Football: 5 Things to Know: Game 9 - Muskingum

Wayne Ruby, Jr. (photo by Mohammad Shakhtra)
Wayne Ruby, Jr. (photo by Mohammad Shakhtra)

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Each week during the football season, we will give you five things to know five days before kickoff. This week, No. 2 ranked Mount Union takes on Muskingum in an Ohio Athletic Conference matchup and the final regular season home game Saturday, Nov. 9 at 1:30 p.m. at Mount Union Stadium.

  1. The Series: This is the 74th meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding a 42-29-2 lead in the series that dates back to a 23-0 Muskingum win on November 3, 1906. The Raiders have won 30-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. A year ago, the Raiders scored 21 points in their first 11 plays from scrimmage and went on to a 52-10 win in New Concord.
     
  2. No Fly Zone: Mount Union is third in NCAA Division III in passing yards allowed at 108.8 yards per game. The Raiders also lead the nation in team pass efficiency defense as opposing quarterbacks have a combined rating of 76.91
     
  3. Higest Ratings: Mount Union senior quarterback D'Angelo Fulford (Miramar, Fla.) is once again the nation's highest rated quarterback for a fourth straight week. He was 14-of-17 for 228 yards with two TD's last week and for the season he has completed 72-percent of his passes for 1,887 yards with 29 touchdowns and just one interception for a rating of 225.7. He is just ahead of Oklahoma's Jalen Hurts at 224.3 while Reid Stinnett of San Diego leads FCS with a 186.1 rating and Roland Rivers III of Slippery Rock leads Division II with a 195.1 rating.

  4. Double Trouble: Mount Union senior receiver Justin Hill (Circleville) leads the nation with 16 touchdown catches on the season as he caught a TD pass last week as part of a seven-catch 105 yard performance while his teammate sophomore Wayne Ruby, Jr. (Pembroke Pines, Fla. / Flanagan) had a game-high 154 yards receiving on seven catches with two scores. It was the first time that Mount Union had two 100-plus yard receivers in 15 games dating back to last year's game at Ohio Northern when Hill and Luke Herrington each went over the century mark.    

  5. Move the Chains: Mount Union leads NCAA Division III in both third down offense converting 64.8-percent and first downs on offense with 223. The Raiders also lead in scoring offense (53.1 points per game), team pass effciency (221.3), completion percentage (72.5) and tackles for loss allowed (2.50 per game).

Saturday's game will be broadcast live on the radio on WDPN 1310 AM and WRMU 91.1 FM and there will be live video (pay-per-view) and also television tape delay on WIVM TV-39 (Spectrum Stark Cty Ch. 989) Sat. Nov. 9 - 8 p.m. / Sun., Nov. 10 - 1 p.m. and SportsTime Ohio (check listings for channel) Sun, Oct. 10 - 9 p.m. / Mon., Nov. 11 - 7 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Links for all are available at athletics.mountunion.edu/gameday