By AF, Toledo Football Correspondent
The Toledo Rockets football team journeyed down to Miami, FL this week to go toe to toe with The U. The 14th-ranked Hurricanes were the biggest challenge the Rockets had faced this season by far. After a few games against the likes of Elon, Tulsa, and Nevada, Toledo was staring Goliath in the face ready to take MIami to Upset City.
The Rockets are SO damn good that they actually spotted Miami 10 points right out of the gates. The Hurricanes hadn’t played a game in 21 days due to one of their own, Hurricane Irma. Coach Candle probably felt bad, so he had his team let Miami drop 10 on the Rockets early. Then Toledo proceeded to buckle down and score 16 unanswered points in the second quarter. The Rockets actually held the lead over Miami 16-10 heading into halftime. Miami Coach Mark Richt probably walked into the locker room with a pink slip on the door or something. Toledo had Miami right where they wanted them. I’m guessing there was some sort of deal between the refs and Miami or something similar to the warden threatening to ruin Paul Crewe’s life at halftime in The Longest Yard. The Hurricanes dropped 28 unanswered on Toledo in the second half. You can’t tell me Toledo mops the floor with The U in the second quarter and then comes back out and just gives up 28 straight points without letting Miami do it on purpose. Coach Candle wouldn’t allow it. As Ayesha Curry would say, it must have been rigged for ratings or something. That’s the only explanation. Or maybe it was Mark Walton from Miami having 204 yards and a TD on just 11 carries and Malik Rosier throwing for 333 yards and 3 TDs. Who knows.
What’s important is Logan Woodside, despite the loss, continued his Heisman campaign. He went into a hostile Miami environment as a 13.5-point underdog and carved up the Hurricanes like a Thanksgiving turkey. He boasted 28 completions on 48 attempts for 342 yards and 3 touchdowns. Woodside also added 8 carries for 12 yards. He brought his team back to within just EIGHT points of the #14 team in the country with 7:30 left in the game. He had more passing yards than Rosier and no interceptions while Rosier threw one pick to Jordan Williams. Long story short, Woodside outdueled Rosier. Terry Swanson had 20 carries for 79 yards as well. The Toledo ground game failed to get into the endzone though. The future Biletnikoff Award winner, Cody Thompson, was held out of the endzone as well, but still managed to haul in 5 receptions for 114 yards. Diontae Johnson had two receiving TDs on 8 catches for 66 yards. The other receiving touchdown was from Jon’Vea Johnson, who had 5 catches for 79 yards. In the end, the Toledo defense had an anomaly game and just couldn’t slow down the Miami offense enough to pull out a W. That being said, I’m not big on moral victories, but I think Toledo showed the world that they are a force to be reckoned with. Soon enough, people will be saying “We Want Toledo” instead of “We Want Bama.” Miami got lucky in this one and probably paid the refs or something. Wouldn’t put it past those scumbags. Toledo somehow lost 52-30 despite being a better football team and program in every way, shape, and form than Miami. Plenty for the Rockets to hang their hats on from this one though.
Toledo is actually off this upcoming week. No opponent means Woodside can study TWO weeks worth of film on Eastern Michigan for the homecoming game on October 7th. Or it means he can go to Jeds and get turnt instead of playing a game. Being the workaholic and class act that he is, I’m sure he’ll work to make sure something like this Miami loss doesn’t happen again. The week off will be a great way for the Rockets to physically and mentally prepare to dive into conference play. The MAC is basically f**ked. Toledo is going to run rampant all over the MAC this year. Woodside will set records, then break them the following week. Swanson will run through MAC defenses like wildfire. It’s going to get ugly, folks. Get your popcorn ready.
F**k you, Miami.