Toledo (3-1) at Western Michigan (2-2)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, September 29, 7:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Waldo Stadium (30,200) -- Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Television: None. Home Record: Toledo 2-0, WMU 2-0. Away Record: Toledo 1-1,
WMU 0-2. Neutral Record: Toledo 0-0, WMU 0-0. Conference Record: Toledo 1-0,
WMU 0-0. Series Record: Toledo leads, 38-28.
GAME NOTES: A rematch of last season's offensive shootout is on the horizon as
the Toledo Rockets head to Waldo Stadium for a Mid-American Conference
showdown with the Western Michigan Broncos.
Last season when these teams met, the Rockets held on for a 66-63 victory as
the team's combined for 1,439 yards of total offense. The win was the second
straight over WMU for Toledo, which holds a 38-28 series lead.
Although it was not easy, the Rockets outlasted Coastal Carolina to earn a
38-28 victory in a non-conference bout at the Glass Bowl last week. Toledo is
now 3-1 with a 1-0 mark in MAC play. The Rockets dropped a 24-17 decision to
Arizona in an overtime thriller in their season opener before defeating
Wyoming and Bowling Green for their first two wins of the season. Toledo has
been very successful in conference play, winning 15 of its last 17 MAC
The Broncos have split their four games this season with losses to Big Ten
foes Illinois (24-7) and Minnesota (28-23) on the road and home wins against
both Eastern Illinois (52-21) and most recently Connecticut (30-24).
After splitting time with Austin Dantin in the season opener, Terrance Owens
exclusively has led Toledo two three straight wins while starting under
center. Owens has passed for 1,027 yards and nine touchdowns without an
interception. Owens enters with a streak of 230 passing attempts with a thrown
Bernard Reedy has become the main target in the passing game this season
following the departure of all-time l0eading receiver Eric Page. Reedy set a
new career-high last week versus Coastal Carolina with 10 catches for 102
yards. Alonzo Russell was also a factor last week, with seven grabs for 97
yards. Cordale Scott showed he can be a viable red zone target with two
touchdown receptions last week.
David Fluellen was transitioning into a vital role in Toledo's offense before
suffering an injury in last week's contest. Fluellen, who is questionable for
this week, was replaced by Cassius McDowell.
Toledo's total defense (483.2 ypg) is rated ninth in the conference, but it
still has the fourth ranked scoring defense due to a positive 1.0 turnover
margin. The Rockets have also been great defensively on third downs, making
stops on 40-of-58 of their opponents' third down plays so far.
Jermaine Robinson is a huge reason why Toledo's opponents have been turnover
prone. The senior safety intercepted a pass in the team's opening pair of
games. Senior linebacker Dan Molls has been the anchor of the Rockets'
defensive unit and had 14 stops and a sack last week.
Western Michigan bounced back from a week three loss to Minnesota with a 30-24
victory over Connecticut last week. The Broncos continued their pass heavy
style by passing on 40 of their 70 offensive plays.
The Broncos like to pass the ball in order to keep the ball in the hands of
quarterback Alex Carder. The senior is currently second in the MAC with 1,049
passing yards after he completed 18-of-34 passes for 237 yards and a score
last time out. Carder managed to avoid throwing an interception for the first
time in 2012, an issue he has struggled with this season, with five picks
Running the ball has not been as big a priority for Western Michigan this
season. Dareyon Chance had a big game with 144 yards on 29 carries versus
Minnesota, but he was held to just 66 yards on 19 attempts last week by UConn.
Josh Schaffer and Jamie Wilson each broke the 100 yards receiving mark in last
week's contest. Wilson is leading the MAC in receiving yards with 430 on 37
receptions. He has also grabbed four touchdown passes. Schaffer is a solid
second option with 200 yards and a score on 15 catches.
Western Michigan has been the second best team in the MAC in terms of yards
allowed this season (353.5). Against Minnesota the Broncos surrendered 397
total yards in a losing effort. They were even worse last week, allowing 425
yards to UConn in a victory.
A big reason for WMU's victory last week was Desmond Bozeman. The junior
linebacker was named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week
after he registered a career-high 12 tackles, two sacks, two tackles for loss,
forced fumble, and had a fumble return for a touchdown in the win over the
As many MAC games will be this season, this matchup will be a back-and-forth
battle with neither side holding a huge advantage. This one could produce big
offensive numbers once again with two adept quarterbacks going up against weak
defenses. Carder has a chance to prove that he deserves to be considered an
elite QB and should deliver a big-time performance in his last scheduled game
against the Rockets.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Western Michigan 42, Toledo 38
09/26 10:46:54 ET
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