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Toledo falls to Western Michigan, 35-30

Toledo’s hopes for a Mid-American Conference Championship were washed away by Western Michigan, 35-30, on a rain-soaked Friday afternoon in the Glass Bowl.

A win for the Rockets would have given them a outright West Division title and a trip to the MAC Championship Game. Instead, the Rockets (9-2, 6-2 MAC) have to settle for a share of the division crown with Northern Illinois and WMU. NIU will go to the MAC Championship Game for the sixth consecutive season.

Kareem Hunt rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns as the Rockets lost to Western Michigan.

Kareem Hunt rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns as the Rockets lost to Western Michigan.

Toledo’s final chance to pull out the victory was thwarted when Western (7-5, 6-2 MAC) recovered an on-side kick with 1:16 left following a late UT touchdown pass from Phillip Ely to Diontae Johnson that cut the lead to five points.

Ely completed 16 of 33 passes for 280 yards and two TDs. Junior Kareem Hunt led the rushing attack with 139 yards and one score on 20 carries.

The first half was a back-and-forth battle, highlighted by big plays on both sides. Western struck first, jumping out to an 8-0 lead on the strength of a 54-yard pass completion from Zach Terrell to Daniel Braverman that put the Broncos on the UT 16-yard line. Two plays later, backup quarterback Tom Flacco ran it in from 17 yards out. Flacco also ran in the two-point conversion.

Toledo answered with a 10-play drive in which the only pass came on the 10th play, a three-yard toss from Ely to senior tight end Alex Zmolik to cut the lead to 8-7. Swanson had 35 yards on the drive, Hunt added 32. WMU then extended its lead to 11-7 on a 31-yard field goal by Andrew Haldeman with 2:38 left in the first quarter.

The Rockets took their first lead of the contest thanks to a big play on defense by junior safety DeJuan Rogers. Rogers stripped Jamauri Bogan and took the ball to the WMU 28-yard line. On the next play, Hunt took it down the left side for the score, giving Toledo a 14-11 lead with 8:07 left. Toledo’s lead was short-lived, however, as Terrell hit Corey Davis for a sideline pass on the second play from scrimmage that the wide receiver broke open for a 76-yard score.

Toledo struck right back as Ely hit Cody Thompson for a 56-yard bomb to the WMU one-yard line. Two plays later, Swanson ran in untouched to give Toledo a 21-18 lead with 5:06 left in the half.

WMU recaptured the lead thanks to a fumbled punt by the Rockets that gave the Broncos the ball at the UT 48-yard line. Davis scored again, this time on a screen pass from Terrell that went 30 yards, sending Western into the locker room with a 25-21 lead.

Western Michigan pushed its lead to 32-21 on the opening drive of the second half, a nine-play, 65-yard drive capped by a one-yard run by Bogan. Toledo missed an opportunity to answer when Hunt was stopped on fourth-and-one play on the WMU 17-yard line. But the Rockets came back on their next drive to cut the lead to eight points, 32-24, on a 19-yard field goal by Jameson Vest with 58 seconds left in the third quarter.

Both teams exchanged punts to start the fourth quarter, but Toledo’s stalled drive was especially costly, as senior wide receiver Alonzo Russell was ejected on a second-down play for targeting. WMU then put three more points on the board on a 38-yard field goal by Haldeman to give the Broncos a 35-24 edge with 6:57 to play.

Toledo then drove to the WMU 14-yard line before having to settle for a 31-yard field goal. But a fumbled snap left the Rockets with no points and in an even deeper hole. UT then forced the Broncos to punt, giving them one last shot at pulling out the victory. Ely hit Thompson for a 40-yard gain then connected with Diontae Johnson to cut the lead to 35-30. The two-point conversion failed, leaving the Rockets with only the on-side kick as their only hope. Western recovered the kick then ran out the clock.

Toledo will wait until Sunday, Dec. 6, to find out its bowl destination.

Rockets offer online ‘Gobble’ tickets for Nov. 27 game

The University of Toledo is offering $10 tickets for the Western Michigan game Friday, Nov. 27, as part of its Thanksgiving “Gobble Sale.”

The offer is for online sales only through 9 a.m. Friday. Use Promo Code “GOBBLE.” Purchase tickets here.

gobbleThere is no limit on the number of tickets purchased. “Gobble” tickets are located in sections 11 and 12.

The game will start at noon in the Glass Bowl.

