Here’s a look at one of this week’s matchups:
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Tuesday, Nov. 3; 8 p.m. ET
Glass Bowl; Toledo, OH.
The Rockets lead this series, 29-13, and Toledo holds an 18-4 advantage in games at the Glass Bowl. However, Northern Illinois has won six of the last seven meetings, including five straight.
Toledo also brought a perfect conference mark (5-0) into last year’s meeting. However, the Rockets were decimated by injuries – particularly at quarterback. Wide receiver Dwight Macon was forced into action at quarterback during the UT-NIU game.
Macon completed 8 of 11 passes for 140 yards, including a 69-yard toucdown play. He also rushed for 97 yards. It was not enough. Tailback Cameron Stingily rushed for 81 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead NIU to a 27-24 victory.
TOLEDO ROCKETS (7-0, 4-0 MAC)
-- In the last six seasons, Toledo has lost only eight MAC games. Five of those losses hve come to Northern Illinois.
- This year’s Rockets are not only undefeated in conference play, they are undefeated for the season. Non-conference victories over No. 18 Arkansas, Iowa State (2 OT) and Arkansas State preceded MAC play.
-- Toledo fought through a major scare in its last outing. Umass, which is winless in MAC play and owns just one win on the year, picked off three Phillip Ely passes in the first half and owned a 28-10 halftime lead. Toledo regrouped at halftime and scored 38 straight points on the way to a 51-35 victory. It was the fifth-largest comeback in UT program history.
-- Phillip Ely shook off his early interceptions against Umass to toss five touchdowns in the Rockets comeback.
Ely is fifth in passing (247.7 ypg) and seventh in pass efficiency
-- Toledo is averaging 50.7 points and 583.0 yards of total offense over the last three games.
-- Toledo is ranked second in scoring offense (37.0 ppg). It is first in scoring defense (16.3 ppg). The Rockets are second against the run (213.1 ypg) and eighth in pass defense (246.3 ppg).They are, however, first in pass defense efficiency.
-- Junior Corey Jones ranks eighth among MAC receivers in receptions (5.6 rpg). Sophomore Cody Thompson is eighth in receiving yards (70.0 ypg).
-- Terry Swanson is averaging 99.3 rushing yards per game. That’s good for third place among MAC rushers.
-- Freshman Jameson Vest has made 12 of 16 field goal attempts. He is second in the league in scoring (9.6 ypg). He has converted all 31 PATs.
-- Juniors Jaylen Coleman and DeJuan Rogers lead UT defenders with 48 and 37 stops, respectively.
NORTHERN ILLINOIS HUSKIES (5-3, 3-1 MAC)
-- The Huskies are defending MAC champs. Their only conference loss this season was one month ago when they lost a 9-19 decision at Central Michigan. Turnoves played a key roll in the decision as CMU erupted for 23 third quarter points.
-- Northern Illinois has scored at least 45 points in each of its past three games – all MAC wins. The Huskies are third in scoring offense (36.8 ppg).
-- The Huskies are fourth in scoring defnse (24.5 ppg).
-- NIU thrives on rushing the football and tops the conference with 217.4 ypg rushing.
-- Junior RB Joel Bouagnon (6-2, 226) tops the entire MAC, averaging 107.8 rushing yards per game. He also leads the loop in scoring (10.5 ppg).
-- DB Shawun Lurry had a five-game interception streak this season. He is a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award.
-- Wide receiver Tommyless Lewis has thrived against Toledo. In 2011, he returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a TD. After UT tied the score, Lewis ran the ensuing kick off back 95 yards for another score.
-- Linebacker Boomer Mays has 17 tackles, including 2 TFL and an interception in three games versus the Rockets. His best outing was 11 stops with a touchdown-saving interception in the end zone during NIU’s 2013 win at Toledo.
-- NIU has rushed for 200 or more yards in four straight games. It is averaging 282 yards on the ground in MAC competition.
-- NIU cornerback Paris Logan ranks 10th on the NCAA’s active career leaders list for passes defended. The Huskie senior has 34 passes defended/ He is sixth in pass breakups with 29 and has five interceptions.
-- Quarterback Drew Hare ranks seventh in passing (227.1 ypg) and is fifth in pass efficiency.
-- WR kenny Golladay’s 5.8 receptions per game is seventh among receivers. He is fourth in receiving yards (84.1 ypg)