Football: #2 Mount Union Hosts Bethany (W.Va.) Saturday in Season Opener

2015 team captains Taurice Scott, Tom Lally, Alex Kocheff, Hank Spencer with head coach Vince Kehres
2015 team captains Taurice Scott, Tom Lally, Alex Kocheff, Hank Spencer with head coach Vince Kehres

2015 University of Mount Union Football

#2 Mount Union Purple Raiders (0-0, 0-0 OAC) vs.
Bethany (W.Va.) Bison (0-0, 0-0 PAC)

September 5, 2015 - 1:30 p.m. - Mount Union Stadium (Alliance, Ohio)

TV: SportsTimeOhio / WIVM TV-39 (Tape Delay)

Joe Tait (play-by-play), Harry Paidas (color), Jim Ballard (analyst)

Replay Times:
STO - 11 pm Saturday, 6 am Sunday, 5:30 pm Monday
WIVM-TV - 11 pm Saturday, 1 pm Sunday 

Radio: WDPN 1310 AM (Alliance), WRMU 91.1 FM (Alliance)

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The matchup: Mount Union begins its 118th season of football against Bethany (W.Va.) College, Saturday, Sept. 5 at 1:30 p.m. at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance.  Mount Union went 14-1 last season, won its 26th overall and 23rd straight Ohio Athletic Conference title and advanced to the national title game for a 10th straight season.  Bethany went 6-5 in 2014, finished fourth in the Presidents Athletic Conference and played a post-season game with a 29-7 loss to Stevenson (Md.) in an ECAC Bowl game.

Let's go streaking: The Purple Raiders have won 27-straight season openers since 1987.  Mount Union also has a 93-game regular season win streak and an 85-game home field win streak dating back to a 21-14 loss to Ohio Northern in 2005.

The series: This is the 10th meeting between the teams.  A year ago, the teams met for the  first since 1965 with the Raiders winning 58-7. Fans last year may have thought they were back in time as a power outage in the first quarter meant the rest of the game was played with no electricity at the field. Including last year's game, Mount Union holds a 8-0-1 lead in the series. 

Poll position: Mount Union has been preseason nationally ranked No. 1 by The Sporting News and Lindy's and No. 2 by D3Football.com and HeroSports.com. 

Overthrowing the Presidents: Mount Union is 26-11-3 against current members of the Presidents Athletic Conference. The Raiders have scrimmaged PAC member Washington & Jefferson for over 30 years. W&J and Mount Union met each of the last two years in the NCAA Playoffs.  The Raiders won both those meetings including a 67-0 win last year.

Scott Takes Over Under Center: For the first time since 2012, Mount Union will have a new starting quarterback in senior Taurice Scott (Alliance/Alliance).  Scott was the backup quarterback two years ago and last year moved out to wide receiver and had a team-high 82 catches.  He is familiar with Mount Union Stadium as he played quarterback at nearby Alliance High School which plays its home games at Mount Union. 

Super 6: Mount Union has six players that have earned preseason All-American status in The Sporting News, Lindy's, D3Football.com and HeroSports.com.  Four of the players are on defense in safety Tre Jones (Twinsburg/Twinsburg), Alex Kocheff (Chargin Falls/Kenston), Tom Lally (Fairview Park/Lakewood St. Edward) and Hank Spencer (Greencastle, Ind./North Putnam).  Offensive lineman Michael Frank(Eastlake/Eastlake North) and Roman Namdar (Southlake, Texas/Carroll) are the other two.   

Up Next: Mount Union takes next week off before opening Ohio Athletic Conferece play Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. against Muskingum under the lights at Mount Union Stadium.