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Rockets Speed Past Racers, 45-0

Senior quarterback Mitchell Guadagni threw for a career-high 266 yards and three touchdowns as the Rockets cruised to a 45-0 victory over Murray State before a home-opening crowd of 25,361 at the Glass Bowl Saturday night.

The victory was the first shutout for the Rockets in 19 years, a span of 228 games going back to a 42-0 Toledo win over Marshall Oct. 14, 2000. It also was the first time Murray State had been shut out since 2005.

Quarterback Mitchell Guadagni threw for 266 yards and three touchdowns in Toledo’s win in the home opener.

Guadagni, who suffered a concussion in Toledo’s 38-24 loss at Kentucky two weeks ago, completed passes to nine different players and threw for touchdowns of 8, 11 and 43 yards. Guadagni’s favorite target was junior tight end Drew Rosi, who caught a career-best five passes for 84 yards and one touchdown. Toledo’s offense racked up 538 yards, 348 in the air and 190 on the ground.

Toledo’s defense kept the Racers in check all night, forcing two turnovers and holding them to 331 total yards, just 93 of which came in the second half. The Rockets’ defense came up big when it counted, too, holding Murray State to 4 of 15 on third down and 0 of 3 on fourth down.

The Rocket defense shut out its first opponent in 19 years.

In the first quarter, Murray State drove down to the Toledo 28-yard line on its first possession, but was stopped on downs when Jordan Fisher halted a short pass for no gain on a fourth and six. Moments later, MSU had a chance to get on the scoreboard, but Zaden Webber’s 45-yard field goal attempt hit the left upright.

The Rockets got on the board first when freshman Evan Davis nailed a 40-yard field goal with 3:21 left in the first quarter.

Devin Maddox celebrated after scoring a touchdown in the first quarter to put the Rockets up 10-0.

Toledo struck on the first play of the second quarter on an eight-yard pass from Guadagni to redshirt freshman Devin Maddox to give Toledo a 10-0 lead. Moments later, Guadagni hit Rosi for an 11-yard strike to increase the lead to 17-0. The drive was set up by a 66-yard bomb from Guadagni to Bryce Mitchell to the MSU 11-yard line.

In the third quarter, Toledo took advantage of a Samuel Womack interception, extending the lead to 24-0 on a 43-yard TD pass from Guadagni to Desmond Phillips.

Murray State missed another chance to score when a 45-yard field goal attempt was blocked by David Hood.

On the very next play, the Rockets made it 38-0 on a 55-yard bomb from Carter Bradley to Danzel McKinley-Lewis.

Toledo added to its lead with a 42-yard TD run by freshman Micah Kelly to make it a 45-0 game in the fourth quarter.

The Rockets travel to Colorado State Saturday, Sept. 21. The game is slated to start at 10:15 Eastern Time and will be broadcast on ESPN2.

Naturalization Ceremony to Take Place Sept. 17 at UToledo

More than 70 people will become U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 11 a.m. in the Law Center McQuade Auditorium on The University of Toledo’s Main Campus.

Judge Mary Ann Whipple of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio will preside over the ceremony, which will celebrate Constitution Day at the University.

UToledo President Sharon L. Gaber will give welcome remarks at the event, which will feature alumna Grisoranyel Barrios as this year’s guest speaker.

Barrios moved from Venezuela to Toledo when she was 7 years old. She attended Springfield Local Schools before coming to The University of Toledo, where she received a bachelor of arts degree in political science and a bachelor of social work degree in 2018.

She is pursuing a master’s degree in social work specializing in policy at the University of Washington in St. Louis and plans to graduate in December.

Barrios attended the 2017 naturalization ceremony, where she opened the court, and became a U.S. citizen in March 2019.

“I look forward to participating in the ceremony yet again, but this time as a UToledo alumna and a U.S. citizen,” Barrios said.

