Football: No. 2 Mount Union Hosts Ohio Northern For Homecoming Saturday

Logan Nemeth (Photo by Dan Poel, OhioSI.com)
Logan Nemeth (Photo by Dan Poel, OhioSI.com)

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- No. 2 ranked Mount Union hosts Ohio Athletic Conference foe Ohio Northern Saturday at 1:30 p.m. for homecoming at Mount Union Stadium.  

What: #2 Mount Union (4-0, 3-0 OAC) vs. (rv) Ohio Northern (3-1, 2-1 OAC)

When: Saturday, Oct. 10, 1:30 p.m.

Where: Mount Union Stadium -- Alliance, Ohio

Radio: 1310 AM WDPN (Alliance) - Sam Bourquin (p-b-p) T.J. Downing (color) / 91.1 FM WRMU (Alliance) - Mount Union student radio

TV (Tape Delay): Joe Tait (p-b-p), Jim Ballard (analyst), Harry Paidas (color) - SportsTime Ohio: Saturday 11 p.m./Sunday 6 a.m./Monday 12 p.m.; WIVM-TV: Saturday 10 p.m./Sunday 1 p.m.

Online Coverage: Live Stats | LIVE WDPN Audio | LIVE WRMU Audio | Live Video (pay-per-view)

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The matchup: Mount Union hosts Ohio Athletic Conference foe Ohio Northern Saturday at 1:30 p.m. for homecoming at Mount Union Stadium.  

Third was a charm for Raiders: Mount Union led 21-7 at halftime last week against Capital then put its foot down in the third quarter as the offense scored 34 points while the defense held the Crusaders to one first down and 27 total yards on its way to a 62-7 victory.  For the game, senior quarterback Taurice Scott (Alliance/Alliance) threw for two scores (10-of-18 passing for 175 yads) and ran for two scores (five carries 88 yards), junior running back Bradley Mitchell (Detroit, Mich./South Lake) ran for a season-high 131 yards on 11 carries and senior running back Logan Nemeth (McBain, Mich./McBain) had three rushing touchdowns to pace the Raider offense.

Capital entered the game with the nation's No. 5 ranked rushing offense as its triple-option attack averaged 371 yards per game but the Mount Union defense held the Crusaders to 172 yards on the ground and 199 total yards.

Seniors Tom Lally (Fairview Park/Lakewood St. Edward) had nine tackles, a sack and forced a fumble while Will Hiteshue (Medina/Medina) and Jonathan Gonell (Pembroke Pines, Fla./University School) also had nine tackles each.
 
Thirty Something: The 34-point third quarter was most points in a quarter since a 38-point second quarter in a 67-0 win against Washington and Jefferson in the playoffs last year.

Polar Bears roar back for win: Ohio Northern rallied from a 17-point deficit in the second half and overcame four turnovers to upset nationally ranked No. 11 John Carroll, 30-27 in Cleveland. The game-winner came when freshman quarterback Will Freed hit Justin McCray on a 35-yard TD pass on a 4th-and-20 play with 4:22 left in the game.  Freed completed 17-of-36 passes for 321 yards and 2 TDs and senior Justin Magazine ran 25 times for 84 yards and 2 TDs and caught four passes for 78 yards and a score to lead ONU offensively.

Senior Will Bodden and junior Dan Eller each had a career-high 11 tackles to lead the Polar Bear defense.Senior Devon Price caught seven passes for 85 yards and had 206 yards of total offense for ONU.
 
The series: This is the 58th meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding a 43-13-1 lead in the series that dates back to a 52-0 Mount Union win on Thanksgiving Day 1907. The Raiders have won nine-straight meetings after Ohio Northern's 21-14 win in 2005 in Alliance.

Up Next ... Mount Union plays at Heidelberg next Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in Tiffin.

Polar Bears are Kardiac Kids: Ohio Northern has faced a double digit deficit in every game and rallied to win three of them.  In their lone loss, a 28-27 setback to Baldwin-Wallace, the Polar Bears missed three field goals and an extra point.

Freshman quarterback Will Freed leads an ONU offense that is second in the OAC at 451 yards per game.  Freed tops the conference throwing for nearly 300 yards per game as he has completed 58-percent of his passes for eight TD's with six interceptions.  Four of his TD's have gone to junior receiver Reed Allen while senior Devon Price leads the team with 31 catches for 348 yards.  Senior running back Justin Magazine is second in the OAC at 127 yards per game and six touchdowns on the ground.

The Polar Bear defense is fourth in the OAC allowing 385.3 yards per game.  Sophomore linebacker Zach Schmerge leads the conference in tackles at 11.8 per game, senior Will Bodden is one of three in the secondary with an interception while junior Mark Aguilar has 2.0 sacks.

Let's go streaking: Mount Union has the following win streaks heading into this week --  88 straight home wins, 97 straight regular season wins both dating back to Ohio Northern's 21-14 on Oct. 22, 2005.  A 106-game road win streak daing back to a 34-33 loss at Albion (Mich.) in the 1994 NCAA Playoffs.

Captains: Alex Kocheff, Tom Lally, Taurice Scott and Hank Spencer will be Mount Union's 2015 captains.

Logan's three-peat: Senior running back Logan Nemeth (McBain, Mich./McBain) had a career-best three rushing touchdowns for a second straight game last week. Nemeth leads the OAC with nine rushing touchdowns.

Great Scott: Senior Taurice Scott (Alliance/Alliance) took off on a 74-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second half.  It was the longest rush of his career besting a 65-yard run at Ohio Northern in 2013.  Scott leads the OAC with nine touchdown passes and he is the first Raider since Pierre Garcon to catch, run and throw for a TD in his career.

Lally laying out quarterbacks: Senior defensive tackle Tom Lally (Fairview Park/Lakewood St. Edward) tops the OAC this season with 3.5 sacks.  His 25.5 career sacks is the fifth highest total in school history.  He is 0.5 sacks from fourth place which is 26.0 sacks by Matt Campbell (1999-2002).  That is the Matt Campbell that is the head football coach at University of Toledo.  The Mount Union career record for sacks is 31.5 by James Herbert (2006-09).

Exciting eight: Roman Namdar (Southlake, Texas/Carroll) leads the the OAC with eight receiving TDs.  His 26 career TD grabs in the ninth most in Mount Union history.