#1 Football Looking For Perfect Ending To Regular Season at John Carroll

The Mount Union defense is rated No. 1 in the nation heading into the final week of the regular season (Photo by JT Higgins)

2012 University of Mount Union Football
#1 Mount Union Purple Raiders (9-0, 8-0 OAC) vs
John Carroll University Blue Streaks (6-3, 5-3 OAC)
Sat., Nov. 10 - 6 pm - Don Shula Stadium (University Heights, Ohio)

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THE GAME

No. 1 ranked Mount Union wraps up the regular season with an Ohio Athletic Conference game at John Carroll Saturday at 6pm at Don Shula Stadium in University Heights.

A win would give the Purple Raiders their 22nd undefeated regular season.

Mount Union locked up at least a share of its 21st consecutive and 24th OAC title along with a bid to the NCAA Playoffs with a 38-7 win at No. 15 ranked Baldwin Wallace. T.J. Lattimore (Maple Heights/Maple Heights) ran for a career-high 131 yards and the Mount Union defense held No. 15 ranked Baldwin Wallace to 159 total yards. Quarterback Kevin Burke (Westlake/Lakewood St. Edward) completed 17-of-22 passes for 202 yards with touchdowns to Jasper Collins (Geneva, N.Y./Geneva) and Julius Moore (Lakeland, Fla./Kathleen Senior). Collins had a game-high 81 yards on seven catches while Moore had four catches for 80 yards. After surrendering 87 yards in the first quarter, the defense allowed just 72 yards the rest of the game. Freshman linebacker Hank Spencer (Greencastle, Ind./North Putnam) had a career-best 11 tackles while fellow linebacker Charles Dieuseul (Winter Haven, Fla./Lake Region) had an interception and Nick Driskill (Wabash, Ind./Southwood) a fumble recovery.

John Carroll saw its five-game win streak end with a 31-10 loss at #14 ranked Heidelberg. The Blue Streak had a 3-0 lead but the Berg scored 28-straight points and never looked back. Quarterback Mark Myers threw for 228 yards and a score while Paul Okeyo had a game-high 17 tackles and an interception.

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 30th meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding a 25-2-2 lead in the series dating back to a 6-6 tie on October 30, 1931. The Raiders have won 21-straight meetings going back to a 20-20 tie in 1991 in Alliance. The last John Carroll win was a 31-7 win in 1989 in University Heights.

THE COACHES

Larry Kehres (Mount Union '71) is 326-24-3 (.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 21 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.

Regis Scafe (Case Western Reserve'71) is 88-55 (.616) in his 13th season at John Carroll. He led the Blue Streaks to a school-record 12 wins and an East Region Championship inthe NCAA Playoffs in 2002. His combined coaching record 99-83 after five seasons at his alma mater, Case Western Reserve University.

SCOUTING THE STREAKS

John Carroll has already clinched its first winning season since 2007 and after a 1-2 start, the Blue Streaks won five-straight before a 31-10 loss last week at Heidelberg. John Carroll has the OAC's No. 3 rated offense (438.8 yds/game) and No. 4 defense (301.4 yds/game).

The conference's top passing attack (340.8 yds/game) is on the arm of sophomore quarterback Mark Myers. A transfer from Pitt in his first year at John Carroll, Myers leads the OAC with 331.5 passing yards per game and 23 touchdowns. He has thrown touchdowns to seven different receivers including eight to senior Lane Robilotto, who tops the OAC with 51 catches for 1,033 yards. Senior DaQuan Grobsmith is the leading rusher with 95 carries for 379 yards with four touchdowns.

On defense, a trio of sophomores in linebacker Kevin Cope and linemen Frank Pines and Nick Lasko. Cope leads the team and is fourth in the OAC with 73 tackles (14 for loss), Pines is fifth in the conference with six sacks and Lasko has three forced fumbles.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • 176-7 - 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
  • 72 - game regular season win streak for Mount Union dating back to a 21-14 loss to Ohio Northern in Alliance on Oct. 22, 2005.
  • 64 - game home winning streak for Mount Union dating back to a 21-14 loss to Ohio Northern in Alliance on Oct. 22, 2005.
  • 109 - consecutive regular season road victories for Mount Union dating back to a 21-18 loss at Baldwin-Wallace on Sept. 28, 1991.
  • 125-0 - Since 1996, the Raiders record when winning the turnover battle.
  • 170-1 - 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.
  • 458 - points scored by Mount Union this season which is most through eight games since 2007 when the Raiders had 485 at this point on their way to an NCAA record 778 points scored.
  • 22 - undefeated regular seasons with a win at John Carroll (1985, 1986,  1990, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002,  2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011).

UP NEXT ... 

Mount Union will find out its first round opponent in the NCAA Playoffs when the selections are announced on an Internet video broadcast on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 6pm.

HOLY WAR UNDER CENTER

Both starting quarterbacks this week were Catholic high school rivals in Cleveland as Mount Union starter Kevin Burke played at Lakewood St. Edward while John Carroll starter Mark Myers played at Cleveland St. Ignatius. It is the first year both have been starters and each have lived up to the billing. Burke is the nation's top rated passer with a 194.07 rating at the controls of the nation's No. 2 scoring and No. 8 total offense. Myers leads the OAC in passing yards and touchdowns and the Blue Streaks passing offense is ranked No. 6 in the nation.

MORE OF LATTIMORE ...

Senior running back T.J. Lattimore (Maple Heights/Maple Heights) had a career-high 131 yards on 16 carries -- an 8.2 yard average per carry against Baldwin Wallace. It was his third 100-yard performance of the season. He led a running attack that got over 300 for the second time this season as the Raiders had 311 on the ground at BW.

AND MORE OF MOORE

Senior wide reciever Julius Moore (Lakeland, Fla./Kathleen Senior) matched his career-high with 80 yards receiving on four catches with a touchdown at Baldwin Wallace. The touchdown catch was a 52-yard bomb from Kevin Burke which marked the longest catch of Moore's career.

TENACIOUS D

For the second straight week, the Mount Union defense spotted the opposition an early 7-0 lead before shutting things down. When Baldwin Wallace scored its touchdown early in the second quarter they had 149 yards of offense ... they had 10 total yards the rest of the game. The defense enters this week ranked No. 1 in the nation in total defense (142.89 yds/gm), scoring defense (3.11 pts/game), pass defense (105.56 yds/gm), rushing defense (37.33 yds/gm) and pass efficiency defense (69.81). Freshman Hank Spencer (Greencastle, Ind./North Putnam) came off the bench had a team-best and career-high 11 tackles. All-American seniors in safety Nick Driskill (Wabash, Ind./Southwood) recovered a fumble and linebacker Charles Dieuseul (Winter Haven, Fla./Lake Region) had an interception.

COLLINS KEEPS CATCHING

Senior Jasper Collins (Geneva, N.Y./Geneva) had seven catches against Baldwin Wallace last week which gives him 169 for his career. That places him in elite company as the fifth highest total in school history behind the 174 of Ed Bubonics (1989-93), 197 of Adam Marino (1997-2000), 202 of Pierre Garcon (2005-07) and 259 of Cecil Shorts III (2007-10).

DID YOU KNOW?

This is the latest regular seaon night game on the Mount Union schedule since a 47-0 home loss to the University of Akron on November 18, 1961.

The last November night game on the road with a 17-6 loss to Otterbein on November 6, 1976.

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, a fourth round pick in by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2011, had three catches for 56 yards in a 31-14 loss to Detroit. 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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