“Hosting this naturalization ceremony on campus is a wonderful way to celebrate Constitution Day and to honor our country’s history,” Diane Miller, chief of staff and associate vice president for government relations, said. “It is so moving to watch individuals achieve their dreams of becoming U.S. citizens.”

Constitution Day is annually observed in America to commemorate the formation and signing of the Constitution of the United States on Sept. 17, 1787.

The free, public event is sponsored by the Office of Government Relations and the Center for International Studies and Programs.

For more information on the naturalization ceremony, contact Lisa Byers, executive assistant in the Office of Government Relations, at lisa.byers@utoledo.edu.

Women’s Golf to Host Glass City Invitational at Inverness Club to Tee Off Season Sept. 16-17

The Toledo women’s golf program will host a tournament at the Inverness Club for the first time next week when it tees off its 2019-20 campaign with the Glass City Invitational.

The 54-hole tournament will be played Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 16-17. An 8:45 a.m. shotgun start will open the tournament Monday with an 8 a.m. tee time scheduled for Tuesday.

Toledo will host the Glass City Invitational at the Inverness Club Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 16-17.

The event is open to the public with free parking.

The tourney field includes three schools — Florida, Illinois and Northwestern — that advanced to the 2019 NCAA Championships and five more — Baylor, Furman, Michigan State, Ohio State and Texas A&M — that qualified for last year’s NCAA Regionals. In this year’s Women’s Golf Coaches Association preseason poll, Florida is ranked No. 8 and is joined by No. 15 Northwestern, No. 16 Illinois and No. 19 Michigan State. Also receiving votes in the poll were Baylor, Furman and Ohio State.

Joining the Rockets in the event are Coastal Carolina, Michigan, South Florida and Wisconsin.

“Inverness Club is a special place with a membership committed to the highest of quality in the game of golf,” Toledo Head Coach Jenny Coluccio said. “We are thrilled and fortunate to have the opportunity to host the first women’s event at Inverness and welcome a very competitive field. Our relationship with Inverness and hosting a top event will continue to have a lasting impact for our players and program.”

Toledo’s squad this season will feature a blend of youth and experience. The Rockets return three seniors — Thunpijja Sukkasem, Donchanok Toburint and Saranlak Tumfong — this year and welcome four freshmen — Caroline Kane, Amelia Lee, Kathryn Roth and Claudia Sampson.

Coluccio said she is looking forward to the start of the season with a group that is eager to learn.

“Productive is the word that best describes our first two weeks of practice and qualifying,” Coluccio said. “The team is truly learning during each practice session, and I am very happy with their efforts. This year will be a journey, and we are focusing on one step at a time and improving each day. I am excited to watch their overall progress this year. They are excited to be playing at home at Inverness and Toledo for the first event of the season.”

Live scoring for the Glass City Invitational can be found at golfstatresults.com.



Toledo Football to Host Murray State in Home Opener Sept. 14

Toledo will make its 2019 debut at the Glass Bowl with a matchup vs. Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) opponent Murray State Saturday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m.

The Rockets opened the season with a loss at Kentucky Aug. 31 and a bye week Sept. 7.

Bryant Koback rushed for 73 yards and a touchdown vs. Kentucky Aug. 31.

Toledo started strong against the Wildcats, moving out to a 14-7 lead thanks to rushing touchdowns from sophomore running back Bryant Koback and senior quarterback Mitchell Guadagni. But Kentucky outscored the Rockets 31-10 the rest of the way, denying Toledo the chance for its second-ever win against an SEC school.

Guadagni completed 7 of 12 passes for 122 yards before leaving the game due to injury late in the third quarter. He also tied Koback for the team lead with 73 rushing yards. Juniors Danzel McKinley-Lewis and Bryce Mitchell topped the Rockets with three receptions apiece.

Sophomore Saeed Holt led Toledo’s defensive efforts with a career-high 10 tackles to go with a tackle for loss and forced fumble, while junior Tycen Anderson registered a career-best eight stops.

