Rocket Power – MAC Championship Week

By AF, Toledo Football Beat Writer

You didn’t honestly think there’d be no Rocket Power during Championship Week, did you? Before punching their ticket to Detroit, Toledo had to take care of business against a feisty Western Michigan team who saw a dropoff this year after losing that complete toolbox d-bag of a coach, PJ Fleck, to Minnesota (who went 5-7 this year with Fleck after going 9-4 last year without him) and Corey Davis to the NFL.

Western Michigan must have went Black Friday shopping at midnight or something because Toledo was all over them from the opening kick. It wasn’t much of a contest at any point as Toledo raced out to a 17-3 halftime lead and won the second half 20-7. Final score was 37-10 in favor of the good guys. Terry Swanson did Terry Swanson things and ran 21 times for 94 yards and a touchdown. “The Next Big Thing” Shakif Seymour added 11 carries for 54 yards and a score as well. Jameson Vest notched three field goals and four PATs in the contest. Diontae Johnson and Danzel McKinley-Lewis added a receiving touchdown each. Toledo’s defense also stepped up. With six tackles for loss including 1 sack as well as two interceptions, Western Michigan stood no chance. Champions win games when they need to, and that’s what Toledo did to secure a MAC West Championship.

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#WoodsideForHeisman update: Another 300 yard game for Logan on just 19 completions. 19 of 29 for 300 yards and two touchdowns. Rumor has it he threw an interception, but I didn’t see it, so I don’t believe it. What are you gonna tell me next? Santa’s not real? Give me a break. Anyway, Woodside threw brilliantly in this one and didn’t grab his crotch like Faker Mayfield probably would have. You know what else Woodside did this past weekend that Mayfield didn’t do? Start. So yeah, Woodside’s season stats are 3451 yards, 24 passing touchdowns, and just three INTs. He also has a rushing touchdown because he’s a very underappreciated dual-threat QB. On top of the stats, Woodside was named MAC Offensive Player of the Year AND won the Vern Smith Leadership Award. So you’re telling me he’s a phenomenal player AND a great leader and role model? This is straight from the Heisman Trust Mission Statement:

“The Heisman Memorial Trophy annually recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity.”

Wow sounds like Woodside to me! Emphasis on the “grit” in “integrity.” Woodside shows up for work, does his job, and is also an upstanding person off the field. He deserves AT LEAST an invite to New York. Make it happen.

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I’d like to take a moment to congratulate all of the Toledo players and Coach Candle on their MACcolades this season:

Coach Jason Candle – MAC Coach of the Year
Logan Woodside – First team All-MAC QB, MAC Offensive Player of the Year, Vern Smith Award Winner
Diontae Johnson – First team All-MAC Wide Receiver, First team All-MAC Punt Return Specialist, Second team All-MAC Kick Return Specialist
Terry Swanson – First team All-MAC Running Back
Jameson Vest – First team All-MAC Placekicker
Elijah Nkansah – First team All-MAC Offensive Lineman
Brant Weiss – First team All-MAC Offensive Lineman
Ola Adeniyi – Second team All-MAC Defensive Lineman

When you go 10-2, your team tends to have some studs, and these guys have shown up and balled out all season. No doubt Cody Thompson would have been first team All-MAC too if he hadn’t been injured. Adeniyi will be first team All-MAC next year and Shakif Seymour will too.

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And that all brings us to this weekend’s rematch with the Akron Zips (still the dumbest damn name for a team) for all the marbles in Detroit. When these two faced off earlier this season, it got ugly fast. Woodside lit up the Zips like a damn Christmas tree. He threw for over 300 yards and 5 touchdowns in less than 3 full quarters. Swanson ran for 123 yards on 20 carries. One difference this time is Akron appears to be starting Kato Nelson at QB instead of Thomas Woodson. Kato went 6 for 20 against Kent f**king State. I watched some of that game and it set the game of football back by about 50 years. Looked like a damn high school football game. The Zips earned their MAC Championship bid by beating Ohio University 37-34 a week after OU clobbered the Rockets. Maybe the Zips will find some confidence in that. Don’t count on it though. I expect Toledo to eviscerate the Zips in Detroit.

One last note – Coach Candle, please don’t leave Toledo. Don’t break our hearts.

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