of political science and co-director of the Program in Law and Social Thought.

• Noon — Charlene Gilbert, dean of the UT College of Arts and Letters, will give the Dr. Linda Smith Lecture titled “Free Your Mind: 20 Books That Changed the World.”

• 1 p.m. — “Crippling the Banned Book and Taking Back Crazy” by Dr. Allyson Day, UT assistant professor of disability studies.

• 1:30 p.m. — “Ginsberg’s ‘Howl’: A Poem That Changed Poetry and Culture” by Dr. Glenn Sheldon, UT honors professor of humanities.

• 2 p.m. — Banned episode of “American Dad” titled “Don’t Look a Smith Horse in the Mouth.”

• 2:30 p.m. — “Editorials: Views, Not News” by Areeba Shah, editor of The Independent Collegian.

• 3 p.m. — “Jeopardy!” hosted by The Independent Collegian.

• 3:30 p.m. — “Controversy Over Transgender Content in George” by Dr. Sharon Barnes, UT associate professor and chair of women’s and gender studies.

• 4 p.m. — “In the Gutters of Palomar” by Dr. Matt Yockey, UT associate professor of theatre.

• 4:30 p.m. — “Breaking the Sound Barrier of Propriety” by Dr. Ed Lingan, professor and chair of theatre.

Kilmer said the UT Banned Books Week Vigil would not be possible without help from numerous generous sponsors on campus and in the community. She gave a special thanks to the Office of the President; the Office of the Provost; University Libraries; Jesup Scott Honors College; the UT School of Visual and Performing Arts; and the UT Communication Department.

For more information about the UT Banned Books Vigil, contact Kilmer at paulette.kilmer@utoledo.edu.

Rockets take down Wolf Pack, 63-44

Junior quarterback Mitchell Guadagni threw for four touchdowns and ran for two more as Toledo won a shoot-out over Nevada, 63-44, Saturday at the Glass Bowl.

Guadagni completed 15 of 24 passes for 211 yards and led the Rockets with 131 yards rushing on 15 carries. His 34-yard touchdown run with 7:26 left in the game sealed the victory and was the final score in a wild contest that saw the teams combine for 107 points and 1,042 yards in just under four hours of football.

Cody Thompson, left, and Diontae Johnson celebrate a Rocket touchdown. Thompson caught three touchdown passes, and Johnson pulled down one TD grab and returned a kick 98 yards for a score in UT’s win over Nevada.

Toledo never trailed in the contest, but until the fourth quarter, it was a back and forth affair, with Nevada matching the Rockets on the scoreboard three times in the first half. The Wolf Pack pulled to within four points in the third quarter, 42-38, but UT outscored Nevada 21-6 from there.

Senior wide receiver Cody Thompson caught three touchdown passes, including a 19-yard option play from junior wide receiver Desmond Phillips in the fourth quarter. Junior Diontae Johnson and senior Jon’Vea Johnson also caught touchdown passes.

Special teams were a huge factor in the victory. Diontae Johnson had a 98-yard kickoff return for a TD in the second quarter, Phillips blocked a punt that was returned for a nine-yard TD by Reggie Gilliam, and sophomore punter Bailey Flint had a solid game, averaging 44.0 yards per punt and pinning Nevada inside the 20-yard line three times.

Toledo opened the scoring on its second possession on a 38-yard TD strike down the middle of the field from Guadagni to Jon’Vea Johnson. Nevada tied the score on a one-yard rush by quarterback Ty Gangi on a fourth-down play. Toledo made it 14-7 when Phillips blocked a punt that was recovered and returned nine yards into the end zone by Gilliam.

Both teams combined for 37 points in a wild second quarter. Nevada tied it up at 14-14 on the first play of the second quarter, a 22-yard toss from Gangi to Elijah Cooks. However, on the ensuing kickoff, Toledo regained the lead when Diontae Johnson followed a blocker up the middle for a 98-yard touchdown.

The Wolf Pack tied it up once again on a 31-yard run by Toa Taua. Thompson’s seven-yard TD grab gave Toledo a 28-21 edge. The Rockets had a chance to extend the lead, but Jameson Vest’s 35-yard attempt went wide right. But after a stop by the defense and a short Nevada punt, Toledo took advantage of a short field to tack another touchdown on the board. Guadagni scrambled on a third-and-10 play to go 27 yards for the score. Nevada finished out the scoring with a 50-yard field goal by Ramiz Ahmed on the half’s final play, trimming Toledo’s lead to 35-24 at the break.

