No. 22 Toledo looks to stay undefeated in MAC West Division clash vs. Eastern Michigan

October 15, 2015 | Athletics, Events
By Paul Helgren



The No. 22 Toledo Rockets will try to make it six straight victories this season when they host Eastern Michigan Saturday, Oct. 17, at noon in the Glass Bowl.

Toledo (5-0, 2-0 Mid-American Conference) is coming off a 38-7 Homecoming victory over Kent State that moved them up to No. 22 in the latest AP poll and No. 25 in the USA Today coaches poll. It’s the first time UT has been ranked in both polls since the end of the 2001 season.

The Rockets held Kent State to 257 yards of total offense Oct. 10 in their 38-7 Homecoming victory.

The Rockets held Kent State to 257 yards of total offense Oct. 10 in their 38-7 Homecoming victory.

Toledo’s defense continued its dominance last Saturday, holding Kent State to 257 yards of total offense, including just 83 yards in the second half. Senior defensive end Trent Voss led the way with six tackles, three tackles for loss, and three quarterback hurries.

KSU’s only score came on a fumble recovery in the end zone following a bad punt snap. In the last three games, Toledo’s defense has given up just one touchdown — a 51-yard touchdown pass vs. Ball State Oct. 3. The Rockets rank No. 1 in the MAC in scoring defense (11.8) and No. 1 in rushing defense (89.0).

Sophomore Terry Swanson rushed for 161 yards and junior Kareem Hunt added two scores to lead the offense to the Homecoming victory. Hunt, playing in his first game since suffering a hamstring injury vs. Iowa State Sept. 19, rushed for 85 yards and two TDs on 16 carries.

Toledo has not allowed a sack in 173 passing attempts this season, one of only two teams in the country that can make that claim. The other is Air Force.

UT has an eight-game winning streak dating back to the final three games of the 2014 season.

Eastern Michigan (1-5, 0-2 MAC) is coming off a 47-21 loss to Akron Saturday. EMU’s sole victory this year was a 48-29 triumph at Wyoming. The Eagles rank No. 3 in the MAC in scoring offense (29.7) and are led by senior running back Darius Jackson, who is second in the league in rushing, averaging 97.5 yards per game.

The game will be carried on BCSN and ESPN3.

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