The 1984 Rockets reached the California Bowl, which they lost.Simrell posted four winning seasons in eight as the team's head coach. The Rockets found quick success under Nick Saban, going 9–2 in his only season.
The others were Nebraska and Florida, who played for the national championship.Toledo began playing football in 1917, although it did not field teams in 1931, and 1943–1945.Since the inception of the AP Poll in 1936 Toledo has finished in the Top 25 four times.John Murphy came to Toledo from NCAA Division III Heidelberg and led the Rockets to an undefeated 12–0 record, a Tangerine Bowl win, and a #14 ranking in the year's final AP poll.
From there, the Rockets posted yearly records of 6–5, 3–8, 6–5, 5–6 and 3–8, Simrell had the same mediocre, up ad down success of his predecessors, compiling a total record of 49–38–2 in his tenure at his alma mater.The Rockets were the 2015 Boca Roton Bowl champions over #24 ranked Temple. Toledo first fielded a football team in 1917, under the leadership of John Brandeberry.