No. 2 Mount Union Plays Saturday at Capital

Chris Favazzo (94) and Matt Fechko (91) (Photo by JT Higgins)

2011 University of Mount Union Football
#2 Mount Union Purple Raiders (6-0, 5-0 OAC) vs
Capital Crusaders (3-3, 3-2 OAC)
Sat., Oct. 22 - 1:30 pm - Bernlohr Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)

RADIO:

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

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

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CAPITAL:  Roster | Schedule and Results | Statistics | Coaching Staff

THE GAME

No. 2 ranked Mount Union hits the road to play Capital in an Ohio Athletic Conference game Saturday at 1:30 pm at Bernlohr Stadium in Columbus.

Mount Union blew past Heidelberg 56-7 to move to 6-0 on the season. Junior wide receiver Jasper Collins (Geneva, N.Y./Geneva) had a school-record four TD receptions as part of a career-best 159 yards receiving. Jeremy Murray (Martins Ferry/Martins Ferry) also posted his sixth straight 100-yard rushing game with 139 yards on 26 carries as the offense had 501 yards. The defense also did its part holding the OAC's No. 2 ranked offense to a season-low 195 yards and forced four turnovers. Senior Jorge Carbonell (Miami, Fla./Archbishop Carroll) had eight stops and forced a fumble.

Capital rallied from a 20-12 halftime deficit to defeat cross-town rival Otterbein, 24-20. Senior quarterback Chase Carris had a career-day as he completed 35-of-60 pass attempts for 334 yards with three touchdowns. The Crusader defense held on at the end of the game as Kory Conley intercepted an Otterbein pass on the Capital two-yard-line with 44 seconds left in the game.

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 46th meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding a 33-12 lead in a series that dates back to a 17-0 Purple Raider win in 1958. Mount Union has won 24 straight meetings with Capital's last win coming in its OAC Championship season of 1987, 26-25 in Columbus.

THE COACHES

Larry Kehres (Mount Union '71) is 309-23-3 (.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.

Henry Stanford (Ohio State '98) is 8-8 (.500) in his second season as head coach at Capital. He spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the Crusaders and in 2009 as offensive coordinator was the OAC Assistant Coach of the Year. He also had assistant coaching stints at Elmhurst (Ill.), Tiffin, Otterbein, Kenyon and Ohio State.

UP NEXT ...

The Purple Raiders play two of their final three regular season games at home starting next Saturday against Otterbein.  Kickoff from Mount Union Stadium is at 1:30 pm

SCOUTING THE CRUSADERS

Capital has the OAC's No. 1 rated passing offense averaging 274.3 yards per game but consistency is the key for the Crusaders as they have a +1 turnover ratio in three wins and a minus-6 turnover ratio in three losses.

The Crusaders have three different players log time at quarterback and it appears senior Chase Carris has stepped forward. Carris has played in all six games and led Capital to victories at Baldwin-Wallace and at Otterbein. For the season, he is 102-of-167 for 997 yards with 8 TD's and three interceptions. His top target is all-conference and fifth year senior wide receiver Matt White (48 rec. 599 yds., 6 TD's). Senior running back Josh Anderson has a team-high 373 yards rushing on 79 carries.

The defense has 13 sacks, six interceptions and six fumble recoveries. Capital has had an all-conference linebacker for each of the last six years and senior Troy Spiker, from nearby Rootstown, appears to be continuing the trend as he his third in the OAC in tackles with a team-high 64 along with three sacks and fumble recovery. Junior Nate Nasrallah, an Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary alum, also has a team-high four sacks..

BY THE NUMBERS

159-6
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

59
game regular season win streak for Mount Union dating back to a 21-14 loss to Ohio Northern in Alliance on Oct. 22, 2005.

53
game home winning streak for Mount Union dating back to a 21-14 loss to Ohio Northern in Alliance on Oct. 22, 2005.

102
consecutive regular season road victories for Mount Union dating back to a 21-18 loss at Baldwin-Wallace on Sept. 28, 1991.

113-0
Since 1996, the Raiders record when winning the turnover battle.

158-1
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)
  • 407 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)
  • 309 Larry Kehres * (Mount Union)
  • 305 Frosty Westering (Parsons, Lea, Pacific Lutheran)
  • 300 Tubby Raymond (Delaware)

* Active

DID YOU KNOW?

Jasper Collins (Geneva, N.Y./Geneva) did something that Pierre Garcon or Cecil Shorts never did at Mount Union -- catch four TD passes in a single game.  Last week, Collins caught four TD's at Heidelberg which matched the school single game record also held by Brian Stafford vs. Wilmington in 1968 and Adam Marino vs. Ohio Northern in 1999.

MURRAY MAKES IT SIX STRAIGHT

Junior running back Jeremy Murray (Martins Ferry/Martins Ferry) had 139 yards on 26 carries with a touchdown last week. It was his sixth-straight and 13th 100-yard rushing performance of his career. He is the OAC's leading rusher averaging 154.5 yards per game (927 yds). In 20 career games, Murray has 2,543 yards on 441 attempts with 33 TD's. He is in fifth on the school's all-time rushing list and is 752 yards behind fourth place spot of Russ Kring (3,295 yds. 1983-84, 86-87).

BYE JORGE !!

Senior linebacker Jorge Carbonell (Miami, Fla./Archbishop Carroll) had a team-high eight tackles and a forced fumble last week against Heidelberg. Jorge (pronounced George) is second on the team in tackles for the season with 34.

COLLINS CATCHING ON

Junior wide receiver Jasper Collins (Geneva, N.Y./Geneva) had a career-best 159 yards receiving on eight catches with a school-record four touchdowns last week at Heidelberg. It was his third 100-yard game of the season and fifth of his career. He also leads the OAC with nine touchdown catches on the season.

PURPLE RAIDERS IN THE PROs

Wide receiver Pierre Garcon is in his fourth season as a member of the Indianapolis Colts and had eight catches for 52 yards receiving in their 27-17 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. In his rookie season, Cecil Shorts III had a punt return for seven yards in the Jacksonville Jaguars in a 17-13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Two Raiders in the NFL coaching ranks is Dom Capers, the defensive coordinator of Green Bay Packers and Nick Sirianni as the offensive quality control coach of 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 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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