September 10, 2011

#2 Mount Union Opens Season With 41-17 Win Over UW-Oshkosh

More news about: Mount Union

Mount Union opened the 2011 season with a 41-17 victory over Wisconsin-Oshkosh on Saturday in front of 3,372 at Mount Union Stadium.

The Purple Raiders (1-0), ranked No. 2 in the nation, trailed 7-3 in the first quarter before scoring 31 of the game's next 34 points to win their 24th consecutive season opener.

Junior running back Jeremy Murray (Martins Ferry/Martins Ferry) rushed for 125 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns for Mount Union, and he added a third score on a pass from junior quarterback Neal Seaman (Louisville/Louisville). The three total touchdowns equaled a career-high for Murray.

Junior Jasper Collins (Geneva, N.Y./Geneva) had a career-high 10 pass receptions for 96 yards, and junior Chris Denton (Plantation, Fla./South Plantation) also hauled in a touchdown pass from junior quarterback Matt Piloto (Rotunda West, Fla./Lemon Bay). Junior Jake Simon (Parma Heights/Holy Name) added a touchdown.

Seaman finished 18 of 29 for 149 passing yards, while Piloto was seven of 10 for 120 yards.

Defensively, junior cornerback Nick Driskill (Wabash, Ind./Southwood) led the way with 13 tackles, and senior Tyler Alwardt (Macomb. Twp., Mich/Chippewa Valley) and senior Alex Ferrara (Independence/Walsh Jesuit) had interceptions. Senior

Chris Favazzo (Blacklick/Columbus St. Charles) and sophomore Matt Fechko (Twinsburg/Twinsburg) had recovered fumbles; sophomore Nyejel Thomas (Pittsburgh, Pa./Pittsburgh Central Catholic) had 1.5 quarterback sacks and freshman Pat Mahoney (Jeannette, Pa./Greensburg Central Catholic) had .5 sack.

Mount Union forced four turnovers while not committing any, and the Purple Raiders improved to 154-1 since 1990 when winning the turnovers battle.

Oshkosh was led by quarterback Nate Wara, who rushed 18 times for 79 yards and completed 16 of 31 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown.

Mount Union struck first on a Tyler Almeida field goal of 20 yards, with 11:14 remaining in the first quarter. The Purple Raiders forced an Oshkosh punt then drove 35 yards in seven plays.

Oshkosh answered with a 15-play, 90-yard drive to take the lead. Wara ran or passed on 13 of the plays, and he found the end zone with a 21-yard pass to Charlie Weissman with 6:06 remaining in the first quarter.

Mount Union regained the lead with a quick, two-play, 35-yard drive after an exchange of punts. Murray carried the ball on both plays, scoring from 16 yards out, and Almeida's extra point gave the Purple Raiders the lead for good, 10-7, with 2:46 remaining in the first quarter.

The Purple Raiders extended their lead to 17-7 on Murray's second touchdown, a 2-yard run, with 13:55 remaining in the second quarter.

Oshkosh answered quickly. Wara completed a 52-yard pass to Caleb Voss on the first play of the drive, setting up the Titans at the Mount Union 17. But the Purple Raiders' defense stiffened, forcing a 28-yard field goal by Nate Becker with 11:50 remaining before halftime.

Piloto's 26-yard pass to Chris Denton with 8:02 remaining before halftime completed a five-play, 79-yard drive that made it 24-10, then after an Oshkosh punt, the Purple Raiders extended their lead to 27-10 on a 23-yard field goal by Almeida with 5:13 to go.

Mount Union added another touchdown with 13 seconds before halftime, when Seaman connected with Murray on a 20-yard catch and run, making it 34-10 at the intermission.

The third quarter was scoreless, but Oshkosh was in the midst of a 12-play, 82-yard drive that culminated in Cole Myhra's 1-yard run with 14:58 remaining in the game, closing Mount Union's advantage to 34-17.

After an exchange for punts, Mount Union drove 36 yards in seven plays, and Jake Simon found the end zone on a 16-yard burst up the middle, finishing the scoring.

Mount Union will next play host to John Carroll in the Ohio Athletic Conference opener. Kickoff is 7 p.m. on Sept. 17 at Mount Union Stadium.

