The Toledo Rockets pulled off a huge upset against the then-18th ranked Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday. Them pulled out a 16-12 win over the Bret Bielema-led team and it has earned them National Team of the Week honors.
According to the Football Writers’ Association of America, Toledo was selected as the AutoNation National Team of the Week over BYU, Eastern Michigan, and Bowling Green. This is mostly thanks to the team winning its first non-conference road game over a Top 25 team in program history.
The defense was stellar in the game, holding the effervescent rushing attack of the Razorbacks to a miserable 103 yards on 31 carries. The team’s redzone play was awesome as the defense was led by linebacker Jaylen Coleman, who had a career-high 13 tackles on the day.
Offensively, the Rockets were very efficient. Former Alabama transfer quarterback Phillip Ely threw for 237 yards and the offensive line didn’t give up a sack all game long. The Rockets opened up their 2015 season against Arkansas after their season opener with Stony Brook was canceled due to weather.
This was the Rockets’ first win over a ranked opponent since a 2012 29-23 win over Cincinnati.
“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,” AutoNation CMO Marc Cannon said. “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 tackle.”
The Rockets are gaining a lot of momentum when it comes to the AP rankings, so let’s hope they keep things going. Toledo next plays another Power Five conference opponent in Iowa State on Saturday.
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