By AF, Toledo Football Beat Writer
It’s the best time of the year, folks. #MACtion is in full swing and Toledo graced our television sets with a slobberknocker against Northern Illinois. The battle of MAC unbeatens (both 4-0 heading into the game) had serious MAC Championship implications. NIU had been a thorn in Toledo’s side for years in the past, so it was a good test for this Toledo team to see if they could get over that hump. Needless to say, Coach Candle and the Rockets answered the call against those scumbags from DeKalb.
This was a night of milestones for the Toledo Rockets. Terry Swanson carried the ball 29 times for 116 yards and 3 touchdowns. Yes, THREE. In the process, he became just the 7th Toledo running back to rush for over 3000 yards in his career. He joined elite company with players such as Kareem Hunt, Chester Taylor, and David Fluellen. Swanson was the only Rocket to reach the endzone in the contest, but it was far from a one man show in the Glass Bowl. Diontae Johnson hauled in 10 catches for 166 yards, and Jordan Fisher added 6 more catches for 102 yards. Defensively, the Rockets dropped the hammer on NIU. Adeniyi had 10 total tackles including 1 sack. There were 5 different Toledo defenders with at least 8 tackles. Trevon Mathis was lights out for the Rockets with 6 tackles and TWO interceptions. The defense held NIU to just 17 points in the contest. On this night, the Huskies were euthanized. Toledo won 27-17.
Is Logan Woodside the best college quarterback in the state of Ohio? Yes. Is he the best quarterback in the country. Yes again. The #WoodsideForHeisman locomotive stormed ahead as Woodwide went 23 for 31 with 361 yards passing and added 7 rushes for 17 yards. He should have had a rushing touchdown, but some questionable officiating overturned a score and ruled it a fumble at the goal line. Pretty sad when refs have to hinder a Heisman campaign for a perennial superstar. Nevertheless, Woodside lit up the Huskies just as we all expected him to. Since Terry Swanson hit paydirt on what seemed like every Toledo drive, Woodside didn’t need to throw TDs. He knew Swanson was close to that 3000 yards mark, so he selflessly let Swanson carry the load. Regardless, Woodside became Toledo’s leading passer in school history passing Bruce Gradkowski. That’s a record that many people thought would never be eclipsed. Woodside has shown FROM DAY ONE that he’s a leader and one hell of a quarterback. I can’t wait to see this guy on Sundays. He deserves it. I just hope he doesn’t end up on the Browns. WOODSIDE FOR HEISMAN.
This Wednesday, November 8th, Toledo heads down to that cesspool of a town, Athens, OH, to play the Ohio University Bobcats. I hope the Rockets wear hazmat suits down there because if they walk down the wrong street, they’re gonna catch something nasty. OU sits atop the laughable MAC East tied with Akron. Toledo made short work of Akron, so for OU to be tied with them scares me NOT EVEN A LITTLE BIT. The Bobcats lost to Central Michigan as well. Guess who beat Central Michigan. That’s right – Toledo did. The stats for OU and its players are egregiously inflated since their competition this year has been pathetic. And yet, Logan Woodside has 1152 more yards and 6 more touchdowns than Ohio’s quarterback, Nathan “I came to OU just for Halloween” Rourke. For some idiotic reason, the spread for this game is only 4.5. Once again, people think leading the MAC East means something. Toledo is going to mop the floor with the Bobcats, then hightail it out of that God forsaken town. Stick to your overhyped”fests” OU. Leave football to the Rockets.