COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University's Homecoming was spoiled by the Polar Bears of Ohio Northern University. The Purple and White broke in the newly minted Purmort Field at Bernlohr Stadium, but fell in an offensive display by ONU, 58-21.
After both teams traded blows early in the first quarter, Ohio Northern (2-3, 2-2 OAC) went on a scoring run of 27 unanswered points before the teams headed into the locker room. Christian Williams was at the forefront of the Polar Bears' offense and scored the team's first two touchdowns of the game, both from four yards out. During that run, ONU mounted four scoring drives of over 70 yards each.
Capital (3-2, 3-1) had issues with turnovers in the first half, losing two fumbles and tossing one interception. Though each of the fumbles did not result in points, the interception did lead to an ONU touchdown on the very next play as part of their early run.
After ONU took a 34-7 lead into the locker room, the early part of the second half showed to be a shootout with three straight possessions resulting in touchdowns. After Capital forced a three-and-out on the opening drive of the third quarter, the Purple and White went 90 yards downfield and put up its first points of the half via a two-yard touchdown run by junior quarterback Nick Iske (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson).
For a moment, Capital looked to be making a game of it when it responded with one of two touchdown catches for freshman wide receiver David Barnett (Springfield, Ohio/Shawnee). With nearly 11 minutes left to play and down by 20 points, Capital had a chance to make a run late, but three straight scoring drives by Ohio Northern quelled any opportunity for a comeback.
Sophomore quarterback Thomas Wibbeler (Zanesville, Ohio/Zanesville) went 22-for-35 and 232 yards. Both his touchdown tosses went to Barnett, who ended the day with eight snags and 102. This second consecutive game with 100 or more receiving yards and third with at least two touchdowns.
Sophomore wide receiver Eddie Preciado (Downey, Calif.) made four catches for 42 yards in his return after missing the last three games due to injury. Heeter finished with 82 total yards, 46 coming on the ground and 36 coming through the air.
Williams stole the show, posting 127 total rushing yards and scoring four touchdowns. He also netted seven yards on three catches. His quarterback, Will Freed, tallied 195 yards and three touchdowns through the air on 16 completions.
Zach Schmerge racked up 15 tackles and half a sack to lead ONU on the defensive end.
After taking their first loss in conference play this season, Capital will now prepare to host No. 1 University of Mount Union next Saturday, Oct. 15. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m.