The Muskingum football team suffered a 52-3 setback at second-ranked Mount Union on Saturday afternoon.
With the loss, Muskingum slips to 2-7 overall and 1-7 in the Ohio Athletic Conference. Mount Union stands at 9-0 overall and 8-0 in league play.
The Purple Raiders led 24-0 after the first quarter en route to taking a 45-0 lead into the break. The Muskies lone score came at the 3:30 mark of the third quarter when sophomore kicker Gavin Costello made a 24-yard field goal to cap off an 11-play, 45-yard drive.
Mount Union's stout defense held Muskingum to 93 yards of offense and nine first downs.
Muskingum's defense ended the outing with six sacks for 34 yards. Senior defensive lineman Tim Ousley had 1.5 sacks for nine yards, while junior defensive lineman Drew Lowery had two sacks for 11 yards. Ousley now has 26.5 career sacks, which rank first all-time at Muskingum. Junior defensive lineman Chris Shakespeare and sophomore defensive lineman Sean Andor each had one sack, and senior linebacker Trocon Keneah registered a half a sack. Junior defensive back Brian Brown led the Muskies with eight tackles.
Muskingum next plays at Capital for its season finale on Saturday, November 16. Game time is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.