Toledo to host Northern Illinois in MAC West showdown Nov. 2

October 31, 2017 | Athletics, Events
By Paul Helgren

November is here and that means MACtion, and MACtion means Toledo and Northern Illinois once again will do battle in a critical Mid-American Conference West Division matchup.

The Rockets (7-1, 4-0 MAC) host the Huskies (6-2, 4-0 MAC) Thursday, Nov. 2, at 6 p.m. at the Glass Bowl. The game will be carried on ESPNU.

The winner will claim sole possession of first place in the West Division and will be able to control its own destiny in the MAC title race over the final three games.

Toledo, winners of four straight contests, is coming off a 58-17 thrashing of Ball State Oct. 26. The Rockets rolled up 602 yards of total offense thanks to six plays of at least 60 yards. Sophomore wide receiver Diontae Johnson scored three touchdowns, and senior quarterback Logan Woodside threw for 267 yards and three scores. Led by junior defensive end Olasunkanmi Adeniyi (three tackles for loss), Toledo’s defense held Ball State to 309 yards of total offense.

Northern Illinois has won four straight MAC games to keep pace with the Rockets. Last week the Huskies had to go to overtime before knocking off Eastern Michigan, 30-27. NIU has the No. 1 defense in the MAC, allowing an average of 18.0 points and 307.1 yards per game. Freshman Marcus Childers has been effective since taking over as the starting quarterback. He has thrown for nine touchdowns against just one interception in his last four games.

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