Glass Bowl, Toledo, OH
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Fresno leads series, 2-0
The Toledo Rockets look to make it three straight wins to begin the 2016 season when they host Fresno State at the Glass Bowl.
So far, the combination of a stifling defense and an explosive offense have proved to be a winning formula for first-year head coach Jason Candle’s squad. Toledo has out-scored its first two opponents, Arkansas State and Maine, by a combined score of 76-13, most recently a 45-3 thumping of Maine last Saturday.
Fresno State has split its first two outings, struggling late in a loss at Nebraska and bouncing back for a dominating win over Sacramento State last week.
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► Fresno State pulled out a 55-44 double overtime win in the most recent meeting (2008 at the Glass Bowl)..
► Head coach Tim DeRuyter spent time as a defensive coordinator in the MAC. His coaching stints at Ohio were from 1995-98 and again from 2002-2004.
► The Bulldogs trailed 14-10 at Nebraska, who pulled away with 22 fourth quarter points in a 43-10 decision.
► Sacramento State totaled 183 yards and took just three snaps in Fresno State territory last week. One of those plays followed a fumble recovery.
► Redshirt freshman starting quarterback Chason Virgil set career highs in Week Two. The marks were in completions (22), attempts (42) and yards (274). It was his third career start.
► KeeSean Johnson has been a favorite target through two games. He is averaging 7.5 receptions per game – tied for 17th in FBS football.
►Fresno State is averaging 10.5 ppg, compared to Toledo’s 38.0 ppg.
► FSI has converted 38 percent of its third downs, while Toledo is at 62 percent.
► Senior Tyquwan Glass grabbed his first interception last week against Sacramento State. That marked the fourth interception for Glass over the last six games, dating back to 2015.
► Junior Dontel James managed just 20 yards rushing on 12 attempts against Nebraska. He bounced back last week with 121 net yards on 27 carries.
► Punter Blake Cusick his a career-long 59-yard punt last week. Adding to the impressive boot was the fact that it was downed at the opponent one-yard line.
TOLEDO ROCKETS (2-0, 0-0 )
► Junior QB Logan Woodside completed 13 of 25 for 329 yards with four touchdowns and one interception Saturday against the Maine Black Bears.
► Corey Jones collected three receptions for 100 yards and a TD. JonVea Johnson, Cody Thompson and Michael Roberts also recorded TD receptions Saturday. Johnson’s was an 89-yard play.
► Jones owns the most receptions (9), but Cody Thompson has the most yardage – seven catches for 259 yards. Michael Roberts leads the Rockets with three TD receptions in his seven catches.
► Kareem Hunt led UT rushing with 66 yards on 15 carries Saturday. Toledo totaled 187 yards on the ground.
► RonnieJones scored from 27 yards out on the return of a blocked punt.