Date (Time): Aug. 14 (7 p.m. ET)
Site (Venue): Toledo, Ohio (Glass Bowl)
Audio: Froggy 103.7 FM (PxP: Neal Bradley; Color: Aaron Clayton)
TV: ESPN3 (PxP: Robert Lee; Color: John Gregory)
Live Stats: GoRacers.com
Twitter In Game: @RacersFootball
MUR Record (Streak): 1-1 (Lost 1)
TOL Record (Streak): 1-0 (Won 1)
All-Time Series vs. TOL (Streak): First Meeting
All-Time Series in Toledo (Streak): First Meeting
First Meeting: —
Last Meeting: —
Last Five vs. TOL: —
MUR Next Game: Sep. 21 at Toledo
MUR Next Home Game: Sep. 21 vs. Morehead St.
The Murray State football team will return to the road for the second straight week to take on MAC opponent Toledo. Kickoff from the historic Glass Bowl is scheduled for 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN 3.
Predicted temp at kickoff will be a cool and crisp 65 F. Despite the lack of heat, there will still be considerable humidity at 72-percent. The chance of rain Saturday will be miniscule at just 2-percent, while winds will be almost nonexistent at 1 m.p.h. out of the WNW with gusts of up to 5 m.p.h.
What To Know For Fans Who Go
GAMEDAY TICKETING & SEATING INFORMATION
– Savage Arena Ticket Office hours 9:00a-3:30p
– Tickets on sale at the Glass Bowl at 3:00p
– FREE ADMISSION FOR ALL UT STUDENTS WITH VALID ROCKET CARD but must enter via Gate C & Gate D
– WILL CALL is located at Gate A – Open at 3:00p
– TOLEDO PLAYER WILL CALL is located at Gate A – Open at 5:30p
– VISITING PLAYER WILL CALL is located at Gate E – Open at 5:30p
– Visitors will be seated in Section 26
– RECRUIT, HIGH SCHOOL, COACHES & CHEERLEADER WILL CALL is located at Gate B – Open at 5:30p
– Re-entry is available with a valid ticket stub and re-entry ticket, please see any gate ticket-taker.
– Tickets will be sold until the start of the 4th quarter
– Gate E ticket booth will close at halftime
– Gate A ticket booth will remain open until the start of the 4th quarter
– FREE ADMITTANCE IS NOT PERMITTED after ticket booths close
– ADA Accessible seating sections 1, 10, 11, 12, 21, 22, 23, 24, & 25 – Enter at any gate
PARKING & COURTESY SHUTTLE INFORMATION
– Reserved parking (Parking Pass Only)
– Parking Areas 6, 9 & 10 – Closed to general public at 3:00a on Game Day, open to patrons with parking pass at 6:00a on game day
– Parking Areas 9 & 10 towing begins at 4:00a
– Parking Area 3/4 – Closed to general public at 3:00a
– Parking areas 18 & 28 – Closed to general public at 3:00a
– ADA Parking in Area 18
– Courtesy Shuttle buses begin transportation at 5:00p and run for up to one hour following game. Stadium drop off/ pickup locations are at Gate C & Gate D.
– Accessible from Parking Areas 18, 19 & 20
– Black & White taxi services will be available on game days for patron use from 1599 S. Towerview Blvd near the UToledo Transportation Center.
GUEST SERVICES INFORMATION
– Stadium Guest Services Office is located behind Section 6 next to the South Tower.
– Lost & Found is located at Stadium Guest Services Office.
– Paramedics/First Aid are available behind Section 6 next to the South Tower on the West Concourse & behind Section 18 on the East concourse.
– Chair back rentals (season and single game) are located on the West Concourse near Gate B at Fan Services table and on East Side between concession stands at Fan Services table. Single game chair backs will be sold for $10.
– Announcements- Stadium PA will be used only in Medical & Police emergencies.
– Rocky’s Locker is located at Sections 4 & 35. Rocky’s Locker Savage Arena Game Day Hours: 9:00a-7:00p
– 50-50 and Programs are available for purchase throughout The Glass Bowl Stadium.
– Ushers are available at the entrance to each section.
– Restrooms are located throughout The Glass Bowl Stadium.
– Family restroom is located behind Section 18.
– Water fountains are located outside restrooms on the East and West Concourses.
– Concessions are located throughout the Concourses.
