Toledo will get its first test against a Mid-American Conference West Division opponent when it travels to Ypsilanti to face Eastern Michigan Saturday, Oct. 13.
The game will start at noon and be carried by ESPN+.
The Rockets (3-2, 1-0) are coming off a 52-36 victory over archrival Bowling Green in their Homecoming game Oct. 6 in the Glass Bowl. In his first starting assignment at quarterback, sophomore Eli Peters threw for three touchdowns, and redshirt freshman running back Bryant Koback added three more on the ground.
It was the ninth consecutive victory for the Rockets over the Falcons, but it didn’t come easy. Toledo jumped out to a 17-0 lead but only led by three points, 31-28, going into the fourth quarter. The Rocket defense clamped down, and Koback scored all three of his touchdowns in the final 15 minutes to secure the win.
Peters, filling in for the injured junior Mitchell Guadagni, completed 17 of 35 passes for 184 yards and three TDs. He did not throw an interception and was not sacked. Sophomore Shakif Seymour led the running attack with 101 yards on 18 carries to complement Koback’s 90 yards and three scores.
On the defensive side, Toledo broke up eight passes, led by three breakups from senior safety Josh Teachey.
Eastern Michigan (2-4, 0-3 MAC) is coming off a 27-24 defeat at Western Michigan. The Eagles have had tough luck this season, losing in overtime to San Diego State and Northern Illinois, and falling by a touchdown at MAC East Division leader Buffalo.