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Tall twosome lead (sic) Division III 

rivals into showdown


Mount Union facesBaldwin-Wallace next weekend in the dream matchup in the Ohio Athletic Conference.

The game not only matches two of the better Division III teams in the nation, but arguably the two finest quarterbacks — Jim Ballard of the Purple Raiders and John Koz of the Yellow Jackets.

In Division III, Ballard and Koz are diamonds in a box of  rhinestones.Since Ballard has been quarterback at Mount Union, the Purple Raiders are 24-2-1. BW is 26-3 with Koz calling the signals.

The individual rivalry nearly matches the one between the schools, who played each other
for the first time in 1907. BW leads the series, 20-10-1, but Mount Union has five victories and a tie in the past 10 games. The Raiders are the defending OAC champion. and BW was the conference champion two years ago. Mount Union advanced to the Division III playoff semifinals in 1992. •

As starting quarterbacks. Koz and Ballard are 1-1 against one another.
 Sports Illustrated Photo    

"Ever since I've been at Mount Union, it's been BW," said Ballard, a senior from Cuyahoga
Falls. "Every game is fun, but the BW game is really fun. There always is a big crowd, and you
have a lot of hype. It's been quite a rivalry over the years.

"It's a team thing. Every year since I've been here we want to win. It's been Baldwin-Wallace,
Baldwin-Wallace. It's not John Koz."

Last spring, Ballard and Koz were interviewed for a story in Sports Illustrated's college football
preview. They met for-the first time at the photography session in June.

"Basically, the only time I talked to Ballard was when they took photos," said Koz, a senior
from Lakewood..

"He's a nice guy. You can tell he is a competitor. A lot of his interest is in football.
"The rivalry with Mount Union has always been there. - said Koz. "You have to get by
Mount Union if you want to win the OAC title. The game is special."


'Ever since I've been at mMount Union, it's been
BW. Every game is fun, but the BW game is really

Jim Ballard

'You have to get by Mount Union if
you want to win the OAC title. The
game is special.'

— John Koz

Small schools, tall passers
• Mount Union, the preseason pick to win the OAC and an early pick to win the Division III title, is 3-0 after last night's 37-0 victory at Marietta. BW is also 3-0 after a shutout on the
road, 28-0 over Muskingum.

The careers of the quarterbacks have followed similar paths. Both were standouts in high school and each transferred to his present college after his freshman year. .But the similarities end there.

Ballard is confident, even Cocky. His jaw is firm and juts out, his shoulders are straight and his back is firm. He can intimidate you. He appears in full control. He is impressive.

Koz is unemotional unless you get to know him well. He is soft-spoken and never seems to use two words when one is sufficient. With close friends, he opens up and appreciates a good joke. And those who know him well have been the subject of his jokes or been victimized by his

Ballard was a starter at Wilmington College before transferring to Mount Union. Koz was a redshirt
freshman at Marshall University before returning home to attend BW.

"Transferring was the smartest thing I ever did," said Ballard. "Our coach left, and they brought in a new coach and I didn't want to stay. I was a long way from home. There was a good opportunity to come to Mount and start. Brad Petro (former quarterback) was graduating."

"Marshall won the Division I-AA title (in 1992)," said Koz. "I thought about that. I could have
been on that team, but I don't have any regrets. I've really enjoyed it here.

"The school is a little smaller. The first thing you do when you come here is meet the guys on the football team. It's a pretty close-knit group. We were sitting around recently just counting the guys from Lakewood High School. There's like 12 guys from Lakewood. That's nice. These are guys I went to high school with.

"You kind of go your own way, but you still hang with other guys. It's a special thing with all the guys on the team."

Ballard had passed for 7,075 yards and 78 touchdowns; Koz had passed for 5,271 yards and 46 touchdowns.Ballard has thrown 12 touchdowns 
in the Raiders' first three games this season; Koz has tossed seven in his first three games. Neither has missed a beat from their record-setting 1992

Before this season, Ballard had set 14 school passing records, two OAC and seven national marks. Koz holds school records in passing yardage, passes attempted and completed,
and touchdown passes. And each has earned Division III All-America status
the past two seasons.

They are both unusually big for Division III quarterbacks. Ballard is 6-4, 221 pounds and lean. Koz is 6-2, 220. Each possesses a strong, accurate throwing arm. And when they have to run, they are capable of picking up some yardage.

"Both are non-typical Division III quarterbacks," said BW coach Bob Packard. "Both are excellent at throwing the football. They are a joy to watch as a coach."

Mount Union coach Larry Kehres said: "Jim Ballard and John Koz are proven winners. They've both led their teams to conference championships. They both have the ability to make big plays during the course of a game. They're accurate passers who don't get shaken up easily. Ballard
and Koz find ways to get the job done." 

Whether they could be successful in D-I or not, is a mystery.

"I watch a D-I game on television and I wonder how I would do but I guess I'll never find out," 
said Ballard. "There is nothing like throwing a touchdown pass. I've played baseball and hit home runs and played basketball, but there is nothing to compare with throwing a touchdown pass. It's just an awesome feeling."

"I liked linebacker," said Koz, "but I was always the quarterback on the touch football teams when I was in third grade. I love playing football, but the hardest thing about playing quarterback here (at BW) is if I really get pumped up for a game, its almost useless. As a quarterback you don't
want that eXtra emotion in your head."

