Rockets close out non-conference portion of schedule Sept. 29

September 28, 2018 | Athletics, Events
By Paul Helgren

Toledo’s first road game of the season will be a tough one as the Rockets head to the West Coast to face Fresno State in Bulldog Stadium Saturday, Sept. 29.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time (10:30 p.m. Eastern Time) on ESPNU.


Toledo (2-1) is coming off a wild 63-44 shootout victory over Nevada Sept. 22 in the Glass Bowl. Junior quarterback Mitchell Guadagni threw for four touchdowns and ran for two more. Guadagni completed 15 of 24 passes for 211 yards and led the Rockets with 131 yards rushing on 15 carries. His 34-yard touchdown run with 7:26 left in the game sealed the victory and was the final score in a contest that saw the teams combine for 107 points and 1,042 yards in just under four hours of football.

Just three games into his career as a starter, Guadagni is looking very comfortable at the helm. He is completing 63.9 percent of his passes and has a QB rating of 205.5, which ranks No. 4 in the nation. He also leads UT in rushing with 198 yards, averaging 5.8 yards per carry.

Toledo leads the the Mid-American Conference in scoring (51.0) and is second in total offense (465.7). The Rockets’s 51.0 scoring average ranks eighth in the nation

Fresno State (2-1) had a bye last week. In their most recent game, the Bulldogs won at UCLA, 38-14, on Sept. 15. Fresno State dominated the Bruins, outgaining them in total yards, 420-270. Senior quarterback Marcus McMaryion completed 22 of 33 passes for 270 yards and one TD. He has thrown for 682 yards and three scores for the season. In their first two games of the season, the Bulldogs ripped Idaho, 79-13, and lost at Minnesota, 21-14. Fresno State is led by its defense, which is giving up an average of just 294.7 yards per contest.

The Bulldogs lead the series 2-1. The Rockets won in Toledo in 2016 by a score of 52-17.

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