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Smallest details matter to Toledo’s coach

09/17/2016, 12:13am EDT
By By BRIAN BUCKEY BLADE SPORTS WRITER

Candle preaches discipline on, off field

Smallest details matter to Toledo’s coach

In the first two games of the season, UT has excelled with an explosive offense and a stingy defense, outscoring opponents 76-13. BLADE

The University of Toledo football team has prepared in its first two games of this season by paying attention to even the smallest details.

So far, good results have followed.

With the Rockets (2-0) set to face Fresno State (1-1) today at the Glass Bowl, they hope to continue their fast start and prove that they are a prepared and disciplined team.

“If you’re going to be an undisciplined person away football, I don’t believe you’re going to help us be successful when we ask you to be disciplined on 3rd-and-6 or if we ask you to know what the personnel is when the other team is in the red zone,” UT coach Jason Candle said. “All of those things and the attention to detail and the combing through to find the little minor things that can really help win a game or get you beat, we have to do a great job of maintaining that through the week of preparation, during the game, and through the entire season.”

In the first two games of the season, UT has excelled with an explosive offense and a stingy defense, outscoring opponents 76-13.

Through the first two games, junior quarterback Logan Woodside has 700 passing yards and seven touchdown passes to just one interception. He is third in the nation in pass efficiency at 207.0.

What was thought to be an offense led by a strong running game has turned into an aerial attack as teams have stacked defenders near the line of scrimmage.

“I think that’s the game within the game the entire season,” Candle said. “I don’t know if that will ever change. It has been that way for a long time. People know we run the football and that’s our M.O. We know we have a couple great backs and teams have to be able to take something away and the first two weeks both teams have tried to do a great job in preventing the running game.”

The UT defense has been impressive, allowing just 13 points and limiting the opposition to 250.5 total yards per game.

“Those guys prepare really well,” Candle said. “Defensively you have to be an 11-man unit. One guy in your gap and you can turn around and find the ball in the end zone. I think our communication has been outstanding and I think there’s some good leadership there and I think there are bunch of guys that are willing and trying to get better each and every day.”

Fresno State comes to Glass Bowl after a 31-3 win over Sacramento State, which followed a Week 1 loss to Nebraska. Redshirt freshman quarterback Chason Virgil is averaging 203.5 yards passing per game with three touchdowns and three interceptions.

“They are a very talented team,” sophomore safety Josh Teachey said. “They are very athletic and it definitely will be a big challenge coming up this week. We don’t underestimate any opponent, so we will treat them the same as we would any opponent.”

The Fresno State defense is allowing 23 points per game and 295.5 yards per game.

“The defense is littered with junior and senior starters that have been there playing football for a long time,” Candle said. “They know the scheme and know the system and know where to be. It will be a good, stiff challenge for our team.”

Contact Brian Buckey at: bbuckey@theblade.com or 419-724-6110.

FRESNO STATE AT TOLEDO

Time: 3 p.m.

TV: Channel 11

Radio: 1370 AM

Series: Fresno State leads 2-0

Favorite: Toledo by 20.5

Notes: Fresno State won 55-54 in double overtime in 2008 the last time the teams met. ... Toledo opened the season 2-0 for only the second time in the last 11 years. ... Jason Candle is first UT coach to start his career 3-0 since Tom Amstutz opened 5-0 in 2001. ... UT junior wide receiver Cody Thompson leads the nation with 37.0 yards per reception and is eighth in the country in receiving yards at 259. ... Toledo has outgained opponents 1,072-501 in total yards. ... Fresno State head coach Tim DeRuyter was the former defensive coordinator at Ohio from 1995-98 and again from 2002-04. ... DeRuyter became the second fastest Fresno State coach to reach the 30-win mark with his last win. ... Fresno State quarterback Chason Randle had career highs in completions (22), attempts (42), and yards (274) against Sacramento State. ... Bulldogs wide receiver KeeSean Johnson is averaging 7.5 receptions per game, tied for 17th best in the country.

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