Koz, a fifth-year senior who will graduate in December, considered graduating last spring. But he came back for one final quarter and football.

"It's special with these guys on the team. And playing Mount Union and John Carroll again are two more reasons for coming back," he said.  

"I have records," said Ballard, "but not the big one — the national title. I won't be satisfied until we get it."

Ballard wants to continue playing football after graduation. "I don't know if I can make it in the NFL, but they play football in Europe," said Ballard. "I may try that."

 Koz will bank his memories and enter the world of business. 

Mount Union at Baldwin-Wallace
II WHEN: 2 p.m. Saturday.
II WHERE: Finnie Stadium (capacity 8,100), Bagley Rd., Berea.
TICKETS: Tickets, $4 reserved and $3 general admission, will be available
at the box office or by calling the BW athletic department by calling 826-2184.

— Bill Nichols

OAC is seasoned with top area talent



Ryan Haley, Bay Village — The 64, I60-pound senior punter has been named a pre-season All-American m Division III punting

His average tied a school record and placed him second in the OAC and fifth in the nation. He was named to the All-American third team last season.

0hio Northern finally tops B-W

ADA — Arnie Boigner's 2-point conversion following a touchdown with 4:07 to play gave Ohio Northern a 29-28 victory over Baldwin-Wallace, ending any hopes the Yellow Jackets had for a share of the Ohio Conference title

All the scores for B-W (7-2.6-2) came on touchdown passes by John Koz. The scoring plays covered 21 and I9 yards to Merrell Davis, 11 yards to Tom Cutura and 20 yards to Jason Wireman.

Koz was 22 for 42 for 336 yards. Lance Yandell was his leading receiver with six catches for 135 yards.

The Beacon Journal

B-W 24, Otterbein 7


C-T Sports Writer

BEREA — Baldwin-Wallace College capitalized on four Otterbein College turnovers for a 24-7 halftime lead en route to a 38-15 Ohio Athletic Conference victory over the Cardinals Saturday before 4,175 George Finnie Stadium homecoming fans.

Defensive back Eric Hyduk, a North Olmsted graduate, returned an interception 26 yards to put the Brown and Gold at the OC-24 midway through the first quarter. Seven plays later, Mike Barbetta booted a 20- yard field oal.

Quarterback John Koz figured in both of the Yellow Jackets' second-half touchdowns. He capped an eight-play, 72-yard drive with a one-yard TD burst with two minutes left in third quarter and hooked up with running back Bucky Hall on a 56-yard scoring strike with five minutes left to play.

"He (Koz) is getting bettereach game," said Packard. "He's overcoming some early season problems very nicely."

BW football players have received All-America recognition by Football Gazette. Quarterback John Koz was named to the second team. Defensiveend Phil Sahley and defensive back BillLinder were picked on the third team. Wide receiverLance Yandell and linebacker Scott Hershiser received honorable mention.

-- Bill Nichols

Senior quarterback John Koz threw eight touchdown passes Saturday in a-victory over Ohio Northern to earn Ohio Athletic Conference offensive player of the week for the second time this season. He also earned the honor twice in 1991.

The Yellow Jackets are third in total offense and defense in the OAC. They are second in rushing defense, but ninth in rushing offense.

BW's Koz earns Division III honors

Bquarterback John Koz was named the NCAA Division Ill offensive player of the week by The Football Gazette, Brookfield. Ill. published out of Koz. a two-time All -A.merican. threw an Ohio Athletic Conference record eight touchdown passes last Saturday as the Yellow Jackets defeated visitin g. Ohio Northern. 62-19. He completed 18 of 23 passes for 341 yards.

TD Club to honor 3 collegians



CLEVELAND -- John Koz of  Baldwin Wallace Rich Zdrojewski of Case Western Reserve and John Carroll's Greg Zawadski are this Year's recipients of the Touchdown Club Awards.

Koz is a  repeat winner. Koz set 14 of 15 school passing records in college, including five season marks in 1993.

Among his school records are ,453 passing yards, 71 touchdown passes and career total offense of .7,511 yards.

The Yellow Jackets were 31-4 with Koz as a starting quarterback and he earned All Americans recognition.


Senior QB John Koz threw three touchdown passes in the OAC win over Muskingum. Koz's touchdown passes were 33 yards to Depre' Mixori, 15 yards to Jeff Stuart and 12 yards to Mike Zografos.

Koz, who completed 19 of 33 passes for 249 yards, set three BW career records. Koz, from Lakewood, has the most passes (763), most completions (469) and most total offense (5,745 yards) in school history.

Koz sets school records 

Two-time Division III All-American quarterback John Koz decided to return to college in the fall and use his final year of eligibility. 

Koz, who has a 3.2 grade-point average, will be a fifth-yea r senior and is expected to graduate in December. He said one of his goals for next season is to earn Academic All-America honors. 

.Outdoing a great year

Despite outstanding season, B-W aims even higher

What do you do for an encore? Well, if you're the Baldwin-Wallace College football team, which had an undefeated regular season, won the Ohio Athletic Conference title and returned to the NCAA Division III playoffs for the first time in a decade, you get better.

Bob Packard returns five All Americans, including  junior All-America quarterback John Koz,who comes back for more, after completing 173-271 for a school-record 2,177 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Koz, who came to B-W two years ago as a transfer from I-AA Marshall, ranked third among Division III QBs in passing efficiency.

