DALLAS (FWAA) – The Toledo Rockets
tallied their first road win over a top-25 non-conference opponent
behind a defense that protected a slim second-half lead. The Rockets
held No. 18 Arkansas to just three points in its four red-zone visits
in the second half, and held on for a 16-12 win in Little Rock. Toledo's
first win over an SEC opponent earned it the AutoNation
National Team of the Week honor for games of the weekend
of Sept. 12.
Rockets (1-0), three-touchdown underdogs, held the Razorbacks to
just 103 rushing yards on 31 attempts. Although outgained 515-318,
Toledo's defensive red zone play made the difference. Linebacker
Jaylen Coleman led the way with a career-high 13 tackles, and the
defense had eight pass breakups, led by a career-high three by cornerback
Quarterback Phillip Ely, a former backup at Alabama, threw
for 237 yards and was efficient throughout, not taking a sack and
completing seven third-down passes.
"Today's game, in my opinion, was about a couple things: No.
1 was the belief in our football program vs. the odds," Toledo
head coach Matt Campbell told the Toledo Blade.
The Rockets were 0-14 on the road against top-25 non-conference
opponents prior to Saturday. Their last win over a ranked team was
a 29-23 win over No. 18 Cincinnati in 2012. Toledo opened its season
last week at home against Stony Brook, but bad weather halted the
game early on, and it was later canceled.
Other AutoNation National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend
of Sept. 12 included:
• Bowling Green (1-1): The Falcons exploded
for 42 second-half points after trailing 13-6 at halftime and
won at Maryland, 48-27. Bowling Green outgained Maryland, 692-341,
its highest yardage output under head coach Dino Babers. Redshirt
senior quarterback Matt Johnson threw for 491 yards (second-highest
total in school history) and six touchdowns (tying the school
• BYU (2-0): The Cougars were last-minute
winners again as freshman quarterback Tanner Mangum threw to
a leaping Mitchell Juergens for a 35-yard touchdown with 45
seconds left, keeping BYU undefeated with a 35-24 win over Boise
State. BYU has upset ranked teams in consecutive
weeks to start the season. Kai
Nacua clinched the win with a 50-yard interception return for
a touchdown, his third pick of the game, with 40 seconds left.
• Eastern Michigan (1-1): The Eagles surprised
Wyoming with 38 first-half points and cruised to a 48-29 win,
earning their first non-conference road win since 1988. The
win also snapped a 14-game road losing streak dating back to
the 2012 season. Sophomore quarterback Brogan Roback threw for
a career-high 330 yards and three touchdowns.
As part of AutoNation’s history of charitable involvement, AutoNation
will donate $1,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF)
in the University of Toledo's name. This charitable college football
initiative culminates with the AutoNation Cure Bowl, a new post-season
NCAA football game that kicks off bowl season at the Citrus Bowl
Stadium in Orlando, Fla., and will be aired by CBS Sports Network.
The aptly named AutoNation Cure Bowl also serves as a fund raiser
for the BCRF, CharityWatch’s only A+ rated breast cancer organization
in the country.
"We want to celebrate the very best of college football,
while also helping to raise awareness for the importance of finding
a cure for cancer," says AutoNation CMO Marc Cannon. "This
season-long partnership with the FWAA, leading up to the AutoNation
Cure Bowl, puts a spotlight on a cause that we’re determined to
"In our 75th season of existence, this a marvelous platform
to get our players and the team of the week series excellent exposure
as well as helping AutoNation in its effort to fight cancer and
contribute to the educational funds of deserving student-athletes,"
said FWAA 2015 President Lee Barfknecht of the Omaha World-Herald. "It
is very exciting to be able to help our organization as well as
others in this splendid effort."
The Football Writers Association of America has named a national
team of the week since the 2002 season. This is the first season
AutoNation has presented the award. Members of the FWAA All-America
Committee decide the weekly honor. Each remaining Monday during
the 2015 college football regular season, the FWAA will name a National
Team of the Week. Members of the FWAA All-America Committee decide
the weekly honor.
AutoNation is also the presenting sponsor of the FWAA's national
offensive and defensive players of the week announced each
Tuesday, the 2015 FWAA All-America Team and the 75th Anniversary
FWAA All-America Team. The 2015 AutoNation FWAA All-America Team
will be announced at the AutoNation Cure Bowl on Dec. 19.
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the AutoNation Cure Bowl:
The AutoNation Cure Bowl a
new post-season NCAA football game whose net proceeds benefit the
Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The AutoNation Cure Bowl takes
place December 19 at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, and will be broadcast
by CBS Sports Network. The bowl is scheduled to involve teams from
the American Athletic and Sun Belt conferences.
About the Football Writers Association of America:
Founded in 1941, the FWAA consists of 1,400 men and women who cover
college football. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters
and publicists, as well as key executives in all the areas that
involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas that include game-day
operations, major awards and its annual All-America team. For more
information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve
Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org.