The Mount Union Purple Raiders overcame a lackluster first quarter to defeat the Baldwin Wallace Yellow Jackets, 38-7, on Saturday. The Purple Raiders dominated the game after allowing the Yellow Jackets to score the first touchdown.
For the game, Mount Union outgained Baldwin Wallace 519 yards to 159. The defense held the Yellow Jackets to 11 first downs in the game.
Baldwin Wallace entered the contest ranked No. 15 in Division III by the American Football Coaches Association. The Purple Raiders clinched at least a share of their 21st consecutive Ohio Athletic Conference title and another berth in the NCAA Division III playoffs.
There were several more winners than losers for the Purple Raiders in Saturday's game. Let's explore a few of them.
Lattimore, the leading rusher for Mount Union, set a career high with 131 yards on 16 carries. His zigzag moves bedazzled Baldwin Wallace defenders all game long.
Collins caught seven passes for 81 yards and one touchdown. He now has 38 receptions and nine touchdowns after nine games this season.
Skilliter started the game on defense at cornerback, but moved to running back when the Purple Raiders needed a spark on offense. He scored two touchdowns while gaining 52 yards on seven carries.
Burke entered the game as the most efficient quarterback in Division III and continued to impress. For the contest, he completed 17 of 22 attempts for 202 yards and two touchdowns. Burke's 52-yard pass to Julius Moore couldn't have been more perfect. Burke's only interception in the game came on a fourth-down play in which he threw the ball up for grabs in desperation.
After allowing 87 yards in the first quarter, Mount Union held Baldwin Wallace to 72 total yards for the rest of the game. The Yellow Jackets entered the game averaging 196 rushing yards per contest, but had -1 yards rushing against the Purple Raiders.
Mount Union sacked Baldwin Wallace's quarterbacks five times in the contest.
The senior defensive back entered the game as the leading tackler for Mount Union. In the game, Driskill registered a sack, a fumble recovery and a quarterback hurry.
The fresman linebacker seemed to be everywhere on the field at once as he lead the team with a career-high 11 tackles against Baldwin Wallace.
It is difficult for Coach Kehres to find fault with the No. 1 football team in Division III, but there areas of concern from Saturday to discuss with his team about. In the first quarter, Mount Union gained just 20 yards on eight plays.
The Purple Raiders looked lethargic early on as dropped passes and penalties on the offensive line stalled drives. On defense, personal fouls helped sustain drives for the Yellow Jackets.
The senior linebacker left the game early in the first quarter with an apparent ankle injury and never returned. Based on the dominance of the Purple Raiders' defense, his presence was not needed.
Denton has been terrific for Mount Union this season, but he was himself against Baldwin Wallace. Denton dropped two passes in the first quarter and didn't display his normal brilliance on punt returns.
Denton averaged just two yards per return on two attempts and fumbled one out of bounds that he had no business trying to field.