#2 Mount Union Travels to #24 Ohio Northern For First Road Game Of Season

Photo by JT Higgins
Photo by JT Higgins

2011 University of Mount Union Football
#2 Mount Union Purple Raiders (3-0, 2-0 OAC) vs
#24 Ohio Northern Polar Bears (2-1, 1-1 OAC)
Sat., Oct. 1 - 1:30 pm - Dial-Roberson Stadium (Ada, Ohio)


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No. 2 ranked Mount Union plays its first road game of the 2011 season Saturday at 1:30 pm at No. 24 ranked Ohio Northern at Dial-Roberson Stadium in Ada.

Mount Union beat Wilmington 66-7 and for a second-straight week posted over 600 yards. of total offense. This time it was 411 rushing and 260 passing for a total of 671 yards of offense. Junior running back Jeremy Murray (Martins Ferry/Martins Ferry) posted his third straight 100-yard rushing performance has he had 167 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries. The Raiders scored touchdowns on its first seven possessions to run out to a 49-0 halftime lead. All of this was more than enough for a defense that held Wilmington to 16 yards rushing and 115 total yards as senior linebacker Jorge Carbonell (Miami, Fla./Archbishop Carroll) had a team-best six tackles. The Raiders also got interceptions from seniors Tyler Alwardt (Macomb, Mich./Chippewa Valley) and Jordan Pirtle (Elkhart, Ind./Jimtown) while junior Nick Driskill (Wabash, Ind./Southwood) had a 59-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown.

Ohio Northern, ranked No. 9 in the nation at the time, suffered a 27-7 loss last week at Muskingum. The Polar Bears ran 92 total plays, had more first downs and out-gained the Muskies, but went 4-of-19 on third down, converted just 1-of-4 opportunities in the red zone and was sacked seven times in the defeat. The quarterback tandem of Tyler Rue and Chad Mason combined to go 25-of-46 for 221 yards with a touchdown and a pair of interceptions. Frank Thien had seven catches for 62 yards and Justin Buenger had 41 yards rushing to lead the Northern offense. On defense, Joe Powell had a game-high 12 tackles and a forced fumble.


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. 

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.


This is the 54th meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding a 39-13-1 lead in the series that dates back to a 52-0 Mount Union win on Thanksgiving Day 1907. The Raiders have won five-straight meetings after Ohio Northern's 21-14 win in 2005 in Alliance. Prior to that game, Mount Union had won 20-straight meetings dating back to a 14-9 Polar Bear win on Sept. 8, 1984.


Larry Kehres (Mount Union '71) is 306-23-3 (.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.

Dean Paul (Mount Union '90) is 54-21 (.720) in his eighth season at Ohio Northern. He led ONU to a 10-2 record and NCAA 2nd Round Playoff appearance a year ago. Prior to coaching the Polar Bears, Paul spent five seasons as the head coach of Thomas More (KY) College, where he amassed a 40-12 record that included an 11-1 season in 2001. His combined head coaching record is 94-33. 


Ohio Northern was picked second in both the OAC Coaches and Media preseason polls. After last week's loss at Muskingum, the Polar Bears have dropped three of their last six road games dating back to last season but have won 10 straight and 14 of their last 15 home games with the lone loss being a 31-10 setback to Mount Union in 2009.

Ohio Northern returns just eight starters from last year's 10-2 NCAA Playoff team. All four starters back on offense are the line led by All-OAC selections in right tackle Pat Dochenetz and center Kyle Smith. Sophomore quarterback Tyler Rue has started the last two games while junior quarterback Chad Mason started the opener and has seen action in all three games. Rue has tossed for 342 yards and three touchdowns. Justin Buenger is averaging 92 yards a game rushing with a pair of TD's while juniors Justin Wilson (11 rec., 75 yds., 3 TD's) and Kyle Baker (10 rec., 98 yds.) lead the receivers.

All-OAC safety Chad Coward and All-OAC tackle Cody Kelly are the top returners on defense. Coward is top returning tackler from a year ago and has picked up right where he left off as he has a team-best 28 stops and two pass breakups. Kelly has 4.0 tackles for loss with a sack and a fumble recovery.


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

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

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

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

Since 1996, the Raiders record when winning the turnover battle.

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.


Mount Union returns 16 starters and 48 letterwinners in 2011.


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)
  • 409 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


Junior running back Jeremy Murray (Martins Ferry/Martins Ferry) had 167 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries rushing last week. It was his third-straight and 10th 100-yard rushing performance of the year. He is the nation's leading rusher averaging 182.0 yards per game (546 yds). He also went over 2,000 career rushing yards last week. In 17 career games, Murray has 2,162 yards on 363 attempts with 29 TD's. He currently sits eighth on the all-time list and passed both fomer Raider and Ohio Northern head coach Dean Paul (2,013 yds. - 1987-90) and Terrance Morring (2,065 yds. - 2005-07, 2009) last week.


Junior safety Nick Driskill (Wabash, Ind./Southwood) leads the team in tackles (24), tackles for loss (4.0) and last week had a 59-yard fumble return for a touchdown. The run probably reminded Driskill of his high school days at Southwood High School in Wabash, Indiana, where he rushed for over 3,000 yards. It also marked the second week in a row that the defense scored a touchdown as junior corner back Isaiah Scott (Hamilton/Fairfield) took a pick 49 yards for a score against John Carroll.


Senior defensive back Tyler Alwardt (Macomb Twp., Mich./Chippewa Valley) had his team-leading second interception of the season last week against Wilmington. Alwardt now has four career interceptions.


Wide receiver Pierre Garcon is in his fourth season as a member of the Indianapolis Colts had a team-high six catches for 82 yards in a 23-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers while Cecil Shorts III had a pair punt returns for the Jacksonville Jaguars in a 16-10 loss to the Carolina Panthers. 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.


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.


The Purple Raiders return home to host Marietta for homecoming next Saturday (Oct. 8) at 1:30 pm at Mount Union Stadium.