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The Muhlenberg football team hosts John Carroll in the second round of the NCAA Division III Championship on Saturday. The winner faces the winner of the Brockport State-at-Rowan game next Saturday in the national quarterfinals.

Who: John Carroll (10-1) at Muhlenberg (10-1)
What: A matchup of teams with remarkably similar statistics: John Carroll scores 38.2 points and gives up 11.1 per game; Muhlenberg scores 38.1 and gives up 12.9. The Blue Streaks average 388.5 yards of total offense gained and 259.6 allowed; the Mules gain 371.3 and allow 259.2. The two biggest differences are in offensive balance (JCU is 64 percent pass; the Mules have a 50/50 run/pass ratio) and turnover margin (JCU is plus-14, the Mules plus-29).
When: Saturday, 12:00
Where: Scotty Wood Stadium
Television: Service Electric TV2 will broadcast the game live with commentary by Al DiCarlo and Jim Wills.
Radio: Justin Deutsch and Jon Eddy will call the game live on WMUH 91.7. To listen in, click here. The game also will be Webcast by Gordon Mann and John McGraw for

Scouting the Blue Streaks: John Carroll has won five in a row, outscoring its opponents 209-60, since suffering its lone loss of the season, 35-16 to two-time defending national champion Mt. Union. The Blue Streaks are led by senior Tom Arth, a 2001 first-team All-American who has thrown for 2,084 yards and 21 touchdowns with only four interceptions. He has 9,758 career passing yards and needs just 242 to reach the 10,000 level. Arth, who missed three games with a shoulder injury this season, threw three touchdown passes (all to senior Adam Therrien) in last week’s 27-7 win at Hobart. Therrien has 12 TD receptions for the season, while classmate Jeff Lerner has eight. JCU defeated Hobart despite managing only seven first downs and 31 yards on 31 rushing attempts. The big play of the game came on defense, when senior safety Liam Stull returned a fumble 97 yards for the tying touchdown midway through the first quarter. Sophomore defensive end McPat Coyne is tied for 15th in Division III with 11 sacks, including five against Hobart. Senior Chris Cubero, the Ohio Athletic Conference linebacker of the year, averages 10.5 tackles per game. John Carroll is ranked 11th in the AFCA Division III poll.

Scouting the Mules: Muhlenberg has won six straight, outscoring its opponents 215-29, since suffering its lone loss of the season, 35-14 to McDaniel. The Mules have allowed an average of 195.3 yards in the six games and rank second in Division III in turnover margin. Senior linebacker Beau Sherry leads the team with 83 tackles, four more than junior linebacker Tony Briscella, and junior defensive end Nick Otranto has seven sacks – one short of the school record. Junior cornerback Joe Getz has intercepted at least one pass in each of the last four games. Offensively, Muhlenberg rolled up 529 yards, including 417 on the ground, in last week’s 56-6 defeat of Mass.-Dartmouth. Junior Matt Bernardo amassed 250 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns, rushing for 174 yards on only 16 carries. With 1,339 yards this season, he needs 68 more to break the school’s single-season record. Senior quarterback Justin Jones, the Centennial Conference player of the year, has been responsible for at least one touchdown in 21 of his 22 career starts. Senior Chris Reed is tied for the Division III lead with 15 field goals, including six of 40 yards or more.

Home/Road Cooking:Muhlenberg is 6-0 at Scotty Wood Stadium this year (by a combined score of 303-77) and is 18-4 at home since the start of the 1999 season ... John Carroll is 15-1 in its last 16 games played on the road in the month of November, with the lone loss coming to Mt. Union in the 1997 NCAA quarterfinals.

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Last updated November 29, 2002