The Racers are 1-1 and coming off a 63-17 loss at No. 3 Georgia Sept. 7. In its opener Aug. 31, Murray State dumped National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics opponent Pikeville, 59-20.

This will be the first meeting between Toledo and Murray State on the gridiron. The Rockets are 24-2 vs. FCS opponents since the NCAA split up Division I in 1978.

Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. The game will be carried by ESPN3.

To ensure a positive game-day experience, fans are advised to arrive early in order to give themselves plenty of time to find suitable parking.

Tickets are still available. Go to the Toledo Football Central website, call 419.530.GOLD (4653), or go to the Athletic Ticket Office at Savage Arena. The office will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Students are admitted free with their Rocket ID; faculty and staff can buy tickets half price with ID.

Ryan White Program to Raise Funds for HIV Care With Evening of Food, Music

The fourth annual Re-Tie the Red Ribbon fundraiser presented by The University of Toledo Medical Center’s Ryan White Program will take place Saturday, Sept. 14, at the SeaGate Convention Centre in downtown Toledo.

Re-Tie the Red Ribbon supports UTMC’s Ann Wayson Locher Memorial Fund for HIV Care, which provides HIV care for adults and children in the Toledo area who have needs not covered by other agencies or programs in the community.

Tickets for the fundraiser are $50 each and include a variety of food stations and entertainment. The event will take place from 6 to 10 p.m.

“The University of Toledo Medical Center has been the regional referral center for HIV care for more than 30 years and has served the needs of the growing populations of persons with HIV,” said Richard Meeker, manager of community engagement and development at the Ryan White Program. “Support of this event makes a difference to the women and men in our community who depend on the services of the Ryan White Program.”

Wayson Locher opened the first grant-funded free and anonymous HIV testing site in northwest Ohio in 1985 and was one of the key organizers for The University of Toledo’s Ryan White Program. The memorial fund was developed in her honor after her death in 2010.

UTMC’s Ryan White Program offers high-quality comprehensive HIV/AIDS care services. The program uses a multidisciplinary model that incorporates healthcare, mental health services and case management for those affected by HIV/AIDS in Lucas County and the surrounding counties in northwest Ohio.

Entertainment at this year’s Re-Tie the Red Ribbon event will be provided by the Toledo School for the Arts Alumni Band, The Overton Project, and jazz vocalists Ramona Collins and Trez Gregory.

The Ryan White Program is seeking sponsorships with opportunities that range from $250 to $5,000 and include VIP tickets and recognition at the event.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit The University of Toledo Alumni Association website.

Toledo’s Battle of the Badges Game to be Played in Glass Bowl

Rocket fans can support the city of Toledo’s fire and police departments in the first Battle of the Badges flag football game to be played in the Glass Bowl Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15 and also includes admission to the Toledo Rockets home opener vs. Murray State Saturday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at UTRockets.com, by calling 419.530.GOLD (4653), or visiting the Rocket Ticket Office in the Glass Bowl and Savage Arena. The Rocket Ticket Office will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, with doors opening at 5 p.m.

Free parking will be available in lots 5, 6 and 10.

Three dollars from every ticket sold will be donated to each organization’s charity. The fire department is donating to Toledo Firefighters’ Local 92 Charity, while the police department is contributing to the Toledo Police Patrolman’s Association.

Fans can use the promo code “POLICE” to purchase tickets for the police department, or the promo code “FIRE” for the fire department.

Go to the police ticket website or the fire department ticket website.

Rockets Expand Glass Bowl Concession Menu

The University of Toledo Athletic Department has announced the addition of several menu updates and enhancements to game days at the Glass Bowl for the 2019 football season.

The Glass Bowl game-day concession menu will expand to include an increased number of stands throughout the stadium, several new premium items, as well as the addition of local favorites such as Tony Packo’s and Holey Toledough Doughnuts.

Fans will have an expanded menu to choose from at football games in the Glass Bowl.

