#MACtion is synonymous with shootouts in the college football world, and few teams in the country’s wildest conference have lived up to the offensive hype as consistently over the years as the Toledo Rockets.
Stopping opponents, on the other hand, tends to present more of a challenge for the MACsters, Toledo included.
At the end of the 2011 season, newly made 32-year-old head coach Matt Campbell looked within the Rockets’ own conference for a defensive architect who was accustomed to combating all those prolific attacks. The name he came up with was Tom Matukewicz, linebackers coach at Northern Illinois and longtime disciple of former Huskies coach Jerry Kill.
The first season of “Coach Tuke” running Toledo’s defense produced a mixed bag of results. The Rockets gave solid efforts in performances like a 29-23 win over Cincinnati. Then there were those horrendous nights such as the Oct. 13 nailbiter against lowly Eastern Michigan. Toledo won, 52-47, but the D surrendered...