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UT wideout now leader in receiving yards

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University of Toledo WR Eric Page runs the ball against Western Michigan's Donald Celiscar (34) during the second quarter Tuesday.

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Another night and another record in Eric Page’s back pocket.

With his six-yard catch from Terrance Owens in the second quarter, the University of Toledo junior wide receiver passed Stephen Williams (3,102 yards, 2006-09) to become the school’s all-time leader in career receiving yards.

Against Eastern Michigan earlier in the year, Page broke Williams’ career receptions record of 229 catches.

Through the first half Tuesday night, Page had recorded 261 catches and 3,110 yards in his career.

“It’s a great record [and] it was set by a great player,” Page said last month after breaking Williams’ receptions mark. “He taught me everything I know when I was a freshman and he was a senior, so it just goes out to him and the coaches and all the other players on the team.”

TRESSEL IN TOWN: Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel spent several minutes before Tuesday night’s game speaking with legendary UT coach Frank Lauterbur in the press box at the Glass Bowl.

Tressel was there as a guest of UT coach Tim Beckman, who served as a cornerbacks coach under Tressel at Ohio State from 2005-06. Last week, he visited former Ohio State wide receivers coach and first-year Kent State coach Darrell Hazell before the Golden Flashes’ game with Central Michigan.

Tressel resigned his post with the Buckeyes last May amid a damaging NCAA investigation into his program and now is a replay-review consultant with the Indianapolis Colts.

“I’m here to see coach Beckman,” Tressel told reporters at the Glass Bowl.

He also joked that he did not give the pregame speech to the Rockets because “I want them to win,” before declining further comment.

DEFENSIVE CHANGES: In the wake of giving up 63 points last week to Northern Illinois, UT shuffled its defensive lineup against Western Michigan.

Senior linebacker Charles “Bobo” Rancifer did not play for the second consecutive week after breaking an unspecified “team policy,” according to coach Tim Beckman.

Senior Diauntae Morrow again started at the “star” position, while senior Desmond Marrow moved over from cornerback to free safety to take Morrow’s usual spot. Freshman Keith Suggs started alongside senior Taikwon Paige at cornerback.

Beckman has declined to provide any further details of Rancifer’s suspension or how long he’ll be out, but Rancifer may have shed some light on the situation on Twitter Tuesday morning.

“I got to go to both classes today,” Rancifer tweeted. “I can’t get caught slippin lik [sic] last week.”

GAME CAPTAINS: Serving as team captains for UT were senior offensive lineman Mike VanDerMeulen, senior defensive tackle Johnie Roberts, senior tight end Jerome Jones, and senior wide receiver Kenny Stafford.

The Rockets name their captains on a game-by-game basis to reward hard work and dedication in the previous week of practice.

WOMEN’S SOCCER: The UT women’s soccer team was honored on the field during the first media timeout in the first quarter after winning the Mid-American Conference tournament championship last weekend and claiming an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

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