#1 Football Hosts Ohio Northern in OAC Game Saturday

2012 University of Mount Union Football
#1 Mount Union Purple Raiders (3-0, 2-0 OAC) vs
Ohio Northern University Polar Bears (1-2, 1-1 OAC)
Sat., Sept. 29 - 1:30 pm - Mount Union Stadium (Alliance, Ohio)

TV: 

  • Joe Tait (play-by-play), Harry Paidas (color):
  • WIVM Ch. 39 (Tape Delay - Sat. Sept. 29 - 8pm, Sun. Sept. 30 at 1pm)
  • SportsTime Ohio (Tape Delay - Sat. Sept. 29 - 11:30pm; Tues. Oct. 2 at Noon; Fri. Oct. 5 - 5am)

RADIO:

LIVE STATS:

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THE GAME

No. 1 ranked Mount Union hosts Ohio Northern in an Ohio Athletic Conference matchup at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance.

The Purple Raiders posted their second straight shutout with a 52-0 win at Marietta last Saturday. The defense held the Pioneers to 0 rushing yards and 90 total yards with nine quarterback sacks, two interceptions and a forced fumble. This was more than enough for an offense that generated 496 yards as quarterback Kevin Burke (Westlake/Lakewood St. Edward) tossed three touchdown passes while running back T.J. Lattimore (Maple Heights/Maple Heights) ran for two touchdowns on 100 yards rushing.

Ohio Northern ran out to a 21-0 lead and went on to get its first win of the year, 28-14 against Capital last Saturday in Ada. In his first career start, senior Tate Humphrey completed 15 of 23 passes for 177 yards and two TDs and ran 20 times for 64 yards and another touchdown to pace the offense. Defensively, juniors Sean Denson, Dillon Kwiat and Josh Simon had eight tackles each for ONU.

MOUNT UNION FOOTBALL ON TV, RADIO AND ONLINE

All Mount Union football games are broadcast on the radio on WDPN 1310 AM and WRMU 91.1 FM and simulcast online along with a LIVE STATS game tracker. You can also here the WRMU 91.1 FM feed on any phone by calling (330) 445-7900.

The four regular season home games will be shown on television via tape delay on regional sports cable channel SportsTime Ohio and WIVM TV39 (Stark County), WIVN TV29 (New Philadelphia), Time Warner Cable (ch. 989-Stark County, ch. 99-Tuscarawas County), Massillion Cable (ch. 21) and Clear Picture Cable (ch. 21-Wayne County). Image Video produces the broadcasts with Harry Paidas along with hall of fame broadcaster Joe Tait. Tait spent 39 years as the radio voice of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers and was recently awarded the Bill Nichols Media Service Award by the Ohio Athletic Conference for his now 26 years of doing Mount Union football and basketball on radio and television.

THE SERIES

This is the 55th meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding a 40-13-1 lead in the series that dates back to a 52-0 Mount Union win on Thanksgiving Day 1907. The Raiders have won six-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.

THE COACHES

Larry Kehres (Mount Union '71) is 320-24-3 (.927) in his 27th season as head coach and is one of the most successful coaches in college football history as he is one of only 10 coaches in college football history to win at least 300 games. His teams have won 23 OAC Championships, including the last 20 in a row, along with 10 of the last 18 NCAA Division III National Championships. He is a past president of the American Football Coaches Association and was the offensive coordinator for Team USA as they won the gold medal in the IFAF World Championships in 2011.

Dean Paul (Mount Union '90) is 54-21 (.720) in his ninth season at Ohio Northern. He led ONU to a 10-2 record and NCAA 2nd Round Playoff appearance two years ago. 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.

UP NEXT ...

Mount Union goes back on the road to face Wilmington College in a conference matchup next Saturday at 1:30 pm in Wilmington, Ohio.

SCOUTING THE POLAR BEARS

Ohio Northern has lost three of its last four road games dating back to last season. The Polar Bears come into this week with the OAC's No. 5 rated offense (356.0 yds/game) and No. 7 rated defense (360 yds/game).

Senior Tate Humphrey is expected to make his second career start at quarterback after taking over for injured Tyler Rue. Humphrey has completed 58.1-percent of his passes (18-of-31) with three interceptions and two touchdowns while he also has 25 rushes for 102 yards with a touchdown. Senior Justin Wilson leads the OAC with 20 catches while fellow senior Devian McKennie tops the backfield with 43 rushes for 158 yards with a touchdown.

