By AF, Toledo Football Beat Writer
Welcome to MACtion, boys and girls of Rocket Nation! What better way to kick off MAC play for the Rockets than a little fluff game in the Glass Bowl against that laughable loser just 22 miles away, Bowling Green. There is plenty of frustration to be taken out after that abysmal performance at Fresno State over the weekend. It was an eye-opening performance for the Rockets, but bringing in BG for a beatdown is the perfect way to right the ship.
There were some high points from the Fresno State game worth noting though. Toledo accrued 137 total rushing yards even with backup QB Eli Peters logging -33 (yes, negative thirty-three) rushing yards. The Rockets also threw for 238 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Bulldogs. The Godfather suffered an injury that sidelined him for the rest of the game after starting 6/10 passing for 59 yards and a touchdown and adding 8 carries for 55 yards. He was on pace to devastate the Bulldogs, but Fresno State being the always dirty squad that they are had to injure The Godfather just as he was heating up. Shameful. Jon’Vea Johnson had himself a DAY though. Six catches, 112 yards, 2 touchdowns. Jamal Hines got himself an interception defensively, but that’s about the only thing the defense got right in this one. Fresno State’s quarterback had a field day against this Rockets defense. He was 24/31 for 368 yards and 4 TDs passing and added a rushing score. Jordan Mims showed the Rockets why he’s hot with a 15 carry, 59 yard rushing performance coupled with 126 receiving yards on six catches for two total scores. But that’s enough about the sad defensive past.
It’s HOMECOMING week, and although I sadly won’t be attending homecoming this year, I will have the sweet sounds of a Rocket Hall tailgate loudly in my mind. Hey, readers, what were you doing back in November 2009? I was a freshman at UT. I had just recently discovered how delicious Busch Light was, and I was still a teenager (I’m 27 now). That’s the last time BG beat Toledo in football LOL. Seriously, how pathetic though. Aren’t both teams supposed to be competitive in a rivalry? BG currently sits at 1-4 on the year with losses by 34 at Oregon, 31 vs Maryland, 15 vs Miami of Ohio (Toledo actually plays the REAL Miami), and 46 at Georgia Tech. When BG loses football games, they lose them badly. Meanwhile, Toledo is a MAC Championship contender this year and has a completely opposite trajectory.
Bowling Green gave up 372 RUSHING yards to Georgia Tech. Granted, GT threw the ball 7 times all game and ran it 49 times, but 372 rushing yards is just bad. I’m expecting the deep backfield of Toledo to steamroll BG this week. I’m talking potentially multiple 100 yard rushers. The Godfather will pick the Falcons apart in this one too. The best dual-threat QB in the NCAA is going to play like a man possessed after having to leave the Fresno game. I’m expecting a blowout in this one just like last year’s 66-37 drubbing. The Rockets NEED to focus on improving the little things defensively in this one. Giving up hundreds of yards every week is going to eventually catch up with them and cost them wins. We can’t have that. We WON’T have that. No better way to boost your defensive confidence than a dismantling of a conference rival. BGSUcks and Toledo is destined to prove that this weekend.
So grab your old Toledo tshirt, get your ass to Rocket Hall to tailgate, scream TOL 69 times at the game, and stumble to Jed’s afterwards. It’s Homecoming in Toledo, and there’s only one way to do it – with beer in your hands and the Rockets in your hearts.