Western Michigan's Jamauri Bogan runs the ball as Toledo defensive backs DeJuan Rogers (23) and Connery Swift (3) attempt to tackle him Friday. ASSOCIATED PRESS
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Despite a 55-35 loss at Western Michigan on Friday, the University of Toledo football team still can hang its hat on a nine-win regular season, which doesn’t come easily in college football.
While the disappointment still is fresh on the mind of the Rockets, a win in a bowl game can help to erase the pain of falling short of winning a MAC West title and give Toledo two consecutive 10-win seasons.
“To win nine football games is still really difficult to do,” UT coach Jason Candle said. “There’s a lot of players in that locker room that are disappointed right now, but we are certainly not going to hang our head and feel like we are a failure because we did not win the football game tonight. We have a lot to do moving forward if we want to get to where we want to go, but we have one last opportunity to put together a good trip and a good plan for these seniors and send them out, their last time with a midnight blue and gold jersey on, hopefully with a win.”
Coming off two previous seasons with bowl wins, Toledo hopes to be able to make it three consecutive years and give the team’s 23 seniors one final victory.
“It’s all about the seniors now and sending them off right,” junior quarterback Logan Woodside said. “We want to get a back-to-back tenth win for them and for the seniors to go out one more time in a bowl game and get a win.”
HUNT ABOVE 100 AGAIN: With his 200-yard rushing performance, UT senior Kareem Hunt topped the 100-yard rushing mark in a game for the 27th time in his career, tying Chester Taylor for the most such games in program history.
Hunt is also nearing the career rushing record at Toledo. His 4,825 career rushing yards are second all-time at UT and just 24 yards off the record held by Taylor (4,849 from 1998-2001).
ROBERTS SETS RECEIVING MARK: With three receiving touchdowns in the game, UT senior tight end Michael Roberts has 15 touchdowns on the season, which surpasses the program-best 14 receiving touchdowns that Lance Moore recorded in the 2004 season. Roberts finished the game with four catches for 61 yards and three scores.
Roberts’ 15 touchdowns are the most by any tight end in the country this season.
BRONCOS' DAVIS SETS ALL-TIME FBS MARK: Western Michigan receiver Corey Davis became the all-time Football Bowl Subdivision leader in receiving yards with 5,069. His eight-catch, 81-yard performance helped him pass Nevada's Trevor Insley, who recorded 5,005 career receiving yards from 1996-1999.
TARGETING: Western Michigan’s Caleb Bailey was ejected for targeting after a helmet-to-helmet hit on Woodside in the fourth quarter.
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