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WHAT: The 90th meeting between the Capital University and Otterbein University football teams
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015 | 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Bernlohr Stadium, Capital University
SCOUTING THE CARDINALS
The Cardinals are getting most of their work on offense done through the air. Quarterback Kevan Green has a 61 percent completion rate and is closing in on 1,000 yards this season to accompany his five touchdowns. His favorite target is Julian Lowe, who is leading the OAC with 29 grabs, 454 yards and six touchdown receptions (one of those came from WR Cole Benner).
Otterbein's defense has struggled by allowing more than 200 yards on the ground and nearly 260 yards per game through the air to its opponents. Senior linebacker Drew Ervin leads the Cardinals with 30 tackles and also has one of the team's two interceptions. Otterbein has only six sacks on the season but 21 passes broken up, indicating the defensive backs are tested often and have answered the call thus far.
HISTORY WITH OTTERBEIN
You can't provide out a rivalry as more even-keeled as this one. This year will mark the 90th meeting between Otterbein and Capital, and the series is deadlocked at 43-43-3. The only edge here is that the Cardinals have won the last three meetings and six of the last eight. There has only been one year in which these teams have not met since beginning to play each other regularly in 1927, and that was in a war-torn 1943. The first matchup on record was in 1894 when Otterbein won 60-0.
THE LAST TIME THEY MET ...
... the Cardinals used a strong second half to break away from the Crusaders, leading to a 50-28 Capital defeat. The Crusaders took a 21-20 deficit into the half but Otterbein scored 22 unanswered points to begin rolling. Recent graduate Nolan Gill led the Crusaders with 103 rushing yards and Brent Walton recorded 80 on 16 carries, plus one touchdown. Nick Iske scored three times on the ground, but also surrendered three interceptions.
AS IF THE RECORDS WEREN'T LEVEL ENOUGH
The Capital/Otterbein series could not be more even as its 43-43-3 all-time record. Now add in that both teams are 2-2 overall and 2-1 in OAC play. Something has to give, right? Both teams are in a five-way tie for second place in the OAC standings and the winner will keep pace to be one game back of league-leading #2 Mount Union (4-0, 3-0 OAC).
WALTON CLOSING IN ON RUSHING RECORDS
Just starting his third season as the Crusaders' B-back, junior Brent Walton is quickly approaching Capital career rushing records. He is now just 24 yards away from becoming Capital's all-time leading rusher. The current record holder is Rayshaun Gales (2000-02) at 2,287 yards. With his 2,264 yards (in just 24 games) to date, Walton recent passed Dominic D'Andrea (2007-10) and Ed Garver (1954-57) to currently rank second overall.
Walton is also creeping up on another single-season mark for rushing touchdowns. The junior currently has nine on the year after posting three in each of his first three games this season. The single-season record holder is Al White, who in 1959 found the endzone 14 times.
CAPITAL AMONG THE NATION'S BEST
Capital's triple-option ground attack is well-known in the OAC, but the nation is getting to see just how good it is too! Per this week's national ranking summary, Capital is currently ranked the No. 8 rush offense based on team rush yards (321.5).
Other top-ranked Capital numbers include:
Turnovers lost: 4th (2) *Mount Union is the only school with 0
Passes intercepted: 1st (0) *Only 10 teams in Division III have zero passes intercepted
Fewest Penalties: 9th (14)
Fewest Penalties per game: 6th (3.50)
Fewest penalty yards: 25th (139)
Time of Possession: 17th (33:50)
3rd Down Conv.: 23rd (.491)
Red Zone Offense: 25th (.889)
Rush TDs: Brent Walton, 7th (9)
Rush yards/game: Brent Walton, 11th (149.8)
Rush yards: Brent Walton, 18th (599)
Yards per carry: Brent Walton, 18th (7.22)
Scoring: Brent Walton, 9th (13.5)
CAP MARS SCOREBOARD AGAINST MOUNT
The Crusaders may have lost to #2 Mount Union but did something no other team had done this season in that game...score. The Purple Raiders had not surrendered a point through three games, but the offense went 78 yards on 12 plays, capped off by Zak Sheridan's touchdown run from two yards out. That broke a streak of 199:08 of scoreless ball. They had entered the game outscoring its opponents 164-0.
100. A NOT-SO-COMMON NUMBER
Capital had a nice streak going that was disrupted by Mount Union. It had been four games since the last time the Crusaders allowed an individual to gain 100 rushing yards against them. Cartel Brooks (148) and Michael Mees (107) of Heidelberg were the last to do so, and in the same game on Nov. 8, 2014. Mount's Bradley Mitchell broke that run with 131 yards on the ground in last week's 62-7 win over Capital.
STREAKS, THE GOOD KIND
Capital has controlled the time of possession battle in each of their last 11 games (dating back to last year) and all but one game in 2014. In their final game of 2014, they held a 42:51-17:09 advantage in TOP over Marietta.
Capital collected more than 150 yards on the ground in all but one game in 2014, and each of the last 10 dating back to last year. Mount Union broke a steak of games in which Capital has collected 300+ yards, stopping it at six straight games. Last week they racked up 172 yards on the ground against a team that had given up an average of 44.7 yards per game on the ground.
The Capital Army ROTC and the Capital Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will be hosting a tailgate, open to all, on the East Mound Street (north) side of the S1 lot. Join the team behind the team for food, cornhole, prizes, and a good time beginning at 11 a.m.
The north end of the lot will be closed for preferred parking and additional approved tailgating.
Visiting fans wishing to tailgate are asked to use the S3 lot, located on Pleasant Ridge, across from the S2 lot.
Arrangements for parking and tailgating have been altered for this weekend's football game. The north end of the S1 lot will be closed Friday night through Saturday. The south end of the S1 lot and all of S2 lot are available for game day and overnight parking. Those that park in the S1 lot are asked to remove their vehicles by end of business on Friday.
Additional parking is available in lots S7 (located off of the visitor lot/cul-de-sac), the S3 lot (located on Pleasant Ridge Street, across from the S1 and S2 lots), the S5 and S6 lots (location off of Sheridan Avenue) and the S4 lot (located on College Avenue behind the open grass area). Public parking is also available along East Main Street or in the public lot on the corner of Park Street and East Main Street.
A campus map outlining all the parking lots is available here.
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