It was the Jasper Collins show at Mount Union Stadium.
The senior wide receiver tied a personal career-high and school postseason record with four touchdowns — in the first half — during Mount Union’s 55-13 win over Johns Hopkins in a Division III second-round playoff game on Saturday afternoon in Alliance.
Collins, who also had four touchdowns in a regular season win against Heidelberg last year, tied the receiving mark with grabs of 10, 9, 29 and 9 yards from sophomore quarterback Kevin Burke. The touchdowns gave the Purple Raiders leads of 7-0, 14-0, 33-7 and 41-7 before halftime.
Then Collins decided he wanted to be alone in the record books and added a fifth receiving touchdown in the third quarter.
“His receiving totals are being dictated because it’s the playoffs, and he’s getting more time on the field,” said Purple Raiders head coach Larry Kehres.
For the game, Collins finished with 12 catches for 288 yards while tying the Division III playoff record for receiving TDs in a game. Collins has 373 receiving yards in two playoff games as the Purple Raiders have outscored Christopher Newport and Johns Hopkins 127-27.
“They are a very good football team,” said Johns Hopkins head coach Jim Margraff. “They are everything we thought they would be. I told the kids earlier in the week that playing Mount Union was on our Division III bucket list and today we got to do that.”
Chris Denton also surpassed the century mark in receiving yards with 123 yards to give the Purple Raiders a pair of 100-yard receivers for the third straight game. Burke matched his career high with the five touchdowns — set in the regular season finale at John Carroll three weeks ago — while completing 25-of-36 passes for 388 yards on a day where the wind gusts reached 20 mph.
“The wind really only affects you on long passes. The short, quick ones, you don’t really feel the wind too much,” said Burke.
Mount Union’s defense, which ranks first in the nation across the board, was stout once again. The Purple Raiders held Johns Hopkins (10-2) to its second-lowest point total of the season while forcing three turnovers, all of which were interceptions by linebacker Charles Dieuseul, safety Nick Driskill and linebacker Hank Spencer.
“Those are hard on a defense,” said Kehres. “They gave us a couple of short fields.”
The Blue Jays became the first team to have a 100-yard individual rushing performance against the Purple Raiders since the 2010 Stagg Bowl. Senior running back Jonathan Rigaud had 119 yards on 17 attempts, including a 75-yard jaunt for the lone Johns Hopkins score of the day. The Blue Jays finished with 278 total yards on 69 plays.
“They reminded me a lot of our offense on film,” said Dieuseul. “They like to go up-tempo and play very fast. We were a little surprised when they started to slow down on offense. We were ready for them to go fast though.”
Mount Union (12-0) finished with 653 yards to surpass the 600-yard mark for the third straight game.
M.U 55, JOHNS HOPKINS 13
Johns Hopkins 7 0 0 6 — 13
Mount Union 14 20 14 7 — 55
MTU — Collins, 10 pass from Burke, 5:32 1st (Spearman kick).
MTU — Collins, 9 pass from Burke, 3:28 1st (Spearman kick).
MTU — Skilliter, 6 run, 13:30 2nd (Spearman kick).
JHU — Rigaud, 75 run, 13:10 2nd (Carbone kick).
MTU — Collins, 29 pass from Burke, 11:58 2nd (kick blocked).
MTU — Collins, 9 pass from Burke, 9:23 2nd (Spearman kick).
MTU — Skilliter, 1 run, 12:03 3rd (Spearman kick).
MTU — Collins, 45 pass from Burke, 5:25 3rd (Spearman kick).
MTU — Nicholls, 16 pass from Namdar, 13:06 4th (Spearman kick).
JHU — D’Orazio, 22 pass from Matey, 1:23 4th (kick failed).