#2 Mount Union Hosts #8 Ohio Northern in Key OAC Football Matchup

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2010 University of Mount Union Football
#2 Mount Union Purple Raiders (3-0, 2-0 OAC) vs
#8 Ohio Northern Polar Bears (3-0, 2-0 OAC)
Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010 - 1:30 pm - Williams Stadium

TV: SportsTime Ohio/WIVM TV-52
(Tape Delay - Joe Tait, play-by-play; Harry Paidas, color)
Replay Times - Oct. 3 - 5am; Oct. 4 - noon; Oct. 7 - 5am

WDPN 1310 AM (Alliance): LISTEN LIVE
WRMU 91.1 FM (Alliance): LISTEN LIVE

LIVE STATS: http://livestats.prestosports.com/mountunion

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No. 2 ranked Mount Union hosts No. 8 ranked Ohio Northern in a key Ohio Athletic Conference matchup Saturday at 1:30 pm in the home opener at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance.

The Purple Raiders posted their 46th consecutive regular season and 97th consecutive road victory with a 51-0 win at Wilmington.  Five turnovers by Mount Union was balanced out by a defense that forced four turnovers and held Wilmington to minus four yards rushing in the second half and 151 total yards.  Sophomore defensive end Charles Dieuseul (Winter Haven, Fla./Lake Region) led the unit with 10 stops, 2.0 sacks and a forced fumble.  On offense, Zac Lemmon (Granville/Granville) rushed for three scores while Cecil Shorts III (Cleveland/Collinwood) caught two TD's and scored another on a 68-yard punt return.

Ohio Northern has a school-record 10-game win streak, dating back to last season, after beating Muskingum, 36-0, last Saturday.  Brent Donley carried the ball 28 times for 143 yards and a TD and senior Kyle Simmons completed 12 of 23 passes for 155 yards and two TDs and ran 11 times for 51 yards and another score for ONU.  The Polar Bear defense limited the Muskies to just three yards rushing on 28 attempts and just 158 yards of total offense in the shutout.

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 at http://athletics.mountunion.edu.  

Ric Brienza and Mark Grossman broadcast the games on the radio on WDPN 1310 AM in Alliance.  You can listen to Mount Union's student radio feed on WRMU 91.1 FM on any phone by calling (330) 445-7900.  This game along with the other three home games will be shown on television via tape delay on SportsTime Ohio and WIVM TV52 (Stark County).  Image Video produces the broadcasts with Joe Tait, who enters his 39th and final season as the radio voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers, does the play-by-play and Harry Paidas handles the color commentary. 

This is the 53rd meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding a 38-13-1 lead in the series that dates back to a 52-0 Mount Union win on Thanksgiving Day 1907.  The Raiders have won four-straight meetings after Ohio Northern's 21-14 win in 2005 in Alliance.  Prior to that game, Mount Union had won 20-straight meetings dating back to a 14-9 Polar Bear win on Sept. 8, 1984. 

Larry Kehres (Mount Union '71) is 292-22-3 (.925) in his 25th season as head coach as one of the most successful coaches in college football history.  His teams have won 20 OAC Championships, including the last 18 in a row, along with 10 of the last 17 NCAA Division III National Championships. This year he is president of the American Football Coaches Association.

Dean Paul (Mount Union '90) is 45-18 (.714) in his seventh season at Ohio Northern. He has averaged seven wins a season with three second place finishes over his six seasons in Ada. Prior to coaching the Polar Bears, Paul spent five seasons as the head coach of Thomas More (KY) College, where he amassed a 40-12 record that included an 11-1 season in 2001. His combined head coaching record is 85-30.

Mount Union goes back on the road next week heading to Marietta for an OAC matchup with the Pioneers at 1:30 pm from Don Drumm Stadium.

Ohio Northern features a balanced attack on offense with a physical aggressive defense that stops the run and gets after the quarterback (10 sacks) ... stop me if this sounds familiar.  Also they have a win against a team from Wisconsin this season (Wis.-River Falls).

The difference with the Polar Bears is that they feature one of the most experienced lineups in the OAC.  Six seniors start on offense led by All-American running back Brent Donley and 2009 All-OAC First Team quarterback Kyle Simmons.  Donley averages 117 yards rushing per game and has three TDs, Simmons has 540 yards and 6 TD's passing and is the team's second-leading rusher with 3 TD's on the ground.  Receivers Brook Crawford and Jay Priest are tied for the team lead in receptions with 12.

The ONU defense is also a veteran group being led by senior linebacker Chad Coward, who has 20 tackles, 4.5 for loss, 2.0 sacks and a forced fumble.  Defensive tackle Cody Kelly has 18 stops and a sack up front, while safety Jesse Richards has 16 tackles in the secondary.  In all, eight different players have at least one sack with four fumble recoveries and four interceptions.

