Toledo Rockets football
|Toledo Rockets football|
|Head coach||Matt Campbell
1st year, 17–9 (.654)
|Home stadium||Glass Bowl|
|Stadium surface||Field Turf|
|League||NCAA Division I (FBS)|
|All-time record||473–398–24 (.542)|
|Postseason bowl record||7–4 (.636)|
|Claimed national titles||0|
Midnight Blue and Gold
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.
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).
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.
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)
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. 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. 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.
- John Brandeberry (1917)
- James Baxter (1918)
- Walt Hobt (1919-1920)
- James Dwyer (1923–1925)
- Boni Petcoff (1926-1929)
- Jim Nicholson (1930-1935)
- Clarence W. "Doc" Spears (1936-1942)
- Bill Orwig (1946-1947)
- J. Neil "Skip" Stahley (1948-1949)
- Robert Snyder (1950)
- Don Greenwood (1951)
- Clair Dunn (1951-1953)
- Forrest W. England (1954-1955)
- Jack Morton (1956)
- Harry Larche (1957-1959)
- Clive H. Rush (1960-1962)
- Frank Lauterbur (1963–1970)
- John Murphy (1971–1976)
- Chuck Stobart (1977–1981)
- Dan Simrell (1982–1989)
- Nick Saban (1990)
- Gary Pinkel (1991–2000)
- Tom Amstutz (2001–2008)
- Tim Beckman (2009– December 2011)
- Matt Campbell (December 2011–Present)
- Glass Bowl
- Fetterman Indoor Training Center
- Larimer Athletic Complex
Championships and bowl games
|Northwestern Ohio Intercollegiate Athletic Association (1921–1930)|
|Mid-American Conference (1951–present)|
|1969||Frank Lauterbur||11–0–0||W Tangerine Bowl|
|1970||Frank Lauterbur||12–0–0||W Tangerine Bowl||17||12|
|1971||John A. Murphy||12–0–0||W Tangerine Bowl||13||14|
|1981||Chuck Stobart||9–3–0||W California Bowl|
|1984||Dan Simrell||8–3–1||L California Bowl|
|1995||Gary Pinkel||11–0–1||W Las Vegas Bowl||24||24|
|2001||Tom Amstutz||10–2||W Motor City Bowl||22||23|
|2002||Tom Amstutz||9–5||L Motor City Bowl|
|2004||Tom Amstutz||9–4||L Motor City Bowl|
|2005||Tom Amstutz||9–3||W GMAC Bowl|
|2010||Tim Beckman||8–5||L Little Caesars Pizza Bowl|
|9–4||W Military Bowl|
|2012||Matt Campbell||9–4||L Famous Idaho Potato Bowl|
|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
|vs Stony Brook||at Arkansas State||at Nevada||vs Miami (FL)|
|at Arkansas||at Tulsa||vs Tulsa||vs VMI|
|vs Iowa State||vs Fresno State||at Miami (FL)||vs Nevada|
|vs Arkansas State||at Fresno State|
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