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Rockets look to get back on track against Akron

10/31/2016, 12:09am EDT
By By BRIAN BUCKEY BLADE SPORTS WRITER

Candle says Toledo needs to put Ohio loss behind it

Rockets look to get back on track against Akron

Toledo coach Jason Candle said his team must correct their mistakes and get better. BLADE/ANDY MORRISON

After a surprising home loss Thursday to Ohio at the Glass Bowl, the University of Toledo football team will have to quickly turn its focus to a trip Wednesday to Akron.

“It was a tough loss for our football team,” UT coach Jason Candle said of the Ohio game. “It was a game where we made a lot of mistakes that we wish we would’ve had back. There were a bunch of plays that cost us. When you do that and you play against a well-coached team, you run the risk of getting beat.”

Candle said the Rockets have no option but to put the Ohio game behind them and move forward with the rest of their conference schedule.

“We don’t have a choice,” Candle said. “If you are going to sit around and worry about what has already happened, one loss can't turn into two. That game can’t cost us again. So, we have to correct our mistakes and we have to do a good job of coaching better. We have to play better and we have to own our mistakes and fix them.”

With one loss now in the conference, Toledo (6-2, 3-1 MAC) still controls its own destiny as far as reaching the MAC championship game.

“We have to just flush it,” UT junior quarterback Logan Woodside said of the Ohio game. “Coach Candle said on Friday after the game, it’s over with and we can’t go back and change anything. We still have all of our goals out in front of us, so we have to win this one this week. Like I’ve been saying for the past couple of weeks, it’s a one-week playoff so we just have to go out and execute.”

As the schedule turns to November, Toledo will have only weeknight games left in the regular season. Wednesday’s game against the Zips begins at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Akron.

“It’s my third year, so I’m used to it,” junior linebacker Ja’Wuan Woodley said. “I just have to get the young guys adjusted to it, because they’re not really accustomed to what a MAC season is. So we have to get them on board and get them on track. All the veteran guys, they know what it is and know how to take care of their bodies. You just have to trust in the process.”

The team had to adjust to a Thursday game last week and will have to adjust again. 

“Last week we kind of treated Thursday as Saturday and we lost a day this week so we are treating [Sunday] as Wednesday,” Woodside said. “We had a good practice today and we will go through a walkthrough [Monday] and a light practice on Tuesday and then we will head on out to Akron.” 

As hard as the loss to Ohio was, with four conference games remaining Toledo still can win the MAC West and go to Detroit for the MAC championship game.

“Our main goal is to try to get to that MAC championship game and win it,” UT senior safety DeJuan Rogers said. “So we can’t do that unless we take care of our part and that is winning every game. We still control our own fate, so that is the good part.”

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

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