Toledo Rockets
AmericanFootball current event.svg 2019 Toledo Rockets
NCAA-MAC-Toledo Rockets Logo NCAA-MAC-Toledo Rockets-Blue Helmet
First season 1917
Head coach Jason Candle
3rd year, 28–13–0 (.613 - as of 2018)
Home stadium Glass Bowl
Year built 1936
Stadium capacity 26,248
Stadium surface FieldTurf
Location Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
Conference Mid-American Conference (MAC)
Division West
All-time history
Toledo Rockets Historical Teams
1917 1918 1919
1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929
1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
All-time record 504–414–44 (.547 (as of 2018))
Postseason bowl record 10–8–0 (.556 (as of 2018))
Conference titles 14
Consensus All-Americans 2
Current uniform
NCAA-MAC-New 2019 Toledo Rockets uniform
Colors Midnight Blue[1]
, Gold[1], and White
(white only on alternate jerseys)


Fight song "U of Toledo"
Mascot Rocket the Rocket % Rocksky the Rocket
Marching band The U of Toledo Marching Band
Rivals Bowling Green Falcons
The Toledo Rockets football team represents the University of Toledo located in Toledo, Ohio. The Rockets aare a member of the NCAA FBS Mid-American Conference and play their home games at the Glass Bowl in Toledo. Toledo began playing football in 1917, although it did not field teams in 1931, and 1943–1945.

Since the inception of the AP Poll in 1936 Toledo has finished in the Top 25 four times. Its highest finish came in 1970 when it ranked #12 after finishing 12–0–0. The University of Toledo has a 10–7 record in bowl games. The Rockets were the 2017 MAC champions.The Rockets are currently coached by Jason Candle.

Team HistoryEdit

Early history (1917–1962)Edit

Toledo first fielded a football team in 1917, under the leadership of John Brandeberry. According to Toledo Rockets lore, the team began when a group of students purchased uniforms from a sporting goods store, then arranged a game against the University of Detroit in order to settle the debt. Brandeberry stepped in to coach the team, which promptly lost the game 145–0 (but settled the debt).[2]

For the first few years Toledo played without a nickname, but was dubbed the "Rockets" after two long touchdown runs in a 1923 loss to Carnegie Tech. That season also saw Toledo win its first conference title.[2] Clarence Spears served as the Rocket's head coach and athletics director for seven seasons, from 1936–1942. Under his tutelage, the Rockets compiled a record of 38–26–2. which included five consecutive winning seasons.[3] In two seasons, the Rockets compiled a record of 11–10 under head coach Skip Stahley.[4] Forrest England served as Toledo's head coach for two seasons in 1954 and 1955, compiling a record of 9–7–2.[5]

Nick Saban (1990)Edit

Nick Saban was head coach of the Rockets for one season, leading Toledo to a 9–2 record and a MAC co-championship in 1990. The two games the Rockets lost that season were by narrow margins: one point to Central Michigan, and four points to Navy.[6] While at the helm of the Rockets, Saban turned down an application of Urban Meyer, who was looking for a job on his staff as an assistant coach.[7]

Saban left Toledo after the 1991 season to become the NFL's Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator under Bill Belicheck,[8] and later head coaching positions at Michigan State (1995–1999), LSU (2000–2004), the NFL's Miami Dolphins (2005–2006) and Alabama.

Tom Amstutz era (2001–2008)Edit

Known as "Toledo Tom", Tom Amstutz led the Rockets to some of the greatest successes, including two MAC Championships, four MAC West titles, and four bowl game appearances. A native of Toledo and former Rocket player himself, was promoted from defensive coordinator, a post he held under Saban and Pinkel, to the Rockets head coach after Pinkel's departure.[9]

During his eight seasons as head coach, Amstutz led the Rockets to impressive victories over #9 Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Kansas, and Iowa State. Perhaps the greatest though was a 13-10 defeat in 2008 against the Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor.[10] The Rockets are the first and only MAC football team to beat Michigan. Amstutz resigned as head coach following the 2008 season.[11] His final record as head coach was 58–41, including victories at the 2001 Motor City Bowl and 2005 GMAC Bowl.[12]

Matt Campbell era (2012–2015)Edit

Named interim head coach following the departure of head coach Tim Beckman, to coach Illinois, Matt Campbell made his debut as the Rockets coach with a 42-41 victory over Air Force in the 2011 Military Bowl.[13] At 32 years old, he was the youngest FBS coach at the time, and went on to enjoy four winning seasons and an overall record of 35-15. The team saw big victories along the way with a win over #18 Cincinnati in 2012 and a 2015 upset of #18 Arkansas in Little Rock, Toledo's first win over an SEC team.[14] They also went on to a bowl victory over Arkansas State in the 2015 GoDaddy Bowl. Campbell resigned as head coach at the end of the 2015 regular season to accept a head coaching job at Iowa State.[15]

Image galleryEdit




Season Coach Record
2019 Jason Candle
2018 Jason Candle 7-6
2017 Jason Candle 11-3
2016 Jason Candle 9-4
2015 Matt CampbellJason Candle 10-2
2014 Matt Campbell 9-4
2013 Matt Campbell 7-5
2012 Matt Campbell 9-4
2011 Matt Campbell 9-4
2010 Tim Beckman 8-5


Season Coach Record
2009 Tim Beckman 5-7
2008 Tom Amstutz 3-9
2007 Tom Amstutz
2006 Tom Amstutz
2005 Tom Amstutz
2004 Tom Amstutz
2003 Tom Amstutz
2002 Tom Amstutz
2001 Tom Amstutz


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