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And the Rockets Blue‐and‐Gold Glare

Tigers travel to Toledo for a Pinkel homecoming.

Toledo Rockets

The Tigers (1–0) travel to Ohio to tackle the Rockets (1–0) 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the University of Toledo’s Glass Bowl on ESPN.

It’s a homecoming for Mizzou Coach Gary Pinkel, who coached Toledo for 10 seasons from 1991–2000 and amassed a 73–37-3 record. Pinkel has more wins than any other coach in either school’s history, a topic sure to be visited more than once by Saturday’s ESPN announcers.

It’s only the second meeting between Mizzou and Toledo, so even if you attended the Tigers’ 38–23 victory against the Rockets at Memorial Stadium, you probably aren’t that familiar with the opposing institution.

Here are some facts to get you up to Rocket speed.
— Marcus Wilkins

Rocky the Rocket

Rocky the Rocket

Founded: 1872 (public)

President: Lloyd A. Jacobs

Enrollment: 20,782 (undergraduate 16,192)

Size: 100 buildings, main campus; 300 degree programs through 17 colleges and schools; seven libraries; Health Science Campus and UT Medical Center; Scott Park Campus of Energy and Innovation; and Lake Erie Center

Pride: The UT Honors Program is one of the oldest programs of its kind at a major university. With an emphasis on undergraduate research opportunities, the Honors Program has sent a delegation to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research every year since 1992.

Community: Toledo, Ohio; population 284,012; nicknamed the Glass City for its history of glass industry innovations; located on the western end of Lake Erie; claimed by both Ohio and Michigan before the 1835–36 Toledo War helped settle the boundary dispute

Colors:  Navy blue and gold

Mascot: Rocky the Rocket

Nickname: Rockets

Did you know? Designed by architect Frank O. Gehry, the UT Center for the Visual Arts is attached to the privately endowed Toledo Museum of Art.

Toledo Bell Tower

A 206‐foot‐tall Bell Tower sits atop University Hall.

Campus treasures: Bell Tower, a 206‐foot‐tall structure atop University Hall that symbolizes high aspirations, set the Collegiate Gothic architectural style for the main campus.

During its 100th anniversary in 1999, the American Society of Landscape Architects recognized Centennial Mall as one of the country’s most beautifully landscaped areas.

Traditions: In October, UT monitors each residence hall’s energy consumption compared to the previous year. The most improved hall wins.

Greeks and other campus groups have performed since 1937 in Songfest, a singing and dancing competition for charity.