Quarterback Mitchell Guadagni threw for four touchdowns and ran for two more during UT’s victory over Nevada in the Glass Bowl.

The scoring parade continued after halftime as Nevada wasted no time getting its offense in gear, moving 75 yards in just three plays in its opening drive to cut the lead to 35-31. Kelton Moore had back-to-back rushes for 32 yards and 23 yards, the second taking him into the end zone.

The Rockets answered the call with a 26-yard pass to Diontae Johnson from Guadagni to extend the lead to 42-31. But on the very next play from scrimmage, Taua bolted up the middle for 66 yards to pull the Wolf Pack to within four points, 42-38. Toledo countered with a 20-yard TD completion from Guadagni to Thompson to make the score 49-38 with 1:27 left in the third quarter.

Toledo’s defense stopped Nevada on its first possession of the fourth quarter, forcing the Wolf Pack to attempt a 52-yard field goal that fell short. The Rockets then marched downfield with a five-play, 65-yard drive that was capped by an option pass from junior wide receiver Phillips to Thompson, his third TD reception of the day, to up the edge to 56-38 with 11:49 to play.

Nevada answered with a two-yard TD run by Quinton Conaway. The two-point attempt failed, making the score 56-44 with 8:04 left.

The Wolf Pack’s attempt at an onside kick was recovered by UT. A few seconds later, Guadagni ran it in from 34 yards to up the margin to 63-44. Senior linebacker Richard Olekanma picked off Gangi on Nevada’s next possession, effectively putting the game out of reach.

The Rockets will head west next Saturday for a matchup at Fresno State. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time (10:30 p.m. Eastern Time) on ESPNU.

Rockets, Wolf Pack to battle in Glass Bowl at noon Sept. 22

Toledo will play its third consecutive home game to start the 2018 season when Nevada invades the Glass Bowl Saturday, Sept. 22. Kickoff is set for noon on the CBS Sports Network.

Toledo (1-1) lost for the first time last week in a 49-24 defeat to No. 21 Miami (Fla.) before a sell-out crowd of 28,117 at the Glass Bowl. The Rockets stayed to within a touchdown in the third quarter, but four Hurricane scores in consecutive possessions put the game away.

Junior quarterback Mitchell Guadagni’s arm and legs kept Toledo in the game. After a slow start, Guadagni threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns, and also extended drives by running the ball. He rallied the Rockets from a 21-0 deficit in the first half to make it a close game. Guadagni hit junior wide receiver Diontae Johnson with a 40-yard TD to cut the lead to 28-21 with 7:39 to play in the third quarter. But the Hurricanes outscored the Rockets 28-3 from that point. Johnson led all receivers with six receptions for 119 yards and two touchdowns. Guadagni led Toledo rushers with 47 net yards.

Nevada (2-1) is coming off a big 37-35 home-field victory over Oregon State last Saturday. The Wolf Pack had a 30-7 lead at one point in the contest before holding off the Beavers’ late rally. Nevada was outgained in the contest, 540-357, but used three turnovers to pull off the upset. Quarterback Ty Gangi threw for 195 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Wolf Pack offense. Nevada’s other games this season were a 72-19 victory over Portland State and a 41-10 loss at Vanderbilt.

Toledo is 4-0 vs. Nevada. The Rockets won last year in Reno, 37-24. This is the final game in the two-game series.

Toledo and Nevada played in the first overtime game in Football Bowl Subdivision history. The Rockets defeated the Wolf Pack, 40-37, in the 1995 Vegas Bowl.

For tickets, go online at 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.

Families sought for Toledo International Hospitality Program

Explore your world by becoming a friend of an international student.

The Toledo International Hospitality Program promotes friendship and cultural exchange between area residents and UT’s Center for International Studies and Programs to provide UT international students a positive, culturally rich experience outside the classroom, and to offer local citizens the opportunity and pleasure of building international friendships.

The Toledo International Hospitality Program’s Harvest Party is an annual favorite.

