Toledo’s high-powered offense may face its stiffest challenge this season when the Rockets host No. 18 Cincinnati in the Glass Bowl Saturday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m.The game will air on ESPN3.
The Rockets (6-1, 4-0 Mid-American Conference) have been firing on all cylinders recently, averaging 44 points and 503 yards of total offense in their last four games.
In Toledo’s most recent victory, a 52-47 shootout over Eastern Michigan, the offense practically exploded. And it’s a good thing, too, as UT needed just about every one of its 655 yards of total offense and 170 yards in kick returns.
Junior wide receiver Bernard Reedy had a career day, catching 11 passes and setting a school record with 237 receiving yards. Reedy scored on receptions of 65 and 59 yards, and added an 89-yard kickoff return for a TD. Reedy almost overshadowed junior running back David Fluellen, who rushed for 188 yards and two scores, and junior quarterback Terrance Owens, who threw for a career-best 401 yards and three TDs.
The EMU victory was highlighted by an incredible third quarter in which each team scored four touchdowns apiece, including three scores in a span of 32 seconds.
Toledo should expect a much tougher challenge from Cincinnati (5-0, 1-0 Big East) this Saturday. The Bearcats are holding their opponents to 14.4 points per game, which ranks 10th-best in the nation. Cincinnati is coached by former Central Michigan head coach Butch Jones, now in his third season with the Bearcats.
The Bearcats are led by junior quarterback Munchie Legaux and senior running back George Winn. Legaux has thrown for 1,208 yards and 11 TDs, while Winn has rushed for 521 yards and averages 6.4 yards per carry.
Tickets for the Cincinnati game are still available. To purchase tickets, call 419.530.4653, go online at UTRockets.com, or stop by the UT Ticket Office in Savage Arena (open till 7 p.m. this week). UT faculty and staff may purchase up to two tickets at half price. UT students are admitted free with valid ID. Students also may purchase up to four guest tickets for $12 apiece with valid ID.