University of Mount Union Football
#1 Mount Union Purple Raiders (9-0, 8-0 OAC) vs #16/#18 John Carroll Blue Streaks (8-1, 8-0 OAC)
Nov. 12, 2016 - 1:30 PM - Mount Union Stadium - Alliance, Ohio
TV (Tape Delay):
- SportsTime Ohio - Sun. Nov. 13 3:30 p.m.; Mon. Nov. 14 12 p.m.
- WIVM-TV (Canton) - Sat. Nov. 12 8 p.m.; Sun. Nov. 14 2 p.m.
The matchup: No. 1 ranked Mount Union hosts No. 16 ranked John Carroll in the regular season finale Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Mount Union Stadium.
On the line: The winner of this game claims the conference title outright and the automatic bid to the 32-team NCAA Playoffs. The loser will have to wait to see if they receive one of six national at-large bids.
Mount Union has 27 OAC titles including the last 24 in a row.
John Carroll's last conference title came in 1994 when it tied Mount Union and Baldwin Wallace for the title. The Blue Streaks also won OAC titles in 1989 and 1938.
The series: This is the 36th meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding a 31-2-2 lead in the series dating back to a 48-0 Mount Union win in 1920. The Raiders have won 27-straight meetings going back to a 20-20 tie in 1991 in Alliance. The last John Carroll win was a 31-7 win in 1989 in University Heights.
Road Raiders: Mount Union blanked Muskingum 44-0 in New Concord last week to win its sixth road game in nine games so far this season.
Freshman quarterback Dom Davis (Akron/St. Vincent-St. Mary) made his fourth straight start, threw for over 300 yards for the second time over that span as he completed 17-of-24 passes for 320 yards and two touchdowns.
Jared Ruth (Indianapolis, Ind./Pike) had four catches for 83 yards with a score as Davis completed passes to nine different Purple Raiders. Bradley Mitchell (Detroit, Mich./South Lake) rushed for three scores as he had 11 carries for 62 yards while Eliott Nero (Hookstown, Pa./Weirton Madonna, W.Va.) ran for a game-high 71 yards on 11 carries.
Zach Deerr (Miami, Fla./Felix Varela) had eight tackles and a sack to lead a Raider defense that had six sacks on the day.
Streaks Extend Streak: John Carroll won its eighth straight game with a 49-6 win over Otterbein last Saturday.
Anthony Moeglin completed 17 of his 28 passes for 218 yards on the afternoon; the freshman threw for four touchdowns. Eddie Williamson led all pass catchers for JCU with 56 yards and a TD. Ro Golphin notched his fifth 100-yard game of the year, netting 100 rushing yards on eight carries, including two scores. The junior also caught three passes for 53 yards, highlighted by a 31-yard catch-and-run.
The John Carroll defense held the Cardinals to 209 total yards.
Scouting the Streaks: The Blue Streaks top the OAC in total defense allowing 210.9 yards per game while the offense is second at 415.3 yards per game.
Junior linebacker Mason McKenrick is the top tackler with 62 stops, sophomore lineman Ray Brown is second in the OAC with a team-best 7.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss while senior Mike Hollins leads the OAC with five interceptions.
Sophomore Anthony Moeglin leads the offense at quarterback as he has completed 66-percent of his passes for 1,728 yards with 18 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Junior Ro Golphin and sophomore Sam Kukura are 1-2 punch running the football as Golphin has 800 yards and nine TDs on 108 carries while Kukura has 651 yards and 11 TDs on 100 carries. Senior receiver Marshall Howell has 40 catches for 367 yards with six touchdowns.
Staying Regular: Mount Union has won an NCAA record 112 consecutive regular season games. The Purple Raiders are 222-1 in their last 223 games dating back to 1994 as they won 110 games from 1994-2005 then after a loss ran off its current 112-game streak.
Double D: Freshman Dom Davis made his fourth straight start at quarterback for the Raiders last week and completed 17-of-24 passes for 320 yards with two touchdowns. It was his second 300-yard pass performance over that span. For the season, he has completed 72-percent of his passes for 1,102 yards with 12 touchdowns and three interceptions. He has a passer rating of 213.67.
Three is a Charm: Mount Union is the third best team in the nation on third down converting 58-percent of its third downs. The Raiders allow opponents just 24-percent on third down (34-of-143) but John Carroll has held its opponents to 22-percent (26-of-119) on third down.
Deerr and Dear: Mount Union seniors Zach Deerr and Charlie Dear have been sending their own kind of letters to opposing offenses. Deerr had a team-high and career-high eight stops with a sack last week at Muskingum while Dear leads the Raiders in tackles thos season with 54.
Gimmie Five: Mount Union has blocked five kicks this season with Austin White (Wadsworth/Wadsworth) leading the team with two and has team-best four interceptions.
Up Next: The 32-team NCAA Playoff field will be announced Sunday at 6 p.m. on NCAA.com. First round games begin next Saturday on campus sites at noon local time.
In the Zone: Senior running back Bradley Mitcehll had three rushing touchdowns last week at Muskingum that gave him an OAC-best 15 on the season and fourth all-time at Mount Union with 53 for his career.
Special K: Senior Tim Kennedy (Hudson/Hudson) has a team-best 40 catches and four touchdowns on the season. Kennedy also has an OAC-best 18 punt returns.
Radio and TV: All Mount Union football games will be 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 hear the WRMU 91.1 FM feed on any phone by calling (330) 445-7900.
Students Noah Hiles (play-by-play), A.J. Gioglio (color) and Joe Mertens (sideline) make up the WRMU 91.1 FM crew.
Longtime area sports broadcaster Sam Bourquin and former Ohio State football player T.J. Downing will call the action on WDPN 1310AM.
On the television side, this week's game will be shown 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). Image Video produces the broadcasts while Jim Clark will do play-by-play and Harry Paidas on color. Clark, the longtime voice of the Akron Rubberducks, takes over for retired hall of famer Joe Tait while Paidas begins his 31st year on the telecast.