NOTES — B-W is looking for its fourth victory in a row and nrelies on QB John Koz, the league's second-ranked passer (1,653 yds, 15 TDs) and second-ranked receiver Lance Yandell (4 9 7 yds, 5 TDs) to move the chains.



CLEVELAND - BW quarterback John Koz completed 20 of 32 passes for 271 yards and two touchdowns against Marietta. His favorite receiver was Lance Yandell, who had five catches for 104 yards, including a 65-yard scoring strike.

"John threw the ball pretty well against Marietta, - said Packard. "but we did not run the ball very well."

John Carroll, which features the ground attack, used it effectively against the Cardinals. Willie Beers, who needs just seven yards to become the OAC leading career rusher, ran for 193 yards and one touchdown

Baldwin-Wallace vs. Heidelberg

KICKOFF: 1:30 p.m., Finnie Stadium, OB John Koz is second in the OAC in total offense (237.4 yards per game) and in passing (125-of-198 for 1.653 yards and 15 touchdowns). The Student Princes defeated Hiram. 32-13. last Saturday. DB Adam Smith leads OAC with five interceptions.

Heidelberg at Baldwin-Wallace

COACHES: Twelfth-year head coach Bob Packard has an overall record of 91-26-2 at

Baldwin-Wallace while ninth-year chief mentor Dick West has an overall record of 39-

46-2 at Heidelberg.

UPDATE: Offensively, Baldwin-Wallace junior all-America quarterback John Koz has

completed 125 of 198 passes for 1,653 yards and 15 touchdowns in the first seven

games. He completed 20 of 32 attempts for 271 yards and two TDs against Marietta.

Wideout Lance Yandell leads B-W receivers with 34 catches for 497 yards and five TDs,

while wideout Merrell Davis has caught 23 passe.; for 358 yards and three TDs.

Defensively, the Yellow Jackets have allowed an average of 263.1 yards of total offense

per game to rank third in the Ohio Athletic Conference. They have allowed just 94.9

rushing yards per game.

Football quarterback John Koz broke Mike Blake's career touchdown passing record with his four TD passes in a 50-0 victory over Capital on Saturday. Koz has 37 in his career, bettering Blake's mark by two. Koz has thrown 13 touchdown passes this season and has rushed for three.

Mount Union controls BW



ALLIANCE -- Mount Union went to the air early and to the ground late yesterday to dominate Baldwin-Wallace and defeat the Yellow Jackets, 23-14, in a crucial earlyseason Ohio Athletic Conference game.

Mount Union quarterback Jim Ballard completed 23 of 44 passes for 337 yards and two touchdowns while BW's John Koz hit on 22 of 50 for 230 yards and one touchdown.

Mount Union has won nine straight and is unbeaten

at home in its last 30 games. BW had a 14-game regular-

season winning streak snapped.

Mount Union scored with 11:22 left in the second quarter when Ballard hit Mike Siriana (seven catches for 66 yards) with a 13-yard scoring strike. BW blocked the conversion attempt and Mount Union led. 9-0.

Later in the second quarter BW put together a 76-yard drive, climaxed with Koz scoring from 6 yards on a quarterback keeper.

Mount Union then engineered a 78-yard drive. Koz passed 8 yards to tailback Chuck Geiss for a touchdown as the Jackets pulled to within two points, 16-14.

Koz's 52 passing attempts against Mount Union set a BW single-game record, one more than Mike Blake threw against Connecticut in 1969. Koz has thrown 31 touchdown passes, three shy of]Blake's school mark.


Staff Writer

BEREA — This season has indeed been a sensational one for the Mount Union football team, which currently ranks atop the Division III polls.

And the Purple Raiders' 35-7 win over backyard rival Baldwin-Wallace amid national media coverage Saturday was one of the most satisfying for all involved, with quarterback Jim Ballard throwing a career-best 80-yard touchdown pass.

"In 1987, we had the death of a player 10 days before (a game), so that was my most satisfying

"We wanted to get after (John) Koz, because he seems to get antsy in the pocket under pressure," Schafer said. "That was a great win for us. I don't really like B-W." \

Around the Alliance campus, it isn't as blinding.

"The cameras came out I think one day, and I read the Sports Illustrated article about Jim and Koz after it came out, but it really isn't a big thing at school," Zufra said.

Area OAC teams in playoff race




Now that Mount Union has what appears to be a commanding lead in the Ohio Athletic Conference football race, Baldwin-Wallace and John Carroll will set their sights on the NCAA Division III playoffs. Mount Union. which defeated John Carroll, 24-14,

Saturday, is 5-0, 4-0 in the OAC and the lone unbeaten team in the conference. BW and JCU are 4-1. 3-1 in the OAC. The Yellow Jackets lost to the Purple Raiders on Oct. 3. The Blue Streaks, Jackets and Ohio Northern are tied for second place.

While quarterback John Koz had a good day against the Cardinals, hitting on 14 of 17 for 240 yards and one touchdown, the defense also played well and blocked two punts.

Jackets frozen out

of playoff games

by Alan Mc Dorman

Staff Writer

For the first time since 1928, the Baldwin-Wallace Yellow Jackets lost a football game to the Polar

Bears of Ohio Northern. The Jackets blew a three touchdown lead to ONU, who won the game 29-28.

The Jackets took a 7-0 lead halfway through the first quarter when John Koz hit Merrell Davis with a 21 yard touchdown pass. This play was set up by a 40 yard reception by Lance Yandell from Koz two plays earlier.

