October 25, 2010

#2 Mount Union Plays Saturday at Otterbein

2010 University of Mount Union Football
#2 Mount Union Purple Raiders (7-0, 6-0 OAC) vs
Otterbein Cardinals (4-3, 3-3 OAC)
Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010 - 1:30 pm - Memorial Stadium (Westerville, Ohio)

RADIO:
WDPN 1310 AM (Alliance): LISTEN LIVE
WRMU 91.1 FM (Alliance): LISTEN LIVE

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Complete Mount Union Game Notes in PDF Format: CLICK HERE

Otterbein: Roster | Schedule | Statistics | Media Guide

NOTE: No coaches teleconference this week ... If you wish to set-up an interview with Coach Kehres contact Lenny Reich at 330-823-6093 or Coach Loth contact Ed Syguda at 614-823-1288.

THE GAME

No. 2 ranked Mount Union travels to Otterbein for an Ohio Athletic Conference matchup Saturday at 1:30 pm in Westerville.

The Purple Raiders posted their 50th consecutive regular season victory with a 38-0 shutout of Capital. The Mount Union defense put on a show as they forced three turnovers, two interceptions by junior Alex Ferrara (Independence/Walsh Jesuit), a fumble, got three sacks and held the Crusaders to just 72 total yards. Senior defensive end Lambert Budzinski (Canton/Massillon Jackson) had two of those sacks and a team-best eight tackles. All of this was more than enough for the offense as sophomore running back Jeremy Murray (Martins Ferry/Martins Ferry) had his third straight 100-yard performance with 158 yards and three TD's. Fellow sophomore Neal Seaman (Louisville/Louisville) completed 19-of-23 passes for 281 yards and a score.

Otterbein ended a two-game losing streak with a 49-14 win at home against Muskingum. Leading just 14-7 at the half, the Cardinals scored touchdowns on five of its six second-half possessions to finish with 274 yards rushing and 485 total yards. Senior running back Colton Coy led the ground attack with a career-high 179 yards.

MOUNT UNION FOOTBALL ON THE RADIO, TV AND ONLINE

All Mount Union football games will be broadcast on the radio on

WDPN 1310 AM and WRMU 91.1 FM and simulcast online along with a LIVE STATS game tracker at http://athletics.mountunion.edu.

Ric Brienza and Mark Grossman broadcast the games on the radio on WDPN 1310 AM. You can listen to Mount Union's student radio feed on WRMU 91.1 FM on any phone by calling (330) 445-7900. The final regular season home game (Nov. 13) will be shown on television via tape delay on SportsTime Ohio and WIVM TV52 (Stark County).

GET WELL JOE

Hall of fame broadcaster Joe Tait, who enters his 39th and final season as the radio voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers, has done Mount Union games on TV since 1986. He was in Oshkosh and did the Ohio Northern games for the Raiders, but on a recent road trip with the Cavs, Joe took ill and returned home to Cleveland to find out he needs heart surgery. Jeff Shreve '87 will fill in for the remainder of the 2010 Mount Union football season and our thoughts and prayers are with Joe and we look forward to seeing him 2011.

THE SERIES

This is the 43rd meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding a 38-4 lead in the series dating back to a 12-7 Otterbein win on October 16, 1937 in Alliance. The Raiders have won 32 straight meetings going back to a 24-17 Otterbein win in 1977 in Alliance.

THE COACHES

Larry Kehres (Mount Union '71) is 296-22-3 (.925) in his 25th season as head coach as one of the most successful coaches in college football history. His teams have won 20 OAC Championships, including the last 18 in a row, along with 10 of the last 17 NCAA Division III National Championships. This year he is president of the American Football Coaches Association.

Joe Loth (Otterbein '91) is 44-34 (.564) in his 8th season at his Alma mater. He led the Cardinals to a 9-2 record and first-ever NCAA postseason appearance on his way to OAC Coach of the Year honors two seasons ago. Loth, also the 2005 OAC Coach of the Year, has a combined coaching record is 51-54 as he was the head coach at Kean (NJ) prior to Otterbein. He had assistant coaching stints at Southern Methodist, Western Connecticut, Capital and Rhode Island.

SCOUTING THE CARDINALS

Otterbein has led in the fourth quarter of each of its last two losses (35-34 loss at B-W and 23-13 loss at Capital). The Cardinals feature the OAC's second highest scoring team (33.6 ppg) along with fourth rated offense (358.1 yards per game) and defense (298.7 yards per game).

On offense, two-time All-OAC senior running back Colton Coy is third in the OAC in rushing (113.9 yards per game) and coming off a career-high 179 yard performance last week against Muskingum. Coy is 635 yards away from becoming Otterbein's all-time leading rusher. Junior quarterback Austin Schlosser has thrown for 1,373 yards, completed 58-percent of his passes with 13 TD's and nine interceptions. His top targets are senior Steve Kuzyk (38 rec., 435 yds., 3 TD's) and junior Trey Fairchild (31 rec., 419 yds., 4 TD's).

