Football: #1 Mount Union Heads to Capital Saturday

Football: #1 Mount Union Heads to Capital Saturday

2013 Mount Union Football
#1 University of Mount Union Purple Raiders (5-0, 4-0 OAC)
vs Capital University Crusaders (1-4, 1-3 OAC)
Saturday, October 19 - 1:30 pm - Bernlohr Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)

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Top ranked Mount Union travels to Capital for an Ohio Athletic Conference game Saturday, Oct. 19 at 1:30 pm at Bernlohr Stadium in Columbus.

Mount Union (5-0, 4-0 OAC) posted its second shutout of the season with a 62-0 win over Wilmington last week. The Purple Raiders rushed for 425 yards and outgained the Quakers, 642-95. Quarterback Kevin Burke accounted for 320 of those yards and six total touchdowns. Burke was 12-of-18 passing for 209 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 111 yards with two touchdowns on the ground. The defense did allow Wilmington to cross midfield and had season-high five quarterback sacks with two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. Tom Lally had a season and career-best 3.0 sacks to lead the unit.

Capital (1-4, 1-3 OAC) suffered a 73-17 loss at No. 12 Heidelberg last week. The Crusaders gave up a 92-yard kickoff return to start the game and tied the game on its first possession but the Berg outscored Capital, 36-3 the rest of the half to lead 43-10. Capital's triple option offense ran for 293 yards on the ground with Alex Coleman leading the way with 116 yards on eight carries.

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 48th meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding a 35-12 lead in a series that dates back to a 17-0 Purple Raider win in 1958. Mount Union has won 27 straight meetings with Capital's last win coming in its OAC Championship season of 1987, 26-25 in Columbus.

Vince Kehres (Mount Union '98) is 5-0 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.

Craig Candeto (Navy '04) is 1-4 in his first season as head coach at Capital. Candeto played quarterback and graduated from the Naval Academy and then was a fighter pilot before becoming a football coach. He was an assistant at Navy and was the quarterbacks coach at The Citadel before getting the Capital job last December.

Craig Candeto is in his first year as Capital head coach and third different head coach since the 2008 season. Candeto is a former Navy quarterback and brings with him the triple option offense. The Crusaders are ranked seventh in the conference in total offense (319.4 yards per game) and total defense (413.4 yards per game).

Capital's option attack has the Cruasders as the third best rushing team in the conference at 243.6 yards per game. Freshman quarterback Chase Longwell leads the team in rushing (85 carries, 295 yds., 2 TD's) and has completed 52.6-percent of his passes (20-of-38) for 319 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions. Three other backs -- senior Alex Coleman, freshman Brent Walton and sophomore Bo Hardy each have at least 200 yards rushing on the season.

On defense, senior defensive back Dom Hebebrand leads the Crusaders with 35 tackles while junior linebackers TJ Langermeier and Wesley Meadows are each tied with 31 stops. Freshman defensive lineman Luke Scott has a team-high 2.0 sacks.


186-7: 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

20: Mount Union has college football's longest active win streak at 20 games.

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

132-0: Since 1996, the Raiders record when winning the turnover battle.

177-1: 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.

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

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

Mount Union leads the OAC and is third in the nation in total offense (568.8 yards per game) and is third in the nation in scoring (54.2 points per game). On defense, the Raiders lead the OAC and the nation in total defense (179.2 yards per game) and are tops in the conference and second in the nation in rushing defense (45.4 rushing yards allowed per game).

Junior quarterback Kevin Burke (Westlake/Lakewood St. Edward) accounted for 320 yards of total offense (209 passing, 111 rushing) and six touchdowns (four passing and two rushing) last week against Wilmington. The six touchdowns were the most in a game for a single player since quarterback Mike Jorris threw seven touchdown passes in a 70-0 win against John Carroll.

Mount Union rushed for 425 yards last week against Wilmington which was the most rushing yards in a single game since the Raiders ran for 432 yards against Wheaton (Ill.) in the 2008 NCAA Playoffs. Kevin Burke and freshman B.J. Mitchell (St. Clair Shores, Mich./South Lake) each had over 100 yards rushing with 111 and 105 yards respectively. For Burke, it was his second 100-yard rushing performance of his college career, for Mitchell it was his first and sophomore Mason Minnich (Greenwich/Crewstview) was only one yard from joining the group as he rushed for a career-best 99 yards.

It was the first time two Mount Union players had over 100 yards rushing since Terrance Morring (123 yards) and Scott Panchik (100 yards) against Washington & Jefferson in 2009. It was the first time a quarterback/running back had 100 yards rushing since Greg Micheli (116 yards) and Nate Kmic (169 yards) in an NCAA Playoff win over Capital in 2006.

Sophomore defensive lineman Tom Lally (Fairview Park/Lakewood St. Edward) had a career-best 3.0 sacks against Wilmington. The 3.0 sacks in a single game is the most by a Mount Union player since current assistant coach Charleus Dieuseul had 3.0 sacks against Baldwin Wallace in 2010. Lally leads the OAC with 5.0 sacks on the season and his teammate -- junior defensive lineman Ted Rosalva (Boynton Beach, Fla./American Heritage) is third in the conference with 3.5 sacks on the season.

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 69 yards in the Redskins 31-16 loss at Dallas. Cecil Shorts III, a fourth round pick in by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2011, was injured early in the Jags 35-19 loss at Denver last 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.

Mount Union come home to host Otterbein for homecoming next week at 1:30 pm at Mount Union Stadium. A complete list of all the festivities for the week is available at

Thanks to the community of Alliance who donated over 1 ton of food to the Alliance Food Pantry as part of Community Day activities last week at Mount Union. A special thanks also goes out to the over 40 businesses that joined as Community Day partners for their support.