Football: #1 Mount Union Looks For Treats and No Tricks Hosting Otterbein Saturday

Tom Lally (Photo by Dan Poel, OhioSI.com)
Tom Lally (Photo by Dan Poel, OhioSI.com)

What: #1 Mount Union (7-0, 6-0 OAC) vs. Otterbein (4-3, 4-2 OAC) 

When: Saturday, Oct. 31, 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): SportsTimeOhio - Sun. Nov. 1, 6 a.m. / Mon., Nov. 2, 12 p.m.;
WIVM-TV - Sat. Oct. 31, 10 p.m. / Sun. Nov. 1, 1 p.m. - Joe Tait (p-b-p) Harry Paidas (color)

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

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The Matchup: Mount Union hosts Otterbein in an Ohio Athletic Conference game Saturday, Oct. 31 at 1:30 p.m. at Mount Union Stadium.

Youth Football Day: Youth football players wearing their jersey and their families will receive complementary tickets to the Mount Union football game this week.

On The Air: Mount Union's remaining regular season home games will be on television via tape delay on regional sports cable channel 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).  Joe Tait, the hall of fame broadcaster who did the Cleveland Cavaliers radio broadcasts for 39 years, does the play-by-play while Harry Paidas does color as the duo are in their 30th season doing Mount Union football.

Raiders Overwhelm Wilmington: Mount Union held Wilmington to a school-record minus-58 yards rushing and posted its fourth shutout of the year with a 69-0 win.

Mount Union quarterback Taurice Scott (Alliance/Alliance) threw a career-best five touchdown passes as he completed 11-of-12 passes for 254 yards in playing to the middle of the second quarter leading the Raiders to touchdowns on each of their first nine possessions.

Jordan Hargrove (Akron/St. Vincent-St. Mary) had four catches for 95 yards with a touchdown and Logan Nemeth (McBain, Mich./McBain) ran for 74 yards on 10 carries with a score as the offense and had 533 yards.

Tom Lally (Fairview Park/Lakewood St. Edward) had seven tackles – 2.5 for loss – and a sack while Louis Berry (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shadyside Academy) had two interceptions – one ran back 40 yards for a score.    

Super Scott: Taurice Scott leads the OAC and is the 6th in the nation in passer rating at 177.2. Scott accounted for seven touchdowns last week throwing for five and running for two for the nation's highest scoring offense (57.8 points per game).

Cardinals Crushed at Home: Otterbein suffered a 55-21 home loss to Baldwin Wallace last week.

Baldwin Wallace ran out to a 28-7 halftime lead and never looked back. The Cardinals could not get BW off the field as the Jackets were 5-of-7 on third down.  On the other side of the ball, BW had five sacks and the pressure did not allow the Otterbein offense to get going as the Cardinals had just 119 total yards in the first half.

Kevan Green threw for 237 yards and 2 TD's, Julian Lowe had 10 catches for 95 yards and a TD while Jordan Pyles ran for 105 yards with a score to pace the Otterbein offense.

Steven Carpenter had 14 tackles and Drew Erwin had 13 stops for the Cardinal defense.
 
Raiders Top Defense: Mount Union's defense has posted four shutouts this season and is among the nation's best in a variety of catagories.

    No. 1 in total defense (143.3 yds/gm)
    No. 1 in scoring defense (4.4 ppg)
    No. 1 in passing yds allowed (98 yds/gm)
    No. 1 in first downs allowed (61)    
    No. 2 in rushing defense (45.3 yds/gm)
    No. 3 in 3rd down defense (19.8%)
    No. 3 in pass efficiency defense (80.4)

Scouting the Cardinals: Otterbein is 4-3 on the season and its average margin of victory in the four wins is 11 points while its average margin of defeat is 27 points.  The Cardinals are No. 7 in the OAC in total offense at 340.7 yards per game while No. 9 in total defense at 469.4 yards per game.

Senior quarterback Kevan Green is fourth in the OAC in passing (212. yds/gm) and passing TD's with 14.  He has completed 63-percent of his passes 130-of-205 for 1,490 yards with six interceptions.  His top target is sophomore wide out Julian Lowe, who leads the OAC at 101.6 yds/gm and 12 touchdowns.  Senior running back John Pyles has 476 yards rushing with three touchdowns.

On defense, senior linebacker Drew Ervin leads the OAC in tackles with 64 stops and tops the team with two interceptions.  Sophomore defensive end Kyle Blust has a team-best 2.5 sacks.

Staying Regular: Mount Union has has won 100-straight regular season games dating back to 2005.  The Raiders won 110-straight regular season games from 1994-2005. Mount Union is 210-1 in its last 211 regular season games.

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

Air Jordan: Mount Union junior wide receiver Jordan Hargrove (Akron/St. Vincent-St. Mary) had a career-best 95 yards receiving last week at Wilmington.  Hargrove was one of four different receivers to catch a touchdown pass last week as Roman Namdar (Southlake, Texas/Carroll) had two while Tim Kennedy (Hudson/Hudson) and Octavion Wilson (Lincoln, Del./Milford Senior) each had one.

Lally Keeps Moving: Senior defensive lineman Tom Lally (Fairview Park/Lakewood St. Edward) had a sacks last week which gives him 29.0 career sacks and leaves him behind only Charles Dieuseul (2009-12) with 29.5 and James Herbert (2006-09) with 31.5.  Lally also had 2.5 tackles for loss last week which takes him to third overall at Mount Union with 53.0 and 2.0 behind second place and current Toledo head coach Matt Campbell (1999-02) with 55.0.
 
Many Happy Returns: Junior Tim Kennedy (Hudson/Hudson) matched his season-high with 72 punt return yards at Wilmington last week.  He enters this week with 913 career punt return yards which is 65 yards from the school record 978 yards of Jason Cavell (94 ret. 978 yds) from 2001-04.

Up Next ... Mount Union hosts Baldwin Wallace in the final regular season home game next Saturday, Nov. 7 at 1:30 p.m.