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MULE DEFENSE SECOND IN D-III
The NCAA football statistics for this week reveal what the offensive players from Kings Point, Union, Grove City and Franklin & Marshall
Mark Bennett
Linebackers Mark Bennett (49) and Ryan Peer (27) have combined for five sacks, including this one against Grove City.
already know: The Muhlenberg defense is one of the best in Division III.

The Mules (3-1) are in the top five in Division III in four defensive categories and will put those lofty rankings to the test at Dickinson (3-1) on Saturday. The game will be broadcast live on WMUH 91.7 FM.

Through four games, Muhlenberg has allowed 166.8 yards per game, second in the country only to Carthage (159.0). With 34.0 yards per game, the Mules trail only No. 1 Mt. Union (25.8) in rushing defense.

Muhlenberg is 16th in Division III in scoring defense at 12.3 points per game allowed.

In addition to total defense and rushing defense, the Mules also lead the Centennial Conference in pass defense (132.8 yards per game), fewest first downs allowed (36), most sacks (17), third-down defense (22 percent) and average time of possession (34:08).

One of the biggest contributors to the team statistics is senior linebacker Dan Walker. After sitting out the first game, Walker has recorded seven sacks in the last three. He leads Division III in sacks per game (2.3) and is fifth in tackles for loss per game (3.3). Walker also ranks 11th in forced fumbles.

Muhlenberg’s will not be the only stingy defense on display Saturday. Dickinson is second in the country with a plus-13 turnover margin, which could mean trouble for the Mules, who are last in the CC in turnover margin (minus-7). The Red Devils forced six turnovers in their 17-7 upset of CC preseason favorite Johns Hopkins last week. Dickinson also ranks fifth in Division III in pass efficiency defense, due in large part to its 12 interceptions.


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Last updated October 8, 2004