Toledo Rockets football

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Toledo Rockets football
2014 Toledo Rockets football team
ToledoRockets.png
First season1917
Head coachMatt Campbell
1st year, 17–9  (.654)
Home stadiumGlass Bowl
Year built1936
Stadium capacity26,248
Stadium surfaceField Turf
LocationToledo, Ohio
LeagueNCAA Division I (FBS)
ConferenceMid-American
DivisionWest
Past conferences
All-time record473–398–24 (.542)
Postseason bowl record7–4 (.636)
Claimed national titles0
Conference titles13
Division titles6
Heisman winners0
Consensus All-Americans2
Colors

Midnight Blue and Gold

          
WebsiteToledo Rockets
 
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Toledo Rockets football
2014 Toledo Rockets football team
ToledoRockets.png
First season1917
Head coachMatt Campbell
1st year, 17–9  (.654)
Home stadiumGlass Bowl
Year built1936
Stadium capacity26,248
Stadium surfaceField Turf
LocationToledo, Ohio
LeagueNCAA Division I (FBS)
ConferenceMid-American
DivisionWest
Past conferences
  • Independent (1948-1950)
  • Ohio Athletic Conference (1932-1947)
  • Northwestern Ohio Intercollegiate Athletic Association (1921-1930)
  • Independent (1917-1920)
All-time record473–398–24 (.542)
Postseason bowl record7–4 (.636)
Claimed national titles0
Conference titles13
Division titles6
Heisman winners0
Consensus All-Americans2
Colors

Midnight Blue and Gold

          
WebsiteToledo Rockets

The Toledo Rockets football team is a college football program in Division I FBS, representing the University of Toledo. The Rockets compete in the Mid-American Conference. Toledo began playing football in 1917, although it did not field teams in 1931, and 1943-1945. Since the inception of the AP Poll in 1936 Toledo has finished in the Top 25 four times. Its highest finish came in 1970 when it ranked #12 after finishing 12–0–0. They have defeated 5 out of 6 Top 25 Teams they have faced at the Glass Bowl the most recent: 29-23 victory over #21 Cincinnati Bearcats on October 20, 2012. Its current head coach is Matt Campbell.

History[edit]

Nick Saban, who led the Rockets for one season
Gary Pinkel, who coached Toledo from 1991-2000

Toledo first fielded a football team in 1917, under the leadership of John Brandeberry. According to Toledo Rockets lore, the team began when a group of students purchased uniforms from a sporting goods store, then arranged a game against the University of Detroit in order to settle the debt. Brandeberry stepped in to coach the team, which promptly lost the game 145–0 (but settled the debt).[1]

For the first few years Toledo played without a nickname, but was dubbed the "Rockets" after two long touchdown runs in a 1923 loss to Carnegie Tech. That season also saw Toledo win its first conference title.[1]

From 1969 through 1971, Toledo won 35 consecutive games, which currently ranks as the fifth-longest winning streak in major college football. Under head coach Frank Lauterbur, the Rockets won 3 Mid-American Conference Championships and won each of their 3 appearances in the Tangerine Bowl during those years. Mel Long, a member of the team for all three years, was named to The AP All-America First Team after the 1971 season. Charles "Chuck" Ealey led the Rockets to all 35 victories as starting quarterback.

In 1990, the Rockets posted a 9-2 record and were coached by Nick Saban.

Bowling Green rivalry (The Battle OF I-75)[edit]

Toledo and Bowling Green State University have a rivalry dating back to 1924, when BGSU challenged the participation of Toledo's captain, Gilbert Stick, after it was discovered that Stick also played for a local team in Genoa, Ohio. Conference rules did not prohibit such play, and BGSU's protest was overruled.[1] In 1950, Toledo's athletic director charged BGSU students a higher price for tickets at a basketball game than the general public, while rumors spread of a dog-napping attempt by BGSU against Toledo's mascot.[2] Another incident came in 1951, when a fight broke out after a hard hit by a BGSU player on fullback Mel Triplett. Don Greenwood, then Toledo's coach, participated, and resigned after the university failed to back him up. In Greenwood's view, the officials should have called a penalty for excessive roughness, and he had a duty to protect his players.[1]

Head coaches[edit]

Facilities[edit]

Championships and bowl games[edit]

Toledo has won thirteen conference titles and five division titles. In addition, Toledo has appeared in 13 post-season bowl games since 1969, and has an 8–5 record overall.[3][4]

YearCoachOverallBowl/playoffsCoaches#AP°
Northwestern Ohio Intercollegiate Athletic Association (1921–1930)
1923James Dwyer6–4–0
1927Boni Petcoff5–2–0
1929Boni Petcoff4–2–1
Mid-American Conference (1951–present)
1967Frank Lauterbur9–1–0
1969Frank Lauterbur11–0–0W Tangerine Bowl
1970Frank Lauterbur12–0–0W Tangerine Bowl1712
1971John A. Murphy12–0–0W Tangerine Bowl1314
1981Chuck Stobart9–3–0W California Bowl
1984Dan Simrell8–3–1L California Bowl
1990Nick Saban9–2–0
1995Gary Pinkel11–0–1W Las Vegas Bowl2424
1997Gary Pinkel9–3
1998Gary Pinkel7–5
2001Tom Amstutz10–2W Motor City Bowl2223
2002Tom Amstutz9–5L Motor City Bowl
2004Tom Amstutz9–4L Motor City Bowl
2005Tom Amstutz9–3W GMAC Bowl
2006Tom Amstutz5–7
2007Tom Amstutz5–7
2008Tom Amstutz3–9
2009Tim Beckman5–7
2010Tim Beckman8–5L Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
2011Tim Beckman
Matt Campbell
9–4W Military Bowl
2012Matt Campbell9–4L Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Total:N/A
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game. #Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.

Future non-conference opponents[edit]

2015201620172018
vs Stony Brookat Arkansas Stateat Nevadavs Miami (FL)
at Arkansasat Tulsavs Tulsavs VMI
vs Iowa Statevs Fresno Stateat Miami (FL)vs Nevada
vs Arkansas Stateat Fresno State

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Rothman, Seymour (November 10, 1991). "An intimate, informal, and irreverent look at the early days of UT football". Toledo Blade. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  2. ^ Rothman, Seymour (February 19, 1950). "TU-Bowling Green Rivalry Overheating Rapidly". Toledo Blade. Retrieved 2010-01-10. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Toledo In the Polls". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  4. ^ "Toledo Composite Championship Listing". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  5. ^ "Toledo Rockets Football Schedules and Future Schedules". fbschedules.com. Retrieved 2014-08-19. 

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