Toledo Rockets (1-0, 0-0 MAC)
Glass Bowl, Noon ET
After impressing with a 54-20 route of New Hampshire in last Saturday’s opener, the Toledo Rockets this week turned their attention to a visit by No. 24 Missouri.
It’s a game that has been circled on the UT calendar for a long time. The Rockets seem to revel in home turf opportunities against high profile teams. Missouri certainly qualifies on several counts.
Should Toledo pull off the upset and back it up with a road win against preseason American Athletic favorite Cincinnati the next week, UT could climb into the national rankings.
Missouri won last year’s meeting in Columbia, 38-23, despite Toledo outgaining the Tigers (387-384). Toledo, however, was aided by three interceptions and also capitalized to a Rockets punting team miscue.
Saturday’s matchup will mark the return of Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel, who took the UM job after a successful tenure at Toledo. He has the distinction of being the winningest coach at BOTH schools.
Missouri defeated South Dakota State 38-18 in Columbia.
Both teams scored touchdowns within the first 2:03 of the. Darius White tallied on a 44-yard pass from Maty Mauk on the game’s third play. The Jackrabbits, however, quickly answered with a 75-yard run on their first play from scrimmage.
Missouri added two more touchdowns before SDSU added a field goal before intermission and a touchdown at 10:28 of the third quarter to make it a 21-18 game.
That proved to be the last Jackrabbit score. Marcus Murphy returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for a score and Missouri added 10 more fourth quarter points.
► Missouri totaled 393 yards to 365 yards for SDSU.
► Missouri registered 19 first downs to 15 for SDSU and both teams struggled on third down conversions (M – 3/11, SDSU 5-15). However, the Tigers were 2 of 2 on fourth down conversion attempts.
► Missouri was plus-3 in turnovers after picking off two passes and recovering one fumble.
►Mauk completed 13 of 21 for 178 yards and three touchdowns.
► Mizzou picked up 215 yards rushing. Russell Hansbrough (5-9, 190, Jr) logged 20 of the team’s 39 carries and picked up 126 yards (6.3 ypc) with one TD.
► White led the Tigers receivers with 83 yards on two catches. He also had two TDs. Bud Sasser was next with three receptions for 37 yards and one score.
► Andrew Baggett was one of three on field goal attempts.
Toledo opened the year with a 54-20 home win over New Hampshire.
► The Rockets rolled up a massive 666 yards of total offense while limiting UNH to 375 yards.
Toledo proved to be relatively well-balanced, registering 360 yards passing and 306 yards on the ground.
► Junior Phillip Ely completed 24 of 34 with four TDs and no interceptions.
► R.J. Hunt led Rocket receivers with nine receptions for 149 yards (16.6 ypr) and one TD.
► Sophomore Kareem Hunt had a team-high 20 carries for 136 rushing yards (6.8 ypc) with two TDs.
► Toledo’s last win over a ranked team was in 2012 when the Rockets edged NO. 18 Cincinnati, 23-18. UT plays at Cincinnati next week.