The Toledo Rockets of the Mid-American West Conference took it to #18 Arkansas of the SEC West and walked away with a 16-12 victory in Little Rock on Saturday before a stunned full house. It was Toledo’s first victory over an SEC opponent in the school’s history. Toledo’s quarterback, Phillip Ely completed 21 of 37 passes for 237 yards and a touchdown.
For their impressive performance against Arkansas, Toledo has been honored with the United States Sports Academy’s Game of the Week honors.
#19 Oklahoma’s double over-time 31-24 victory over #23 Tennessee was selected as the second best game of the week, while #5 Michigan State’s 31-28 win over #7 Oregon was named third best game of the week.
An eminent national panel of former and legendary coaches and administrators, chaired by Jack Lengyel, the former athletic director at the United States Naval Academy, selects the weekly winner of the Academy’s College Football Game of the Year Award.
Each weekly winner is considered for the award honoring the best College Football Game of the Year at the end of the season. Past winners of these memorable games have included some stunning upsets, conference championship games, and BCS National Championship games.
Daniel Moore, the American Sports Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, is commissioned by the Academy each year to create a painting honoring the selected College Football Game of the Year. The Academy, also known as America’s Sports University, donates the painting and $5,000 to the general scholarship fund of the annual winner.
The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, regionally accredited, special mission Sports University created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call 251-626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.