Football: #1 Mount Union Plays Saturday at Ohio Northern; Raiders First Opponent on New Turf in Ada

Germany Woods (Photo by JT Higgins)
Germany Woods (Photo by JT Higgins)

2013 Mount Union Football
#1 University of Mount Union Purple Raiders (3-0, 3-0 OAC)
vs Ohio Northern University Polar Bears (2-1, 1-1 OAC)
Saturday, October 5 - 1:30 pm - Dial-Roberson Stadium (Ada, Ohio)

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Top ranked Mount Union travels to Ada for an Ohio Athletic Conference matchup with Ohio Northern Saturday, Oct. 5 at 1:30 pm. It is the first game for a new artificial surface at Dial-Roberson Stadium on campus.

Mount Union (3-0, 2-0 OAC) quarterback Kevin Burke matched his career-high with five touchdown passes in the Purple Raiders' 84-14 win against Marietta last week. Burke threw for 336 yards as Brian Gainer and Jack Nicholls each caught two touchdown passes and had over 100 yards receiving while Germany Woods rushed for 76 yards and a touchdown. Marietta took the opening kickoff, drove 75 yards and scored to take a 7-0 lead but Mount Union scored on all seven of its first half possessions to lead 49-7 at the half. Tom Lally had 1.5 sacks to lead the defense.

Devon Price blocked a punt for a touchdown and caught an 80-yard TD pass to lead Ohio Northern (2-1, 1-1 OAC) to a 38-24 victory last week at Capital. Capital had a 7-0 lead and after the Polar Bears tied the game, Price's punt block that was recovered for a touchdown gave ONU the lead for good. Patrick Angle threw three touchdown passes and William Bodden had 130 yards rushing for the offense while Dillon Kwiat had 15 tackles to lead the defense.

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.

Four regular season home games will be shown on television via tape delay on regional sports cable channel FSN 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 his now 27 years of doing Mount Union football on radio and television.

This is the 56th meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding a 41-13-1 lead in the series that dates back to a 52-0 Mount Union win on Thanksgiving Day 1907. The Raiders have won seven-straight meetings after Ohio Northern's 21-14 win in 2005 in Alliance. Prior to that game, Mount Union had won 21-straight meetings dating back to a 14-9 Polar Bear win on Sept. 8, 1984.

Vince Kehres (Mount Union '98) is 3-0 in his in first season as head coach at Mount Union. Kehres played for the Purple Raiders and has spent the last 13 years on the coaching staff including the last eight as defensive coordinator before taking over for his father Larry Kehres this past May. As either a player or coach Kehres has been a part of 10 of the Purple Raiders' 11 national championships. His defenses have ranked among the nation's best for years including last year when Mount Union was ranked No. 1 in total defense, scoring defense and rushing defense in all of NCAA Division III.

Dean Paul (Mount Union '90) is 64-31 (.674) in his 10th season at Ohio Northern. He led ONU to a 10-2 record and NCAA 2nd Round Playoff appearance three 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 104-43.


Ohio Northern returns 40 letterwinners and 13 starters from a 2012 team that went 4-6 but had four games decided in the final minute and went 1-3 in those games. This season, the Polar Bears knocked off first-year D-3 team Alfred State (N.Y.), then lost to nationally ranked Heidelberg and bounced back with a win at Capital last week.

Much of Ohio Northern's experience is back on defense which returned nine starters. The Polar Bears have the OAC's No. 2 pass defense (149 yds/game) and top the conference in interceptions with six. Senior defensive backs Zach Rinzo and Ryan Reid each have two interceptions. The top tacklers linebackers in senior Dillon Kwiat (27 tackles) and freshman Cody Cox (24 tackles) while senior lineman Josh Simon has 2.0 sacks.

Junior quarterback Patrick Angle runs the offense as he has completed 62-percent of his passes for 442 yards with four touchdowns and an interception. His top targets have been senior Kyle Baker (14 rec/116 yds/1 TD) and sophomore Devon Price (13 rec/127 yds/1 TD) while sophomore William Bodden has 265 yards rushing on 44 carries with three touchdowns.

