Football: #1 Mount Union Back to Central Ohio to Face Capital Saturday

Nick Brish (Photo by Dan Poel, OhioSI.com)
Nick Brish (Photo by Dan Poel, OhioSI.com)

#1 Mount Union Purple Raiders
(5-0, 4-0 OAC)
vs 
Capital Crusaders
(0-5, 0-4 OAC)

The Matchup: The No. 1 ranked Mount Union football team makes its second trip to Central Ohio in three weeks playing at Capital Saturday, Oct. 13 at 1:30 p.m. at Bernlohr Stadium in Columbus.
 
The Purple Raiders (5-0, 4-0 OAC) pushed their win streak to 20-straight games with a 63-7 win over Wilmington last week at Mount Union Stadium.
 
Mount Union scored 14 points in the game's  first 10 plays from scrimmage and went on to lead 35-0 at the half on its way to the victory. 
 
In a little more than one half of action, Mount Union quarterback D'Angelo Fulford (Miramar, Fla.) went 12-of-14 for 198 yards with two scores, Josh Petruccelli (Perry) had 80 yards rushing with two touchdowns and Justin Hill (Circleville) had five catches for 96 yards.
 
On defense, Mitch O'Hara (Avon / Lakewood St. Edward) had 10 stops, Nick Brish (Milford, Mich.) recovered a fumble and Louis Berry (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Shady Side Academy) blocked a field goal attempt that Jalen Griffin (Chicago, Ill. / Simeon) picked up at the 50-yard line and returned for a touchdown.
 
Capital remained winless on the season after a 44-0 loss at No. 11 John Carroll last week.
 
The Crusaders were held to just 180 yards of total offense with 198 yards passing and minus-18 rushing.
 
Capital quarterback Thomas Wibbeler was 23-of-42 passing for 193 yards with an interception while his top target was receiver Dartavious Stanford had eight catches for 96 yards.
 
Blayde McCully had eight stops to lead the Capital defense.
 
The Series: This is the 53rd meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding a 40-12 lead in a series that dates back to a 17-0 Raider win in 1958. 
 
Mount Union has won 32-straight meetings with Capital's last win coming in its OAC title season of 1987, 26-25 in Columbus.
 
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).
 
Up Next: Mount Union returns home next week to host Heidelberg in an OAC matchup, Saturday, Oct. 20, at 1:30 p.m. at Mount Union Stadium.
 
All three of Mount Union's national championship teams from last year -- football, men's indoor track and field and men's outdoor track and field will be honored.
 
Senior wrestler Jairod James (Bedford) will be recognized for winning the 174-pound NCAA Division III title while sophomore faceoff specialist Chris Motter (Hudson) led all of NCAA Division III men's lacrosse in faceoff percentage.
 
Scouting the Crusaders: Capital is 6th in the OAC in total offense (393.2 yards per game) and 10th in total defense (522.6 yards per game).
 
Capital is ranked 15th in the nation in passing offense averaging 320.0 yards per game and at the controls of the offense is senior quarterback Thomas Wibbeler, who is 11th nationally with 1,592 passing yards in five games.
 
Wibbeler is also fifth in the OAC in rushing touchdowns as he has four and is the Capital's top rusher averging 37.6 yards per game.
 
He accounts for 356.0 yards of total offense per game which is fifth-best in NCAA Division III.
 
His favorite target is his high school classmate and fellow senior Dartavious Stanford, who is second in the OAC with 106.8 yards receving per game. Junior David Barnett has a team-high 39 catches.
 
On defense, sophomore linebacker Michael Lauofo has a team-high 43 tackles. Junior defensive back Kole Carter has an interception for a unit that has 4.0 sacks and that interception for the season.
 
No Fly Zone: Mount Union is ranked 12th in the nation in passing defense allowing opponents an average of 131.2 yards per game. 
 
The Raiders are also ninth in the nation with 21.0 sacks in five games while linebacker Trey Williams (Cardington / Cardington-Lincoln) is 18th nationally with 10.0 tackles for loss in five games.
 
In total, 23 Raiders have a tackle for loss as the team has 46 total.
 
Senior defensive back Louis Berry (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Shady Side Academy) is now tied for fifth in Mount Union history with 45 passes defended (32 breakups + 13 interceptions). He is tied with former Raiders Rob Rodgers (1992-94) and Matt Sotcan (2000-02). Chris Kern (2000-02) is the Raiders all-time leader with 58 passes defended (43 breakups + 15 interceptions).
 
Going Streaking: Mount Union currently has college football's longest active win streak at 20 games. Next on the list is Central Florida (FCS), which has won 18 in a row, followed by North Dakota St. (FCS) and Ohio State (FBS) that have each won 11 in a row. 
 
The Raiders have the two longest win streaks in college football history winning 54 straight from 1996-1999 then winning 55-straight from 2000-2003.
 
Upon Further Review: Last week, we reported that Trey Williams had a school single-game record 4.0 quarterback sacks at Otterbein. 
 
Upon further review, it was found that former Raider Mike Jarrett had 6.0 sacks in a season-opening 38-7 at Wooster in 1986. It was also the first game as head coach for current athletic director Larry Kehres.
 
Fulford Finds Top 10: Junior D'Angelo Fulford (Miramar, Fla.) completed 12 passes last week against Wilmington which moved him into 10th place all-time at Mount Union with 307 completions. 
 
The Raiders all-time record in the category belongs to College Football Hall of Fame nominee Bill Borchert, who from 1994-97 completed 946 passes.
 
Fulford also moved into the top-10 at Mount Union in career passing yards with 198 last week which places him 9th at 4,637 yards ahead of Kurt Rocco (2007-09) at 4,554 yards.