Football: #1 Mount Union Beats #9 Heidelberg 44-34 in Tiffin
TIFFIN, Ohio -- No. 1 ranked Mount Union extended the nation's longest win streak to 23 games with a 44-34 win at No. 9 ranked Heidelberg in an Ohio Athletic Conference game Saturday in Tiffin.
It was also the 81st consecutive regular season win for the Purple Raiders (8-0, 7-0 OAC) as they won its 114th straight regular season road win dating back to 1991.
Mount Union quarterback Kevin Burke (Westlake/Lakewood St. Edward) tossed four touchdown passes as he completed 16-of-22 passes for 310 yards while freshman running back Bradley Mitchell (St. Clair Shores, Mich./South Lake) rushed for 152 yards on 27 carries in his second start to pace an offense that had 654 yards of offense.
The Purple Raider defense held the nation's No. 1 scoring team to 20 points below its average while keeping the conference's leading rusher Cartel Brooks to 68 yards rushing on 26 carries.
Josh Scott (Hamilton/Fairfield) had a career-best 11 tackles and his interception with eight minutes to play kept the lead at 10 points.
Linebacker Jonathan Gonnell (Pembroke Pines, Fla./University School, Fla.) had seven stops while fellow linebacker LeShawn Luke (Steubenville/Steubenville) had a fumble recovery.
Heidelberg (7-1, 6-1 OAC) got 327 yards passing from quarterback Michael Mees and the 34 points scored was the most against a Mount Union defense in a regular season since John Carroll scored 57-51 in a triple overtime Raider win in 1999.
Mount Union started the scoring as Burke hit Nicholls on a 14-yard scoring strike. Heidelberg tied the game on an eight yard pass from Mees to Cameron Vocke. Edward Ruhnke (Bayville, N.J./Central Regional) kicked a 30-yard field goal to give the Raiders a 10-7 lead at the break.
Mason Minnich (Greenwich/Crestview) scampered up the sideline on a 51-yard touchdown run to extend the Mount Union lead to 17-7 on the first play of the second quarter.
Heidelberg scored again as Mees ran in from five yards out to make the score 17-13 with 8:47 left in the half.
On the ensuing drive facing a fourth down on its own 19-yard line, Mount Union executed a fake punt as Ruhnke rumbled 50 yards and three plays later Burke hit Meacham from 27 yards to extend the lead to 24-13.
Mount Union would score again to take a 30-13 lead into halftime as Burke hit Nicholls on a four-yard TD pass.
Heidelberg rallied scoring 14 straight points as Mees threw a 35-yard pass to Donteea Dye and Brooks scored from 11 yards out to get the Berg within three, 30-27 with 5:32 remaining in the third quarter.
Burke then engineered a seven-play 77-yard drive that was capped by a Mitchell two-yard run to get it to 37-27. Burke finished the scoring for the Raiders with a 56-yard scoring pass to Meacham as it was 44-27 early in the fourth quarter.
Brooks scored again on the next drive to make it 44-34 but The Berg got no closer.
Mount Union returns home for the final two regular season games starting next Saturday at 1:30 pm against Baldwin Wallace.