2011 University of Mount Union Football
#2 Mount Union Purple Raiders (1-0, 0-0 OAC) vs
John Carroll Blue Streaks (0-0, 0-0 OAC)
Sat., Sept. 17 - 7 pm - Mount Union Stadium (Alliance, Ohio)
TV (Tape Delay): Joe Tait (play-by-play), Harry Paidas (color)
WIVM Ch. 52 (Sat. Sept. 17 at 11 pm; Sun. Sept. 18 at 1 pm)
SportsTime Ohio (Mon. Sept. 19 at 12 pm )
LIVE STATS: http://athletics.mountunion.edu
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No. 2 ranked Mount Union plays its second straight home game and opens up Ohio Athletic Conference play hosting John Carroll this Saturday at 7 pm at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance.
The Purple Raiders won their 24th consecutive season opener with a 41-17 win over Wisconsin-Oshkosh last Saturday. Mount Union was down 7-3 in the first quarter before scoring 31 of the next 34 points to lead 34-10 at the half and go on to the win. Junior running back Jeremy Murray (Martins Ferry/Martins Ferry) had 20 carries for 125 yards and two scores on the ground and also caught a touchdown pass to pace the offense while the defense forced four turnovers and junior Nick Driskill (Wabash, Ind./Southwood) had 13 tackles.
John Carroll, idle last week, suffered a season-opening 24-17 loss to Cleveland-area rival Case Western Reserve on September 3. On offense, Devin O'Brien threw for 275 yards with one of his two touchdown passes to DaQuan Grobsmith, who had 72 yards receiving on seven catches along with 81 yards rushing on 19 carries. The defense was led by Emmett Lydon and his 14 tackles while preseason All-American C.J. Seitzinger had 12 stops.
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 also here the WRMU 91.1 FM feed on any phone by calling (330) 445-7900.
This game will also be shown on television via tape delay on regional sports cable channel SportsTime Ohio and WIVM TV52 (Stark County), WIVN TV29 (New Philadelphia), Time Warner Cable (ch. 989-Stark County, ch. 99-Tuscarawas County), Massillon Cable (ch. 21) and Clear Picture Cable (ch. 21-Wayne County). Image Video produces the broadcasts with Joe Tait, who just finished a 39-year run as the radio voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers, does the play-by-play and Harry Paidas handles the color commentary.
This is the 29th meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding a 24-2-2 lead in the series dating back to a 6-6 tie on October 30, 1931. The Raiders have won 20-straight meetings going back to a 20-20 tie in 1991 in Alliance. The last John Carroll win was a 31-7 win in 1989 in University Heights.
Larry Kehres (Mount Union '71) is 304-23-3 (.926) in his 26th season as head coach as one of the most successful coaches in college football history. His teams have won 21 OAC Championships, including the last 19 in a row, along with 10 of the last 18 NCAA Division III National Championships.
Regis Scafe (Case Western Reserve'71) is 77-48 (.616) in his 13th season at John Carroll. He led the Blue Streaks to a school-record 12 wins and an East Region Championship inthe NCAA Playoffs in 2002. His combined coaching record 99-83 after five seasons at his alma mater, Case Western Reserve University.
UP NEXT ...
The Purple Raiders finish a three-game home stand next Saturday, Sept. 24 against Wilmington. The game kicks off at 7 pm and there will be no TV broadcast.
SCOUTING THE BLUE STREAKS
John Carroll started last season 1-3 before winning four of its final six games to end the 2010 season. The comeback was also the theme of the Blue Streaks first game this season against Case Western Reserve. John Carroll rallied from a 17-7 deficit and appeared to tie the game at 24, before a penalty negated the score and the Streaks fell 24-17.
John Carroll returns 11 starters from a year and six of those are on offense led by senior quarterback Devin O'Brien and junior running back DaQuan Grobsmith. O'Brien started the final five games last year and is a dual threat as he rushed for over 700 yards last year, while Grobsmith averaged 108.3 yards per game with eight rushing touchdowns in seven games a year ago. Grobsmith is also the top receiving threat early on along with Lane Robilotto.
Five starters are back on defense led by preseason All-American senior linebacker C.J. Seitzinger, who led the OAC and was fifth in the nation in tackles a year ago. Fellow senior linebacker Emmett Lydon, 14 tackles against Case Western Reserve, and junior safety Dominique Hopkins, 15 tackles against Mount Union a year ago, are the other top players on defense.
On special teams, Brad Marchese nailed 15-of-17 field goals and 49-of-52 PAT's a season ago.
BY THE NUMBERS
Mount Union's win-loss record since 2000
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 that game, the Raiders had a +1 turnover margin.
THE RAIDERS in 2011
Mount Union returns 16 starters and 48 letterwinners in 2011.
With a 49-0 win over St. Lawrence in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Playoffs, Larry Kehres became the 11th coach in college football history to win at least 300 games. Here is a list of the others.
NEW TURF, NEW HOME UNIFORMS
Mount Union replaced its 10-year old AstroPlay surface with a new FieldTurf playing surface this past summer. Fans will notice that the football and soccer lines are permanent with two tones of alternating green and black end zones. The black also carries over to new Nike home purple jerseys that the Raiders will wear this season. Mount Union's newest teams -- men's and women's lacrosse will start varsity play in the spring of 2013 and their lines will be painted onto the field.
Junior safety Nick Driskill (Wabash, Ind./Southwood) matched his career-high with 13 tackles against Oshkosh. Driskill had 13 tackles last year in the NCAA Playoff national semifinal game against Bethel (Minn.). The 13 stops is the most in a single game since linebacker Sam Kershaw had 14 against Capital on Oct. 10, 2009.
Junior running back Jeremy Murray (Martins Ferry/Martins Ferry) had a game-high 125 yards rushing on 20 carries last week. It marked the eighth 100-yard rushing performance of his career and his three touchdowns (two rushing and one receiving) matched a career-high that he did three different times last season. A year ago, he rushed for 1,616 yards on 311 carries with 21 touchdowns on the ground.
COLLINS CATCHING ON
Junior wide receiver Jasper Collins (Geneva, N.Y./Geneva) had a game-high 10 catches for 96 yards against Oshkosh. The 10 catches were a single-game career-best for Collins and took him over 1,000 career receiving yards as he now has 83 career receptions for 1,085 yards.
TWO OF A KIND
Junior quarterbacks Neal Seaman (Louisville/Louisville) and Matt Piloto (Rotonda West, Fla./Lemon Bay) both saw action this past week. Seaman improved to 15-0 as a starter as he was 18-for-29 for 149 yards with a touchdown while Piloto was 7-for-10 for 120 yards and a touchdown. Both are expected to see action again this week.
DID YOU KNOW?
In his 13th season at John Carroll, Regis Scafe is now the longest tenured head football coach in that school's history besting the 12 years by both Jerry Schweickert (1965-76) and Tony DeCarlo (1987-1998). In his 26th season as head coach at Mount Union, Larry Kehres also holds that honor for the Purple Raiders as Ken Wable was the coach for 24 seasons from 1962-1985.
PURPLE RAIDERS IN THE PROs