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Toledo Rockets football

Toledo Rockets football
2015 Toledo Rockets football team
First season 1916
Head coach Matt Campbell
4th year, 32–13 (.711)
Other staff Defensive cord John Heacock
Home stadium Glass Bowl
Year built 1936
Stadium capacity 102
Stadium surface Field Turf
Location Toledo, Ohio
League NCAA Division I (FBS)
Conference Mid-American
Division West
Past conferences
All-time record 502–412–24 (.548)
Postseason bowl record 9–5 (.643)
Claimed national titles 0
Conference titles 13
Division titles 6
Heisman winners 0
Consensus All-Americans 2

Midnight Blue and Gold

Website Toledo Rockets

The Toledo Rockets football team is a college football program in Division I FBS, representing the University of Toledo. The Rockets compete in the Mid-American Conference. Toledo began playing football in 1917, although it did not field teams in 1931, and 1943-1945. Since the inception of the AP Poll in 1936 Toledo has finished in the Top 25 four times. Its highest finish came in 1970 when it ranked #12 after finishing 12–0–0. They have defeated 5 out of 6 Top 25 Teams they have faced at the Glass Bowl the most recent: 29-23 victory over #21 Cincinnati Bearcats on October 20, 2012. Its current head coach is Matt Campbell.


  • History 1
    • Bowling Green rivalry (The Battle Of I-75) 1.1
  • Head coaches 2
  • Facilities 3
  • Championships and bowl games 4
  • Future non-conference opponents 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Nick Saban, who led the Rockets for one season
Gary Pinkel, who coached Toledo from 1991-2000

Toledo first fielded a football team in 1917, under the leadership of John Brandeberry. According to Toledo Rockets lore, the team began when a group of students purchased uniforms from a sporting goods store, then arranged a game against the University of Detroit in order to settle the debt. Brandeberry stepped in to coach the team, which promptly lost the game 145–0 (but settled the debt).[1]

For the first few years Toledo played without a nickname, but was dubbed the "Rockets" after two long touchdown runs in a 1923 loss to Carnegie Tech. That season also saw Toledo win its first conference title.[1]

From 1969 through 1971, Toledo won 35 consecutive games, which currently ranks as the fifth-longest winning streak in major college football. Under head coach Frank Lauterbur, the Rockets won 3 Mid-American Conference Championships and won each of their 3 appearances in the Tangerine Bowl during those years. Mel Long, a member of the team for all three years, was named to The AP All-America First Team after the 1971 season. Charles "Chuck" Ealey led the Rockets to all 35 victories as starting quarterback.

In 2008, The Rockets upset Michigan 13-10 in Ann Arbor. The Rockets are the first and currently the only MAC Team to ever beat Michigan.

In 2015, the Rockets upset #18 Ranked Arkansas in Little Rock, Toledo's first win vs an SEC team.

Bowling Green rivalry (The Battle Of I-75)

Toledo and Bowling Green State University have a rivalry dating back to 1924, when BGSU challenged the participation of Toledo's captain, Gilbert Stick, after it was discovered that Stick also played for a local team in Genoa, Ohio. Conference rules did not prohibit such play, and BGSU's protest was overruled.[1] In 1950, Toledo's athletic director charged BGSU students a higher price for tickets at a basketball game than the general public, while rumors spread of a dog-napping attempt by BGSU against Toledo's mascot.[2] Another incident came in 1951, when a fight broke out after a hard hit by a BGSU player on fullback Mel Triplett. Don Greenwood, then Toledo's coach, participated, and resigned after the university failed to back him up. In Greenwood's view, the officials should have called a penalty for excessive roughness, and he had a duty to protect his players.[1]

Head coaches


  • Glass Bowl
  • Fetterman Indoor Training Center
  • Larimer Athletic Complex
  • National champs 2015

Championships and bowl games

Toledo has won thirteen conference titles and five division titles. In addition, Toledo has appeared in 14 post-season bowl games since 1969, and has an 8–5 record overall. [3][4]

From 1946-1949, the Rockets played a posteseason game named the Glass Bowl that was played at their stadium. They were 3-1, losing the last game to the Cincinnati Bearcats.

Year Coach Overall Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Northwestern Ohio Intercollegiate Athletic Association (2211112221–1930)
1923 James Dwyer 6–4–0
1927 Boni Petcoff 5–2–0
1929 Boni Petcoff 4–2–1
Mid-American Conference (1951–present)
1967 Frank Lauterbur 9–1–0
1969 Frank Lauterbur 11–0–0 W Tangerine Bowl
1970 Frank Lauterbur 12–0–0 W Tangerine Bowl 17 12
1971 John A. Murphy 12–0–0 W Tangerine Bowl 13 14
1981 Chuck Stobart 9–3–0 W California Bowl
1984 Dan Simrell 8–3–1 L California Bowl
1990 Nick Saban 9–2–0
1995 Gary Pinkel 11–0–1 W Las Vegas Bowl 24 24
1997 Gary Pinkel 9–3
1998 Gary Pinkel 7–5
2001 Tom Amstutz 10–2 W Motor City Bowl 22 23
2002 Tom Amstutz 9–5 L Motor City Bowl
2004 Tom Amstutz 9–4 L Motor City Bowl
2005 Tom Amstutz 9–3 W GMAC Bowl
2010 Tim Beckman 8–5 L Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
2011 Tim Beckman
Matt Campbell
9–4 W Military Bowl
2012 Matt Campbell 9–4 L Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
2014 Matt Campbell 9–4 W GoDaddy Bowl
Total: N/A
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance, BCS, or CFP / New Years' Six bowl.
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.

Future non-conference opponents

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
at Arkansas State vs Elon vs VMI vs BYU at Tulsa
vs Maine at Nevada vs Miami (FL)
vs Fresno State vs Tulsa vs Nevada
at BYU at Miami (FL) at Fresno State



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External links

  • Official website
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