– If you’re taking a taxi or rideshare to the game set your destination to 1599 Towerview Blvd. Shuttle Services provided from drop-off area to the Glass Bowl. Set address destination to 1599 S. Towerview Blvd.
GLASS BOWL PROHIBITED ITEMS
– Weapons of any kind, Alcoholic beverages, coolers of any kind, backpacks, large bags, grocery bags, duffel bags, bottles, cans, thermoses, outside food/beverage, confetti, laser pointers, fireworks, aerosol cans, or any item deemed hazardous by game management personnel
– NO PETS (except for animals to aid guests with disabilities)
– SMOKING and the use of ANY FORM OF TOBACCO, SMOKELESS TOBACCO AND E-CIGARETTES IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED.
Last Time Out
The Murray State football team left it on all the field Saturday as they faced a seemingly insurmountable task by taking on third-ranked Georgia at Sanford Stadium in Athens. Despite being tied with the third-ranked Bulldogs, 7-7, after one quarter of play, the Bulldogs eventually proved to be too much for the Racers, topping Murray State, 63-17.
After the Bulldogs scored on their opening drive, the Racers were able to stop them on their next one and get the ball back. On the ensuing MSU possession, Preston Rice found DaQuon Green for a 60-yard touchdown to tie the game at seven with 6:32 to play, after the Gabriel Vicente extra point. Murray State had a chance to take the lead later in the quarter when Cam Petty popped the ball loose from Georgia’s Eli Wolff allowing Nigel Walton to pick it up and return it eight yards. However, from that point the Bulldogs proved why they are one of the best teams in the FBS by scoring 35 unanswered points.
However, despite being down 42-7 in the third, the Racers would not give up as Walton picked off Stetson Bennett and took it to the house for MSU’s first pick-six of the season. In the end though, it would be too little too late, as Georgia closed out the Racers, 63-17. Rice finished his day an impressive 20-for-25 for 216 yards with no interceptions and a touchdown including longs of 50 and 60 yards. Green was also impressive Saturday, finishing with five catches for 101 yards and a score.
Dior Johnson led the Racer defense on the afternoon with eight tackles including six solo and one for-loss, while Walton finished with three tackles, an interception, a touchdown and a fumble recovery. On special teams, Steve Dawson had seven punts for 45.6 yards a punt with three going 50-yards are more, while Gabriel Vicente was 1-for-2 on field goal attempts.
The Toledo Series
Saturday will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
Scouting The Rockets
Toledo is coming off of a week two bye, after falling at Kentucky in week one, 38-24. The Rockets led the Wildcats in the both the first and second quarters were tied at halftime. However, Kentucky outscored Toledo 24-10 in the second half and fell by two touchdowns. Mitchell Guadagni and Carter Bradley combined to go for 11-for-25 for 166 yards and interception at quarterback, while Guadagni and Bryant Koback led the Toldeo rushing attack with 73 yards each. Receiving wise, Bryce Mitchell caught 3 passes for 59 yards, while Danzel McKinley-Lewis also had three receptions for 53 yards. Defensively, Saaed Holt was a one-man wrecking crew for Toldeo as he had 10 tackles, 1.0 tackles-for-loss and a forced fumble.
With Murray State taking on Toledo this week, it will be the first time since 2015 that the Racers have taken on FBS opponents in back-to-back weeks when they took on Western Michigan and Northern Illinois.
Both Murray State and Toldeo currently have punters from Australia. MSU’s Steve Dawson hails from Wagga Wagga, Australia, while Toldeo’s Bailey Flint is from just under five hours south of Wagga Wagga in Melbourne. Speaking of Dawson, he had three punts of 50-yards or more on the day for a new career-high, besting his previous career high of two which he achieved twice last season.
Former Chaps Unite
MSU’s Edmond MGhee and Toledo’s Evander Craft Saturday will meet for the first since both playing for College of DuPage in 2017.
A New Century
DaQuon Green’s 101 yards give the Racers their first 100-yard receiver since Malik Honeycutt had 137 in last year’s OVC opener.
A Strong Showing
The 17 points and 284 yards amassed by the Racers Saturday were the most allowed by Georgia so far this season as Vanderbilt scored just seven points had 59 less yards against the Bulldogs then the Racers.
OK, What’s Next?
The Racers return home for the annual Family Weekend game next Saturday against former OVC rival Morehead State at 6 p.m.