Football: #1 Mount Union Hosts #15 John Carroll in Nationally Ranked OAC Matchup

Football: #1 Mount Union Hosts #15 John Carroll in Nationally Ranked OAC Matchup

#1 Mount Union Purple Raiders vs #15 John Carroll Blue Streaks

 
The Matchup: No. 1 ranked Mount Union hosts No. 15 John Carroll in an Ohio Athletic Conference action matchup Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Mount Union Stadium.

The last two games between the teams have been decided by a total of seven points and the winner went on to win the conference title.

The Purple Raiders (2-0, 1-0 OAC) extended the nation's longest win streak to 17 games with a 56-21 win at Baldwin Wallace in its OAC opener last week.

D'Angelo Fulford (Miramar, Fla.) threw for five scores and a career-high 364 yards passing. Two of those TDs went to Justin Hill (Circleville), who had six catches for 151 yards.

Linebacker Trey Williams (Cardington / Cardington-Lincoln) had six tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and a sack to lead a unit that had 9.0 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks while Andrew Roesch (Avon) returned an interception 25 yards for a score.

John Carroll (2-0, 1-0 OAC) posted a 45-0 home shutout of Otterbein in its OAC opener last week.

Anthony Moeglin threw for 182 yards on 20-of-28 passing with a TD and ran for 26 yards to lead the offense. Darrin Davis had five catches for 77 yards and a score.

The Blue Streak defense posted 10 sacks, had an interception and Ray Brown returned a fumble 26 yards for a touchdown. RJ Rosario had a team-high nine tackles.

The Series: This is the 38th meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding a 32-3-2 lead in a seniors that dates back to a 48-0 Raider win in 1920. Each team has posted a road win in the last two meetings with Mount Union winning 31-27 in University Heights last year and John Carroll winning 31-28 in Alliance in 2016.

Team Captains: Mount Union has five team captains in wide receivers Luke Herrrington (Wintersville/Steubenville) and Jared Ruth (Indianapolis, Ind./Pike), safety Nick Brish (Milford, Mich./Brighton), linebacker Danny Robinson (Massillon/Massillon Washington) and defensive back Louis Berry (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shady Side Academy).

Scouting the Blue Streaks: John Carroll has an aggressive defense along with an offense filled with veteran skill players ... sound familar.

Two-time All-OAC first team pick in senior defense end Ray Brown headlines a defense that leads the nation with 15.0 quarterback sacks. How aggressive are the Blue Streaks? ... 11 different players have registered a sack. Safety RJ Rosario tops the squad with 16 stops.

Junior quarterback Anthony Moeglin accounts for 210 yards of offense per game as he has completed 63-percent of his passes for 351 yards with three TDs then rushed for 36.5 yards per game with a rushing score. Senior running back Sam Kukura has four touchdowns on the ground with 155 yards on 26 carries. Junior wid receiver Evan Nugent has two TDs and leads a deep receiver group.

Freshman Andy Han averages 38.0 yards per punt while senior Matt Danko is 2-for-3 on field goals this year with a long of 42 yards.
 
Fulford Throws For Career High: Junior Quarterback D'Angelo Fulford (Miramar, Fla.) posted his third-ever 300-yard passing performance with a career-best 364 yards in air at Baldwin Wallace. Fulford threw for five scores last week and now has 61 for his career which passed Rob Adamson (1998-99, 2001-02) for seventh on Mount Union's all-time list. Bill Borchert (1994-97) has a school record 189 touchdown passes.

Over the Hill: Junior receiver Justin Hill (Circleville) caught two touchdown passes and is alone in 10th place on Mount Union's all-time list with 26. He is two behind the 28 of Randall Knapp (2001-03).

Defense in the Zone Again: Mount Union's defense found the end zone for the second straight week, this time it was junior end Andrew Roesch (Avon), who tipped an attempted screen pass to himself than ran 25 yards for a score.

Sack Attack: It is the tale of two teams this week as John Carroll enters the week with a nation's best 15 sacks in two games while over the same span Mount Union has not allowed a sack.

Up Next: Mount Union makes its first of two regular season trips to Central Ohio next week playing at Otterbein, next Saturday, Sept. 29 at 1:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium in Westerville.