-- The longest regular-season winning streak in the NCAA has ended.?
Division III Mount Union watched its NCAA-record 112-game winning run end Saturday in a 31-28 home loss to John Carroll in Alliance, Ohio.?
The matchup was the final one of the regular season for both Ohio-based schools. With the victory, John Carroll claimed the Ohio Athletic Conference title for the first time since 1994. The Blue Streaks (9-1, 9-0 OAC) also snagged an automatic bid into the 32-team D-III playoffs.?
"This is something that you dream about," John Carroll coach Tom Arth told reporters, according to cleveland.com. "This is a win for John Carroll University and everyone that supports us."
Mount Union, meanwhile, saw an amazing run of domination end.?
The Purple Raiders were 222-1 in their last 223 games dating back to 1994. They won 110 games from 1994 to 2005, and after an Oct. 22, 2005, loss to Ohio Northern, they rattled off 112 straight wins entering Saturday.?
The top-ranked team in D-III, Mount Union (9-1, 8-1) also had won 98 games in a row at home before Saturday's defeat. And this marks the first time in 24 years that it hasn't won the OAC title.?
How did No. 16 John Carroll do it??
In a back-and-forth contest, the Blue Streaks went ahead for good when QB Anthony Moeglin hit William Woods with a 24-yard touchdown pass with 39 seconds to play. Minutes earlier, Mount Union had taken a 28-25 lead when QB Dom Davis hit Braeden Friss with a 37-yard scoring pass, but that advantage proved short-lived.?
Moeglin finished the day with 239 yards passing and three TDs.?
"It's safe to say that he's become a legend on the John Carroll campus," John Carroll wide receiver William Woods said of Moeglin. "He helped snap a 20-plus [losing] streak against Mount Union. Anthony's a legend for sure."
John Carroll was effective defensively, sacking Davis, a freshman, seven times. It also held running back Bradley Mitchell, who entered Saturday fourth all time at Mount Union with 53 TDs, to just 53 yards on 18 carries.?
Mount Union has won two of the last four D-III championships. Despite Saturday's loss, it is likely to receive an at-large bid into the playoffs.?