Football: #2 Mount Union Hosts Muskingum in Final Regular Season Home Game Saturday

Jawanza Evans-Morris (Photo by Michael Yakim)
Jawanza Evans-Morris (Photo by Michael Yakim)

#2 Mount Union Purple Raiders vs Muskingum Fighting Muskies

The Matchup: The Matchup: No. 2 ranked Mount Union hosts Muskingum in an Ohio Athletic Conference game and final regular season home game of the season Saturday, Nov. 4 at Mount Union Stadium.

Mount Union (8-0, 67-0 OAC) clinched at least a share of the OAC title with a 51-14 win over Otterbein last week. Mount Union quarterback D'Angelo Fulford continued his efficient play as the nation's top rated quarterback completed each of his first three pass attempts for touchdowns and finished 11-for-15 for 164 yards and five touchdowns.

Fulford hit six different receivers and four of them caught touchdowns – Justin Hill caught two of them, while Jawanza Evans-Morris had a game-high 95 rushing yards.

The Mount Union defense held Otterbein to 205 total yards, had two interceptions with four quarterback sacks and a safety.

Danny Robinson had nine stops while Brian Groves had 1.5 sacks to pace the Raider defense.

Muskingum (1-7, 0-7 OAC) lost its seventh straight game as the Muskies were shut out 24-0 at John Carroll last week.

Freshman quarterback Brody Hahn was 20-for-36 for 179 yards but threw three interceptions and Damon Jones caught five passes for 72 yards on offense.

The defense held John Carroll to 283 total yards with four sacks and forced a fumble.

Drew Lowery had 10 tackles and a fumble recovery and Tim Ousley also had 10 stops with four tackles for loss and three sacks.

The Series: This is the 72nd meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding a 40-29-2 lead in the series that dates back to a 23-0 Muskingum win on November 3, 1906. The Raiders have won 28-straight meetings since a 17-17 tie in 1988 in Alliance. The last Muskie win in the series came in a 24-19 victory in 1984 in Alliance.

Scouting the Muskies: Muskingum is 1-7 overall with three of its losses by a combined 14 points. The Muskies are 4th in the OAC in total defense (379 yds/gm) and 10th in total offense (332 yds/gm).

The Muskingum defense leads the conference with seven fumble recoveries and also has 10 interceptions. Sophomore defensive end Tim Ousley has a team-best 58 tackles and is among OAC leaders with 15 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks. Freshman defensive back Brian Brown is second in the OAC with four interceptions.

Freshman quarterback Brody Hahn - a native of nearby Louisville, Ohio, - has completed 55-percent of his passes for 1,611 yards with 9 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He also has a team-high 105 rushes for 340 yards. Sophomore Bernard Johnson has 479 rushing yards with seven TDs while Damon Jones has 728 receiving yards with 5 TD's.

QB1 is No. 1: Mount Union sophomore quarterback D'Angelo Fulford (Miramar, Fla. / Miramar) had more touchdowns than incompletions last week as he went 11-for-15 passing with five touchdowns against Otterbein. He leads the nation's highest rated passer (273.4 rating) and also leads the nation in completion percentage (75.4), passing touchdowns (34), points responsible for (28.5 per game) and passing yards per attempt (13.9).

Many, Many, Many Happy Returns: Mount Union had 268 yards in returns (punts, interceptions and kickoffs) against Otterbein.

Trevor Cox (Hilliard/Darby) had 101 yards in punt returns including a 64-yard return for a touchdown.

Gabe Brown (Plant City, Fla. / Durant) and Austin White both had interception returns. Brown turned an over the shoulder catch into a 50-yard return that set up the Raiders first score while White also set up a score with a 34-yard interception return.

Three different Raiders had kickoff returns headlined by a 57-yard scamper from Richard Morris (Coconut Creek, Fla. / Coconut Creek).

JEM Sparkles: Junior Jawanza Evans-Morris (Coral Springs, Fla. / Taravella) had a game-high 14 carries for 95 yards against Otterbein. Evans-Morris has a team-best 82 carries for 627 yards with six touchdowns. His 7.65 yards per carry is the fourth-best in the nation.

Charles in Charge: Senior linebacker Charlie Dear (Massillon/Jackson) leads the Raiders in tackles this season with 50 stops. He also had 8.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Green Raiders: Mount Union is participating in a national recycling initiative -- "GameDay Challenge" -- during the Purple Raiders home football game against this Saturday. The competition is run by a partnership of the College and University Recycling Coalition, RecycleMania and Keep America Beautiful. Volunteers will be stationed at recycling and trash bins in and around the stadium, where they will collect and weigh trash and recyclables for the challenge. Trash and recyclables will be collected until the end of the game.

On the Air: 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. A live video feed of the game will be available online for $9.95. Go to http://portal.stretchinternet.com/mountunion to buy your ticket to watch the game.

Up Next: Mount Union wraps up the regular season next Saturday at John Carroll at 1:30 p.m.