By AF, Toledo Beat Writer
Rocket Nation, I am sincerely sorry for not getting a #RocketPower blog out last week before the Nevada game. I got busy and never finished it. That one’s on me. I may have also still been hurting from the Miami loss. But that’s irrelevant.
The Nevada game was just a bloodbath. Nevada was demolished in all phases of the game. When you hear “Wolfpack,” you typically think of a pack of angry, hungry, rip you to shreds wolves. Nevada’s Wolfpack was like just one corgi running through a meadow or something.
V cute though, not gonna lie.
Anyway, The Godfather abused the Wolfpack so badly that PETA protested him after the game outside the Glass Bowl. You wanna talk about a dual-threat QB? Guadagni was 15 of 24 for 211 yards and 4 TDs. He was also the leading rusher for the Rockets with 15 carries for 131 yards and 2 TDs. We asked Dick Vitale for his thoughts on this performance and he said, “ARE YOU SERIOUS?! THIS KID IS AWESOME BABY!”* The Godfather was sensational on Saturday. A lot of people (not me) still had some questions coming into this contest about whether the Rockets offense had a dropoff with Mitch at QB instead of Woodside. I think The Godfather silenced the critics in a big way against Nevada.
Mr. Biletnikoff himself, Cody Thompson, put up some efficient numbers himself. Any time he touched the ball, it likely ended up a touchdown. He had 4 catches for 57 yards and 3 TDs. Joining the catch fiesta were the Baby Shampoo Boys, Johnson & Johnson (Diontae and Jon’Vea) with a touchdown a piece.
But Toledo really focused on the run game in this contest. Three players had double digit carries in this one. The Godfather had 15 for 131 yards, Shakif Seymour had 12 for 57 yards, Bryant Koback added 12 more carries for 29 yards, and Art Thompkins poured it on with 7 more for 13 yards. For a Rockets offense that touts one of the best receiving corps in the country, it seemed like they were on a mission to showcase their versatility against the Wolfpack. It was certainly an impressive showing to say the least.
The Rockets defense had a mix of good and bad in this game if we’re being honest. Seven tackles for loss including one sack, plus a fumble recovery and an interception. It was 21-21 in the 2nd quarter, but after that, Nevada was never closer than within 4 points to Toledo. However, Nevada had more total yards than Toledo racking up 582 to the Rockets’ 460. The defense really needs to tighten up this week against Fresno State and for MAC play down the road. Hopefully Coach Candle and DC Brian George can right the ship defensively so the offense isn’t pressured to always put up freakish video game numbers.
Speaking of Fresno State, I forgot they even existed. Not to mention, the game is AT Fresno, so kickoff is at 10:30pm EST. Way past my bedtime tbh. That being said, Fresno State has played very well this season thus far for the most part. They had a bye last weekend because they needed two full weeks to prepare for The Godfather and his mafia of superstars. But before the bye, they started the year with a 79-13 drubbing of Idaho, lost at Minnesota to that grade A LOSER PJ Fleck 21-14, then went to UCLA and beat Chip Kelly’s UCLA Bruins (who suck apparently) 38-14. The PAC-12 is a joke and we all know that, but beating UCLA is a solid win for the Bulldogs I guess.
ESPN is giving Fresno an 86.9% chance to win this game. What a joke. West coast bias is SO REAL and it makes me sick. Fresno State’s QB, Marcus McMaryion not only has possibly the dumbest name ever, but also has less passing yards than The Godfather with 25 more completions. The Godfather also has 6 more touchdowns than McMaryion. Guadagni also has more rushing yards than Fresno State’s leading rusher. WHAT CAN’T THE GODFATHER DO?! TELL ME! THERE’S NOTHING! On the year, Toledo averages more total yards per game and more points per game. The defense will be the difference in this one, folks. If the Rockets defense can keep Fresno State in check, Toledo should be able to move the ball and score some points against the Bulldogs. It astounds me that Toledo is an 8-point dog in this one. I like Toledo to not only cover the 8 points, but also leave Fresno victorious. Man, the way Toledo keeps beating up on dog-related mascots, Mike Vick could be on the coaching staff by Halloween.
Toledo has themselves a tough road game before kicking off their MAC schedule. Time to fine tune the little details and beat the ever loving hell out of Fresno State. Let’s send those bell-bottom wearing California hippies back to their tie-dye Volkswagon vans.