“We’re thrilled to bring in new vendors and expand our menus for fans. We want to make the Rocket game-day experience more memorable, and part of that experience is offering a variety of delicious food items at the Glass Bowl,” said Deputy Director of Athletics Dave Nottke. “We are also partnering with local vendors to bring our fans more of the food they love.”

Toledo Athletics also recently announced a partnership with a local franchisee to serve Domino’s Pizza as the official pizza at Rocket sporting events on campus.

New dining options are:

• Glass City Smokehouse — The new Glass City Smokehouse, located in the southwest end of the stadium behind Sections 11 and 12, will feature grilled hamburgers, grilled chicken sandwiches, smoked brisket sandwiches, bratwurst and turkey legs, with additional smoked or barbecue menu items that will rotate every game. For the home opener Saturday, Sept. 14, the Glass City Smokehouse featured items will be brisket nachos and chorizo sausage. All sausages are made from scratch with smoked in-house meats.

• Beer Garden — There will be an expanded beverage menu in the Beer Garden on the north end of the stadium near Gate A. It will feature Budweiser and Bud Light, the official beer of the Toledo Athletic Department, along with favorite beverage choices in one location with quick and easy service.

• Fans-First With the Rocket Value Special — The very first stand on the West Concourse behind Section 2 will feature a Rocket Value Special: hot dog, chips and 20-ounce drink for $6.

• Main Stands on West and East Concourses — The main stands on the East and West Concourse will feature local favorites rom Tony Packo’s, the Front Street Frank and the Packo’s Original Hot Dog, as well as pizza from Domino’s and other game-day staple items. An express lane that will accept cash-only will be available so that fans don’t miss any of the action. Also, more locations will serve beer, with Budweiser and Bud Light available at the main stands.

• Food Court — The Food Court on the West Concourse behind Sections 2 and 3 will showcase new items like walking tacos and bacon-on-a-stick, along with other game-day staples like popcorn, pretzels, peanuts, candy and more.

• Sweet Shack — Located on the West Concourse behind Section 8, the Sweet Shack will feature a churro dog, as well as provide a rotating special item of the game and traditional sweet treats.

• Fuzzy’s Taco — Fuzzy’s Taco stand on the southeast corner of the stadium behind Sections 17 and 18 will feature street tacos and queso and chips.

• Holey Toledough Doughnuts — Local favorite Holey Toledough Doughnuts will be in the south end of the stadium with a doughnut of the game, other savory doughnuts and coffee.

• Rocket Hour — When the gates open 90 minutes before kickoff, for the first hour, fans can enjoy Rocket Hour with $4 12-ounce Bud Light and Budweiser. All Rocket fans 21 years and older are welcome to visit the Rocket Hour stand located in the south end zone. Fans are reminded to tailgate responsibly.

The Rockets also are improving the quality and speed of services, according to Nottke, and credit card transactions will be faster. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express will be accepted at all full-service stands. An ATM is located on the West Concourse behind Section 6.

Season and single-game tickets are on sale at the UToledo Athletic Ticket Office in the Sullivan Athletic Complex in Savage Arena, online at the Toledo Football Central website, and by phone at 419.530.GOLD (4653). Faculty and staff can buy tickets half off with ID, and UToledo students are admitted free with ID.

Toledo Baseball Golf Outing Set for Sept. 13

The University of Toledo baseball team will hold its annual golf outing Friday, Sept. 13, at the Legacy Golf Club in Ottawa Lake, Mich.

The golf outing will begin with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. The four-person team scramble event will conclude with a post-golf dinner in the clubhouse.

The baseball program’s annual golf outing will take place Friday, Sept. 13, at
Legacy Golf Club in Ottawa Lake, Mich.

“I’m excited to announce our Toledo baseball golf outing on September 13,” Head Coach Rob Reinstetle said. “This is a great opportunity for me to meet so many people that are associated with the program. I hope everyone will come out for the event. Save the date and let your friends and old teammates know.”