Junior defensive back Dominic Jones, a transfer from the University of Minnesota, leads the defense with 54 tackles (8.5 for loss), 2.0 sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery. He also has 555 kickoff return yards and has brought three back for touchdowns. Other key players on the unit include senior linebacker Will Longsdorf (50 tackles) and junior linebacker Shane Centers (41 tackles).

BY THE NUMBERS

146-5
Mount Union's win-loss record since 2000 

55, 54
The Raiders hold the NCAA's two longest consecutive college football win streaks -- 55 from 2000-2003 and 54 from 1996-99

50
game regular season win streak for Mount Union dating back to a 21-14 loss to Ohio Northern in Alliance on Oct. 22, 2005.

44
game home winning streak for Mount Union dating back to a 21-14 loss to Ohio Northern in Alliance on Oct. 22, 2005.

98
consecutive regular season road victories for Mount Union dating back to a 21-18 loss at Baldwin-Wallace on Sept. 28, 1991.

103-0
Since 1996, the Raiders record when winning the turnover battle.

148-1
The Raiders record since 1990 when winning the turnover battle. That lone loss was a 20-17 loss to Wisconsin-LaCrosse in a 1995 national semifinal game in Alliance. In that game, the Raiders had a +1 turnover margin.

72
total yards of offense for Capital was the fewest by at Mount Union opponent since The College of New Jersey was held to 46 yards on Nov. 24, 2007 in the NCAA Playoffs. For a regular season game, go back to Nov. 10, 2007 when Marietta was held to 45 yards. 

MOVING WITH MURRAY

Sophomore running back Jeremy Murray (Martins Ferry/Martins Ferry) posted his third straight 100-yard rushing performance with 158 yards and three TD's. In just six games, he is the OAC's second leading rusher at 122.0 yards per game and has conference-best 10 rushing touchdowns.

LAMBERT LIKES QUARTERBACKS

Senior defensive end Lambert Budzinski (Canton/Massillon Jackson) had a pair of quarterback sacks against Capital to give him a team-best and OAC-best 9.5 sacks on the season. Budzinski also leads the Raiders in tackles (60), tackles for loss (11.5), forced fumbles (3) and has a blocked punt.

MANY HAPPY RETURNS

Sophomore wide receiver Jasper (nicknamed Junior) Collins (Geneva, N.Y./Geneva) had a 47-yard punt return for a touchdown against Capital. It was the second career punt return for a TD from Collins, who had a Mount Union record 89-yard return last year against Marietta. Cecil Shorts III (Cleveland/Collinwood) had a 68-yard punt return for a TD earlier this season at Wilmington and the Raiders lead the OAC averaging 18.0 yards per punt return.

ALEX THE GREAT

Junior defensive back Alex Ferrara (Independence/Walsh Jesuit) had a pair of interceptions last week against Capital. They were his first two of the season and give him eight for his career which is the most of any active Mount Union player. The Raiders lead the OAC with 12 interceptions on the season while Otterbein and Ohio Northern are tied in second with 11.

SEAMAN SITS ON TOP OF OAC

Sophomore quarterback Neal Seaman (Louisville/Louisville) is the highest rated passer in the OAC with a 173.5 qb rating. In his first year as starter, he is completing 70.6-percent of his passes for 1,944 yards, 15 touchdowns and five interceptions.

DID YOU KNOW?

Larry Kehres is in his 25th season as head coach but 36th season working at Mount Union as he spent 10 seasons (1975-84) as an assistant coach to Ken Wable then in 1985 worked only as director of athletics before becoming head football coach and director of athletics in 1986. You might not know, he was also the first swimming coach at Mount Union.

Otterbein's running back coach is Mount Union alum David Smith '77. Smith earned a pair of varsity letters as a running back for the Raiders.

PURPLE RAIDERS IN THE PROs

Former Mount Union wide receiver Pierre Garcon is in his third season with the NFL's Indianapolis Colts, who were on a bye this past week. On the season, Garcon has 14 catches for 214 yards and a score. He had a breakout season in 2009 as he started 16 games including Super Bowl XLIV where he caught one of his six touchdowns on the season. Against the NY Jets in the AFC Championship game, he had 11 catches for 151 yards and his post-game celebration that included waiving a Haiti flag (birthplace of his parents) made national news headlines as he was bringing awareness to the nation that was ravaged by an earthquake just days before the game. This past offseason he returned to Mount Union and completed his bachelor's degree in communications. He had 3,363 yards and 47 touchdowns receiving in three seasons at Mount Union. He played his freshman season at Norwich (Vt.) and in 2008 the Colts drafted him in the sixth round (208 overall).

Nick Sirianni '03 is in his second season as an assistant coach (offensive quality control) with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Mount Union alum Dom Capers '72 is the defense coordinator for a Green Bay Packers.

Former Mount Union quarterback Kurt Rocco has signed a contract to play for the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League. 

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