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Rockets Ready for Challenge from Coastal Carolina

Courtesy: Toledo Athletics
Release: 09/19/2012
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David Fluellen leads the Rocket ground attack.
TOLEDO - Toledo's game vs. Coastal Carolina this Saturday will be a test of maturity for the Rockets. They have played hard-fought, emotional battles in each of the last three weeks, beginning with road contests at Arizona and Wyoming, and following up with an 27-15 triumph over arch-rival Bowling Green before a sell-out crowd in the Glass Bowl on Saturday.

Now Matt Campbell's squad faces a dangerous FCS opponent. Coastal Carolina (2-1) won its first two games this season before falling to No. 20 Eastern Kentucky last Saturday, 35-17. The Chanticleers are a capable squad so any letdown by the Rockets could be fatal. CCU quarterback Aramis Hillary is a dual threat. He has completed 68.5 percent of his passes for 771 yards and four touchdowns, and is also the Chants' second-leading rusher. Niccolo Mastromatteo (20 receptions) and Matt Hazel (16) are Hillary's favorite targets.

The Rockets (2-1) appear to be improving with each week, so Campbell is eager to see that progression continue. Junior QB Terrance Owens had another stellar outing, connecting on 20-of-28 passes for 303 yards vs. Bowling Green. Redshirt freshman WR Alonzo Russell caught six passes for 152 yards, including a 66-yard bomb to open the scoring. Toledo's defense played its best game yet, holding the Falcons to 15 points and 351 yards of total offense. Senior LB Dan Molls had 13 tackles and sophomore CB Cheatham Norrils picked off his first career pass.

 Back Story on the Coastal Carolina Game

  • This will be the first meeting between the two schools and only the second time Coastal Carolina has played a MAC school. The Chanticleers lost to Kent State, 18-0, in 2009.
  • Coastal Carolina is an NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision school playing in the Big South Conference. The school added football in 2003 but matured quickly, winning Big South championships in 2004, 2005 (co-champs), 2006, and 2010 (co-champs). CCU has played in the FCS playoffs in 2006 and 2010.
  • Junior QB Terrance Owens has not thrown an interception since the second quarter of the Western Michigan game on Nov. 8, 2011, a string of 194 passes.
  • Toledo's defense held Bowling Green to 15 points, the fewest by a Rocket 'D' since a 36-13 beatdown of Temple on Oct. 1, 2011.

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