Crusaders Topped by Student Princes

Pictured: David Barnett (credit: Jason Mowry)
Pictured: David Barnett (credit: Jason Mowry)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

TIFFIN, Ohio – The Capital University football team saw its struggles continue following a 55-6 road loss at Heidelberg University on Saturday night. Despite being much improved with its ball security, the Crusaders fell victim to multiple big scoring plays in its third straight loss to open the season.

CLOSE EARLY

  • Capital kicked off to begin the game but tried to create an extra possession with an onside kick out of the gate. Heidelberg recovered the kick and four plays later found the end zone on a short field via a 36-yard touchdown pass from Jimmy Gephart to Maceo Matthews (7-0).
  • Capital came down the field on its first possession and made it to the Heidelberg 17-yard line behind the arm of junior QB Andrew Ray. However, Ray was intercepted in the end zone by Tramon Wiley, who entered the game leading the OAC in interceptions.
  • The turnover did not hurt Cap as it forced the Student Princes to punt on its next possession.
  • Capital left the first quarter down just 10-0 after Branden Steckel hit a 31-yard field goal attempt just before the close of the frame.
  • Capital opened the second quarter in the midst of its longest scoring drive of the season, a 12-play, 75-yard touchdown that ended when Ray rushed to paydirt from four yards out. The conversion try was no good, leading to a 10-6 score with 11 minutes left in the second.

BERG BREAKAWAY

  • Heidelberg answered on its next drive with one of its big scoring plays, an 85-yard touchdown pass from Gephart to Dimitri Penick.
  • Cap was held to a three-and-out on its next drive and then on its first play from scrimmage following the punt, Heidelberg hit for a 45-yard touchdown score on a pass from Gephart to Kevion Belcher.  That score made it 24-6 midway through the second quarter.
  • Heidelberg would go on to have two more big-yard scoring plays, both coming in the second half. After taking a 31-6 score into halftime, Capital was unable to take advantage of receiving out of the gate. In turn, Heidelberg running back Montavious Yearby broke off 73-yard touchdown run on the second play of the drive to put the hosts up 38-6.
  • Yearby broke off another 50-plus yard run later in the quarter to add another six onto the scoreboard. With 1:00 remaining in the third quarter, Yearby found the end zone from 59 yards out to break the 50-point plateau.
  • Steckel's second field goal of the game, this from 21 yards away, account for the last of Heidelberg's 45 unanswered points.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • Heidelberg outgained Capital in total yards 682-251, 382 of those yards coming on the ground.
  • Of Capital's 251 yards, 221 of those came out of the air.
  • Capital committed just one turnover, the interception in the first quarter. They forced one Berg turnover, a fumble they recovered in the third quarter. It was one of two fumbles by HU.
  • QB Andrew Ray went 21-for-34 for 193 yards and one interception in the passing game. His counterpart, Jimmy Gephart, went 11-for-15 for 300 yards and four touchdowns.
  • Senior WR David Barnett made 11 catches for 100 yards. He continues to climb up the Capital record books. He is now just 18 receptions away from claiming the number two spot in CU history and now is 117 yards away from becoming CU's all-time receiving yards leader.
  • Junior LB Blayde McCulley led the Capital defense with 10 tackles, forced one fumble, and was in on its lone sack of the night.
  • HU's Montavious Yearby led all rushers with 182 yards on 10 carries and scored three touchdowns.

NEXT UP

Capital will use this week to rest and prepare over its bye week. The Crusaders' next game will be on Saturday, Oct. 5 at Baldwin Wallace with a 2 p.m. kickoff.