ONU's defensive scheme may have stopped the Jacket ground game, but it had seemingly no effect on Koz's passing. Koz passed for 64 yards on the next Jacket touchdown drive. Passes of 30yards to Chuck Geiss and 15 yards to Bucky Hall set up the 19 yard touchdown pass from Koz to Torn Cutura. 

Once again, Koz connected with Cutura for the touchdown, this time for 11 yards.

The Jackets scored again late in the third quarter. Koz threw his fourth touchdown pass of the day when he hit running back Jay Wirernan on a screen pass to the left side. Wireman then ran the ball in from 20 yards out for the final BW score of the day with three minutes left in the third quarter.

At this point, the Jackets held a 28-7 lead and appeared to be in control of the game. But ONU scored the next 22 points to capture the lead.

Boigner ran the ball in from five yards out for the next Polar Bear score with a little under one minute left in the third quarter. Boigner's touchdown was set up by 44 yards passing on the drive by Clark.

The Polar Bears scored again on their next possession when Clark again found Perkins for a touchdown pass, this time from ten yards out. This four minute drive cut the Jacket lead to 28-21 with 10:42


BW hopes fade on Carroll




The John Carro1l football team seems to. be improving each week. BW's hopes for a berth in the NCAA Division III playoffs are fading.

Although BW lost on Saturday, quarterback John Koz from Lakewood had an outstanding game. Hecompleted 22 of 42 passes for 336 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.

For the season. Koz is 162-for-259 for 2.193 yards. 21 touchdowns and five interceptions.

Although he started only three games, freshman quarterback John Koz finished second to Mount Union's Brad Petro in OAC passing efficiency.

Koz, from Lakewood, co mpleted 55 of 97 passes for 712 yards and three touchdowns.

Conference Media Day


Coaches, media polls pick

BW to repeat as champions

CANTON — Here are former local high school football playersexpected to have a maior impact in the Ohio Athletic Conference


Eric Hyduk, North 0lmsted -- The senior is the main force in the Yellow.Jacket secondary. Hyduk had 67 tackles last. Season and is a Preseason. All-American selection. 

John Koz,  Lakewood -- When offensive records are discussed, Koz' name enters the discussion.. The 6-2 quarterback holds single-season and career records for passing yards and touchdowns.

A two-time All-OAC and Division 111 All-American, Koz was the first sophomore to win the OAC Gregory Award. His 2,302 yards and 22 touchdowns last season were both school records.



CANTON-- Defending champion Baldwin-Wallace is the favorite of the coaches and media to win the Ohio Athletic Conference football championship. The Yellow Jackets, who were 10-0 win the regular season in 1991, were the choice of the OAC coaches, picking up 97 points, including seven first-place votes. The media gave BW 292 points, including 17 first-place votes.

Mount Union was picked second in both polls and John Carroll was selected third in each poll. Muskingum  was the coaches' choice to finish fourth and the media picked Capital fourth.

"I hope you people who voted for us are right," said BW football coach Bob Packard. "I'm glad we were selected. I hope it gives our players incentive to work hard every game."

After going undefeated in the regular season in 1991. the Yellow Jackets lost, 27-10, to Dayton in the first round of the NCAA Division III playoffs. BW has 32 returning lettermen, including All-American quarterback John Koz, who completed 173 of 271 passes for 2,177 yards and 21 touchdowns last year. 

BW, Otterbein tie,  24-24



It has been said that a tie is like kissing your sister, but Baldwin-Wallace's 24-24 standoff with Otterbein yesterday in front of 3,250 fans at Finnie Stadium must have seemed more like getting kicked by your sister.

The last time BW lost to the Cardinals was 1930. Herbert Hoover was president and the Great De Depression was in full swing. And, if not for a 42-yard field-goal attempt that hit the left upright with 37 seconds left, Otterbein would have pulled off one of the most incredible comebacks in Ohio AthleticConference history.

Otterbein (4-4-1, 4-3-1 in the OAC) overcame a 24-0 deficit with nearly 11 minutes remaining in the first half to force the standoff. A week ago, the Cardinals held on to tie winless Hiram, 21-21.

"This tie makes me a lot happier," Otterbein coach Mark Asher said "I had trouble eating after  last week's game. "We played only a half, but we showed we can play with BW (6-2-1, 5-2-1): Our players finally realize their potential."

BW coach Bob Packard, who said he couldn't remember a game quite like yesterday's, said, "We could just feel it coming. We had good emotion the first half, but none in the second.

"We are not good enough to win without emotion."

Asher said he changed defenses at halftime to stop the BW passing game. His change worked almost to perfection. The Yellow Jackets had 15 first downs in the first half, but only two in the second half. 

The first one didn't come until 11:10 of the fourth quarter. Otterbein's 6-5 freshman quarterback, Luke Hanks, completed 5 of 9 passes in the first half, but hit on 29-of-38 in the second half. He finished 34-for-48 for 296 yards and two touchdowns. Both scoring passes were for 4 yards to wide receiver Carlos Hill.

"Some MAC (Mid-American Conference) schools and even some bigger ones missed the boat on Hanks," said Asher. "He is very good and extremely poised for a freshman."

The last scoring pass to Hill and the conversion by Corey Brown tied the game at 24 with 3:20 remaining. Otterbein , had one more goo chance to score when the Cardinal drove from their 44-yard line to th 26, setting up a fourth-and-6 situation.