Freshman kicker Matt Deter missed the first two games but came out against Capital last week and hit a school record 52-yard field goal. 


184-7: 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 2000-03 and 54 from 1996-99

18: Mount Union has college football's longest active win streak at 18 games.

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

130-0: Since 1996, the Raiders record when winning the turnover battle.

175-1: The Raiders record since 1990 when winning to the turnover battle. That lone loss was a 20-17 loss to Wisconsin-LaCrosse in a 1995 national semifinal game in Alliance, where the Raiders had a +1 turnover margin.

11: The Raiders 11 National Championships (1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012) are a record for college football teams in a playoff format.

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

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

1: With Ohio Northern adding artificial turf there is only one natural grass field left in the Ohio Athletic Conference -- Otterbein.

Mount Union set or matched four school records, three conference records and one NCAA Division III record in last week's 84-14 win against Marietta.

The 84 points scored bested the Mount Union record of 75 versus Averett (Va.) in 2007 and matched the OAC record for points in a conference game as Ohio Northern scored 84 points against then conference member Hiram in 1993. The 12 touchdowns and 12 extra points set new Mount Union marks and matched the OAC records set by Ohio Northern in that 1993 Hiram game while the 40 first downs matched an NCAA Division III record that Mount Union had done against Marietta in 2005 and last year against Widener in the NCAA Playoffs.

Junior quarterback Kevin Burke (Westlake/Lakewood St. Edward) matched his career-high with five touchdown passes against Marietta. He also had five touchdown passes in a 55-17 win at John Carroll last year. Burke is 18-0 as a starting quarterback and in 13 of those 18 games has thrown multiple touchdown passes. He also passed for 336 yards last week which was his fourth 300-plus yard performance over his career.

Sophomore defensive lineman Tom Lally (Fairview Park/Lakewood St. Edward) had a career-best 1.5 sacks last week against Marietta. Lally is second on the team in tackles with 14 and the Raiders have seven sacks on the season as fellow defensive lineman Ted Rosalva (Boynton Beach, Fla./American Heritage) is second in the OAC with 3.0 sacks.

Sophomore wide receiver Brian Gainer (Tampa, Fla./Steinbrenner) had a career receiving day for the second straight game as he had seven catches for 112 yards and two touchdowns last week. He was one of two Raiders to have over 100 yards receiving against Marietta as senior Jack Nicholls (Galion/Galion) had his second 100 yard performance of the season with eight catches for 105 yards with two touchdowns.

Wide receiver Pierre Garcon, a sixth round draft pick of the Indianapolis Colts in 2008, is in his second season with Washington and had six catches for 59 yards with a touchdown in a 24-14 win at Oakland last week. Cecil Shorts III, a fourth round pick in by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2011, had seven catches for 61 yards in a 37-3 loss to Indianapolis this past week. Kyle Miller made his NFL debut as a TE for the Indianapolis Colts, last year and was waived then signed by the Miami Dolphins and is currently on the Dolphins practice squad. Two Raiders in the NFL coaching ranks are Dom Capers, defensive coordinator of Green Bay Packers and Nick Sirianni is the offense quality control coach witht the San Diego Chargers.

Preseason All-American senior Matt Fechko (Twinsburg/Twinsburg) is not going to lack work as he is expected to see time both at defensive tackle and left tackle on the offensive line. Fechko has eight tackles and a tackle for loss so far on defense. It is the second straight season that the Raiders have had a two-way player as Blair Skilliter played defensive back and running back a year ago.

Sophomore Taurice Scott (Alliance/Alliance) came off the bench and rushed for a game-high 99 yards with two touchdowns on just five carries. It was the first college touchdowns for the hometown product who played his high school home games on the same turf at Mount Union Stadium.

Mount Union returns home next Saturday to host Wilmington in a night game at 7 pm in Mount Union Stadium.