#2 Mount Union Travels to Baldwin-Wallace in Key OAC Matchup

Mount Union sophomore Jeremy Murray (Martins Ferry/Martins Ferry) leads the OAC in rushing at 129.4 yards per game. (Photo by Ryan Baker)

2010 University of Mount Union Football
#2 Mount Union Purple Raiders (8-0, 7-0 OAC) vs
Baldwin-Wallace Yellow Jackets (7-1, 6-1 OAC)
Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010 - 1:30 pm - Finnie Stadium (Berea, Ohio)

RADIO:
WDPN 1310 AM (Alliance): LISTEN LIVE
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Baldwin-Wallace: 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 Snell contact Kevin Ruple at 440-826-2327.

THE GAME

No. 2 ranked Mount Union travels to Baldwin-Wallace for a key Ohio Athletic Conference matchup Saturday at 1:30 pm in Berea. A Mount Union win would clinch the Purple Raiders at least a share of their 19th consecutive and 22nd overall OAC title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Football Playoffs. B-W can keep its playoff hopes alive with a win. Mount Union enters the contest with a 99-game regular season road winning streak that dates back to a 28-21 loss at Baldwin-Wallace on Sept. 28, 1991.

The Purple Raiders posted their 51st consecutive regular season with a 28-10 win at Otterbein. The Cardinals had a 3-0 lead after the first quarter but 21 points in the second quarter staked Mount Union out to a 21-10 halftime lead. Sophomore running back Jeremy Murray (Martins Ferry/Martins Ferry) had 174 yards rushing - 38 of those coming on a TD run early in the fourth quarter to put the game away. The Raider defense allowed just 138 total yards as sophomore defensive back Nick Driskill (Wabash, Ind./Southwood) had an interception and fumble rec.

B-W rallied with 20 unanswered points in the second half to score a 27-16 win at Muskingum. John McGraw rushed for 125 yards, Tim Miker rushed for 110 yards and quarterback Ryan O'Rourke threw three TD passes to the lead the offense. Corey Hildreth had eight tackles to lead a defense that had seven sacks and three interceptions.

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 49th meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding a 26-21-1 lead in the series that dates back to a 10-0 Mount Union win in 1896. The Raiders have won 15-straight meetings dating back to a 23-10 Baldwin-Wallace win in 1994 in Alliance.

THE COACHES

Larry Kehres (Mount Union '71)

is 297-22-3 (.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.

John Snell (Baldwin-Wallace '87)

is 56-34 (.622) in his eighth season as head coach at his alma mater. Snell spent eight seasons as an assistant coach for the Jackets before taking over as head coach in 2002. In his first season, he won OAC Coach of the Year honors leading B-W to an 8-2 season, then seven years ago he led B-W to a 10-2 mark with its first NCAA Playoff berth since 1991.

SCOUTING THE YELLOW JACKETS

Baldwin-Wallace has bounced back from a 3-7 season a year ago by cutting down and creating turnovers while putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

The Jacket "Swarm D" defense has an OAC-best 34 quarterback sacks, is tied with Mount Union for second in the conference in interceptions with 14 and is second in total defense behind the Raiders allowing 287.0 yards per game. Senior linebacker Ryan Kish has a team-best 63 tackles along with 4.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. Senior defensive end Keith Darbut 13.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks, while junior Ryan Dugan has three interceptions. The defense has 77 tackles for a loss of 324 yards and are stout against run allowing just 87.5 yards rushing per games.

On offense, Baldwin-Wallace has one-two running punch of junior tailbacks Tim Miker (535 yards, 6 TD's) and John McGraw (401 yards, 1TD). Sophomore transfer quarterback Ryan O'Rourke is completing nearly 55-percent of his passes for 1,186 yards, 14 TD's and six interceptions. Aaron Hurd (19 rec., 211 yds. 2 TD), Aaron Manders (11 rec., 186 yds. 2TD) and Troy Van Meter (11 rec., 138 yds. 1TD) lead the receiving corps.

BY THE NUMBERS

147-5
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

51
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.

99
consecutive regular season road victories for Mount Union dating back to a 21-18 loss at Baldwin-Wallace on Sept. 28, 1991.

104-0
Since 1996, the Raiders record when winning the turnover battle.

149-1
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.

DOIN' IT WITH DEFENSE

Five of eight Mount Union opponents have been held to less than 200 yards of total offense ... Senior defensive end Lambert Budzinski (Canton/Massillon Jackson) has an OAC-best 10.5 sacks on the season. Budzinski also leads the team in tackles (67) and tackles for loss (12.5) ... Freshman defensive end Nyejel Thomas (Pittsburgh/Central Catholic) had a season-best five tackles and 1.5 sacks against Otterbein. Thomas is second on the team with 5.0 sacks on the season ... Defensive backs in junior Alex Ferrara (Independence/Walsh Jesuit) and sophomore Nick Driskill (Wabash, Ind./Southwood) each got an interception against Otterbein and each of them along with sophomore Isaiah Scott (Hamilton/Fairfield) all have a team-best three interceptions on the season ... Sam Kershaw (West Jefferson/West Jefferson) had a season-best 11 tackles against Otterbein. Kershaw is second on the team in tackles on the season with 49.

MURRAY MAKES HIS WAY

Sophomore running back Jeremy Murray (Martins Ferry/Martins Ferry) posted his fourth straight 100-yard rushing performance with 174 yards on a career-best 37 carries. He has averaged 33 carries a game in each of the last four games and now is the top rusher in the Ohio Athletic Conference averaging 129.4 yards per game. He also leads the conference with 13 touchdowns.

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.

Baldwin-Wallace quarterback Ryan O'Rourke is one of three Yellow Jackets from an Avon High School team that is coached by former Mount Union All-American and 1992 OAC Mike Gregory Award winner Mike Elder. This year Elder added another Purple Raider to his coaching staff in former Raider All-American linebacker Judd Lutz.

PURPLE RAIDERS IN THE PROs

Former Mount Union wide receiver Pierre Garcon is in his third season with the NFL's Indianapolis Colts, play on Monday Night Football this week against the Houston Texans. 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.

M CLUB HALL OF FAME NEXT WEEKEND

Three former Raiders linebacker Rob Rodgers '95 (Parma/Valley Forge), women's basketball player Dana Zarzycki '95 (Middleburg Hts/Parma Holy Name) and tennis player Anna Panteleyeva '94 (Tallinn, Estonia) will be inducted into the M Club Hall of Fame next weekend. Rodgers was a two-time All-American and was the OAC's Bill Edwards Award winner as top linebacker in Mount Union's first National Championship season of 1993. Zarzycki led the OAC in scoring and was the conference MVP and led the Raiders to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. Panteleyeva was a seven-time OAC champion and All-American who posted a 106-7 combined record over four seasons.

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