Bowling Green and Toledo put their rivalry aside for at least one day over the weekend when members of Toledo's athletic office reached out to Bowling Green State University to ask whether the Falcons could supply the Rockets with water, reports NBC24.
The city of Toledo was under a water ban after a plant showed high readings of a toxin that made the water not safe for drinking. The high presence of the toxin was likely due to an excess of algae in Lake Erie.
Toledo's football team began fall practice on Sunday, so Toledo players traveled to Bowling Green to come pick up around 500 gallons of water to take back to campus.
Toledo mayor D. Michael Collins lifted the water ban Monday and proclaimed the water safe for consumption.
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UT reached out to BG to ask if the Falcons could help load the Rockets up on water, the Falcons welcomed them with open arms. The Rockets sent players and a van full of empty water jugs down I-75. Once they arrived at BGSU, they found plenty of Falcons waiting with water hoses, ready to fill them up.
The campuses are 26 miles from each other. They will resume their rivalry on the football field Nov. 19 in Toledo.
"This is a crisis situation and it's about making sure the kids have water," said Alfred Castillo, Assistant AD for Sports Medicine at BGSU. "It's not about the rivalry right now."
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