Mount Union returns nine starters and 31 letterwinners in 2010.


Mount Union's win-loss record since 2000

55, 54 
The Raiders hold the NCAA's two longest consecutive college football win streaks -- 55 from 2000-2003 and 54 from 1996-99

game regular season win streak for Mount Union dating back to a 21-14  loss to Ohio Northern in Alliance on Oct. 22, 2005.

game home winning streak for Mount Union dating back to a 21-14  loss to Ohio Northern in Alliance on Oct. 22, 2005.

consecutive regular season road victories for Mount Union dating back  to a 21-18 loss at Baldwin-Wallace on Sept. 28, 1991.

Since 1996, the Raiders record when winning the turnover battle.

The Raiders record since 1990 when winning the turnover battle.  That lone loss was a 20-17 loss to Wisconsin-LaCrosse in a 1995 national semifinal game in Alliance. In that game, the Raiders had a +1 turnover  margin.

miles combined round trip for Mount Union in its first three road games to start the 2010 season.

Senior wide receiver Cecil Shorts III (Cleveland/Collinwood) had his first punt return for a touchdown in college career last week when he took one back 68 yards at Wilmington.  Shorts has five returns this season for 179 yards (35.8 yds/return).  He had just 11 punt returns in his career previous to this season.  He also had five catches for a season-high 139 yards and two touchdowns.  He now has a school-record 51 touchdowns and his two last week were from 38 and 39 yards which makes for 30 of his scores are from more than 20 yards.  His five catches give him 204 which passed Pierre Garcon's record 202 receptions as a Purple Raider from 2005-07.

(NOTE: Prior to 2002, playoff games did not count in NCAA statistics, if those stats counted Adam Marino (1997-2000) would have 272 rec. for 4,704 yds with 52 TD's).

Junior running back Zac Lemmon (Granville/Granville) had a career-high three rushing touchdowns as part of a 10 carry, 96-yard performance at Wilmington.  His first touchdown was from 62 yards which was just one-yard off his career-best carry, a 63-yarder against Otterbein (11/07/09).  In that game he had a career-high 118 yards rushing as well.

Sophomore defensive end Charles Dieuseul (Winter Haven, Fla./Lake Region) had 10 tackles and matched his career-best with 2.0 sacks to go along with a forced fumble.  Dieuseul leads the team with 26 tackles and three forced fumbles.  His 3.0 sacks are just 0.5 sack behind team leader and fellow end Lambert Budzinski (Canton/Massillon Jackson). 

Larry Kehres is in his 25th season as head coach but 36th season working at Mount Union as he spent 10 seasons (1975-84) as an assistant coach to Ken Wable then in 1985 worked only as director of athletics before becoming head football coach and director of athletics in 1986.  You might not know, he was also the first swimming coach at Mount Union.

Larry Kehres '71 and Dean Paul '90 are two of six Mount Union grads that are NCAA Division III head coaches.  Don Montgomery '77 (Emory & Henry, Va.), Erik Raeburn '91 (Wabash, Ind.), Mike Hallett '94 (Heidelberg) and Mike Sirianni '94 (Washington & Jefferson, Pa.) are the others.

Former Mount Union running back Chuck Moore (1998-2001) will be inducted next Tuesday (Oct. 5) into the Summit County Sports Hall of Fame.  Moore, who attended Mogadore High School, was part of three National Championship teams for the Raiders and rushed for a then school-record 3,864 yards and 59 touchdowns. 

Former Mount Union wide receiver Pierre Garcon is in his third season with the NFL's Indianapolis Colts and was inactive with an injury last week.  He had a breakout season in 2009 as he started 16 games including Super Bowl XLIV where he caught one of his six touchdowns on the season.  Against the NY Jets in the AFC Championship game, he had 11 catches for 151 yards and his post-game celebration that included waiving a Haiti flag (birthplace of his parents) made national news headlines as he was bringing awareness to the nation that was ravaged by an earthquake just days before the game.  This past offseason he returned to Mount Union and completed his bachelor's degree in communications.  He had 3,363 yards and 47 touchdowns receiving in three seasons at Mount Union.  He played his freshman season at Norwich (Vt.) and in 2008 the Colts drafted him in the sixth round (208 overall).

Also former Purple Raider Nick Sirianni '03 is in his second season as an assistant coach (offensive quality control) with the Kansas Chiefs, that are off to a 3-0 start to the 2010 season.

Mount Union alum Dom Capers '72 is the defense coordinator for a Green Bay Packers unit that is ranked No. 4 in the NFL in total defense for the Packers.

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