Football: #1 Mount Union Hosts Otterbein For Homecoming
2013 Mount Union Football
#1 University of Mount Union Purple Raiders (6-0, 5-0 OAC)
vs Otterbein University Cardinals (3-3, 3-2 OAC)
Saturday, October 26 - 1:30 pm - Mount Union Stadium (Alliance, Ohio)
Joe Tait (play-by-play), Harry Paidas (color), Jim Ballard (analyst)
WIVM Ch. 39 (Tape Delay - Oct. 28 - 8 pm, Oct. 27 - 5 pm)
SportsTime Ohio (Tape Delay - Oct. 26 - 8 pm, Oct. 28 - 12 pm, Oct. 29 - 5 am, Oct 30 - 7pm)
Top ranked Mount Union hosts Otterbein in an Ohio Athletic Conference matchup for homecoming Saturday, Oct. 26 at 1:30 pm at Mount Union Stadium.
Mount Union (6-0, 5-0 OAC) forced six turnovers and held Capital to 144 total yards in a 58-3 win last week. Sophomore linebackers LeShawn Luke and Jonathan Gonnell each had a team-high 10 tackles while sophomore safety Alex Kocheff forced two fumbles and recovered two fumbles to lead Mount Union. Quarterback Kevin Burke had a career rushing day as the junior ran for 157 yards on 14 carries with three touchdowns and also tossed two touchdown passes as he threw for 176 yards.
Otterbein (3-3, 3-2 OAC) suffered a 35-17 home loss at No. 10 Heidelberg last week. The Cardinals gained 433 yards of offense but only scored on three of 13 possessions and took seven quarterback sacks with a turnover for the game. Ben Sizemore threw for 354 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.
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.
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. Joining the broadcast crew this week is College Football Hall of Famer and former Mount Union quarterback Jim Ballard. Ballard was the the quarterback of the Purple Raiders' first national championship team in 1993.
This is the 46th meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding a 41-4 lead in the
series dating back to a 12-7 Otterbein win on October 16, 1937 in Alliance. The Raiders
have won 35 straight meetings going back to a 24-17 Otterbein win in 1977 in Alliance. A
year ago, Mount Union shutout the Cardinals 51-0 in Westerville.
Vince Kehres (Mount Union '98) is 6-0 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.
Tim Doup (Otterbein '92) is 11-5 in his second 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 had a seven-year stint as an assistant football coach at Upper Arlington High School before returning to Otterbein as an assistant coach.
SCOUTING THE CARDINALS
Otterbein is 3-3 on the season with all three of its loss to nationally ranked teams. The Cardinals are fifth in the league in defense (347.5 yards/game) and seventh in offense (295.3 yards/game).
The defense is led by freshman linebacker Austin Jones, who is fourth in the OAC in tackles (9.7/game). He is also fourth in the OAC with 8.0 tackles for loss. Senior lineman Patrick Coleman has a team-best 2.0 sacks while senior cornerback Alex Cameron is one of four Cardinals with an interception.
On offense, the quarterback tandem of senior Ben Sizemore and junior Brick Davis have not thrown an interception in 177 pass attempts. Sizemore has completed 59-percent of his passes for 1,045 yards with eight touchdowns. Senior Steven Carpenter is the top receiver with 33 catches for 425 yards and four touchdowns while sophomore Drew Ervin has a team-best 70 rushes for 385 yards and two touchdowns.
BY THE NUMBERS
187-7: 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
21: Mount Union has college football's longest active win streak at 21 games.
113: consecutive regular season road wins for Mount Union dating back to a 21-18 loss at Baldwin Wallace on Sept. 28, 1991.
133-0: Since 1996, the Raiders record when winning the turnover battle.
178-1: 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.
79: 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
WHERE THEY STAND
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) rushed for a career-best 157 yards on 14 carries with three touchdowns as Capital last week. Burke also tossed two touchdown passes on 176 yards passing as he accounted for 333 of the Raiders' 551 yards of total offense. Burke leads the OAC in total offense (rushing + passing yards) and is third in the conference in rushing (84.5 yards per game).
NICHOLLS IN THE ZONE
Senior wide reciever Jack Nicholls (Galion/Galion) caught a career-long 52 yard touchdown pass from Kevin Burke last week at Capital. Nicholls leads the OAC with six receiving touchdowns on the season.
Sophomore linebackers LeShawn Luke (Steubenville/Steubenville) and Jonathan Gonnell (Pembroke Pines, Fla./University School, Fla.) each had career-best 10 tackles last week at Capital. Luke, who came off the bench for an injured Hank Spencer (Greencastle, Ind./North Putnam) also forced a fumble as the Raiders recovered six fumbles on the day.
PICKING THINGS UP
Sophomore safety Alex Kocheff (Chagrin Falls/Kenston) forced two fumbles and had two fumble recoveries last week at Capital. Kocheff leads the OAC with four fumble recoveries on the season. Kocheff is second on the team in tackles with 30 stops and leads the team with 8.0 tackles for loss.
PURPLE RAIDERS IN THE PRO'S
Wide receiver Pierre Garcon, a sixth round draft pick of the Indianapolis Colts in 2008, is in his second season with Washington and had five catches for 58 yards in the Redskins 45-41 win against Chicago. Cecil Shorts III, a fourth round pick in by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2011, had eight catches for 80 yards in a 24-6 loss to San Diego. 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.
UP NEXT ...
Mount Union makes its final regular season road trip next week to take on Heidelberg next Saturday at 1:30 pm in Tiffin.
TRICK OR TREAT WITH THE RAIDERS
Mount Union is hosting Trick or Treat with the Raiders Sunday, Oct. 27 from 2-4 pm at Peterson Fieldhouse. Kids of all ages are invited to get some candy and interact with student athletes from all 23 varsity teams as there will be games and activity stations manned with Mount Union student athletes. The event is FREE and open to the public.