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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)

Browns beat Bears in preseason action, 13-10; lose rookie Hardesty

The Cleveland Browns management really like rookie RB Montario Hardesty.

Montario Hardesty Browns RB (U of Tennessee photo)

The Browns traded into the second round to draft Hardesty, who rushed for 1,345 yards in 2009 for the SEC’s Tennessee Volunteers. They like him as a starter or as a change-of-pace runner for 5’9, 205 pound Jerome Harrison, who has always had durability questions about him since he entered the NFL.

Colt McCoy Browns QB (U of Texas photo)

But Hardesty has durability issues of his own. His career with the Volunteers was slowed down because of injuries. On Thursday night, Hardesty hurt his left knee in the second quarter in Cleveland’s 13-10 win over the Chicago Bears in Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Hardesty’s injury could keep James Davis on the roster according to Cleveland area talk shows. He gained 66 yards on 15 carries and caught five passes for 53 yards before leaving with a leg injury in the fourth period.

Another Browns rookie who has had a shaky preseason camp is QB Colt McCoy. The Texas Longhorns alumnus received his first pro start and was a perfect 13-13 for 131 yards in two-and-a-half quarters. McCoy turned in his best preseason performance.

Reliable placekicker Phil Dawson kicked a 36-yard field goal, set up by Browns defensive back DeAngelo Smith who blocked a punt-as time expired for the Browns who ended the preseason at 2-2.

Quarterback Todd Collins, recently signed by Chicago to serve as a backup to Jay Cutler, completed 10 of 15 for 139 yards and a touchdown pass to tight end Greg Olsen for the Bears who ended the preseason at 0-4.

compiled from staff & Cleveland Browns news