October 4, 2010

#2 Mount Union Heads to Marietta For OAC Matchup Saturday

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2010 University of Mount Union Football
#2 Mount Union Purple Raiders (4-0, 3-0 OAC) vs
Marietta Pioneers (1-3, 0-3 OAC)
Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010 - 1:30 pm - Don Drumm Stadium (Marietta, Ohio)

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

LIVE STATS: Click Here

Complete Mount Union Game Notes in PDF Format: CLICK HERE

Marietta: Roster | Schedule | Statistics | Media Guide

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 Filkovski contact Dan May at 740-376-4891.

Also this week is Take a Kid to a Game promotion in Marietta, all children will be admitted FREE with paid adult ticket. 

THE GAME

No. 2 ranked Mount Union plays its fourth road game in five weeks when it plays Marietta in an Ohio Athletic Conference game Saturday at 1:30 pm at Don Drumm Stadium in Marietta.

The Purple Raiders posted their 47th consecutive regular season victory and second straight shutout with a 27-0 win against No. 8-ranked Ohio Northern in the home opener. Mount Union's defense held the Polar Bears to 183 yards of total offense and forced a pair of fumbles and got a pair of interceptions to end Ohio Northern's 11-game streak of scoring 30 or more points. Senior defensive end Lambert Budzinski (Canton/Massillon Jackson) led the unit with 11 stops, a forced fumble and a sack. Junior Wes Ryder II (Dayton/Belmont) had his first 100-yard rushing performance with a 102 yards on 19 carries, sophomore Jeremy Murray (Martins Ferry/Martins Ferry) rushed for two TD's on 94 yards rushing while Cecil Shorts III (Cleveland/Collinwood) had seven catches for 107 yards to pace the Raider offense.

Marietta dropped its third straight game with a 39-9 road loss at Baldwin-Wallace last week. The Pioneers were down just 16-9 early in the third quarter before B-W scored 23-straight points including an interception return for a touchdown that was Marietta's fourth interception of the day. Marietta got 95 yards receiving from Jahmaal Jones, 54 yards rushing from Tevin Dones and a game-high 12 tackles from Kadeem Corbin.

MOUNT UNION FOOTBALL ON THE RADIO, TV AND ONLINE

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.

You can listen to Mount Union's student radio feed on WRMU 91.1 FM on any phone by calling (330) 445-7900. 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.

THE SERIES

This is the 49th meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding a 39-8-1 lead in the series dating back to a 20-0 Mount Union win on September 23, 1933 in Alliance. The teams have met every year since 1981 and Mount Union has won all 30 of those meetings. The last Pioneer win was a 20-6 decision in 1977 in Marietta.

THE COACHES

Larry Kehres (Mount Union '71) is 293-22-3 (.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.

Jeff Filkovski (Allegheny, Pa. '91) is 6-18 (.250) in his third season as head coach at Marietta. Three years ago as the offensive coordinator at Heidelberg he won OAC Assistant Coach of the Year honors. Filkovski does have a win against Mount Union, as a quarterback for Allegheny (Pa.) College, he scored a 28-15 win in the 1990 NCAA Playoffs as he led the Gators to the 1990 NCAA Division III Championship.

UP NEXT ...

Mount Union returns home to host Heidelberg in an OAC matchup with the Student Prince at 1:30 pm from Mount Union Stadium.

SCOUTING THE PIONEERS

Marietta started the season with a 28-7 win at Thiel (Pa.) before suffering a pair of close losses to Muskingum (31-23) and at John Carroll (24-18) then taking a 39-9 road loss at Baldwin-Wallace.

Junior Andrew Keller is a three-year starter at quarterback and the leader of the Pioneer offense. He has tossed for 691 yards with two touchdowns but five interceptions and left the B-W game with an injury this past week, but is expected to play this week. Keller is also the second leading rusher with 4 TD's on the ground, while sophomore Tevin Dones is the top running back with 205 yards and one TD. Marietta native and senior Cory Kriechbaum is the top receiver with 20 catches.

The Marietta defense has forced 11 turnovers and blocked a pair of kicks so far this season. Linebacker Dan Starr and defensive back Rahkeem Caver are the top two tacklers. Defensive lineman Gaston Hayes anchors the defensive line with three sacks and a fumble recovery.

THE RAIDERS IN 2010

Mount Union returns nine starters and 31 letterwinners in 2010.

BY THE NUMBERS

143-5  
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

47
game regular season win streak for Mount Union dating back to a 21-14 loss to Ohio Northern in Alliance on Oct. 22, 2005.

97
consecutive regular season road victories for Mount Union dating back to a 21-18 loss at Baldwin-Wallace on Sept. 28, 1991.

102-0
Since 1996, the Raiders record when winning the turnover battle.

147-1
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.

18-99  
Mount Union had an 18-play, 99-yard scoring drive that took 8:04 off the clock in the second quarter last week capped by a 20-yard TD pass from Neal Seaman to Brandon Brown.

16-87  
Was the longest play drive since which was a 16-play, 87-yard drive that took 5:45 and was finished with a Kelechi Ibeh five-yard TD run against Muskingum on Nov. 5, 2005.

SHORTS GETS No. 14

Senior wide receiver Cecil Shorts III (Cleveland/Collinwood) had his 14th career 100-yard receiving game with 107 yards on seven catches against Ohio Northern. first punt return for a touchdown in college career last week when he took one back 68 yards at Wilmington. He has a record 51 receiving touchdowns with 30 of those from more than 20 yards. In 48 career games, he has 211 receptions for 3,938 yards.

(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).

RIDING WITH RYDER

Junior running back Wes Ryder II (Dayton/Belmont) had 19 carries for 102 yards against Ohio Northern for the first 100 yard rushing performance of his career. Ryder is the Raiders' top rusher on the season with 217 yards and a 5.9 yards per carry average.

LAMB CHOP

Senior defensive end Lambert Budzinski (Canton/Massillon Jackson) had a game-high 11 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble against Ohio Northern. On the season, Budzinski leads the team in tackles with 34 and has 4.5 sacks of the Raiders' OAC-best 13 sacks on the season.

GREAT SCOTT

Sophomore defensive back Isaiah Scott (Hamilton/Fairfield) had an interception against Ohio Northern which ties him for the OAC lead with three on the season. Mount Union is tied with Baldwin-Wallace as a team with an OAC-best seven picks on the season.

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.

Wes Ryder's 102-yard rushing performance was the first 100-yard rushing effort by a Mount Union running back in six games dating back to a 146-yard performance by Terrance Morring against Montclair State (N.J.) in the second round of last year's NCAA Playoffs.

Former Mount Union running back Chuck Moore (1998-2001) will be inducted 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.

PURPLE RAIDERS IN THE PROs

Former Mount Union wide receiver Pierre Garcon is in his third season with the NFL's Indianapolis Colts and was inactive with an injury for a second-straight 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 3-1 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. 9 in the NFL in total defense for the 3-1 Packers.

Former quarterback Kurt Rocco (Cincinnati/Roger Bacon) has signed a contact to play for the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League.

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