The No. 19 Toledo Rockets will go for their seventh straight victory when they hit the road for a matchup vs. UMass at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro Saturday, Oct. 24, at 3 p.m.
Toledo (6-0, 3-0 Mid-American Conference) scored 56 unanswered points to defeat Eastern Michigan, 63-20, Oct. 17. The 63-point output was a season-high and the most in a regular-season game since a 66-63 Rocket win over Western Michigan in 2011.The Rockets trailed 6-0 after one quarter of play but scored four touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 28-6 halftime lead.
UT then exploded for four more TDs in the third to put the game away. Senior quarterback Phillip Ely led the way with 327 yards passing and four touchdowns. Nine different Rockets scored touchdowns.
The defense was dominating again, allowing just its second and third touchdowns in the last four games, both in the fourth quarter when the game had long since been decided. The Rockets totaled 12 tackles behind the line of scrimmage and four sacks.
In six games this season, Rocket opponents have just two touchdowns and four field goals in 15 chances inside the red zone. That ranks second in the nation behind Appalachian State (three scores in 14 chances). UT ranks No. 1 in the MAC and No. 7 in the country in scoring defense (13.2).
Toledo has not allowed a sack in 206 passing attempts this season, one of only two teams in the country that can make that claim. The other is Air Force.
UMass (1-5, 0-2 MAC) is coming off a 15-10 Homecoming loss to Kent State Oct. 17. The Minutemen, whose lone victory was a 24-14 triumph over Florida International University, have had some tough luck this season. They nearly knocked off unbeaten Temple, falling 25-23 in the final minute due to a blocked extra point that was returned for two points and a late Owl field goal. UMass is led by senior quarterback Blake Frohnapfel, who has thrown for 1,794 yards and 10 touchdowns this season.
Toledo leads the series with UMass, 3-1, and won a hard-fought 42-35 contest in the Glass Bowl last year.