The Rockets run the spread offense, which has given the Panthers trouble in years past. Sophomore QB Brad Gradkowski has been excellent in his first year as a starter and has a huge offensive line, averaging 315 lbs., protecting him. Gradkowski has completed 38 of 63 passes for 521 yards and 7 TD's this season, with no interceptions. He's also been effective running the ball, having rushed for 122 yards on 21 carries for a 5.8 yards per carry average.
Gradkowski's favorite receiving targets are junior WR Lance Moore and junior TE Andrew Clarke. Moore has 11 catches for 155 yards and Clarke has 9 catches for 155 yards and 4 TD's. The leading rusher for the Rockets is sophomore Trinity Dawson. He has rushed for 244 yards on 50 carries and 1 TD for a 4.9 yards per carry average.
On defense, the Rockets return their entire starting defensive line from a year ago. They also feature a standout safety in junior Patrick Body, who already has two interceptions this season. Sophomore linebacker Keon Jackson is another standout player who started as a freshman last season.
Toledo is coming off of a 24-17 win at conference rival Marshall. Marshall is 50-2 at home the last 7 years so that tells you how tough it is to beat them at home. Toledo's only loss so far this season was at UNLV, 28-18. UNLV upset #15 Wisconsin at Madison last week 23-5.
Pitt will be looking to put behind last week's sloppy 42-21 win over Ball State. The Panthers were called for 12 penalties resulting in 90 yards and also coughed up 3 fumbles during the game. This is the Panther's first road game of the season.