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Streak Dating to '94 Ends

October 23, 2005|From Associated Press

ALLIANCE, Ohio — Mount Union lost a regular-season game for the first time since 1994, falling, 21-14, to Ohio Northern on Saturday in an NCAA Division III game.

Mount Union had won 110 consecutive regular-season games and had not lost an Ohio Athletic Conference or regular-season game since Oct. 15, 1994, when Baldwin-Wallace beat the Purple Raiders, 23-10, at Mount Union.

During the streak, Mount Union (6-1, 5-1) won seven national championships, including three in a row from 1996 to '98 and again from 2000 to '02. The Purple Raiders have won the OAC for 13 consecutive years, including 12 outright.

R.J. Meadows rushed for 148 yards and three touchdowns for Ohio Northern (6-1, 5-1). He had two touchdown runs in the first quarter to give the Polar Bears a 14-0 lead.

They eventually led, 21-7, before Mike Jorris tossed a 35-yard touchdown pass to Maxwell Smith with 2:24 left to get Mount Union within 21-14. Ohio Northern, however, recovered the ensuing on-side kick.

The Polar Bears forced four turnovers, had 217 yards rushing and held the ball for almost 37 minutes.

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