End zone: Toledo 11-22

11/22/2012
BY RYAN AUTULLO
BLADE SPORTS WRITER

A sampling of what the Rockets should be thankful for:

Having two quality quarterbacks: Not many teams can plug in their rusty backup and watch him throw five touchdown passes.

Not facing two quality quarterbacks: No one on the team was shedding tears when Western Michigan's Alex Carder, a perennial bugaboo for Toledo, was unable to suit up for their September meeting. Same goes for Wyoming's Brett Smith, who was knocked out in the closing minutes of a see-saw affair.

A contract with Under Armour: Yellow, blue, or gray, the Rockets look sharp.

Rick Isaiah: Pastor Rick, a former All-MAC receiver for the Rockets, had a heart-to-heart with Austin Dantin a few weeks back, telling the quarterback that true success is not defined on the field. Dantin remembered that message throughout a frustrating senior season.

No DeKalb trips for two more years: Forget that Huskie Stadium is a difficult venue for an opposing team. The five-hour drive, heavy on traffic, construction, and toll booths, is a daunting experience.

Dan Molls: Great player, great leader, great ambassador for the program.

Catered meals in the press box: The Glass Bowl does it better than anyone in the MAC. Oh, wait. That's what I'm thankful for.

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