Rockets to host MAC East Division leader Buffalo Oct. 20

October 18, 2018 | Athletics, Events
By Paul Helgren

Toledo returns home this week to host Buffalo (6-1, 3-0 Mid-American Conference) Saturday, Oct. 20, at noon.

The Bulls are the leaders in the East Division of the Mid-American Conference. They are one of three MAC teams, along with MAC West teams Northern Illinois (4-0) and Western Michigan (3-0), that are still undefeated in conference play. Toledo must still play all three teams this season.

The Rockets (3-3, 1-1) are coming off a 28-26 loss at Eastern Michigan Oct. 13. Toledo nearly came back from a 25-point deficit, but the Rockets’ furious rally came up just short.

Toledo trailed 28-3 going into the fourth quarter when junior Mitchell Guadagni engineered three scoring drives, the final touchdown coming with 20 seconds left when Guadagni scrambled 10 yards to cut the lead to 28-26. Toledo went for the two-point conversion to tie the game, but Guadagni’s pass to sophomore Bryce Mitchell was broken up. Toledo’s attempt at an on-side kick went out of bounds, giving EMU its first win over the Rockets in the past 12 meetings.

Buffalo is coming off a 24-6 victory over Akron at home last week. The Bulls have won six of their seven contests this season, their only defeat a 42-13 loss to Army. Buffalo has defeated non-conference opponents Rutgers and Temple, along with MAC foes Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan. The Bulls lead the MAC in scoring defense (21.7) and total defense (335.9). Their offense is paced by junior quarterback Tyree Jackson (1,543 yards, 18 TDs) and freshman running back Kevin Marks (530 yards, seven TDs).

Toledo and Buffalo have not met since a 51-41 Rocket victory in the Glass Bowl in 2013. UT leads the all-time series, 7-3.

Tickets for the game are on sale at the UT Athletic Ticket Office, online at or at 419.530.GOLD (4653). Faculty and staff can buy tickets half off with ID, and UT students are admitted free with ID.

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