#2 Mount Union Hosts Wilmington Saturday Night

Jasper Collins (Photo by JT Higgins)

2011 University of Mount Union Football
#2 Mount Union Purple Raiders (2-0, 1-0 OAC) vs
Wilmington Quakers (0-2, 0-1 OAC)
Sat., Sept. 24 - 7 pm - Mount Union Stadium (Alliance, Ohio)

TV: NONE

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

LIVE STATS: http://athletics.mountunion.edu

Complete Mount Union Game Notes in PDF Format: CLICK HERE

WILMINGTON: Roster | Stats | Schedule | Coaches

THE GAME

No. 2 ranked Mount Union plays its third straight home game Saturday at 7 pm hosting Wilmington in an Ohio Athletic Conference matchup at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance.

Mount Union beat John Carroll 58-7 and rolled up 631 yards of offense as Jeremy Murray (Martins Ferry/Martins Ferry) rushed for a career-high 224 yards and three touchdowns while Jasper Collins (Geneva, N.Y./Geneva) had a career-best three touchdown catches. It was all more than enough cushion for the defense that held John Carroll to 155 total yards.

Wilmington fell behind early and rallied before suffering a 26-12 loss at Capital last week. The Quakers had just 39 yards of offense in the first half and fell into a 26-0 hole before a pair of second half touchdown passes from Brandon Arehart. Devon Burton led the defense with nine tackles and an interception.

COACH TO CURE MD GAME

Mount Union, Wilmington, Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) and the American
Football Coaches Association (AFCA) will be part of Coach to Cure MD, a one-day, nationwide event designed to raise awareness about Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy this Saturday . We need your help to stop this devastating disorder that robs young men of their mobility, their independence, and sadly their life. AFCA President and Mount Union head football Larry Kehres and his entire coaching staff and the Wilmington staff will wear Coach to Cure armbands and encourage fans to donate for this cause.

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. You can also here the WRMU 91.1 FM feed on any phone by calling (330) 445-7900. This week's game is not on television but the remaining home games will also be shown on television via tape delay on regional sports cable channel SportsTime Ohio and WIVM TV52 (Stark County), WIVN TV29 (New Philadelphia), Time Warner Cable (ch. 989-Stark County, ch. 99-Tuscarawas County), Massillon Cable (ch. 21) and Clear Picture Cable (ch. 21-Wayne County). Image Video produces the broadcasts with Joe Tait, who just finished a 39-year run as the radio voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers, does the play-by-play and Harry Paidas handles the color commentary.

THE SERIES

This is the 14th meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding an 13-0 lead in the series. The series started with a 43-0 Mount Union victory on Nov. 9, 1968 in Wilmington
and the return game in 1969 was a 70-0 Raider win in Alliance. After that the teams did not play until Wilmington became a member of the OAC in 2000.

THE COACHES

Larry Kehres (Mount Union '71) is 305-23-3 (.926) in his 26th season as head coach as one of the most successful coaches in college football history. His teams have won 21 OAC Championships, including the last 19 in a row, along with 10 of the last 18 NCAA Division III National Championships.

Ken Minor (Wilmington '73) is 0-12 (.000) in his second season as head coach at his alma mater. He has 38 years of coaching experience with 29 of those seasons as the head coach of Reading High School outside of Cincinnati where he amassed a 170-129-1 record.

UP NEXT ...

The Purple Raiders hit the road for the first time in 2011 next Saturday playing at nationally ranked Ohio Northern University. Kickoff is slated for 1:30 pm at Dial-Roberson Stadium in Ada.

SCOUTING THE QUAKERS

Second year head coach Ken Minor is trying to lay the foundation of a program at Wilmington which is not an easy task in the OAC. The depth chart for this week features just six seniors. A year ago the youthful Quakers did lose three games by three points.

On offense sophomore Brandon Arehart is in his second year as a starter and so far has completed 52.4-percent of his passes for 395 yards and three TD's. His top target is sophomore Kyle Blakeman, who is one of the OAC's top receivers averaging 127.5 yards per game. The top two running backs -- juniors Tyrell Richardson and Tyler Evans are both back after sitting out last week against Capital.

The Quakers run a 3-4 on a defense and are replacing All-American linebacker Bryce Martin and All-OAC linebacker Cody Hamilton. Senior Antwoine Shelton has stepped into one of those spots and leads Wilmington in tackles while freshman safety Devon Burton is second on the team in stops with 15.

BY THE NUMBERS

155-6
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

55
game regular season win streak for Mount Union dating back to a 21-14 loss to Ohio Northern in Alliance on Oct. 22, 2005.

51
game home winning streak for Mount Union dating back to a 21-14 loss to Ohio Northern in Alliance on Oct. 22, 2005.