Toledo (9-1, 6-1 Mid-American Conference) is currently tied for first with Northern Illinois. A Rocket win over Western Michigan combined with an NIU loss to Ohio Tuesday would give Toledo an outright West Division crown and a chance to play East champion Bowling Green at the MAC Championship Game in Detroit’s Ford Field Dec. 4.

No matter what happens Tuesday, a UT win Friday clinches at least a share of the West Division title for the Rockets.

No. 24 Toledo to host Western Michigan Nov. 27 with share of MAC West Division Crown on line

It’s Senior Day for the Toledo Rockets, and the 2015 senior class would like nothing better than to cap its legacy with a victory in its final game in the Glass Bowl over Western Michigan Friday, Nov. 27, at noon.

A win over the Broncos would mean at least a share of the Mid-American Conference West Division crown for UT, and pending the outcome of Tuesday’s Northern Illinois-Ohio game, could mean the opportunity to play East Division champ Bowling Green in the MAC Championship Game at Detroit’s Ford Field Friday, Dec. 4.

Junior running back Kareem Hunt ran for two touchdowns in Toledo's victory over Bowling Green.

Junior running back Kareem Hunt ran for two touchdowns in Toledo’s victory over Bowling Green.

Toledo (9-1, 6-1 MAC) enters the WMU game tied with NIU for first place in the MAC West. Because the Huskies defeated UT Nov. 3, they control the tiebreaker that would determine which team advances to the MAC title game. Thus, Toledo needs Ohio to defeat NIU Nov. 24 to have a chance to play for a championship.

The Rockets, who are ranked No. 24 in the latest Associated Press media poll, are coming off a 44-28 victory at  Bowling Green Nov. 17. UT scored on its first six possessions to race out to a 30-7 lead and then staved off a BGSU rally to claim the Battle of I-75 Trophy for the sixth consecutive year.

Junior running back Kareem Hunt rushed for a season-high 153 yards and two touchdowns; it was his third straight game and 19th career game over the century mark. For his efforts, he was named Mid-American Conference West Division Offensive Player of the Week. And he moved up to No. 5 on Toledo’s all-time rushing list with 3,252 career yards, surpassing Jalen Parmelee, who had 3,119 yards from 2004 to 2007.

The Rocket defense forced five Falcon turnovers, and Toledo’s defense held Bowling Green to 368 yards of total offense, 216 below its average of 584.

Western Michigan (6-5, 5-2 MAC) is coming off a 27-19 loss to Northern Illinois Nov. 18 that knocked it out of the MAC West Division race. The Broncos feature the No. 2 offense in the MAC, averaging 486.5 yards per game.

UT ranks No. 1 in the MAC in scoring defense (19.7), and is second in rushing offense (214.4) and rushing defense (112.3).

Toledo has not appeared in the MAC Championship Game since 2004, but has been West Division co-champs three times since then (2005, 2011, 2014), losing out on tiebreakers each time.

The game will be carried by CBS Sports Network.

The UT Athletic Ticket Office will have extended hours this week in preparation for Friday’s game. The ticket office will stay open until 7 p.m. Tuesday, until 5 p.m. Wednesday, and reopen at 8:30 a.m. at the Glass Bowl Friday. The office will be closed Thanksgiving Day.

UT is teaming up with Kroger to offer $12 Black Friday tickets for the game. Fans may purchase up to six tickets. For every ticket purchase, UT and Kroger will donate $2 to the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank. Tickets may be purchased online here, by calling 419.530.GOLD (4653) or in person at the UT Athletic Ticket Office in Savage Arena. Online orders should use promo code “KROGER.” Tickets must be purchased prior to Friday.

Theatre auditions scheduled Nov. 30-Dec. 2

The University of Toledo Department of Theatre and Film will hold auditions for its spring plays Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 30-Dec. 2, in the Center for Performing Arts Studio Theatre.

Auditions will be held from 6 to 10 p.m.

The department will be casting for:

• “No Exit,” a play by Jean Paul Sartre about three people trapped in a room for eternity. UT student Andrés Medina will direct the production. It will be staged Feb. 19-21, 23-24 and 26-28.

• “Little Shop of Horrors,” a musical by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman about a florist and his plant named Audrey. Dr. Edmund Lingan, UT associate professor and chair of theatre and film, will direct the show. Performances will take place April 8-10, 15-17, 19-20 and 22-24.

Auditions are open to all.

Those auditioning should have a brief monologue prepared and will be asked to perform a song. Actors should be familiar with the shows; script information is available from the Theatre and Film Department office.

Sign-up sheets are posted outside the Theatre and Film Department office, located in Center for Performing Arts Room 1030.

Audition preparation information can be found at http://utole.do/auditions.