The Polar Bears' 4-3 defense is led by sophomore linebacker Steven Kenny, who is fourth in the OAC in tackles with 25. Another linebacker in senior Joe Powell and sophomore defensive back Cory Spelman each have 21 tackles while senior Chance Moore has a pair of interceptions. 

BY THE NUMBERS

170-7

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 

66

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

59

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

106

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

120-0

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

165-1

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.

300 WIN CLUB

Larry Kehres is one of 10 coaches in college football history to win at least 300 games. Here is a list of the others.

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

* Active

D STANDS FOR DRISKILL AND DEFENSE

Nick Driskill (Wabash, Ind./Southwood) once again showed why he is one of the best defensive players in the nation as he dove for an interception, had a sack, forced a fumble along with a team-high seven tackles last Saturday at Marietta.  For the season, he leads the team in tackles (20), tackles for loss (4.5), and forced fumbles (2).     

BURKE NATION'S HIGHEST RATED QB

After three starts, sophomore Kevin Burke (Westlake/Lakewood St. Edward) tops all of NCAA Division III in passer rating with a rating of 203.82.  His 664 passing yards and eight touchdowns both lead the OAC as he has completed 63.2-percent of his passes while tossing just one interception and being sacked just once.

HIGH FIVE

Senior running back T.J. Lattimore (Maple Heights/Maple Heights) wears number five and was getting plenty of high fives from his teammates as he found the end zone twice at Marietta with 18 carries for 100 yards.  It marked his second-straight 100-yard rushing performance of the season.

CATCHING ON

Senior wide receiver Chris Denton (Plantation, Fla./South Plantation) leads the OAC in receiving yards (264) and is second in catches with 17.  Denton caught his first touchdown pass of the season -- a 23-yarder in which he fought a defender for the ball at Marietta last week.  Fellow senior wide receiver Jasper Collins (Geneva, N.Y./Geneva) tops the conference in receiving touchdowns with three.  He has eight catches on the season with three of them for scores including a 40-yard bomb from Kevin Burke at Marietta.  That catch made Collins one of only nine in school history with over 2,000 career receiving yards.  He enters this week with 2,035 yards -- just four shy of eighth on all-time list which belongs to current assistant coach Ed Hogya (2,039 - 1985-88).

DID YOU KNOW?

Larry Kehres is in his 27th season as head coach but 38th 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. If you include his four years as a quarterback with the Raiders (1967-70), the 1971 Mount Union grad has spent 42 years as a student-athlete, assistant coach, head coach, teacher and administrator in Alliance.

The win last week at Marietta was No. 320 of his career and moved him past Pop Warner to fifth on college football's all-time wins list.    

Last week, the Alliance Lions Club awarded him the 2012 Distinguished Service Award.  The award recognizes a citizen of the Alliance community that has demonstrated love of community, deep commitment to task, and compassion for their neighbors.  These individuals have shared unselfishly of their resources of time, energy and enthusiasm.  They have each distinguished themselves by making the greater Alliance area a better place in which to live, work and grow. 

PURPLE RAIDERS IN THE PROs

Wide receiver Pierre Garcon was a sixth round draft pick of the Indianapolis Colts in 2008 signed an off-season free agent deal with the Washington Redskins and had an 88-yard touchdown catch in week one but has sat out the past two weeks with an injury.  Cecil Shorts III was a fourth round pick in 2011 is in his second season with the Jacksonville Jaguars with a 39-yard touchdown catch in the opener and an 80-yard TD catch last week while Kyle Miller is currently a tight end on the practice squad for the Colts.  Two Raiders in the NFL coaching ranks are Dom Capers, the defensive coordinator of Green Bay Packers and Nick Sirianni as the wide receivers coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.

NEW LOCKERS/PRESS BOX PROJECT 

Fans will notice some dust behind the opens stand east of the stadium as a pair of locker rooms are under construction to house Mount Union's men's and women's soccer and new men's and women's lacrosse programs.  A new facade will be added to the back of the open stands and the plan is to expand and renovate the main press box will be a second phase done later.  As a result of the expansion, Stadium Drive will no longer exist. 

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