November 8, 2010

#2 Mount Union Football Hosts Muskingum in Regular Season Finale

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2010 University of Mount Union Football
#2 Mount Union Purple Raiders (9-0, 8-0 OAC) vs
Muskingum Fighting Muskies (3-6, 2-6 OAC)
Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010 - 1:30 pm
Mount Union Stadium (Alliance, Ohio)

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

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Complete Mount Union Game Notes in PDF Format: CLICK HERE

Muskingum: Roster | Digital Media Guide | Stats| Schedule | Staff

NOTE: No coaches teleconference this week ... If you wish to set-up an interview with Coach Kehres contact Lenny Reich at 330-823-6093 or Coach Logan contact Tom Caudill at 740-826-8022.

THE GAME

 

No. 2 ranked Mount Union hosts Muskingum in the regular season finale Saturday at 1:30 pm at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance.

 

The Purple Raiders claimed their 22nd overall and 19th straight OAC title and an automatic bid to the 2010 NCAA Division III Football Championship with a 41-13 win at Baldwin-Wallace. Cecil Shorts (Cleveland/Collinwood) caught two TD passes and returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown, Jeremy Murray (Martins Ferrry/Martins Ferry) ran for 170 yards on 32 carries while the defense held B-W to 200 yards, with six sacks, three interceptions and a fumble recovery.

 

Muskingum suffered its fifth straight loss with a 27-24 defeat to Capital last week. The Muskies held a 21-17 lead at halftime, and even after losing senior quarterback Jake Burns to an injury, almost came back to pull off the victory before the Crusaders hit a 44-yard field goal with just over seven minutes to play.

 

MOUNT UNION FOOTBALL ON THE RADIO, TV AND ONLINE

 

All Mount Union football playoff games will be broadcast on the television on SportsTime Ohio and WIVM TV52, 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. You can listen to Mount Union's student radio feed on WRMU 91.1 FM on any phone by calling (330) 445-7900.

 

GET WELL JOE

 

Hall of fame broadcaster Joe Tait, who enters his 39th and final season as the radio voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers, has done Mount Union games on TV since 1986. He was in Oshkosh and did the Ohio Northern games for the Raiders, but on a road trip with the Cavs, Joe took ill and returned home to Cleveland to find out he needs heart surgery. Jeff Shreve '87 will fill in for the remainder of the 2010 Mount Union football season and our thoughts and prayers are with Joe and we look forward to seeing him 2011.

 

THE SERIES

 

This is the 65th meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding a 33-29-2 lead in the series that dates back to a 23-0 Muskingum win on November 3, 1906. The Raiders have won 21-straight meetings since a 17-17 tie in 1988 in Mount Union Stadium. The last Muskie win in the series came in a 24-19 victory in 1984 in Alliance.

 

THE COACHES

 

Larry Kehres (Mount Union '71)

 

is 298-22-3 (.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.

 

Al Logan (Muskingum '82)

 

is 10-29 (.249) in his fourth season at Muskingum. Logan came to New Concord after serving four years as the offensive coordinator at Wittenberg University. Logan also had assistant coaching stints at Davidson (NC), Sewanee (GA), John Carroll and Miami (OH). Logan's career head coaching record is 14-41 after serving as head coach for two seasons at Sewanee.

 

UP NEXT ...

 

Mount Union will find out Sunday afternoon between 3 and 3:30pm on ESPNews who will be their first round opponent and where the game will be played in the 2010 NCAA Divsion III Football Playoffs.

 

SCOUTING THE MUSKIES

 

After winning three of its four games, Muskingum has dropped five straight games. A few numbers that have worked against the Muskies are a minus-9 turnover margin, converting 28-percent on third down (35/123) and allowing 32 quarterback sacks.