UTMC to host fashion show Nov. 29 in honor of World AIDS Day

The Ryan White Program at The University of Toledo Medical Center is getting the conversation started about HIV/AIDs prevention with a fashion show Sunday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel, 3100 Glendale Ave.

“Fashion With the Stars: A Tribute to Fashion’s Fallen Stars” will feature Rasheeda, an American rapper, fashion designer, television personality and businesswoman from Atlanta.

Fashion Show“We thought fashion would be a way to reach the black community, which isn’t as accepting of hearing about HIV and AIDS because of a stigma within some churches and families,” said Kennyetta White, minority outreach coordinator for the Ryan White Program.

The fashion show, in honor of World AIDS Day on Tuesday, Dec. 1, is being hosted in collaboration with Priceless Designs in Toledo, which is providing the models and the clothing. During the intermissions, facts about HIV and AIDS will be shared. One of the most startling facts is that the highest risk population for contracting HIV is black men between the ages of 18 and 24.

“The fashion industry has lost some amazing people to AIDS such as Perry Ellis and Willi Smith,” said Richard Meeker, project director for the Healthy Relationships Program in the Ryan White Clinic. “This show is trying to reach a whole new demographic.

“We don’t pay attention to HIV and AIDS like we used to, but it is still a huge problem,” Meeker said. “Besides the risk to the black community, it is on the rise because of heroin abuse. We had a case in Ohio where 26 people were affected by the same needle.”

White said some people look at HIV as a manageable disease these days so they aren’t as careful when it comes to protected sex and drug abuse.

“They think they can take a pill and they will be fine,” she said. “They relate it to something like diabetes.”

While the treatment plans for HIV can lead to a normal and healthy life, each body reacts to the disease differently. It isn’t something you want to contract just because it can be manageable, White said.

Rasheeda said continuing the AIDs conversation is vital because it has no cure.

“It’s very important that I participate in this cause and use my platform to spread as much awareness as possible,” she said.

To purchase tickets — $25 for general admission and $35 for VIP — can be purchased by contacting White at 419.266.2853 or email kennyetta.white@utoledo.edu. Proceeds will benefit the Ann Locher Foundation.

Organizers also are seeking sponsorships and other donations.

Rockets team up with Kroger to offer $12 Black Friday tickets for Nov. 27 football game

The University of Toledo is teaming up with Kroger to offer $12 Black Friday tickets to the Rockets’ final home football game of the season vs. Western Michigan Friday, Nov. 27. Game time is set for noon.

Rocket football logoFans may purchase up to six tickets. For every ticket purchase, UT and Kroger will donate $2 to the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank.

Tickets may be purchased online, by calling 419.530.GOLD (4653) or in person at the UT Athletic Ticket Office in Savage Arena. Online orders use promo code “KROGER.” Tickets must be purchased prior to game day.

Tailgate party, football game to benefit cancer survivors

The Friday after Thanksgiving is usually about shopping. This year, it is about surviving.

The University of Toledo Center for Health and Successful Living is organizing a tailgate party for cancer survivors and their families before the Rockets’ football game versus Western Michigan Friday, Nov. 27.

cancer Tailgate event webThe free tailgate party will start at 10 a.m. in parking lot 1S on the east side of the Health and Human Services Building before the noon kickoff in the Glass Bowl.

The Center for Health and Successful Living also is selling discounted game tickets that anyone can purchase for $12 with $2 going toward the center for screening and outreach purposes. Use the code “CHSL” when buying the tickets at http://utrockets.com. Reservations for the tailgate party are appreciated.

“We wanted to thank our survivors for coming to our programs, and we wanted to connect our survivors to each other,” said Dr. Amy Thompson, co-director of the center and UT health education professor. “We want to celebrate their survivorship journey and create some awareness about the center.”

Since its inception two years ago, the center has educated more than 5,000 people and screened more than 500 women for breast cancer.

The Center for Health and Successful Living, located on the first floor of the Health and Human Services Building on Main Campus, offers a variety of low-cost health promotion and disease prevention services, including health coaching, health screenings, case management, customized exercise programs and support groups.

“We are an arm of the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center; we are Dana’s survivorship program,” Thompson said. “We do free screenings, mobile units and education in the community. We also do patient navigation. People will call us and say, ‘I need help finding a physician.’ We also help people who can’t afford health services.

“We have known people who have walked 5 miles to get a free mammogram,” Thompson said. “The more we work with people in the community, the more we see the need. Our students were doing health coaching at one point, and we were finding that people couldn’t even identify a vegetable.”

