Mount Union beat Heidelberg, 66-0, tonight, its 47th straight victory to match college football's longest winning streak set by Oklahoma during the 1950s.

Mount Union, which has won three straight Division III national championships and four this decade, dominated from the start, opening a 49-0 halftime lead.

Gary Smeck threw four touchdown passes, two to Adam Marino, on plays of seven and 60 yards.

Linebacker Jesse Pearson scored on a blocked punt and returned an interception 51 yards to give the Purple Raiders (5-0, 3-0 Ohio Conference) a 42-0 lead with 14 minutes 17 seconds left in the second quarter.

Pearson has five touchdowns this season.

Heidelberg (2-3, 2-2) was held to 95 yards offense in the first half and didn't get a first down until the second quarter.

Before Mount Union began its run, no one came within 10 games of Oklahoma's record in the four decades since it was set under coach Bud Wilkinson. The Sooners were unbeaten in 47 consecutive games between 1953 and 1957 before losing to Notre Dame, 7-0, in 1957.

Mount Union can break the record next week at home against Otterbein.

The northeast Ohio school, founded by the Methodist Church, has just 2,000 students and doesn't give out scholarships for sports.