#1 Football Hosts Capital For Homecoming Saturday

Mount Union has the nation's No.1 rated defense and has shutout four-straight opponents

2012 University of Mount Union Football
#1 Mount Union Purple Raiders (5-0, 4-0 OAC) vs
Capital University Crusaders (1-4, 1-3 OAC)
Sat., Oct. 13 - 1:30 pm - Mount Union Stadium (Alliance, Ohio)

TV:

Joe Tait (play-by-play), Harry Paidas (color):
WIVM Ch. 39 (Tape Delay - Sat. Oct. 13 - 11 pm, Sun. Oct. 14 at 1 pm)
SportsTime Ohio (Tape Delay - Sat. Oct. 13 at 10 pm; Mon. Oct. 15 at 5 am/Noon)

RADIO:

LIVE STATS:

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THE GAME

No. 1 ranked Mount Union hosts Capital for an Ohio Athletic Conference contest and homecoming Saturday at 1:30 pm.

Mount Union (5-0, 4-0 OAC) posted its fourth-straight shutout with a 66-0 win at Wilmington.  

Senior Nick Driskill (Wabash, Ind./Southwood) had four tackles for loss to lead a defense that held Wilmington to 92 total yards including minus-14 yards rushing.  The offense generated 587 yards as senior running backs Jake Simon (Parma Heights/Holy Name) and T.J. Lattimore (Maple Heights/Maple Heights) each ran for two scores while fellow senior Blair Skilliter also ran for a score to pace the offense.  Sophomore quarterback Kevin Burke (Westlake/Lakewood St. Edward) played five possessions of the first half and completed 14 of 15 passes for 134 yards. He tossed one touchdown to senior Jasper Collins, who finished with five catches for 34 yards.

Capital (1-4, 1-3 OAC) fell behind 31-0 and suffered a 45-10 home loss to Heidelberg, No. 22 in AFCA coaches poll, last week. Quarterback Ryan Kremchek went 12-of-27 for 116 yards with an interception and rushed for the Crusaders lone touchdown on the day. Zach Green had 10 tackles and an interception to lead the defense.     

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 47th meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding a 34-12 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 322-24-3 (.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.

Henry Stanford (Ohio State '99) is 11-14 (.440) in his third season as Capital head coach. 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 ...

Mount Union takes the to the road to play next Saturday at 1:30 at nationally ranked Otterbein in Westerville.

SCOUTING THE CRUSADERS

Capital has lost three games in a row for the first time since 2008 and only second time since 2000. The Crusaders are seventh in the OAC in offense and eighth in defense.

On offense, junior quarterback Ryan Kremchek has completed 45-percent of his passes (41-of-96) for 341 yards but has tossed six interceptions with one touchdown pass. His top targets are junior Alex Coleman (18 rec.-239 yds, 1 TD) and his high school teammate Mike Epstein (11 rec.-102 yds). Freshman Bo Hardy is at running back with 80 carries for 401 yards with a touchdown.

The defense is led by senior defensive lineman Aaron Knisley, who has 50 tackles, 2.0 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Junior linebacker Kyle Shaeffer also has a team-best two interceptions.

BY THE NUMBERS

171-7

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

68

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

60

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

107

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

121-0

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

166-1

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.

274-7

The point differential between Mount Union and its opponents for the first five games this season. It is the fewest points allowed through five games since 1936 when the Raiders beat Hiram 35-0, Westminster (Pa.) 27-0, lost to Muskingum 7-2 and beat Ohio Northern 6-0 and Wooster 12-0.

1905

In 1905, Mount Union shutout its first six opponents beating Kenyon 22-0, Wooster 17-0, Case 46-0, Western Reserve 57-0, California (Pa.) 55-0 and Western University of Pennsylvania (now Pitt) 57-0.

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)
  • 322 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

TAKING TURNOVERS

Mount Union forced four turnovers against Wilmington last week and now has a plus-five turnover ratio for the year.

Sophomore defensive end Nyejel Thomas (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic) and freshman linebacker Jonathan Gonnell (Pembroke Pines, Fla./University School, Fla.) each had fumble recoveries while defensive backs in senior Shawn Riley (Strongsville/Strongsville) and sophomore Roy Fowler (Livermore, Calif./Livermore) each had an interception.

PUTTING THE D IN DEFENSE

Mount Union is No. 1 in the nation in total defense (125.80 yards allowed per game), rushing defense (25.60 yards allowed per game), pass efficiency defense (71.60), scoring defense (1.40). Four straight opponents have been kept off the scoreboard and held under 200 yards of total offense. Mount Union shutout six straight opponents in 2007 and 1905.
All-American senior safety Nick Driskill (Wabash, Ind./Southwood) who leads the team in tackles (29), tackles for loss (9.0) and two forced fumbles. a team-high 29 tackles with 9.0 tackles for loss.

EIGHT TO GO IN HALL OF FAME

The University of Mount Union M Club Hall of Fame will induct its eight new members and give its award of excellence to two others on Saturday, October 27.

An eight person hall of fame class includes Terry Booth '71, Jenifer (Burkey) Kiernan '94, Mike Garn '91, Matt Johnson '96, Marcus Lambdin '97, Brian Malloy '97, Josh Weber '97, Jason Weigand '97. Bob Berrodin '62 and Ron Walter '74 will both receive the M Club Award of Excellence.

The inductees and award winners will be recognized in a ceremony at 9:30 am Oct. 27 at Alliance Country Club. Tickets for the ceremony are $10 and available by contacting the Office of Alumni Relations and University Activities to RSVP at 330-823-2030 or alumni@mountunion.edu.

Each of the inductees will also be recognized at halftime of the Mount Union football game with Heidelberg that kicks off at 1:30 pm in Mount Union Stadium.

DID YOU KNOW?

With one more win Larry Kehres will tie Paul "Bear" Bryant for fourth on college football's all-time wins list. Kehres is one of only 10 coaches in the history of the game to win over 300 games and is 322-24-3 in his 27th season as head coach of the Purple Raiders. He is one of only four to have won all his games at one school along with Tubby Raymond (300 at Delaware), Roy Kidd (314 at Eastern Kentucky) and Eddie Robinson (408 at Grambling).

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 three catches for 24 yards in a 24-17 loss to Atlanta. Cecil Shorts III was a fourth round pick in 2011 is in his second season with the Jacksonville Jaguars and had a team-best 43 yards on two catches in a 41-3 loss to Chicago. 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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