Toledo Rockets football
|Toledo Rockets football|
|Head coach||Jason Candle
1st year, 4–0 (1.000)
|Field surface||Field Turf|
|NCAA division||Division I FBS|
|All-time record||502–412–24 (.548)|
|Bowl record||10–5 (.667)|
|Colors||Midnight Blue and Gold
|Fight song||U of Toledo|
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. The team's current head coach is Jason Candle.
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 2008, The Rockets upset Michigan 13-10 in Ann Arbor. The Rockets are the first and only MAC Team to beat Michigan.
In 2015, the Rockets upset #18 Arkansas in Little Rock, Toledo's first win vs an SEC team.
They have defeated 5 of 6 Top 25 Teams they have faced at the Glass Bowl, the most recent being a 29-23 victory over #21 Cincinnati on October 20, 2012.
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 – 2015)
- Jason Candle (2015–Present)
- Glass Bowl
- Fetterman Indoor Training Center
- Larimer Athletic Complex
Toledo has appeared in 15 post-season bowl games since 1969, and has a 10–5 record overall. From 1946-1949, the Rockets played a posteseason game named the Glass Bowl that was played at their stadium. They were 3-1, losing the last game to the Cincinnati Bearcats.
|Season||Date Played||Bowl Game||Opponent||Result|
|1969||December 26, 1969||Tangerine Bowl||Davidson||W 56–33|
|1970||December 28, 1970||Tangerine Bowl||William & Mary||W 40-12|
|1971||December 28, 1971||Tangerine Bowl||Richmond||W 28-3|
|1981||December 19, 1981||California Bowl||San Jose State||W 27-25|
|1984||December 15, 1984||California Bowl||UNLV||L 30-13*|
|1995||December 14, 1995||Las Vegas Bowl||Nevada||W 40-37|
|2001||December 29, 2001||Motor City Bowl||Cincinnati||W 32-16|
|2002||December 26, 2002||Motor City Bowl||Boston College||L 51-25|
|2004||December 27, 2004||Motor City Bowl||Connecticut||L 39-10|
|2005||December 21, 2005||GMAC Bowl||UTEP||W 45-13|
|2010||December 26, 2010||Little Caesars Pizza Bowl||FIU||L 34-32|
|2011||December 28, 2011||Military Bowl||Air Force||W 42-41|
|2012||December 15, 2012||Famous Idaho Potato Bowl||Utah State||L 41-15|
|2014||January 4, 2015||GoDaddy Bowl||Arkansas State||W 63-44|
|2015||December 22, 2015||Boca Raton Bowl||Temple||W 32-17|
|Total||15 bowl games||10-5 record|
The Rockets have won 13 conference titles, with 10 of them being during their affiliation with the Mid-American Conference. The highest AP Poll Ranking they have ever finished was #12 at the end of the 1970 season.
|1923||Northwestern Ohio Intercollegiate Athletic Association||James Dwyer||6–4–0|
|1927||Northwestern Ohio Intercollegiate Athletic Association||Boni Petcoff||5–2–0|
|1929||Northwestern Ohio Intercollegiate Athletic Association||Boni Petcoff||4–2–1|
|1967||Mid-American Conference||Frank Lauterbur||9-1-0|
|1969||Mid-American Conference||Frank Lauterbur||11–0–0|
|1970||Mid-American Conference||Frank Lauterbur||12–0–0|
|1971||Mid-American Conference||John Murphy||12–0–0|
|1981||Mid-American Conference||Chuck Stobart||9-3-0|
|1984||Mid-American Conference||Dan Simrell||8-3-1|
|1990||Mid-American Conference||Nick Saban||9-2-0|
|1995||Mid-American Conference||Gary Pinkel||11-0-1|
|2001||Mid-American Conference||Tom Amstutz||10-2|
|2004||Mid-American Conference||Tom Amstutz||9-4|
Future non-conference opponents
Announced schedules as of July 21, 2016
|at Arkansas State||vs Elon||vs VMI||at Kentucky||at Tulsa||at Notre Dame|
|vs Maine||at Nevada||vs Miami (FL)||at Colorado State||vs Colorado State|
|vs Fresno State||vs Tulsa||vs Nevada||vs BYU|
|at BYU||at Miami (FL)||at Fresno State|
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