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Toledo ends regular season with 35-23 win over struggling Akron


Toledo Rockets QB Austin Dantin threw five touchdown passes to help defeat the Akron Zips in the regular-season finale for both teams earlier this week.

QB Austin Dantin

Dantin was 29 of 35 for 327 yards with an interception for Toledo who ends the regular-season at 9-3, 6-2 in the Mid-American Conference.

RB David Pasquale

David Pasquale hauled in seven passes for 110 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for 93 yards on 15 carries. Alonzo Russell caught nine passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns.

Akron, under Terry Bowden in his first season in the Rubber City, led briefly in the game at 13-10 on Kyle Pohl’s 30-yard touchdown pass to Keith Sconiers.

Moore Leads Broncos Over Rockets at the Glass Bowl

TOLEDO, OHIO — Last week, the Toledo Rockets hung with Ohio State to the end before falling short 27-22. Against #4 Boise State at the Glass Bowl on Friday night, they made it interesting for a half before Heisman candidate Kellen Moore kicked it into a higher gear, falling to the Broncos, 40-15. Moore finished with 455 yards passing, the second highest of his career, set a career high of 32 completions, and tied his career high of five touchdown passes — three to Tyler Shoemaker. The Broncos rolled up 610 yards.

Similar to last week, the Rockets started the first quarter strong.  After the Broncos’ opening drive stalled at midfield thanks to two dropped passes, the Rockets went 64 yards in eight plays. On second and seven at the Broncos’ 24, Austin Dantin rolled right and threw back to his left to Danny Noble, who followed his blockers into the end zone. It was the Rockets’ third gain of at least 20 yards in the drive. A mishandled snap on the extra point left the score 6-0.

The Broncos answered with a nine play/68 yard drive to go ahead 7-6 as Moore pump-faked right and found Shoemaker open over the middle from 26 yards out. They scored again on their third possession with 2:45 left in the first quarter as Doug Martin turned a short screen pass from Moore into a 71 yard score. Martin took the pass on the left side of the field, cut to his right, and was on his own the last 50 yards. Dan Goodale’s missed extra point kick left the score 13-6. Martin would end up with 70 yards rushing and 122 receiving.

QB Kellen Moore

In the first quarter, Moore had 140 yards passing, and the two scores gave him 15 straight games with at least two touchdown passes.

The Broncos’ fourth possession stalled when Byron Best dropped Martin for an eight yard loss on a third and one option pitch at the Rockets’ 27.

It appeared that the second quarter would be scoreless, but the teams combined for 10 points in the last :17. Vince Penza’s previous three punts had pinned the Broncos at their 13, 18, and 1, but when he had to punt from his own 29 late in the half, Moore had more than enough time and moved his team 64 yards in 1:22 for a 20-6 lead with :17 remaining. After Moore’s sneak from the one left him inches short of the goal on second down, his third TD pass of the night was probably the shortest of his career, as Shoemaker caught the jump-ball lob in the right corner. When the Broncos’ out of bounds kickoff gave the Rockets the ball at their own 49, Terrance Owens moved his team to the Broncos’ 17, where Ryan Casano’s 35 yard field goal at the first half gun made it 20-9. Owens had replaced Dantin midway through the half.

The Rockets turned it over twice in the Broncos’ red zone in the third quarter. The Broncos’ first drive of the quarter ended when the Rockets defense stopped a run out of a fake field goal, and the Rockets were in a position to cut it to a one-score game as they moved to a first down on the Broncos’ 11. However, Owens’ short pass into traffic was picked off by the Broncos’ defensive tackle Chase Baker. Moore’s fourth TD pass, a 12 yarder to Kyle Efaw, ended an eight play/89 yard drive that was helped by three Rocket penalties.

WR Tyler Shoemaker

Jermaine Robinson’s 60 yard return of a rare Moore interception was spoiled two plays later when Dantin lost the ball at the Bronco nine yard line.