“Individuals and families from the community are matched with international students from all over the world and get together at least once a month to do fun things,” said Sara Clark, director of the Center for International Studies and Programs. “This program is an excellent opportunity to learn about different cultures and to help our international students better integrate into life in the U.S.”

She encouraged individuals and families who would like to have this unique experience to sign up by Sunday, Sept. 23. An online application can be found at utoledo.edu/cisp/international/IEP/GO_UT/Hospitality.

Students are matched based on common interests with a community resident for a period of one year. Toledo residents will meet monthly with their students, including them in activities they enjoy, such as sightseeing, sporting events, shopping, coffee and conversation, birthdays, home-cooked meals, and holiday celebrations. American friendship partners do not provide permanent housing or assume any financial responsibility for students.

An information/orientation session for people who sign up for the program will be held on campus Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 4 p.m. The location will be announced through email.

There are more than 1,700 international students at the University from more than 80 countries.

The Toledo International Hospitality Program is governed by Global Opportunities UT, a community-based group, and is affiliated with the Center for International Studies and Programs at the University. The Toledo International Hospitality Program provides orientation for American friendship families as well as cross-cultural programs and group events each semester.

Toledo International Hospitality Program applicants will participate in an orientation meeting where program details will be shared along with upcoming events. A key event involves the annual Harvest Party, where participants will have the chance to meet their student(s) for the first time in the context of traditional American fall activities. This year’s Harvest Party will take place Sunday, Oct. 14, from 6 to 8 pm in the Thompson Student Union Auditorium.

The Center for International Studies and Programs supports members of the UT community, domestic and international, in their pursuit of knowledge and cultural exchanges.

Follow the center on Facebook @utcisp for future event and program information.

Traffic shifts on Bancroft Street as road replacement continues

Starting Monday, Sept. 17, traffic was moved to the outer curb lanes traveling east and west on Bancroft Street.

The parking bays on Bancroft Street are open, according to Doug Collins, director of grounds and transportation.

“Drivers and pedestrians need to continue to be aware and cautious as this road work continues,” Collins said. “We appreciate everyone’s vigilance and patience.”

Road replacement is expected to be finished by November.

To avoid congestion, students, employees and visitors to Main Campus are encouraged to use the west entrance off Secor Road or the south entrance off Dorr Street.

International conference at UT to explore labor and sex trafficking in Ohio, U.S. and around the globe

The 15th Annual International Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference at The University of Toledo will host almost 90 presentations from researchers, advocates and survivors over the course of two days.

Heroin as a method of control and the connection between sex trafficking and drug addiction are among the issues to be explored.

The conference, which brings the sex and labor trafficking trades out of the shadows and helps end abuse through education and advocacy, will take place Thursday and Friday, Sept. 20 and 21, in the Thompson Student Union.

UT’s Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute and the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition host the conference.

“We are celebrating 15 years of global collaboration to go beyond the idea of rescue and restore to have a profound understanding of emancipation and liberation from modern-day slavery,” Dr. Celia Williamson, UT professor of social work and director of the UT Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute, said. “This conference is an amazing experience where we see people connect to a new thought and open their hearts to vulnerable and stigmatized men and women.”

To date, the trafficking conference has welcomed presenters from 34 states and 25 countries to educate social service, health-care and criminal justice professionals on human trafficking and the needs and risks of survivors, as well as their customers and traffickers. The conference lays the groundwork for future collaborative research, advocacy and program development.

Presentations in the Thompson Student Union will include:

• “What I Wanted Was the Drugs: Heroin as a Method of Control in a Case Study on Sex Trafficking” Thursday, Sept. 20 at 9 a.m. in Room 2582 by Dr. Jesse Bach, director emeritus of the Imagine Foundation; Dr. George Tsagaris, associate professor in the School of Social Work at Cleveland State University; and Christine Buddner, paralegal and member of the Cleveland State University human trafficking research team.

• “Critical Linkages: Opiate Addiction and Elevated Risk of Human Trafficking” Thursday, Sept. 20, at 11:30 a.m. in Room 3010-A by Dr. Amy Thompson, UT professor of public health and co-chair of UT’s opioid task force; Dr. Joan Duggan, chief of infectious diseases at UT Medical Center and medical director of the UT Ryan White Program; Dr. Jamie Dowling Tawes, assistant director of the UT Ryan White Program; and Courtney Stewart, social worker and chemical dependency counselor with the Toledo Lucas County Health Department’s Northwest Ohio Syringe Services harm reduction program.

