#1 Football Hosts #14/17 Heidelberg in Key OAC Game Saturday

Kevin Burke (Photo by JT Higgins)
Kevin Burke (Photo by JT Higgins)

2012 University of Mount Union Football
#1 Mount Union Purple Raiders (7-0, 6-0 OAC) vs
#14/17 Heidelberg University Student Prince (7-0, 6-0 OAC)
Sat., Oct. 27 - 1:30 pm - Mount Union Stadium (Alliance, Ohio)


Joe Tait (play-by-play), Harry Paidas (color)
WIVM Ch. 39 (Tape Delay - Sat. Oct. 27 - 8 pm, Sun. Oct. 28 at 4 pm) 
SportsTime Ohio (Tape Delay - Sat. Oct. 27 at 11 pm; Mon. Oct. 29 at Noon)



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A pair of undefeated and nationally ranked teams meet in a key Ohio Athletic Conference matchup when Mount Union hosts Heidelberg Saturday at 1:30 pm at Mount Union Stadium.
Mount Union posted its sixth consecutive shutout as it blanked Otterbein 51-0.  The nation's top ranked defense again put on another impressive performance as they held Otterbein to 96 total yards (17 rushing) and forced four turnovers; Blair Skilliter (Curtice/Genoa) led the unit with six tackles.
T.J. Lattimore (Maple Heights/Maple Heights) had a career-high three rushing touchdowns. Sophomore quarterback Kevin Burke (Westlake/Lakewood St. Edward) completed 19-of-28 passes for 259 yards, threw for two scores and was also the Raiders' leading rusher with 83 yards on 11 carries. Senior wide receiver Jasper Collins (Geneva, N.Y./Geneva) posted his second straight 100-yard receiving performance with six catches for 100 yards and a touchdown.  
Heidelberg moved to 7-0 for the first time since 1972 with a 28-14 win over Muskingum. Sophomore running back Cartel Brooks rushed for 133 yards and two touchdowns, including a 78-yard scamper. Sophomore quarterback Michael Mees was 11-for-22 passing for 133 yards, two touchdowns.  Dawson Gore led the defense with 10 tackles, 1.5 for loss. Heidelberg recorded three sacks.     


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.


This is the 56th meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding a 42-13 lead in aseries that dates back to a 34-0 Purple Raider win in 1910. Mount Union has won the last 23 meetings with Heidelberg's last win coming in 1988, 24-14 in Tiffin.  Heidelberg's last win in Alliance was a 24-7 win in 1972 ... the same year the Student Prince won the Stagg Bowl.


Larry Kehres (Mount Union '71) is 324-24-3 (.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.

Mike Hallett (Mount Union '94) is 32-25 (.561) in his sixth season as head coach at Heidelberg. In his first season in Tiffin, Hallett snapped the school's 36-game losing streak and won OAC and D3football.com North Region Coach of the Year honors. Prior to coming to Heidelberg, Hallett spent eight seasons at Thomas More (Ky.) and was head coach for the final three of those seasons with a 15-15 record to make his career record 47-40.


Mount Union plays its final two regular season games on the road starting next week at nationally ranked Baldwin Wallace.  Kickoff in Berea is slated for 1:30 pm.


Heidelberg has won 11-straight games dating back to a 56-7 home loss last year to Mount Union.  The Student Prince features a high-powerd offense that averages over 500 yards game and an agressive defense that has held opponents to few points and forced many turnovers ... sound familiar.

A pair of sophomores lead the offense in quarterback Michael Mees and running back Cartel Brooks.  Mees is third in the OAC in yards per game (216.4) and touchdowns (16) while Brooks is the conference's leading rusher with 1,095 yards and 14 touchdowns.  Senior wide receiver C.J. Powell is the top receiver (29 rec. 455yds 4 TD).

On defense, Heidelberg leads the nation with 30 sacks as sophomore lineman Ben Poirier has 8.5 of those.  The Berg also has 18 interceptions with senior Justin Suddeth and junior Mitchell Kelly each with a team-best three.  Junior Dawson Gore leads the unit with 51 tackles. 



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


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


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


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


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


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.


The point differential between Mount Union and its opponents for the  first six games this season.  The 387 scored is the most through seven games since 2007 when the Raiders had 395 at this point on their way to  an NCAA record 778 points scored.


The seven points allowed by Mount Union through the first six games are  the fewest allowed to start a season since 1912.  In 1912, the Raiders  allowed only six points in a 7-0 start to the season. Mount Union  beat Canton HS 42-0, West Virginia 34-0, Western Reserve 9-0,  Allegheny (Pa.) 12-0, Case 19-6, Buchtel College (now Akron) 13-0 and  Geneva (Pa.) 21-0.


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

* Active


Mount Union head coach Larry Kehres won his 324th game last week which moved him past Paul "Bear" Bryant for fourth on college football's all-time wins list.  Kehres is 324-24-3 in 27 years at Mount Union and he along with wins leader John Gagliardi of St. John's (Minn.) (487 wins) are the only active coaches with over 300 wins.


Mount Union matched its own NCAA record by posting its sixth consecutive shutout with a 51-0 win over Otterbein.  It matches the 2007 Raider squad that shutout their final six regular season opponents.  That 2007 squad also has the NCAA record for shutouts in a season with seven.  The defense enters this week ranked No. 1 in the nation in total defense (118.86 yds/gm), scoring defense (1.0 pt/game), pass defense (88.14 yds/gm), rushing defense (30.71 yds/gm) and pass efficiency defense (60.26).  All-American seniors in safety Nick Driskill (Wabash, Ind./Southwood) and linebacker Charles Dieuseul (Winter Haven, Fla./Lake Region) lead the unit with 37 and 28 tackles respectively.


Mount Union leads the nation in scoring after seven games with a 55.29 per game average.  The Raiders have scored at least 50 points in each of their last six games which marks the first time since 2009 that a Mount Union team has done that.  Sophomore quarterback Kevin Burke (Westlake/Lakewood St. Edward) leads the offense and is the No. 2 rated quarterback in the nation with a passer rating of 192.62.  At Otterbein, he had career-highs in passing completions (19), passing yards (259) and rushing yards (83).  He did toss just his second interception of the year and there was 105 attempts between picks.


Senior wide receiver Jasper Collins (Geneva, N.Y./Geneva) had his ninth 100-yard receiving performance of his career with an even 100 yards on six catches.  It also gives him over 2,305 receiving yards for his career which is 32 receiving yards behind Rob Atwood (2,337 from 1991-93) for seventh place spot on the school's all-time list. 


Senior Chris Denton (Plantation, Fla./South Plantation) had his fourth punt return for a touchdown this season with a 54-yard scamper at Otterbein last week.  Denton is 10th in the nation in punt returns with a 14.3 average per return.  For the season, he has 373 punt return yards which is 23 from Mount Union single season record of 395 that Justin Wray had in 2007.  Just in case you were wondering the NCAA record for punt returns in a season is five that Chris McKinney of Guilford (N.C.) had in 2001.  Mount Union also leads the nation in kickoff returns averaging 31.0 yards per return on the season.


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).


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 at halftime this week.  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.


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 and had four catches for 79 yards and a touchdown in a 26-23 overtime loss to the Raiders.  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.


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.