Toledo will play its third consecutive home game to start the 2018 season when Nevada invades the Glass Bowl Saturday, Sept. 22. Kickoff is set for noon on the CBS Sports Network.
Toledo (1-1) lost for the first time last week in a 49-24 defeat to No. 21 Miami (Fla.) before a sell-out crowd of 28,117 at the Glass Bowl. The Rockets stayed to within a touchdown in the third quarter, but four Hurricane scores in consecutive possessions put the game away.
Junior quarterback Mitchell Guadagni’s arm and legs kept Toledo in the game. After a slow start, Guadagni threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns, and also extended drives by running the ball. He rallied the Rockets from a 21-0 deficit in the first half to make it a close game. Guadagni hit junior wide receiver Diontae Johnson with a 40-yard TD to cut the lead to 28-21 with 7:39 to play in the third quarter. But the Hurricanes outscored the Rockets 28-3 from that point. Johnson led all receivers with six receptions for 119 yards and two touchdowns. Guadagni led Toledo rushers with 47 net yards.
Nevada (2-1) is coming off a big 37-35 home-field victory over Oregon State last Saturday. The Wolf Pack had a 30-7 lead at one point in the contest before holding off the Beavers’ late rally. Nevada was outgained in the contest, 540-357, but used three turnovers to pull off the upset. Quarterback Ty Gangi threw for 195 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Wolf Pack offense. Nevada’s other games this season were a 72-19 victory over Portland State and a 41-10 loss at Vanderbilt.
Toledo is 4-0 vs. Nevada. The Rockets won last year in Reno, 37-24. This is the final game in the two-game series.
Toledo and Nevada played in the first overtime game in Football Bowl Subdivision history. The Rockets defeated the Wolf Pack, 40-37, in the 1995 Vegas Bowl.
For tickets, go online at utrockets.com or call 419.530.GOLD (4653). Faculty and staff can buy tickets half off with ID, and UT students are admitted free with ID.