ALLIANCE, Ohio -- When talking about the surprise blitz formations that Mount Union threw at Wesley on Saturday, it was obvious coach Vince Kehres was trying to hold back a proud and sly little smile.

His defense had matured since last season and now carries a depth, versatility and adaptability that have helped to catapult the Purple Raiders into the Stagg Bowl for the 10th consecutive year.

Kehres has known that for weeks, and by the time Mount Union finished Saturday with a 70-21 semifinal win, shutting out Wesley for the first three quarters, everyone else knew that, too.

The 2014 defense is older, more experienced, more disciplined and more poised than last year, Kehres said.

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