Updated: Tuesday, November 23, 2004 2:15 PM EST
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No. 24 Bowling Green (8-2) at Toledo (7-3)
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TOLEDO, Ohio (Ticker) -- Toledo hopes to defeat No. 24 Bowling Green and claim a berth in the Mid-American Conference title game when it hosts its local rival in the matchup for the "Peace Pipe" on Tuesday.

The Rockets (7-3, 6-1 MAC West) and the Falcons (8-2, 6-1 West) are tied for second place in the division, one-half game behind Northern Illinois, which concluded its regular season with a 34-16 win at Western Michigan on Saturday.

Toledo beat Northern Illinois on November 9, 31-17, meaning the Rockets would win a head-to-head tiebreaker with the Huskies with a victory here. A Bowling Green win over Toledo would put Northern Illinois in the league title game because the Falcons lost to the Huskies on September 24, 34-17.

The West winner will face Miami of Ohio in the league championship game. Only the championship game winner is guaranteed a berth in the Motor City or GMAC Bowl.

In Toledo's win over the Huskies, which prevented Northern Illinois from clinching the berth in the title game, Scooter McDougle ran 28 times for 133 yards and two touchdowns, including a go-ahead 10-yard score late in the third quarter. The Rockets trailed at halftime, 17-14, before scoring 20 unanswered points.

Bowling Green is coming off a 56-35 triumph over Marshall on November 13 in which Omar Jacobs passed for 389 yards and five touchdowns.

Jacobs leads the nation in touchdown passes (32) and points accounted for per game (21.6).

The home team has won each of the last six games in the series between schools separated by just 25 miles. The Falcons have not won in the Glass Bowl since a 31-16 triumph in 1994.


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