comments powered by Disqus
Sep. 3: All times Eastern
TBA
Belhaven at Millsaps
7:00 PM
Anna Maria at Coast Guard
7:00 PM
Franklin and Marshall at Lebanon Valley
7:30 PM
Manchester at Trine
8:00 PM
Bethel at UW-Stout
Sep. 4: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Salisbury at Albright
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Gettysburg at Bridgewater (Va.)
7:00 PM
Averett at Washington and Lee
Live Stats
7:00 PM
St. Lawrence at Morrisville State
7:00 PM
MIT at WPI
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Westfield State at Nichols
7:00 PM
Becker at Fitchburg State
7:00 PM
Stevenson at N.C. Wesleyan
7:00 PM
Mount Ida at Mass-Dartmouth
7:00 PM
Curry at Bridgewater State
8:30 PM
Luther at UW-La Crosse
Sep. 5: All times Eastern
TBA
Hobart at Dickinson
TBA
Buffalo State at Otterbein
TBA
Lycoming at Susquehanna
TBA
Guilford at Greensboro
TBA
Delaware Valley at Montclair State
TBA
Wilkes at Muhlenberg
TBA
Catholic at McDaniel
TBA
Buena Vista at UW-Platteville
TBA
George Fox at La Verne
12:00 PM
Norwich at RPI
12:00 PM
Heidelberg at Cortland State
12:00 PM
Maine Maritime at SUNY-Maritime
12:00 PM
St. John Fisher at Thomas More
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Alfred at Husson
12:00 PM
Framingham State at Endicott
Live Stats
12:00 PM
TCNJ at Christopher Newport
12:00 PM
Worcester State at Salve Regina
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Grove City at Juniata
12:00 PM
Westminster (Mo.) at Southwestern Assemblies
1:00 PM
William Paterson at Alfred State
1:00 PM
Alma at Finlandia
1:00 PM
Springfield at Western New England
1:00 PM
Wittenberg at Capital
1:00 PM
Ferrum at Emory and Henry
1:00 PM
Earlham at Olivet
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Centre at Hanover
1:00 PM
Wabash at Hampden-Sydney
1:00 PM
Washington and Jefferson at Wooster
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Rowan at Widener
1:00 PM
Ithaca at Union
1:00 PM
Brockport State at Oberlin
1:00 PM
John Carroll at St. Vincent
1:00 PM
Western Connecticut at Hartwick
1:00 PM
Johns Hopkins at Randolph-Macon
1:00 PM
Castleton State at Plymouth State
1:00 PM
Methodist at Apprentice
1:00 PM
Waynesburg at Muskingum
1:00 PM
Case Western Reserve at Chicago
Video
1:00 PM
Carnegie Mellon at Washington U.
Live Stats
1:30 PM
Illinois Wesleyan at Franklin
Live Stats
1:30 PM
Berry at Maryville (Tenn.)
1:30 PM
Monmouth at Hope
1:30 PM
Bethany at Mount Union
Live Stats
1:30 PM
Bluffton at Wilmington
2:00 PM
Kenyon at Sewanee
2:00 PM
Beloit at Concordia-Chicago
2:00 PM
Rockford at Lawrence
2:00 PM
Wisconsin Lutheran at Lake Forest
2:00 PM
Carthage at St. Norbert
2:00 PM
Wheaton (Ill.) at Coe
2:00 PM
Jamestown at Concordia-Moorhead
2:00 PM
Macalester at Carleton
2:00 PM
Minnesota-Morris at Hamline
2:00 PM
Northwestern (Minn.) at St. Olaf
2:00 PM
Dubuque at St. John's
2:00 PM
Illinois College at Aurora
2:00 PM
North Park at Concordia (Wis.)
2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at Simpson
2:00 PM
Hendrix at Austin
2:00 PM
Southwestern at Hardin-Simmons
2:00 PM
Knox at Eureka
2:00 PM
UW-Oshkosh at Robert Morris Univ. (Ill.)
2:00 PM
Maranatha Baptist at Martin Luther
2:00 PM
St. Scholastica at Ripon
2:00 PM
Louisiana College at Huntingdon
2:00 PM
Loras at Elmhurst
3:00 PM
Pacific at College of Idaho
4:00 PM
Puget Sound at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Live Stats
4:30 PM
Misericordia at Utica
Live Stats Video Audio
5:00 PM
Defiance at Adrian
6:00 PM
Moravian at King's
6:00 PM
Birmingham-Southern at LaGrange
6:00 PM
UW-Stevens Point at Albion
7:00 PM
Allegheny at Thiel
7:00 PM
Gallaudet at Shenandoah
Live Stats Live Stats Video Audio
7:00 PM
Kalamazoo at Rose-Hulman
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Westminster (Pa.) at Hiram
7:00 PM
Marietta at Denison
7:00 PM
Anderson at Taylor (Ind.)
7:00 PM
Mary Hardin-Baylor at Ohio Wesleyan
7:00 PM
Greenville at Millikin
7:00 PM
Trinity (Texas) at Howard Payne
7:00 PM
Texas Lutheran at Sul Ross State
7:00 PM
Mount St. Joseph at Augustana
7:10 PM
St. Thomas at UW-Eau Claire
7:30 PM
Benedictine at Central
8:00 PM
McMurry at East Texas Baptist
8:00 PM
Lakeland at Carroll
8:00 PM
Augsburg at Wartburg
8:00 PM
Gustavus Adolphus at Crown
8:00 PM
Iowa Wesleyan at Cornell
8:00 PM
Frostburg State at Geneva
Maintenance in progress.