Well, this wasn't the effort Toledo fans expected heading into today's game matchup with No. 24 Missouri. After playing Missouri tight in 2013, the Rockets were outplayed by a fired up Missouri team, falling 49-24.
Missouri's Maty Mauk, a native of Kenton, Ohio, threw for 325 yards and five touchdowns (two interceptions, as well) on the day, and Missouri's offense topped 497 yards in their win.
Meanwhile, Toledo played things close for most of the first quarter, tying the game up at 7-7 with 4:05 to go in the first quarter on a 38-yard touchdown run by Kareem Hunt. but a few minutes later Mauk threw his first of five touchdown passes, and after a missed field goal by Toledo, the Rockets were never able to catch back up. hunt added two more scores in the third quarter, and finished with 158 yards and three scores on 15 carries, but the defense was unable to stop Missouri's offense from responding.
Toledo starting quarterback Phillip Ely struggled throughout the game, and didn't get much help from his receivers to boot. He left the game late in the third quarter with an undisclosed injury, and finished the game with 204 yards on 17-for-34 passing, with one interception.
The Rockets are now 1-1 on the season, and hit the road to take on Cincinnati Friday at 7.