ADA, Ohio – Mount Union quarterback D'Angelo Fulford (Miramar, Fla.) threw a career-high seven touchdown passes to lead the top ranked Purple Raiders to a 55-24 win at Ohio Northern in an Ohio Athletic Conference game Saturday at Dial-Roberson Stadium.
Fulford completed 18-of-21 passes for 332 yards and four of his scoring passes went to Justin Hill (Circleville), two to Jared Ruth (Indianapolis, Ind. / Pike) and one to Luke Herrington (Wintersville / Steubenville).
Herrington had 116 yards receiving on five catches, Hill had four catches for 109 yards while Josh Petruccelli (Perry) posted his third-straight 100-yard rushing performance with 105 yards on 17 carries with a score as the offense out-gained the Polar Bears, 540-318.
Mount Union's defense posted a school-record 11.0 sacks with Andrew Roesch (Avon) getting 3.0 of those sacks and Jalen Griffin (Chicago, Ill. / Simeon) had 2.5. Griffin forced a fumble on one of those sacks and the Raiders also picked off two passes as Louis Berry (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Shady Side Academy) and Tanner Murray (Alexandria. Va. / Hayfield) each had interceptions.
AJ Marks ran in two touchdowns for Ohio Northern while Anthony McFadden threw for 236 yards as Chad Rex caught seven balls for 88 yards.
The Purple Raiders are now 8-0 overall, 7-0 in the OAC and have college football's longest win streak at 23 games while Ohio Northern falls to 5-3 overall and 5-3 in the OAC.
Mount Union got the opening kickoff and moved 80 yards in six plays which was finished when Fulford tossed a 45-yard touchdown pass to Ruth.
Northern tied it up with a 16-play drive covering 84 yards that included a fourth down conversion and a touchdown catch by Rex.
Fulford found Ruth again this time from seven yards out as the Raiders retook the lead 14-7 with just under two minutes to play in the first quarter.
After the Raiders forced a three and out, Mount Union took 10 plays then Fulford threw his third touchdown pass of the day, this time to Hill and the lead was pushed to 21-7.
Northern was making another march down the field that included another fourth down conversion, but the drive was halted when Berry intercepted a McFadden pass in the end zone.
On the ensuing possession, Petruccelli scampered 42 yards for a score to push the Mount Union lead to 27-7 with 2:40 remaining before halftime.
Ohio Northern had appeared to have been stopped deep in its end on the next drive but a personal foul on the punt extended the Polar Bears drive and they got a 38-yard field goal from Chase Watson to make it 27-10 at the break.
Mount Union's defense got going on the opening drive of the second half as Griffin forced a fumble on a sack which was recovered by Ethan McComb (Huntingtown, Md.) on the Northern four-yard line. One play later, Fulford hit Hill on a touchdown pass which put the Raiders up 34-10.
Northern got back in the end zone for the first time since the first quarter to make it 34-17 as Marks ran in from three yards out to cap a 75-yard drive.
The Raiders came right back and struck quickly as Fulford threw his fifth touchdown pass of the day – a 48-yard bomb to Hill that took it to 41-17.
Northern recovered a Mount Union fumble and Marks had his second rushing touchdown in the game and the Polar Bears stayed in striking distance at 41-24 with 1:57 to play in the third quarter.
Fulford kept throwing tossing his sixth touchdown pass and kept finding Hill hitting him for a fourth time – this time a 30-yard strike and the Raiders led 48-24 with 13:53 to play.
Fulford then threw his seventh scoring strike of the day hitting Herrington in double coverage on a 33-yard pass which took the score to 55-24.
Mount Union plays its final regular season road game next Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Muskingum in New Concord.