• “A Childhood Sex Trafficking Survivor’s Story and Perspectives” 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 in the Auditorium by Kylee Gregg, a survivor of childhood sex trafficking who wants to share her story to help save others.

• “Internet Sex Trafficking: Will the Monster Stop Growing?” Thursday, Sept. 20, at 1:30 p.m. in the Ingman Room by Maureen Guirguis, director of the Northeast Ohio Human Trafficking Law Clinic.

• “Theatre for Youth: A Tool for Tackling Trafficking” Thursday, Sept. 20, at 10:15 a.m. in Room 3020 by Dr. Jo Beth Gonzalez, theater teacher at Bowling Green High School and leader of the BGHS Human Trafficking Awareness Troupe, which is made up of students who perform “Lily’s Shadow”; and Roxanna Schroeder-Arce, associate professor in the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Theatre and Dance and co-playwright of “Lily’s Shadow,” which illustrates signs of abuse in victims, strategies traffickers use to coerce young victims into the system, and tactics for escaping perilous situations.

• “Not #MeToo: How Gender-Based Work and Micro/Macro-Aggressions Impede Trafficking Survivors of Color From Accessing Services” Thursday, Sept. 20, at 4 p.m. in the Ingman Room by Dr. Tyffani Monford Dent, a psychologist who has collaborated on projects addressing sexual violence.

• “Correlates of Human Trafficking Risk: Implications for Screening, Referral and Intervention Among Substance Abuse Populations” Thursday, Sept. 20, at 4 p.m. in Room 2582 by Isis Martel, medical sciences researcher at the University of Arkansas.

For additional information and a full schedule of presentations, visit traffickingconference.com.

Filmmaker to visit UT as artist-in-residence Sept. 17-21

Motion picture editor and filmmaker Mike Goodier will be a guest filmmaker-in-residence in the UT Department of Theatre and Film Monday through Friday, Sept. 17-21.

During his stay, Goodier will lecture several classes in the UT Film/Video Program and give individualized tutorials and critiques to film/video students.


On Friday, Sept. 21, Goodier, along with Holly Hey, UT professor of film and head of the Film/Video Program, will give a lecture titled “Cutting ‘Teeth’: Influence and Agency in Documentary Film Editing” at the 2018 International Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference. Their talk is scheduled at 2:45 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union Room 2591.

Goodier also will screen the film he edited titled “Teeth,” which follows the story of a middle-aged Hawaiian woman, sex trafficked when she was younger, as she raises her family and begins to heal physically and emotionally from the abuse she has suffered.

The 2018 International Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference is free to UT students, faculty and staff with Rocket ID. For pricing details and event information, visit traffickingconference.com.

Also on Friday, Sept. 21, Goodier will screen the documentary, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” for which he was the post-production supervisor. The film will be shown at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Center Theatre.

A decade after “An Inconvenient Truth” brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, this follow-up documentary shows the emerging energy revolution. Cameras follow former U.S. Vice President Al Gore behind the scenes — in moments private and public, funny and poignant — as he pursues empowering the notion that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.

The free screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Goodier; Dr. Defne Apul, UT professor of civil engineering and sustainable engineering; Dr. Todd Crail, UT associate lecturer of environmental sciences; Dr. John Koolage, associate professor of philosophy of science at Eastern Michigan University; and Tom Henry, a reporter with The Blade.

Goodier is a motion picture editor and filmmaker with more than a decade of experience crafting stories for documentary and narrative film. His professional credits include in-production films such as “Teeth” and “Survivors,” and editing work on “The Hidden Vote Episode 01” (2018) and “Redemption Trail” (2013). He also served as assistant editor for “Cinema Travellers” (2016), “The Kill Team” (2013) and “The Waiting Room” (2012), and as an additional editor, post-production coordinator and assistant editor for “Audrie & Daisy” (2016).

In 2014, he was named a Sundance Documentary Edit Lab Assistant Editor Fellow.

Goodier also has taught and developed filmmaking-related courses. He was an instructor and created a visual storytelling class specifically for young adults with developmental disabilities at the Harvey Milk Center in San Francisco. He was a video editing instructor at the Associated Students of the University of California Berkeley Art Studio.

