October 16, 2012

#1 Football Travels Saturday to Otterbein

2012 University of Mount Union Football
#1 Mount Union Purple Raiders (6-0, 5-0 OAC) vs
Otterbein University Cardinals (5-1, 4-1 OAC)
Sat., Oct. 20 - 1:30 pm - Memorial Stadium (Westerville, Ohio)

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OTTERBEIN: Roster | Schedule | Statistics | Coaching Staff 

THE GAME

No. 1 ranked Mount Union plays at Otterbein in an Ohio Athletic Conference contest Saturday at 1:30 pm at Memorial Stadium in Westerville.

Mount Union (6-0, 5-0 OAC) posted its fifth-straight shutout with a 62-0 win over Capital.

Isaiah Scott (Hamilton/Fairfield) had interception returns of 84 and 40 yards for touchdowns to lead the nation's No. 1 ranked defense that held the Crusaders to 107 total yards.

Quarterback Kevin Burke (Westlake/Lakewood St. Edward) had 71 yards rushing with a 40-yard touchdown run and threw for two scores -- both to senior wide receiver Jasper Collins(Geneva, N.Y./Geneva). Collins finished with a season-high 148 yards recieving while senior running back T.J. Lattimore (Maple Heights/Maple Heights) had 62-yard rushing touchdown and a game-high 84 yards rushing.

Otterbein (5-1, 4-1 OAC) suffered its first loss of the season in a 21-0 shutout at No. 25 Heidelberg. The Cardinal offense never got on track as quarterback Aaron Kingcade had 71 yards passing and two interceptions on 7-of-16 attempts in the first half. He was relieved in the second half by junior Ben Sizemore, who completed 9-of-19 attempts for 135 yards. On the ground Otterbein managed just 35 yards on 32 carries.

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 45th meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding a 40-4 lead in the series dating back to a 12-7 Otterbein win on October 16, 1937 in Alliance. The Raiders have won 34 straight meetings going back to a 24-17 Otterbein win in 1977 in Alliance.  A year ago, Mount Union shutout the Cardinals 42-0 in Alliance.

THE COACHES

Larry Kehres (Mount Union '71) is 323-24-3 (.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.

Tim Doup (Otterbein '92) is 5-1 (.833) in his first season as Otterbein head coach.  He spent the previous nine seasons as the Cardinals offensive coordinator.  Doup was a four-year letterwinner as an offensive lineman at Otterbein and a seven-year stint as an assistant football coach at Upper Arlington High School.

UP NEXT ...

Mount Union hosts nationally ranked Heidelberg in the final home regular season game of the season next Saturday at 1:30 pm at Mount Union Stadium.

SCOUTING THE CARDINALS

Joe Loth left after an 11-year run as Cardinals coach in the spring and Otterbein promoted long-time offensive coordinator Tim Doup to head coach.  Most of the staff stayed that ensured an easy transition and helped get the Cardinals off to a good start.  Otterbein enters the week ranked third in the conference in defense (270.5 yds allowed per game) and sixth in offense (303.2 yards per game).

Senior quarterback Aaron Kingcade has scored 12 of the Cardinals 10 TD's -- running for seven and throwing for five. He is 63-of-105 passing for 841 yards with five interceptions.  His 163.0 yards of total offense per game is over 50-percent of the team total.  His top targets are junior Steven Carpenter (20-335, 2 TD's) and senior Trey Fairchild (19-274, 3TD's).  Fairchild, an All-American is the reigining OAC receiver of the year.  Senior Brock Burzanko (82 carries, 213yds) starts in the backfield.

Otterbein is second in the OAC with 10 interceptions with graduate student Anthony Korpieski leading the conference with four.  Junior lineman Zach Grieves has a team-best 31 tackles while junior Patrick Seesholtz has 5.0 sacks.

BY THE NUMBERS

172-7

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

69

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

63

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.

122-0

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

167-1

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.

336-7

The point differential between Mount Union and its opponents for the  first six games this season.  The 336 scored is the most through six  games since 2007 when the Raiders had 360 at this point on their way to  an NCAA record 778 points scored.

1922

The seven points allowed by Mount Union through the first six games are  the fewest allowed to start a season since 1922.  In 1922, the Raiders  allowed only seven points in a 5-0-1 start to the season. Mount Union  beat Kent State 22-0 in the opener, tied Ashland 0-0 then beat  Heidelberg 13-0, Kenyon 6-0 then a 13-7 win over Akron. 

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.

  • 487 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)
  • 323 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)

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GREAT SCOTT

Senior defensive back Isaiah Scott (Hamilton/Fairfield) returned a pair of interceptions 84 and 40 yards for touchdowns last week against Capital.  It is believed to be the first time in Mount Union history a player has returned two interceptions for scores in one game.  The 124 interception return yards was also just 40 off the NCAA Division III record of 164 interception return yards that Rick Conner of McDaniel (Md.) had against Dickinson (Pa.) on Oct. 15, 1983.
Isaiah was not the only Scott to get into the box score on Saturday as his younger brother Joshua, a sophomore safety, recovered af fumble.

COLLINS GOES LONG

Senior wide receiver Jasper Collins (Geneva, N.Y./Geneva) caught touchdown passes from 63 and 57 yards last week against Capital.  The catches were longest two pass plays of the season and the 63-yarder was the longest of Collins' career.  Collins has 20 catches this season for 440 yards with seven tochdowns with seven of those catches and five touchdowns in plays over 20 yards.     

LINE ITEMS

The Mount Union offensive line is rated No. 1 in the nation in sacks allowed as they have surrendered just two through the first six games.  Seniors Antonio Tate (Cleveland/Villa Angela St. Joseph), Matt Mattox (St. Joseph, Mich./St. Joseph), Mac Knisley (Perrysburg/Perrysburg), Jared Modrak (Clinton Township, Mich./Chippewa Valley) have started every game.  Senior Chris Favazzo (Blacklick/Columbus St. Charles) started the first four games and has missed the last two with an injury with sophomore Alex Goff (Mansfield/Madison) starting in his place. 

PASSING FANCY

Sophomore quarterback Kevin Burke (Westlake/Lakewood St. Edward) threw two more touchdown passes and is the No. 2 rated quarterback in the nation with a passer rating of 200.86.  Part of that rating comes from completing 68.3-perecent of his passes with just one interception which was in the opener.  Burke has attempted 78 straight passes without an interception.  He and four other quarterbacks that have seen action have combined to complete nearly 75-percent of their passes and are No. 2 as a team in passer rating with a 204.13.

RETURN TO SENDER

Aside from Isaiah Scott's interception returns, Mount Union is second in the nation on the season in kickoff returns averaging 31 yards per return.  The Raiders are rated No. 19 as a team in punt returns 14.71 yards per return. Senior Chris Denton (Plantation, Fla./South Plantation), who has three punt return touchdowns this season, is eighth in the nation in punt returns averaging 16.10 yards per return.

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 missed this past week's game with a foot injury.  Cecil Shorts III was a fourth round pick in 2011 is in his second season with the Jacksonville Jaguars was on a bye and back on campus for homecoming.  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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