100
consecutive regular season road victories for Mount Union dating back to a 21-18 loss at Baldwin-Wallace on Sept. 28, 1991.

110-0
Since 1996, the Raiders record when winning the turnover battle.

155-1
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 that game, the Raiders had a +1 turnover margin.

631
The Raiders 631 yards last week was their highest total since 657 yards against Wheaton (a 45-24 win) in a NCAA Division III national semifinal game on Dec. 13, 2008. It was Mount Union's best regular-season performance for total yards since a 648-yard performance against Baldwin-Wallace (a 48-3 win) on Oct. 4, 2008.

THE RAIDERS in 2011

Mount Union returns 16 starters and 48 letterwinners in 2011.

300

With a 49-0 win over St. Lawrence in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Playoffs, Larry Kehres became the 11th coach in college football history to win at least 300 games. Here is a list of the others.

  • 480 John Gagliardi * (Carroll, MT, St. John's, MN)
  • 408 Eddie Robinson (Grambling State)
  • 403 Joe Paterno * (Penn State)
  • 377 Bobby Bowden (Samford, West Virginia, Florida State)
  • 323 Paul "Bear" Bryant (Alabama, Maryland, Kentucky, Texas A&M)
  • 319 Pop Warner (Georgia, Carlisle, Pitt, Stanford, Temple)
  • 314 Roy Kidd (Eastern Kentucky)
  • 314 Amos Alonzo Stagg (Springfield, Chicago, Pacific)
  • 305 Larry Kehres * (Mount Union)
  • 305 Frosty Westering (Parsons, Lea, Pacific Lutheran)
  • 300 Tubby Raymond (Delaware)

* Active

MR. SMITH LEADS DEFENSE

Senior linebacker Arthur Smith (Miami, Fla./Killian) had his first interception of the season on John Carroll's fourth pass attempt of the game last week and also had a fumble recovery. It was the first of three picks for the Mount Union defense as junior safety Nick Driskill (Wabash, Ind./Southwood) got one to go along with a team-high seven tackles and junior corner back Isaiah Scott (Hamilton/Fairfield) took a pick 49 yards for a score. Through two weeks, the Mount Union defense has forced eight turnovers in two games.

MURRAY MOVING UP

Junior running back Jeremy Murray (Martins Ferry/Martins Ferry) had a career-high 254 yards rushing and three touchdowns last week. It marked the ninth 100-yard and second 200-yard rushing performance of his career. He now has 1,995 career rushing yards which places him 10th on Mount Union's all-time rushing list. He passed Claude Charlillo (1,974 yds. - 1977-79) and is 18 yards from passing current Ohio Northern head coach Dean Paul (2,013 yds. - 1987-90) in ninth.

THREE OF A KIND FOR COLLINS

Junior wide receiver Jasper Collins (Geneva, N.Y./Geneva) had his third 100-yard receiving game of his career with eight catches for 109 yards last week. He also had a career-best three receiving touchdowns which more doubled his career total has he had two receiving touchdowns for his career entering the game.

DID YOU KNOW?

Jeremy Murray's 254 rushing yards against John Carroll was the most in a single game by a Purple Raider since Nate Kmic had 310 yards against Wheaton (Ill.) in an NCAA playoff national semifinal game in 2008.  The 254 yards was the second most in a regular season game in school history behind the 269 yards that Mike DiBlasi had against John Carroll in 1970.

PURPLE RAIDERS IN THE PROs

Wide receiver Pierre Garcon is in his fourth season as a member of the Indianapolis Colts with three catches for 28 yards in a 27-19 loss to the Cleveland Browns while Cecil Shorts III made his first career start at wide receiver and had a pair punt returns for the Jacksonville Jaguars in a 32-3 loss to the NY Jets. Purple Raiders in the coaching ranks include Dom Capers, the defensive coordinator of Green Bay Packers and Nick Sirianni, the offensive quality control coach with the Kansas City Chiefs.

NEW TURF, NEW HOME UNIFORMS

Mount Union replaced its 10-year old AstroPlay surface with a new FieldTurf playing surface this past summer. Fans will notice that the football and soccer lines are permanant with two tones of alternating green and black end zones. The black also carries over to new Nike home purple jerseys that the Raiders will wear this season. Mount Union's newest teams -- men's and women's lacrosse will start varsity play in the spring of 2013 and their lines will be painted onto the field. New turf was put in the South end zone which moved the students and band to the North end leading to Mount Union warming up on North side and entering the stadium from the Northwest corner of stadium.

M CLUB HALL OF FAME INDUCTIONS AT HALFTIME

At halftime, the University of Mount Union M Club Hall of Fame will induct its 2011 class of Heather O'Shea '95 (women's track and field), Mike Sessor '86 (wrestling) and John Topoly '93 (wrestling).

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