 

The offense is led by senior quarterback Jake Burns, who is among the OAC's leaders this season in total offense (207.4 yds/game) and is the Muskies' all-time passing leader, but left last week's game with an injury and his status for this week is uncertain. Burns is also the Muskies' leading rusher with 268 yards and seven TD's on the ground. Three different receivers have at least 20 catches and junior Antowan Logan has 28 catches for 276 yards and three TD's.

 

Junior linebacker Alex Thomas leads Muskingum and is fifth in the OAC in tackles with 80. Thomas also has three interceptions, three fumble recoveries and two sacks. Senior defensive end Chad Bajc anchor's the line with 5.5 sacks and junior defensive back Anthony Zarcone has six pass breakups.

 

PLAYOFFS ... TALKING ABOUT PLAYOFFS

 

For the sixth year the NCAA Division III Football Championship consists of a 32-team field with four eight-team regions. For perspective, in Mount Union's first appearance in the playoffs in 1985, the field was 16 teams. This year's field breaks down like this: Automatic bids will be given to 23 conference champions, three spots are reserved for teams that are independents or in conferences not granted automatic bids and the final six spots are national at-large bids.

 

BY THE NUMBERS

 

148-5
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

 

52
game regular season win streak for Mount Union dating back to a 21-14 loss to Ohio Northern in Alliance on Oct. 22, 2005.

 

44
game home winning streak for Mount Union dating back to a 21-14 loss to Ohio Northern in Alliance on Oct. 22, 2005.

 

100
consecutive regular season road victories for Mount Union dating back to a 21-18 loss at Baldwin-Wallace on Sept. 28, 1991.

 

105-0
Since 1996, the Raiders record when winning the turnover battle.

 

150-1
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.

 

MANY HAPPY RETURNS

 

Senior wide receiver Cecil Shorts III (Cleveland/Collinwood) returned to the field for the first time in a month and made an immediate impact as the first time he touched the ball he ran a kickoff back 80 yards for a touchdown. It was his first career kickoff return for a score and later he caught two touchdown passes. He had a punt return for a touchdown earlier this season. He enters his final regular season game with a school-record 214 catches for 3,978 yards with 53 TD's.

 

(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).

 

A different kind of return came later in the game as sophomore defensive back Nick Driskill (Wabash, Ind./Southwood) who returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown. It was his second interception return for a TD this season and he has a team-best four interceptions on the season.

 

ends justify the means

 

Senior defensive end Lambert Budzinski (Canton/Massillon Jackson) and sophomore defense end Charles Dieuseul (Winter Haven, Fla./Lake Region) combined to have five of Mount Union's six sacks against Baldwin-Wallace. Budzinski had three of those sacks to bring his OAC-best total to 12.5 sacks on the season and he also leads the team in tackles (74) and tackles for loss (18).

 

HIGH FIVE FOR MURRAY

 

Sophomore running back Jeremy Murray (Martins Ferry/Martins Ferry) posted his fifth straight 100-yard rushing performance with 170 yards on 32 carries. He has averaged 33 carries a game in each of the last five games and is the top rusher in the OAC averaging 134.5 yards per game and 14 touchdowns. On the season he has 202 carries for 1,076 yards.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

 

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.

 

Six of nine Mount Union opponents have been held to 200 yards or less of total offense.

 

PURPLE RAIDERS IN THE PROs

 

Former Mount Union wide receiver Pierre Garcon is in his third season with the NFL's Indianapolis Colts, had two catches for 15 yards in the Colts 26-24 loss to the Eagles. Garcon 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).

 

Nick Sirianni '03 is in his second season as an assistant coach (offensive quality control) with the Kansas City Chiefs.

 

Mount Union alum Dom Capers '72 is the defense coordinator for a Green Bay Packers.

 

Former Mount Union quarterback Kurt Rocco has signed a contract to play for the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League.

 

Former Mount Union wide reciever Brandon Boehm has signed a contract to play for the Northern Kentucky River Monsters of the Ultimate Indoor Football Leauge. Boehm was a three-year letterwinner (2005-07) who had 91 catches for 1,178 yards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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