He earned a bachelor of arts degree in film studies from Rhode Island College and a master of fine arts degree in media arts from the California College of the Arts, where he also was a teaching assistant in its 4D program, as well as in its introductory and advanced film production courses.

Re-envisioning road, highway infrastructure for autonomous vehicles topic of Sept. 21 seminar

The University of Toledo College of Engineering and AAA Northwest Ohio are hosting the fourth in a series of free, public talks to educate consumers about how smart vehicles will impact the world.

The seminar focused on transportation infrastructure and autonomous vehicles will be Friday, Sept. 21, from 9 to 11 a.m. in Nitschke Auditorium.

Speakers will include Jim Barna, executive director of DriveOhio; Randy Cole, executive director of the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission; and Zach Huhn, chief executive officer of Venture Smarter.

All speakers will participate in a panel discussion with Dr. Eddie Chou, UT professor of civil and environmental engineering, and director of the Transportation Systems Research Lab, and Laurie Adams, managing principal and director of traffic safety at DGL Consulting Engineers.

Register for the free, public seminar here.

The next seminar in the Technology Takes the Wheel series will be Friday, Nov. 2, and focuses on accessibility. Previous events examined cybersecurity and public transportation.

Rockets fall in shootout with Hurricanes, 49-24

Junior quarterback Mitchell Guadagni’s arm and legs kept Toledo in the game in its matchup with No. 21 Miami (Fla.), but ultimately the Rockets could not keep up the pace, falling to the Hurricanes, 49-24, before a sell-out crowd of 28,117 in the Glass Bowl Saturday.

After a slow start, Guadagni threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns, and also extended drives by running the ball. He rallied the Rockets from a 21-0 deficit in the first half to make it a close game before Miami pulled away in the fourth quarter.

Junior Mitchell Guadagni threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns in Toledo’s loss to
No. 21 Miami.

Guadagni hit junior wide receiver Diontae Johnson with a 40-yard TD to cut the lead to 28-21 with 7:39 to play in the third quarter. But the Hurricanes answered with four consecutive touchdowns to put the game away.

Johnson led all receivers with six receptions for 119 yards and two touchdowns.

Guadagni led Toledo rushers with 47 net yards, including 77 yards on runs and minus-30 on sacks.

Miami got on the board on its first possession, a 12-play, 76-yard drive that was capped off by a five-yard quarterback draw by quarterback Malik Rosier. Both teams traded punts for the remainder of the quarter.

Miami made it 14-0 on a 38-yard completion from Rosier to Jeff Thomas with 12:27 left in the second quarter.

Toledo countered with a nine-play drive that stalled on the Miami 25-yard line, but failed to cash in when Jameson Vest’s 42-yard field goal attempt sailed wide right.

The Hurricanes upped the lead to 21-0 a short time later on another rushing TD from Rosier, this time from two yards out.

The game was sold-out; 28,117 fans packed the Glass Bowl.

Toledo got on the scoreboard just before halftime on a seven-yard TD grab by Diontae Johnson from Guadagni with 37 seconds left in the half.

As the sun came out to greet the Rockets to start the third quarter, UT responded on both sides of the ball. The Rocket defense forced a three-and-out on Miami’s first possession, then the offense marched down the field to cut the lead to a touchdown. The big play on the drive was a 31-yard catch and run by Art Thompkins to the Miami five yard line. Thompkins took it in the end zone on the ground on the next play to make the score 21-14.

Miami came right back, however, scoring in five plays to extend its lead to 28-14. The big play on the drive was an over-the-head catch by Jeff Thomas for a 41-yard gain. DeeJay Dallas scored from 19 yards out on a run up the middle on the next play.

The Rockets wouldn’t quit, however, striking quickly on a 40-yard TD from Guadagni to Diontae Johnson to trim the lead to 28-21.

But the Hurricane offense continued to roll, marching 70 yards in 14 plays on their next possession, capped by a five-yard scoring pass from Rosier to Lawrence Cager with 1:28 left in the quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Miami tacked on two more touchdowns to increase its lead to 49-24. Rosier ran for 37 yards for the first score, while Trayone Gray pushed across the goal line from one-yard out.

The Rockets will host Nevada Saturday, Sept. 22, at noon in the Glass Bowl.