Brown's field-goal try was line drive that hooked left and hit the upright

John Koz,  a freshman from Lakewood making his second start of this season at quarterback for BW, cornpleted six of his first eight passes and was 9-of-13 for 141 yards an two touchdowns in the first half. He finished with 10-of-19 for 159 yards

Brian Murray, the usual starter played much of the fourth quarter, completing 1 of 5 attempts.

Ballard turns up winner over

Koz in battle of QBs


BEREA — Three and out. That was the unlikely theme in the latest effort of senior quarterback John Koz and the Baldwin-Wallace football team — a 35-7 defeat Saturday to the No. 1 teamin Division III, Mount Union.

It was the all-important determining game of the two teams' five-year Ohio Athletic Conference rivalry, and with the help of a stellar all-around game, Purple Raiders' quarterback Jim Ballard can now boast a 3-2 advantage over Koz after winning the last two matchups.

"It just wasn't my day, or the team's day either," Koz said after the game. "Their defense was really tough last year and I really didn't expect it to be as good as it was today. They had a very physical defense and the four men up front were very physical."

The game was billed in Sports Illustrated and USA Today as college football's premiere quarterback matchup, but it was all Mount Union. After the Purple Raiders were forced to punt late in a scoreless first quarter, Mount Union started to flex its defensive prowess. Koz attempted to pass on first-and-10 from the Yellow Jackets' 14-yard line, but outside linebacker Rob Rodgers intercepted the ball and ran into the end zone for the game's first score.

"That was a play we had worked on," Rodgers said. "It was really just a matter of coming back and getting in front of the receiver. I was kind of surprised it happened that way.  

So was Baldwin-Wallace evidently, because the Yellow Jackets failed to pick up their next first  down, watched Mount Union's Rob Atwood catch an eight-yard score and Koz follow with another interception on the next drive.

"I think the defense was obviously the key to this game," Mount Union coach Larry Kehres said. "I can't overstate the importance of getting those interceptions. Those were the two big plays of the game with the first by Atwood being the premiere play of the game."

Koz was relieved from the suffocating-pressure that had hampered his performance all day, and on a drive that marched B-W 57 yards in 3:09, he hooked up with Dupree Mixon to cut the gap to 21-7.

After that drive, however, Koz fought to put a string of passes together and the running game was simply nonexistent. Bucky Hall and Brian Bickerton were B-W's leading rushers as they combined for eight yards on nine carries.

"We aren't runnin g the ball very well this season," B-W coach Bob Packard said. "And defending the rush is the strength of their defense. There are holes (in their defense), but you need to have time to find them. John just did not get that time." 

Mount Union had the game in hand by halftime after Ballard hooked up with Cloverleaf graduate Todd Zufra for an 80-yard touchdown run with 2:33 left in the half to go ahead 28-7.

And while people everywhere expected Ballard or Koz to make headlines in the aforementioned sports publications, the Purple Raiders' defense made their own statement against its arch-rivals. For the rest of the game, Koz failed to move the ball and he threw another interception to lose the first home game in his career. 

Meanwhile, Mount Union continued to score behind Ballard, who finished the day with 293 35-7.

Koz has record day in B-W history


C-T Sports Writer

BEREA — Baldwin-Wallace junior quarterback John Koz's record-setting performance led the Yellow Jackets to a 50-0 blanking of Ohio Athletic Conference foe Capital University Saturday before 3,750 George Finnie Stadium fans.

"We played very well today, the best offensively so far this season," said 12th-year Baldwin-Wallace coach Bob Packard.

"We really clicked; we showed some very good execution today." Koz, a Lakewood High School graduate, put the winners' first points up on the scoreboard with a one-yard keeper with 51/2 minutes left in the first quarter. This capped a drive which started at the team's own two-yard line and was their longest march so far this season. From there, he threw four TD passes and wound up with 22 completions in 26 attempts for 322 yards. The four scoring strikes and yardage established new Finnic Stadium records.

"I saw a lot of cushion in their (the Crusaders') defense, - said Koz. "I looked to dump the ball off to our running backs in the flats. From there, the running backs and the receivers did a lot of good work for us."

Koz hooked up with wideouts Lance Yandell and Merrell Davis for three six-pointers in the second quarter as the Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 28-0 lead at halftime.

In the third quarter, senior running back Chuck Geiss found paydirt from five yards out to cap off the winners' first possession of the second half. Three minutes later, Koz and Jay Wireman connected on a 26- yard scoring strike as Koz put his name in the school record book with his 37th career TD passes.

Wittenberg vs. Baldwin-Wallace

WHAT: Baldwin-Wallace (10-1 overall, 9-0 Ohio Athletic Conference in 1991) travels to Springfield to meet Wittenberg (5-5 overall, 5-3 North Coast Athletic Conference in 1991) in what has been billed as the last meeting between these longtime rivals. 

The Yellow Jackets won the OAC championship last year before coming up on the short end of a 27-10 score in an NCAA-Division Ill playoff game. The Tigers finished fourth in the NCAC standings.