While the center is open to anyone, Thompson said specific attention is paid to minorities, the LGBT community and those suffering from mental illness.

“We try to serve the mentally ill because they live 25 years less on average,” she said. “They don’t get screened because they are focused on their mental health instead of getting a colonoscopy or a mammogram. We try to provide services for everyone, but we try to focus on people who are underserved.”

Thompson started the center with Dr. Tim Jordan, UT health education professor, because her mom, Gladys, had breast cancer.

“My mom had to go to so many different places to get support for her cancer. I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be great to have it all in once place?’” Thompson said.

Jordan said a large part of the center’s mission is to recruit and retain high-quality students to UT while collaborating with other academic departments.

“We want to create more opportunities for students to gain more skills in their majors,” he said. “We have students in occupational therapy, social work and physical therapy, among other disciplines, who intern and volunteer in the center. We have even had international students specifically come to UT to intern in our center.”

As the center evolves, it has added many social events to its calendar. For instance, the Pink Sneakers walking group meets at 6 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays. The center also hosts a Survivorship Book Club, which is meeting Monday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m.

“A lot of these programs are things that people have asked us to do,” Thompson said.
“Last year, we had a Christmas party for survivors at my home. Everyone had to say one thing he or she was grateful for this year. Someone said, ‘I am grateful that I had cancer because I would have never met all of you at the center without this diagnosis.’”

Thompson and Jordan are working to secure more funding for the center, which runs on $10,000 a year, to be able to offer additional services. Thompson and Jordan run the center in their free time.

“This is a labor of love, but if we had more money, we could do more for the community,” Thompson said.

To make a donation to the Center for Health and Successful Living, contact Malory Sykes, major gifts officer in the Office of Development, at malory.sykes@utoledo.edu or 419.530.5428.

Order poinsettias from Satellites by Nov. 24

It’s that time of year again: Make your holidays more festive by ordering a poinsettia from the Satellites Auxiliary.

The poinsettias range in price from $5 to $15 and are available in a variety of colors, including red, white, pink, and blue with gold. The plants vary in size from 4.5 inches to 7.5 inches and by the number of blooms.

poinsettia1Fresh wreaths measuring 14 inches also are available for $10.

Order forms must be received by Tuesday, Nov. 24. Fax to 419.383.3206, email lynn.brand@utoledo.edu, or drop off to Volunteer Services in Dowling Hall Room 75.

Orders will be available for pickup on Health Science Campus Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Four Seasons Bistro. The pickup date for Main Campus is Thursday, Dec. 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Rocket Hall Lobby. For pickup, all poinsettias will be foiled and sleeved.

Payment options for the poinsettias include checks (payable to Satellites of UT Medical Center), cash, departmental requisition for Main Campus and payroll deduction for Health Science Campus. Payment is due at the time of pickup.

The Satellites Auxiliary is a group designed to promote education, research and service programs; provide support of patient programs in accordance with the needs and approval of administration; conduct fundraising events; and provide volunteer services.

For more information on the annual poinsettia sale, contact Lynn Brand, president of the Satellites, at lynn.brand@utoledo.edu.

Alzheimer’s disease topic of Nov. 24 talk

Dr. Lynn Ritter, education coordinator with the Alzheimer’s Association, will be the guest speaker at the Satellites Auxiliary’s luncheon Tuesday, Nov. 24.

The title of her talk is “I Am Going to… Oops ‘Now Where Was I Going?’”

Those who attend may bring their own lunches to the free event, or they may pay $7 for lunch that will include soup, salad, fruit, a beverage and dessert.

Cash or check payable to the Satellites Auxiliary will be accepted.

Complimentary valet service will be available for the event at the medical pavilion.

The Satellites Auxiliary is a volunteer group designed to promote education, research and service programs; provide support of patient programs in accordance with the needs and approval of administration; conduct fundraising events; and provide services.

For more information or to make a reservation, contact Jennifer Pifer at 419.385.6863 or Pat Windham at 419.385.4808.

Congresswoman to host retired general for energy discussion Nov. 20

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur will host retired NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe Gen. Wesley Clark for a discussion on America’s energy independence Friday, Nov. 20, at 1:30 p.m. in the Nitschke Hall SSOE Room (1027).



The hourlong free, public event will include a question-and-answer session with the audience.

As a former director of strategic planning and policy of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Clark has a unique perspective on the connections between global conflict and energy development and infrastructure. During his speech, he will share insights drawn from 34 years of service in the U.S. Army and his role as the former NATO supreme allied commander.