Sept. 19, 2009

Courtesy of Mount Union

ADA — No. 1 ranked Mount Union College used its defense to keep No. 7 ranked Ohio Northern University in check during a 30-10 Ohio Athletic Conference win at Dial-Roberson Stadium in Ada Saturday afternoon.

The Purple Raiders surrendered just 80 yards of total offense to the Polar Bears and won their 91st consecutive regular-season road game dating back to 1991.

Linebacker Judd Lutz (Tiffin/Tiffin Columbian) had a team-best eight stops for a unit that had four sacks and an interception.

The first half featured some rare territory for Mount Union.

They trailed for the first time in a regular season game since a 21-14 loss to Ohio Northern in 2005. They were held scoreless in the first quarter for the first time since 2006. Mount Union won that game 14-0 against Baldwin-Wallace.

The Purple Raiders (2-0, 1-0) turned the ball over twice in the first — both on interceptions — but Northern was only able to convert the miscues into just three points.

Ohio Northern (1-1, 0-1) led 3-0 after the first quarter.  Mount Union ended the scoreless drought on a four-yard run by Cecil Shorts III (Cleveland/Collinwood) with 12:32 left before halftime. This was Shorts first rushing touchdown of the young season.

The Purple Raiders took a 10-3 lead following Jay Carpenter’s (Fairmont, WV/Fairmont) 28-yard field goal a little more than four minutes later.

It was a short-lived lead. 

Ohio Northern’s J.J. Mihoci returned the ensuing kickoff 88 yards to tie the game.

Mount Union recaptured the lead on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Kurt Rocco (Cincinnati/Roger Bacon) to Kyle Miller (Elida/Elida) with 4:57 left in the third.

It was the second time this season Rocco and Miller hooked up for a scoring play.

The Purple Raiders increased the lead to 24-10 after Scott Panchik (Natrona Heights, PA/Highlands) scored on a 6-yard touchdown ruh with 12:49 left in the game. Panchik led all rushers with 145 yards and recorded his first career 100-yard game.

Mount Union closed out the scoring on a 2-yard touchdown run by Panchik with 1:30 left in the game.  It was Panchik’s first two TD game of his career.