UPDATE: Offensively, Baldwin-Wallace is led by junior all-America quarterback John Koz' who completed 173 of 271 passes for school records of 2,177 yards and 21 touchdowns last season. These performances helped the Lakewood native finish third in passing efficiency in Division Ill

UPDATE: Offensively, Baldwin-Wallace junior all-America quarterback John Koz has completed 30 of 47 passes for 289 yards and four touchdowns in the first two games. Wideout Lance Yandell leads B-W receivers with 11 catches for 104 yards and two TDs, while halfback Jay Wireman paces B-W rushers with 23 carries for 120 yards and one TD

WHEN: Game time today is 1:30 p.m. (EDT). .RADIO/TV: Baldwin-Wallace campus radio station WBWC (88.3, FM) will air the game, with the pregame show starting at 1:20 p.m. Sports director Corbett Howard and Josh Olin will call all the action.

UPDATE: Against Wittenberg, Baldwin-Wallace junior all-America quarterback John Koz completed 18 of 32 passes for 162 yards and one touchdown, a 19-yarder to former Lakewood High School teammate Tom Cutura. Lakewood St. Edward alumnus John Andrews ran for touchdowns of 25 and four yards from his fullback position. 

Koz throws 4 TD passes in Jackets' romp



BEREA -- Baldwin-Wallace College junior quarterback John Koz looked like the reincarnation of Milt Plum yesterday at Finnie Stadium'.

That performance was good enough to enable the Yellow Jackets to crush Capital, 50-0, in Ohio Athletic

Plum made a living by completing short throws to big-play backs. Koz used the same formula to complete 22 of 26 passes for Yellow Jackets' records of 322 yards and four touchdowns.

Many of Koz's completions were short throws that were turned into big plays because BW backs and receivers were able to break tackles and outrun defenders.

"Capital's defensive backs played deep, so all I had to do was dump off short passes," said Koz. "The receivers and the line did all the real work. We executed extremely well."

Koz had first half statistics any quarterback would envy. He completed 19 of 21 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns, .plus he scored on a 1-yard sneak as the Yellow Jackets built up a 28-0 lead.

In their opening possession, the Yellow Jackets (4-1. 5-1) marched 98 yards in 14 plays. It was BW's longest drive of the season.

Koz completed all seven of his passes in the drive for 59 yards. The Lakewood High graduate sneaked in for the touchdown with 5:28 remaining in the first quarter.

By halftime, Koz had thrown TD passes of 1 and 24 yards to Merrell Davis, and 34 yards to Lance Yandell. Both are wide receivers. The second half was no kinder to Capital (0-5, 1-5). BW took the kickoff and marched 65 yards in five plays to take a 35-0 lead with 12:49 left.

BW senior running back Chuck Geiss stole the spotlight on that drive. He accounted for all 65 yards, rushing five times for 40 yards, and scampering 25 yards with a Koz screen pass. Geiss ran off right tackle for the last 5 yards, his fifth touchdown of the season. He scored eight touchdowns in BW's first nine quarters last year before he was sidelined with an injured right knee.

Quarterback Koz, Yellow Jacket defense combine for 20-0 shutout


Beacon Journal sta fl- writer

SPRINGFIELD: What's a 3-letter word for competitor?

How about K-O-Z as in John Koz, Baldwin-Wallace College's All-American quarterback. Facing Wittenberg University in the season opener for both teams Saturday, the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Koz became the spark for the Yellow Jackets en route to their 20-0 victory before 3,254.

Koz hit on 18-of-32 passes for 162 yards and one score. It was in the first half, however, when Baldwin-Wallace was sputtering, that he took charge — passing for 121 yards when Wittenberg checked the Yellow Jackets with just 41 rushing yards.

It was the first time Wittenberg had been shut out since Allegheny had done it in 1990.

The two teams were involved in a sloppily played first quarter and neither seemed willing to take the initiative. That is, until a bad snap from center on a punting situation sailed over the head of B-W kicker Scott Hershiser and he was nailed for a loss of 36 yards at his own 19.

B-W then pushed Wittenberg back to the 30, but the Tigers were still in good field-goal position.

Greg Brame's 40-yard effort was strong enough, but the ball bounced off the left upright. Koz and both coaches, Bob Packard of B-W and Wittenberg's Doug Neibuhr, agreed that the missed field goal served as a wake-up call for the Yellow Jackets.

"I thought we were well prepared for this game, but you know, it was the season's opener and we were kind of nervous and played a terrible first quarter," said Koz.

"When they were in position to get a field goal and then missed, it woke us up and we said we'd better get after them because we hadn't done anything up to that time."

Koz then unlimbered his arm and passed B-W to a 13-0 halftime lead. Within the space of a little more than five minutes, Koz helped put 13 points on the board.

His passing set up the game's first score, a 25-yard run by John Andrews with 12:59 left in the second quarter.

He then collaborated with wingback Tom Cutura for a 19-yard scoring shot with 7:21 left in the half.

"It was a little tough in the first quarter because they were mixing up their defenses quite a bit and disguising them well," said Koz. "I'm happy we won, but I'm not satisfied with this effort because we didn't have our heads in it and I know we can do better."

"Koz isn't a kid who gets too excited and he was able to make some big plays for us after that," Coach Bob Packard said

Andrews, who got his second TD of the game on a 4-yard run with 6:27 left in the game, finished with 39 yards in six tries.

NOTES — B-W All-American QB John Koz has hit on 30-01-47 passes for 289 yards and four TDs with just one interception.

BW's Koz, Yandell win OAC honors

Baldwin-Wallace quarterback John Koz and his top target, Lance Vanden, share offensive player of the week honors in the Ohio Athletic Conference. Heidelberg safety Adam Smith WaS chosen defensive player of the week.