Moore’s third TD to Shoemaker was an 18 yarder in the fourth quarter, the only pass of a six play/56 yard drive. Their last score came on a Drew Wright eight yard run with 1:30 left, with Moore sitting out the last 4:33. Adonis Thomas had scored from one yard out with 4:33 left to round out the scoring for Toledo.

Photos and logo courtesy of Boise State athletics

TOLEDO-OSU RECAP: Toledo players know they missed an opportunity for an upset


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Terrell Anderson, Austin Dantin, Terrance Owens and Malcolm Riley represented the Toledo Rockets football team on the postgame podium in the visitors media room in Ohio Stadium after the 27-22 loss to the Buckeyes on Saturday afternoon.

Those players had the look of disappointment because they knew that themselves and their teammates blew a golden chance to be the first MAC team to beat the Buckeyes.

But the Rockets hurt themselves with penalties and a shaky punt team. Toledo was penalized 14 times for 102 yards. They had a key holding call against their defense on Ohio State’s bad pass on a 3rd-and-goal in the third quarter and it gave the Buckeyes new life. Carlos Hyde scored the go-ahead TD on the very next play.

The Rockets defense led by Riley and Anderson, confused the Buckeyes offense with blitzes and stunts and put an extra man in the box on running plays. It is surprising that Ohio State ended up with 112 yards total on 34 carries.

The Rockets offense gave the OSU defense fits with its athleticism, speed and play-making abilities. The Rockets use a spread offense and used Springfield, Ohio native Eric Page, as their primary weapon. The Buckeyes had trouble finding him as Toledo lined him up in different spots: wide right, wide left, in the slots, in the backfield and at quarterback. From the QB spot, Page threw a completed pass to junior TE Hank Keighley for a two-point conversion in the first quarter, to put the Rockets up 8-7. Page is 5-for-6 throwing the football in his UT career.

With the loss, the Rockets fell to 6-9 all-time against teams ranked in the Top 25, including 1-8 in the opposing stadium.

Toledo is now 6-15 all-time versus the Big Ten, but a very respectable 6-10 since breaking through with a win over Purdue in 1992.

Ohio State is 18-0 against Mid-American Conference teams.


TOLEDO AT OHIO STATE GAMEDAY: #18/16 Buckeyes ready for dangerous Rockets today


(courtesy of Toledo athletics via wikipedia commons)

The Ohio State Buckeyes will host a second straight Mid-American Conference opponent this afternoon at 12 in the Horsehoe, as the dangerous Toledo Rockets come to Columbus, Ohio.

The game will be televised by the Big Ten Network.

With the 42-0 win over Akron last Saturday, Luke Fickell became the first Ohio State head coach to record a shutout in his debut since Woody Hayes in 1951.

The Rockets are 1-0 on the young season after a 58-22 win over FCS opponent New Hampshire last Thursday night, September 1 at the Glass Bowl in Toledo.

The Rockets featured a balanced attack on offense in the win accounting for 304 yards passing, including five TD’s, and 287 yards rushing.

Starting QB Austin Dantin completed 15 of 21 passes for 161 yards and three TD’s while sophomore QB Terrance Owens played and added two more scores on 10 of 13 passing for 122 yards.

Running back Adonis Thomas rushed for 115 yards and a score on nine carries while receiver Bernard Reedy compiled five catches for 113 yards and two TD’s.

Tim Beckman, a former Ohio State assistant coach from 2005-06, is in his third year at the northwest Ohio college with a record of 14-12 overall since 2009.

Last season, the Rockets finished 8-5 with a 34-32 loss to Florida International in the Little Caesars Bowl.

Toledo has the ninth-most BCS wins by a non-BCS school (6) since the 2003 season and have defeated five BCS teams in the past five years:

2010: Toledo 31 Purdue 20

2009: Toledo 54 Colorado 38

2008: Toledo 13 Michigan 10

2007: Toledo 36 Iowa State 35

2006: Toledo 37 Kansas 31 in 2 OT’s

Ohio State is 2-0 all-time versus Toledo.

