Toledo’s Michael Roberts celebrates a touchdown catch during Saturday’s game against Bowling Green at the Glass Bowl. BLADE/ANDY MORRISON
After holding up the Battle of I-75 trophy after a 42-35 win against rival Bowling Green, the University of Toledo football team will have to move on quickly from the emotional high of beating its rival for the seventh straight time and focus on extending another six-game win streak Saturday.
Just as the Rockets (5-1, 2-0 Mid-American Conference) did when the Falcons visited the Glass Bowl last Saturday, Toledo will host Central Michigan (5-2, 2-1) looking for its seventh consecutive win in the series.
“You have to reset your emotions and reset your psyche and really get down to put last week behind you and get down to what really lies ahead,” UT coach Jason Candle said. “Because you have a very competitive team coming in this weekend. It will certainly be a tough challenge for our guys to get reset and get into game mode this week and get going for a tough opponent. It’s certainly something I think we know how to do.”
Toledo did celebrate its win against Bowling Green in a game that came down to a late scoring drive by the Rockets. However, the team knows it must quickly shift its focus to a Chippewas team that has won at Oklahoma State and Northern Illinois already this season.
“I think as far as going into this week and our preparation, it will just be like any week,” senior safety Connery Swift said. “We celebrated right after the game and we kind of put that one behind us now. It was a great win, a great team win and now we’re just ready for that next step to get where we want to go.”
Candle said the preparation for Central Michigan won’t be any different than the preparation for Bowling Green.
“I think it’s the same mindset,” Candle said. “You have to respect each and every opponent you’ve got and understand what their strengths are and what their weaknesses are. Certainly their strengths are that they are a proven team and they are a veteran group that has gone on the road and won tough games.”
The win against the Falcons was a thrill for senior offensive lineman Storm Norton, saying it was a great feeling to hold up the trophy in what was his fifth win against BG. But he said the Rockets would have no problem transitioning to this week’s lead-up to the Central Michigan game.
“We just have to take it week by week and use these six days of preparation for three hours of great execution,” Norton said. “That’s what coach Candle has been preaching to us and it’s the next game, so it’s the biggest game of the year for us.”
OF NOTE: Punter Nick Ellis won the West Division special teams player of the week. He averaged 46.5 yards on six punts, landing two inside the BG 20-yard line.
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