Koz, a senior from Lakewood, and Yandell, a senior from Chesterland, teamed for three touchdowns in the second quarter to break open a 14-10 game in BW's 56-10 victory over Otterbein. 

Yandell caught 10passes for a school-record 258 yards and scored on catches of 84, 48 and 9 yards. Koz completed 23 of 30 passes for five touchdowns and a school-record 420 yards.

UPDATE: Offensively, Baldwin-Wallace senior all-America quarterback John Koz completed 21 of 40 passes for 232 yards and one touchdown in the Yellow Jackets' 35-7 Homecoming loss to Mount Union last weekend. However, he was intercepted three times and was sacked on seven occasions.

The team's running game was almost non-existent as Bucky Hall led the way with just four yards on six carries. 

Koz passes BW past Capital


John Koz passed for 255 yards and one touchdown, and Lance Yandell caught six passes for 96 yards as Baldwin-Wallace stopped Capital, 17-0. yesterday.

John Koz threw for 420 yards and five touchdowns as Baldwin-Wallace rolled up 663 yards of offense and beat Otterbein, 56-10, yesterday in Westerville.

Koz's three second-quarter touchdown passes to Lance Yandell — of 48, 84 and 9 yards.Yandell had 10 catches for 258 yards.

Koz has a field day as BW routs Otterbein



John Koz broke Mike Blake's career passing record with his four TD passes in a 50-0 victory over Capital on Saturday. Koz, a junior, has 37 in his career, bettering Blake's mark by two. Koz has thrown 13 touchdown passes this season and has rushed for three.

By Jerry Henson

The Chronicle-T

BEREA — John Koz threw a school-record eight touchdown passes as Baldwin-Wallace crushed Ohio Northern 62-19 in an Ohio Conference same Saturday. Koz completed 18 of 23 for 341 yards as the Yellow Jackets improved to 8-1 overall (7-1 in the CAC).

It was the final home game for Koz and the rest of the B-W seniors.

"I was really happy to see us come out and play super well on both sides of the football." B-W coach Bob Packard said. "We came up with some good plays and took advantage of the opportunities that we got. John hit the open man very nicely."

John Carroll unbeaten despite sluggish starts

Baldwin-Wallace opens with 20-0 shutout




BW had an outstanding performance by quarterback John Koz (13 of 15 for 125 yards and three touchdowns) and its defense.

A pleasing development for coach Bob Packard was the return of all-purpose tailback Chuck Geiss, who played for the first time since the third week of last season when hewent out with a knee injury. BW led, 41-0, at halftime. 

SPRINGFIELD — Baldwin-Wallace opened up its season with a 20-0 shutout of longtime rival Wittenberg Saturday.

Lakewood's John Andrews scored on runs of 25 and four yards for the Yellow Jackets, while Tom Cutura caught a 19-yard scoring strike from John

Koz for the winners' third touchdown. Baldwin-Wallace remains on the road with its first Ohio Athletic Conference game at Hiram next Saturday.

Yellow Jackets open season with 25-13 win over 


Entering the 1993 college football season, B-W will be looking to extend the nation's second longest active,season winning streak is 27 in a row. B-W has not had a losing  football season since 1966. Head coach Bob Packard welcomes back 32 lettermen and 10 starters to a squad that finished 8-2 overall  and 7-2 in the rugged Ohio Athletic Conference in 1992.

Offensively, B-W returns some explosive weapons in two-time All-American quarterback John Koz,, All-American wide receiver Lance Yandell and All-American  place-kicker Mike Barbetta.  Yandell and Barbetta are

Yandell  is joined by outside linebacker Tim Jansen and cornerback Eric Hyduk as pre-season All- American selections while Koz and defensive tackle Adrian Allison have been tabbed as pre-season Scholar All-Americans will lead the offense. 

In just over two years as a starter. Koz has passed for 5,177 yards and 46 touchdowns wnile trirowing
only 18 interceptions. His main protector will be sophomore offensive tackle Jason Klein. 

Yandell will be Koz's main target. He has caught 93 passes for 1,408 yards and 13 TDs
in two years at B-W, including 51 receptions last year which was just one catch shy
of the B-W single-season record. Also look for Barbetta, running back Bucky Hall, Terry
Lahoski and Pete Pruitt, fullbacks Brian Bickerton and Eddie Gable, wingback Phil Evans and widcouts Jeff Stuart and Aaron Papuschak all to be assets to Koz and the  Yellow Jacket offense.

Compiled from Sports Information

Media, coaches expecting repeat from Mount Union


CANTON — So goes the quarterback, so goes the team. That is just one way to sum up the Ohio Athletic Conference as the 1993  football season prepares to kick off  Sept. 11.

Defending champion Mount Union returns one of the best offensive weapons not only in the OAC,
but all of Division III, in Jim Ballard.

The 6-4, 220-pound senior has 15 school passing records, two OAC records and several NCAA marks. He had an outstanding junior year, throwing for 2,656 yards and 29 touchdowns.

As Ballard went, so went his team. The Purple Raiders were undefeated in the conference (9-0) and reached the Final Four in the NCAA Division III playoffs before losing to Wisconsin- LaCrosse, 29-24. Mount Union is the overwhelming favorite to repeat this year, according to polls of media and coaches. 

Baldwin-Wallace counter with two-time All-American John Koz from Lakewood. The 6-2, 220-pound
senior has passed for 5,177 yards and 46 touchdowns the past two seasons.

