Running Rockets Ready to Host BYU This Saturday

September 26, 2019 | Athletics, Events, News, Alumni
By Paul Helgren

Toledo’s final non-conference battle of the 2019 season will be one of its most challenging games on the schedule as the Rockets host Brigham Young University Saturday, Sept. 28, at noon in the Glass Bowl.

The Rockets (2-1, 0-0 Mid-American Conference) are coming off a wild 41-35 victory at Colorado State Sept. 21 that actually did not finish until 12:34 a.m. Mountain Time (2:34 a.m. Eastern Time). At four hours and 14 minutes in length, it was the longest regulation-contest in Rocket history, and that very last minute had a dramatic ending fitting of the evening.

Bryant Koback and the Rockets rushed for 436 yards at Colorado State.

Sophomore running back Bryant Koback rushed for a career-high 228 yards and scored four touchdowns, but the outcome of the game was not decided until the final play. A last-gasp pass by Colorado State from the Toledo 25-yard line was completed to E.J. Scott near the goal line. Scott was tackled by Jordan Fisher and DeDarallo Blue at the two-yard line as time ran out, giving Toledo the victory.

Koback rushed for 168 yards and three TDs in the third quarter alone, helping Toledo extend a 14-13 halftime lead to 35-27. His touchdown rushes went for 37, 75 and 47 yards. Koback also caught an eight-yard TD pass in the first quarter. As a team, Toledo rushed for 436 yards, its most in a contest since 1981.

BYU (2-2) lost at home to No. 21 Washington, 45-19, in its most recent game, but is still a force to be respected. The Cougars, who have played three Top 25 teams thus far, knocked off then No. 24 USC, 30-27, in week three. Their other loss was a season-opening defeat to then No. 14 Utah.

In 2016, the Cougars beat the Rockets, 55-53, in Provo, Utah.

The game will be carried on ESPN+.

Full-time UToledo employees and retirees may purchase two tickets at half-price. Additional tickets may be purchased at the full price. UToledo students are admitted to home games free with ID.

To purchase tickets, stop by the UToledo Athletic Ticket Office, located in the Sullivan Athletic Complex at Savage Arena, go to the Toledo Football Ticket Central website, or call 419.530.GOLD (4653).

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