Mount Union Purple Raiders football

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Mount Union Purple Raiders football
First season 1893
Head coach Vince Kehres
1st year, 14–1  (.933)
Home stadium Mount Union Stadium
Stadium capacity 5,600
Location Alliance, Ohio
League NCAA Division III
Conference Ohio Athletic Conference
All-time record 728–386–374 (.615)
Claimed national titles 11
1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012
Conference titles 25
1985, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Current uniform
Dark uniform for the University of Mount Union.jpg
Colors

Mount Union Purple and White

          
Website athletics.mountunion.com

The Mount Union Purple Raiders football team is the varsity intercollegiate football team representing the University of Mount Union, located in Alliance, Ohio, United States. They compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division III level and are members of the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC). The team was established in 1893 and plays their home games at the 5,600 seat Mount Union Stadium. They are coached by Vince Kehres. Through the 2012 season, Mount Union football has won 11 Division III National Championships and 25 OAC titles, which includes a streak of 22 consecutive conference titles dating back to 1992. Additionally, the Purple Raiders own the NCAA football record for consecutive victories, with 55, set from 2000–2003, which broke their previous record of 54, set from 1996–1999. With the Purple Raiders' success, former head coach Larry Kehres holds the record for highest winning percentage, .929, for coaches with minimum 200 career wins, over his 27 seasons (1986–2012) as coach at Mount Union.

History[edit]

The first football game played by Mount Union was on the schools baseball field in 1893 against the Alabama Crimson Tide.[1] Over the course of eight consecutive seasons from the start of the 1996 season through 2003, the team went 111–0 (1.000), won six national titles, eight straight conference championships, and had a winning streak of 111 games. On October 16, 1999, the team broke the NCAA football record for consecutive victories with their 48th straight win, a 44–20 home win over Otterbein College. The previous record of 47, set by the Oklahoma Sooners, had stood since 1957. The Purple Raiders' winning streak, which began in 1996, reached 54 games before coming to an end December 11, 1999 in an overtime loss in the Division III playoffs.[2] In 2003, the team broke their own record by winning their 55th consecutive game, a 66–0 home win over Bridgewater College, a streak that began September 2, 2000, and ended the following week on December 20, 2003, with a loss in the Stagg Bowl.[3]

Championships[edit]

The Purple Raiders won their first OAC title in 1985 and repeated in 1986. After winning the title again in 1990, the team began a streak of consecutive conference titles in 1992 that reached 22 following their 2013 OAC championship.

  • Ohio Athletic Conference championships: 1985, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013[4]

Through the 2012 season, Mount Union has won 11 Division III National Championships and has 16 total appearances in the Stagg Bowl, including the last 8 consecutively, along with 24 playoff appearances.[4]

  • National Championships: 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012
  • National Runner-up: 2003, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013[4]

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://hcap.artstor.org/cgi-bin/library?a=d&d=p1210
  2. ^ "Mount Union Football's 54 Game Win Streak". Mount Union Athletics website. University of Mount Union. 2013. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Mount Union Football's 55 Game Win Streak". Mount Union Athletics website. University of Mount Union. 2013. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "Year-by-Year Results". Mount Union Athletics website. University of Mount Union. 2013. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 

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