ALL-AMERICANS -- Here are OAC players named to, the pre-season  All-American Team by College Football Preview:

Jeff Ballard, QB, Mount Union;

Luke Hanks, QB. Otterbein;

John  Koz, QB, BW;

Rob Atwood, TE, Mount Union

Keith Boucher, DL, Capital; Mik(

Hallett, DL, Mount Union; Bryar

Bown, DB, Marietta; Eric Hyduk

DB, B-W; Willie Laine, DB, Hiram

Aaron Perusek, DB, John Carroll

Jason Whaley, DB, Heidelberg

Ryan Haley, P. John Carroll;

Outstanding quarterbacksJohn Koz of B-W and Raider signal-caller Jim Ballard were first- and second-team Division III All-American quarterbacks coming into the year. Both lived up to expectations.

Koz has completed 47-of-69 passes for 559 yards and seven TDS; while Ballard is 47-of 73 for 620 yards and seven scores.

Koz completed 17-of-22 for 270 yards an tied his own Finnie Starecord with three TD passes.

Yellow Jackets bring it on home

by Alan McDorman

Stall Writer

The Baldwin Wallace Yellow Jackets rebounded from last week's loss with a 38-15 homecoming victory over the Otterbein Cardinals on Saturday. 

Eric Hyuduk intercepted a pass by Cardinal quarterback Luke Hanks and returned it to the visitors' 24 yard line. The Jacket offense moved the ball to the Otterbein 3 yard line where Mike Barbetta kicked a 20 yard field goal.

Quarterback John Koz completed two passes, 20 yards and 28 yards, to Merrell Davis to Key the drive ten plays into the first half.

Jacket defensive back Bill Linde stopped the first Otterbein drive of the second half when he recovered a fumble at the Cardinal 40 yard line. But the Jackets were not able to score again until late in the third quarter.

This drive was all John Koz as the B-W quarterback passed for 79 yards leading into the score. Kozcalled his own number on a Keeper from the 1 yard out.

The fourth quarter began with a Cardinal scoring drive. Following Koz's lead, Hanks took the ball in from the 1 yard line. The Cardinalsthen executed a 2 point conversionto narrow the lead to 31-15.

The Jackets then finished out the scoring when Koz threw a 56 yard touchdown to Bucky Hall.



CLEVELAND -- The intensity level of the Ohio Athletic Conference football race will be turned up a notch Saturday when the four undefeated teams battle one another for a portion of first place.

Defending champion Baldwin-Wallace will play at Mount Union,and John Carroll will play at Ohio Northern in the two most important conference games to date.

In the BW-Mount Union game, mthe two top quarterbacks in the OAC will go head to head and two of the conference's top running backs will face each other in the John Carroll-ONU contest. Mount Union's Jim Ballard leads the OAC in passing and

John Koz of BW is a close second.Ballard has completed 47 of 73 passes for 64.49-. 628 yards, seven touchdowns and one interception. Koz is 47-of-69 for 68.1%, 559 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions

OAC unbeatens square off 

ALLIANCE, Ohio — Jim Ballard passed for 337 yards and two touchdowns and Mount Union's defense controlled Baldwin- Wallace's run-and-shoot offense as the Purple Raiders won a battle of unbeatens with a 23-14 Ohio Conference victory.

*Mount Union moved to 4-0overall and 3-0 in the OAC, while Baldwin-Wallace fell to 3-1

Ballard completed 23 of 44 passes for 337 yards and touchdowns of 13 yards to Mike Sirianni
and 29 yards to Sean Lyons.

The 44 attempts was a school record. Yellow Jacket quarterback

John Koz completed 22 of 50 passes for 230 yards and one
touchdown with one interception.


C-T Sports Writer

BEREA — Believe it or not, this year's edition of the Baldwin-Wallace football team hopes to do better than 1991's regular-season unbeaten squad whichcaptured the Ohio Athletic Conference championship before losing to Dayton in a first-round NCAA Division III playoff game.

Offensively, the Brown and Gold will have Lakewood's John Koz back at the quarterback spot in the lineup. The junior all-American completed 173-of-271 pass attempts last season for a school record of 2,177 yards and 21 touchdowns. Koz's efforts ranked him third in passing efficiency in Division III in 1991.

"John (Koz) possesses a very strong arm," said Packard."Also, it usually takes more than one defensive player to tackle him."

Koz's experienced receiving corps will include split ends Lance Yandell and Merrell Davis who combined for 67catches for almost 1,000 yards and eight TDs in 1991.

"Our receivers have very decent speed and outstanding hands," said Coach Bob Packard.  




This is the year of the quarterback in the Ohio Athletic Conference, but two running backs may steal the headlines.

The top six quarterbacks are all back. They are' John Koz, Division III All-America selection for defending champion Baldwin-Wallace; Mount Union's

Jim Ballard, who passed for 27 touchdowns last year; Luke Hanks, on course to be the finest quarterback in Otterbein College history; Chris Ochs, Capital's multitalentedathlete; Jim Newland, who passed and ran for more than 1,600 yards in 1991: and Chad Frazier, theOAC's fourth-rated passer last year from Muskingum.

Koz, the junior from Lakewood, completed 173 of 271 passes for 2,177 yards and 21 touchdowns a year ago. His prime receivers will be Lance Yandell, Tom Cutura, Tyrone Mosely and Merrell Davis.