The Buckeyes won the last meeting with Toledo, 38-0 on September 19, 2009 at Cleveland Browns Stadium.


* The Best of Times for the Rockets program came from 1969 to 1971, the Rockets went 35-0, winning three consecutive MAC titles and Tangerine Bowls.

* The Worst of Times for the Rockets, from 1956 to 1964, the team won only 24 games while losing 57 and tying 2.

* The program also had one of the worst beginnings in its history of the game, losing the first three of its inaugural season’s games by a combined 262-0.

* Toledo joined the Mid-American Conference in 1952, and has remained there since that year.


47 747 Luke Fickell on QB play week 1

47 750 Luke Fickell on UT coach Tim Beckman

47 753 Luke Fickell on freshman exceeding expectations

47 760 Luke Fickell on Toledo being giant killers over the years

47 766 Luke Fickell on Joe Bauserman can handle things better at 25 than a 19 year old

(courtesy of OSU athletics via wikipedia commons)

2010 LITTLE CAESARS PIZZA BOWL: Florida International beats Toledo, 34-32

(courtesy of Little Caesars Pizza Bowl via Wikipedia Commons)

Jack Griffin’s 34-yard field goal on the final play of the game gave Florida International a stunning, come-from-behind win over the Toledo Rockets, 34-32 in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit, Michigan at Ford Field.

The upstart Golden Panthers, playing in their first bowl game, faced fourth-and-17 on their final drive before picking up the first down on a hook-and-lateral to T.Y. Hilton.

Seconds later, Wes Carroll found Greg Ellingson across the middle of the field to the Toledo 22-yard line, setting up the final kick for FIU who finishes up 7-6.

The Rockets, who were the favorites and had most of the crowd at Ford Field rooting for them because Toledo, Ohio is just 46 miles south of Detroit, finishes the season at 8-5.

Toledo had taken the lead with 1:14 remaining on a touchdown run by Terrance Owens and a two-point conversion pass to Eric Page.

The two teams aren’t strangers. The Panthers beat the Rockets 35-16 in 2008. Toledo won 41-31 at FIU Stadium in 2009.


* FIU started the season at 0-4, losing on the road at Texas A&M, Maryland and Pittsburgh in exchange for huge paydays to help the program.

* This was their first bowl game.

* FIU had a 6-2 record in the Sun Belt Conference and made it to the postseason in the ninth season in the history of the program and its sixth year in the Football Subdivision level.

* The Panthers loss in their season finale to Middle Tennessee State cost them sole possession of first place in the Sun Belt.

* FIU has an explosive all-around player in junior T.Y. Hilton with 56 receptions for 816 yards and four touchdowns. As a running back from scrimmage, he has 26 carries for 278 yards with four TD’s.

* QB Wesley Carroll has completed 61.8% of his passes, but he takes too many risks throwing 13 interceptions compared to 15 interceptions.


* Made its first postseason appearance since 2005.

* Freshman QB Terrance Owens took over after Austin Dantin went down after the ninth game with a partially separated shoulder on October 30. Owens ends the season at 2-2 as the starter.

* The Rockets get their spark from sophomore wide receiver Eric Page, who won All-Mid-American Conference honors as a receiver and kick returner. Page is 10th in the nation in all-purpose yardage (158.8). He is fifth in the nation with 94 receptions and is the only player in the Football Subdivision this season with three kickoff returns for a touchdown. He has also thrown for three scores.

* LB Archie Donald is the first Toledo player to lead the team in tackles for four consecutive years. Donald tied for the MAC lead in tackles with 134 and had three interceptions.

* RB Adonis Thomas is second in the Mid-American Conference with 905 rushing yards, averaging 6 yards a carry, and had 29 receptions.

compiled from Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, Florida International & Toledo athletics news