#2 Mount Union Hosts Marietta For Homecoming Saturday

Photo by Sandy Ragland Daws

2011 University of Mount Union Football
#2 Mount Union Purple Raiders (4-0, 3-0 OAC) vs
Marietta Pioneers (1-3, 0-3 OAC)
Sat., Oct. 8 - 1:30 pm - Mount Union Stadium (Alliance, Ohio)

TV: (Tape Delay): Joe Tait (play-by-play), Harry Paidas (color)
WIVM Ch. 39 (Sat. Oct. 8 at 8 pm; Sun. Oct. 9 at 1 pm)
SportsTime Ohio (Sat. Oct. 8 at 7 pm; Sun. Oct. 9 at 2:30 pm; Mon. Oct. 10 at 5 am & 12 pm )

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

LIVE STATS: http://livestats.prestosports.com/mountunion

Complete Mount Union Game Notes in PDF Format: CLICK HERE

MARIETTA: 

THE GAME
No. 2 ranked Mount Union hosts Marietta for homecoming Saturday at 1:30 pm at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance.

Mount Union slipped, slid and plowed its way to a 14-6 on a muddy field at No. 24 ranked Ohio Northern. Junior running back Jeremy Murray (Martins Ferry/Martins Ferry) posted his fourth straight 100-yard rushing performance has he grinded out 130 yards on a career-high 41 carries and accounted for all 14 points with a pair of rushing scores and a two-point conversion. The defense forced two fumbles and had three sacks including a sack and forced fumble on ONU's final drive by junior defensive end Charles Dieuseul (Winter Haven, Fla./Lake Region). Junior Nick Driskill (Wabash, Ind./Southwood) had a team-best seven tackles.

Marietta dropped its third straight game with a 17-7 loss to Baldwin-Wallace last week. The Pioneers led 7-3 heading into the fourth quarter before B-W scored 14 unanswered points. Marietta starting quarterback Andrew Keller was knocked out of the game and he along with backup Kyle Shackle combined to complete 10-of-30 passes for 92 yards with four interceptions and six sacks. Keller is expected to start this week. Tevin Dones had 65 yards on the ground while defensively Jake Green had 12 tackles and an interception.

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.

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 50th meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding a 40-8-1 lead in the series dating back to a 20-0 Mount Union win on September 23, 1933 in Alliance. The teams have met every year since 1981 and Mount Union has won all 31 of those meetings. The last Pioneer win was a 20-6 decision in 1977 in Marietta.

THE COACHES
Larry Kehres (Mount Union '71) is 307-23-3 (.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.

Jeff Filkovski (Mount Union '90) is 8-26 (.235) in his fourth season as head coach at Marietta. Four years ago as the offensive coordinator at Heidelberg he won OAC Assistant Coach of the Year honors. Filkovski does have a win against Mount Union, as a quarterback for Allegheny (Pa.) College, he scored a 28-15 win in the 1990 NCAA Playoffs as he led the Gators to the 1990 NCAA Division III Championship.

UP NEXT ...
The Purple Raiders hit the road for the next two weeks playing against Heidelberg in Tiffin next Saturday before a trip to Columbus to take on Capital on Oct. 22. Both games will kickoff at 1:30 pm.

SCOUTING THE PIONEERS
Marietta has suffered two-straight losses by 10 points or less with a 37-35 loss to John Carroll and a 17-7 loss to Baldwin-Wallace.  The Pioneers must take care of the football as they have tossed seven interceptions and three fumbles to leave them minus-4 in turnover margin.

Marietta has the OAC's No. 2 passing offense led by All-OAC honorable mention senior quarterback Andrew Keller. Keller, who was knocked out of last week's game but is expected to start this week, has thrown for 840 yards (69-of-119) and seven touchdowns with five interceptions.  His top targets have been Kirby Harris (27 rec., 403 yds, 4 TD's) and Tannon Roberts (24 rec., 255 yds, 3 TD's).  The rushing attack is looking to get on track as it averages 58.5 yards per game with 48.0 yards per game coming from Tevin Dones.

The Pioneers are No. 1 in the OAC against the pass allowing only 107.8 yards per game.  Senior defensive back Jake Depp and freshman Jake Green lead the defense as Depp has 26 stops and a forced fumble while Green has 25 stops and two interceptions.  The Pioneers have eight sacks and five interceptions. 

BY THE NUMBERS

157-6
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

57
game regular season win streak for Mount Union dating back to a 21-14 loss to Ohio Northern in Alliance on Oct. 22, 2005.

52
game home winning streak for Mount Union dating back to a 21-14 loss to Ohio Northern in Alliance on Oct. 22, 2005.

101
consecutive regular season road victories for Mount Union dating back to a 21-18 loss at Baldwin-Wallace on Sept. 28, 1991.

112-0
Since 1996, the Raiders record when winning the turnover battle.

157-1
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.

THE RAIDERS in 2011

Mount Union returns 16 starters and 48 letterwinners in 2011.

300 WIN CLUB

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)
  • 405 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)
  • 307 Larry Kehres * (Mount Union)
  • 305 Frosty Westering (Parsons, Lea, Pacific Lutheran)
  • 300 Tubby Raymond (Delaware)

* Active

DID YOU KNOW?
The nine passes Mount Union completed against Ohio Northern last week were the fewest for the Raiders in a game since Dec. 12, 2009 against Wesley (Del.) in an NCAA Playoff national semifinal game.  In that game, the Raiders were 6-of-17 passing for 113 yards.

MURRAY PLOWS FORWARD
Junior running back Jeremy Murray (Martins Ferry/Martins Ferry) had 130 yards and two touchdowns on a career-high 41 carries rushing last week. It was his fourth-straight and 11th 100-yard rushing performance of his career. He is the OAC's leading rusher averaging 169.0 yards per game (676 yds). In 18 career games, Murray has 2,292 yards on 404 attempts with 31 TD's. He moved into seventh on the school's all-time list last week past Ralph Roberts (2,171 yds., 1959-62) and is 29 yards.

THE ENDS JUSTIFY THE MEANS
Junior defensive end Charles Dieuseul (Winter Haven, Fla./Lake Region) had a sack and forced a fumble on Ohio Northern's final drive last week that put the game away for the Raiders. Dieuseul had 1.5 sacks for the game which tied him for the team lead on the season with fellow defensive end sophomore Nyejel Thomas (Pittsburgh, Pa./Pittsburgh Central Catholic). Another defensive end, senior Chris Favazzo (Blacklick/Columbus St. Charles) also knocked down a pair of passes last week.

COLLINS CLOSES IN ON 100 CATCHES
Junior wide receiver Jasper Collins (Geneva, N.Y./Geneva) enters this week's game with 97 career catches. In 30 career games played, Collins has 1,260 yards with six touchdown receptions.

PURPLE RAIDERS IN THE PROs
Wide receiver Pierre Garcon is in his fourth season as a member of the Indianapolis Colts and had a season-high 146 yards receiving and two touchdown catches including a career-best 87-yarder while Cecil Shorts III had a punt return for the Jacksonville Jaguars in a 23-10 loss to the New Orleans Saints. 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.

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)
405 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)
307 Larry Kehres * (Mount Union)
305 Frosty Westering (Parsons, Lea, Pacific Lutheran)
300 Tubby Raymond (Delaware)
* Active

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 permanent 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.

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