Anyone wishing to sign up for the golf outing can contact Assistant Coach Nick McIntyre at nick.mcintyre@utoledo.edu or 419.530.3097.

Women’s Basketball Team Travels to Italy for Exhibition Games, Sightseeing

Members of the women’s basketball team posed for a photo in front of the Colosseum in Rome.

Our trip to Italy was an incredible experience for our student-athletes, staff and fans.

We planned our last three foreign trips around the home countries of players on the roster. We went to Israel in 2011 for Naama Shafir, and England and Spain in 2015 for Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott, Janice Monakana and Inma Zanoguera. This time we chose Italy for Mariella Santucci.

Quickly after we landed, we found ourselves navigating the waters of Venice, tasting our first pasta dish, and absorbing the Venetian culture. That evening we traveled to Bologna to find our bus greeted by the Santucci family. It was such a moving experience to see Mariella’s entire family there to see her play at our first game; many hadn’t seen her play in a very long time, if at all.

One of the highlights of our trip was spending an evening celebrating the occasion with Mariella’s parents and sister. We enjoyed a five-course, authentic Italian dinner, which left us all stuffed and energized for the days ahead. While in Bologna, we also attended a cooking class, where our players learned how to make tortellini and spaghetti. We may have a future Julia Child or two in this group.

Head Coach Tricia Cullop and Mariella Santucci smiled for the camera in front of the Colosseum in Rome.

Next, we explored the sights in Florence and collected many souvenirs before making our way to Naples by way of a high-speed train. After a quick lunch of margherita pizza, we traveled the curvy, scenic drive to Sorrento by bus. The cliffs unveiled the beautiful coast, where we would play our second game and enjoy a few days by the water.

Another highlight of the trip was taking 10-passenger boats to the island of Capri. We stopped on the back, rugged side of the island to enjoy a refreshing swim in the Tyrrhenian Sea. Game t
wo took place in the high hills of Sorrento and ended in a second victory for our team.

Our final stop was Rome. Despite record-high temperatures that reached 105 degrees, we attended mass at St. Peter’s Basilica and toured the Colosseum, Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Vatican Museum and Trevi Fountain. We also had unbelievable opportunities to hear the pope give his Sunday blessing to the crowd in St. Peter’s Square and visit the Sistine Chapel to see the famous works of Michelangelo. In addition, our third and final exhibition game took place in Italy’s capital city against the Rome All-Stars.

In our three exhibition games, we had a chance to mix up the lineups, give our new players time to show what they can add to our team, and witness our returnees grow in their leadership roles. I was very pleased with how hard we played and how coachable they were. With only 10 practices to prepare, we threw a lot of new things at them, and they absorbed it at a very rapid pace.

In our final night, we went to an interactive opera dinner show with the entire travel party, which included 22 fans. We are so fortunate to have a tremendous fan base that supports Toledo women’s basketball. Seven out of the last eight years, we have been ranked top 30 in the country in attendance. It was fun to share this trip with some of our fans who have helped us enjoy our amazing atmosphere in Savage Arena through the years. That night, we had our final pasta dish from Italy and shared many laughs before returning back to the hotel to pack our bags for an early departure home.

To sum up the trip, we immersed ourselves in art, culture and history, as well as tasted amazing cuisine. This voyage gave our six newcomers a chance to learn our style of play, gain valuable playing experience, and bond as a team. I’ve always felt that team chemistry is the foundation of any great program. We won three games and grew closer as a team. Many of us traveled throughout Italy for the first time and gained memories that will be etched in our minds for a lifetime.

We will forever be grateful to our Rocket family for their generosity and making this trip a reality. We return home feeling very grateful, thankful and blessed.

Cullop is the head coach of the women’s basketball team — and the winningest coach in UToledo women’s basketball history with 241 victories.

