Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, 1:30 pm - Dial-Roberson Stadium, Ada, Ohio
Saturday's Contest: Today's contest is the fifth of 10 games in the 2019 season for Ohio Northern. It is also Homecoming Weekend at Ohio Northern. ONU is 538-499-36 in 125 seasons of play, a winning percentage of .518.
ONU Head Coach Dean Paul: Paul is in his 16th season at ONU with a 103-55 record, a winning percentage of .652. Paul is ONU's all-time winningest coach in ONU football history. He is 143-67 in 20 seasons overall and is 12-3 vs. MC.
MC head coach Andy Waddle: Waddle is in his seventh season at Marietta with a 24-39 overall record. He is 2-4 against ONU.
Last Year's Game: Marietta converted a 2-point conversion with 22 seconds left to rally past Ohio Northern 43-42 at Marietta. QB Anthony McFadden completed 18-of-29 passes for 261 yards and 4 TDs and WR Chad Rex caught 10 passes for 156 yards and 2 TDs for ONU. RB Brock Martin ran 12 times for 100 yards and two scores for ONU. The Pioneers were led by QB Darrien Fields, who threw for 315 yards and 4 TDs, and RB Tanner Clark, who ran 34 times for 180 yards and two scores. The two teams combined for 1,039 yards, including 569 in the first half. With the score tied in the fourth quarter, the Polar Bears marched 87 yards in 14 plays, took 6:18 off the clock and went up 42-35 with 4:45 left to play on a 3-yard run by Martin. Marietta then marched 70 yards in 13 plays and scored with 22 seconds left to pull within 42-41. Fields then hit Clark on the 2-point conversion to make it 43-42.
ONU Last Week: Ohio Northern built a 31-13 halftime lead and held on for a 45-35 victory over Otterbein on Saturday night at Dail-Roberson Stadium. QB Anthony McFadden was an 15 of 24 for 250 yards and 4 TDs passing. WR Austin Eick paced the receiving group with 3 receptions for 93 yards and a TD. WR Chase Rose had 2 catches for 83 yards and 2 scores, while RB All-American Christiaan Williams ran 12 times for 146 yards and a TD. LB Mark Niles paced Northern's defensive unit, matching a career-high with 15 total tackles and 2 sacks. DE Josh Bever and LB Cairo Smith logged 11 and 10 tackles, respectively. ONU out-gained OU 436-424 in total offense.
ONU Leaders: The ONU running game is led by All-American RB Christiaan Williams (76 att, 465 yards, 3 TDs) and QB Anthony McFadden (45 att, 100 yards, 1 TD). QB Anthony McFadden is 70-of-103 passing for 913 yards and 13 TDs against 1 INT. WR Austin Eick (24 rec, 419 yards, 8 TDs) and WR A.J. Marks (13 rec, 110 yards, 1 TD) lead the receivers. LB Mark Niles, LB David Haseleu and DE Josh Bever lead the defense with 47, 27 and 23 tackles, respectively.
MC Last Week: Marietta overcame a 9-0 first quarter deficit to post a 31-25 home victory over Muskingum in the annual Shrine Trophy game on Sept. 21. RB Tanner Clark scored touchdowns 14 second apart as MC regained the lead in the second quarter. Clark ran 39 times for 214 yards and 3 TDs to lead the Pioneer offense. Muskingum out-gained Marietta 463-342 in total offense..
MC Leaders: he MC running game is led by RB Tanner Clark (83 att, 437 yards, 6 TDs) and RB Justin Bell (25 att, 129 yards). QB Kyle McSweeney is 42-of-69 passing for 507 yards and 8 TDs. WR Andrew Barker (8 rec, 165 yards, 5 TDs) and WR Robert Nelson (7 rec, 86 yards) lead the MC receivers. DB Tay Pryor, LB Vic Giovengo and LB Drake Neuberger lead the defense with 22, 19 and 19 tackles, respectively.
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All-Time Series: ONU leads the series between the two schools by a 33-11-1 margin. MC has won 2 straight in the series, including a 43-42 victory in Marietta last season. ONU is 16-5 all-time against MC in Ada and is 5-2 all-time in Dial-Roberson Stadium.
Homecoming Heroes: ONU has won 14 of its last 22 Homecoming games. In 95 previous Homecoming games, Northern has a 49-42-4 mark, including a 55-24 loss to Mount Union in 2018.