Rocket Week to Kick Off With Flag-Raising Ceremony Sept. 6

The University of Toledo President Sharon L. Gaber and Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz will kick off the start of the second annual Rocket Week with an official proclamation and ceremonial raising of the UToledo athletics flag at a news conference at One Government Center Friday, Sept. 6, at 10 a.m.

Rocket Week is a series of special events leading up to the home-opening football game of the Toledo Rockets. The Rockets will host Murray State Saturday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. at the Glass Bowl.

In addition to the location at One Government Center, Rocket flags will be in place at other city buildings and parks. Along with promoting Rocket Week, Gaber and Kapszukiewicz will be asking businesses and fans to fly their Rocket flags during the week leading up to the first home game and all season long.

As part of Rocket Week, UToledo and the city of Toledo also will recognize city employees during the game and during pregame festivities.

Some of the events during Rocket Week include the annual Backyard Barbecue Tuesday, Sept. 10, at noon and a pep rally at 12:30 p.m. on Centennial Mall, as well as downtown pep rallies Thursday and Friday, Sept. 12 and 13. The Thursday pep rally will take place at Levis Square at noon during Lunch at Levis. The pep rally Friday will continue a tradition in which the Rocket Marching Band performs at various establishments in the entertainment district that evening, marching through the downtown streets between each performance.

Another exciting event during Rocket Week will be the Battle of the Badges flag football game between the city of Toledo fire and police departments Wednesday, Sept. 11, in the Glass Bowl. Tickets are $15 and include admission to the Rockets’ home opener Sept. 14. Three dollars from every ticket sold will be donated to each organization’s charity. The fire department is donating to Toledo Firefighters’ Local 92 Charity, while the police department is contributing to the Toledo Police Patrolman’s Association. Go to the police ticket website or the fire department ticket website.

Throughout Rocket Week, and especially on Rocket Thursday, fans are encouraged to wear their Rocket gear or school colors midnight blue and gold in support of UToledo. The University celebrates Rocket Thursday each week throughout the school year.

As a special promotion for the home opener, city of Toledo employees have the option of purchasing tickets for $12 prior to game day by using the promo code TOLEDO. All others in the Toledo community may purchase tickets for $19 from Friday, Sept. 6, through Friday, Sept. 13, (prior to game day) by using the promo code ROCKET.

For more information about Rocket Week or to order tickets, stop by the UT Athletic Ticket Office, located in the Sullivan Athletic Complex at Savage Arena, go to the Toledo Football Central website, or call 419.530.GOLD (4653). UToledo students are admitted free with their Rocket ID; faculty and staff can buy tickets half price with ID.

Rocket Week Events

Sunday, Sept. 8

• 1 p.m. — Rocket Women’s Soccer vs. Wright State at Paul Hotmer Field. Tickets are $6 and $4 for 18 and younger; UToledo employees can purchase tickets at half price; and UToledo students are admitted free with ID. Go to UToledo soccer ticket website or call 419.530.GOLD (4653).

Tuesday, Sept. 10

• Noon — Backyard Barbecue on Centennial Mall.

• 12:30 p.m. — Pep Rally on Centennial Mall.

Wednesday, Sept. 11

• 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Health Science Campus Picnic in the Four Seasons Bistro and outside the Health Education Building.

• 12:30 p.m. — Memorial Stair Climb in the Glass Bowl.

• 6:30 p.m. — Toledo Fire vs. Toledo Police Battle of the Badges Flag Football Game in the Glass Bowl. Tickets are $15 and include admission to the Rockets’ home opener Sept. 14.

Thursday, Sept. 12

• Noon — Pep Rally at Lunch at Levis at Levis Square in downtown Toledo.

Friday, Sept. 13

• 9 to 10:30 p.m. — Rocket Marching Band Pep Rally Parade in downtown entertainment district.

Saturday, Sept. 14

• 7 p.m. — Toledo vs. Murray State in the Glass Bowl.

For more information, go to the Rocket Week website.