Purple and White Falter in Ada

Pictured: Justin McClelland (photo credit; Jason Mowery)
Pictured: Justin McClelland (photo credit; Jason Mowery)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

ADA, Ohio – The Capital University football team lost a 49-0 decision to the Ohio Northern University Polar Bears (4-3, 4-2 OAC) at a rainy Dial-Roberson Stadium in Ada, Ohio on Saturday, October 26.

Final statistics

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Both teams came up empty on its opening drives, but Ohio Northern struck first when quarterback Anthony McFadden hit Ryan Rockwell for a 10-yard touchdown pass with 5:11 in the first quarter.
  • Following a three-and-out, the Polar Bears went 62 yards downfield for another scoring drive. Sophomore quarterback Trevor McConnell was forced to enter the game and hit A.J. Marks for a 7-yard score to double up its lead before the end of the first quarter.
  • ONU running back Christiaan Williams went on to score two of his three rushing touchdowns in the first half, hitting paydirt on scampers of 22 and one yard to take a 35-0 score into the locker room.
  • Ohio Northern began the second half with the ball and scored on its opening drive. Its six-play, 68-yard drive was capped off by a 26-yard touchdown pass from McFadden to Chase Rose. That touchdown made the score 42-0.
  • Capital's most promising drive was cut short by its only interception of the game. Freshman Justin McClelland entered midway through the game and took over but the Crusaders were stopped short of the red zone when Drew Staczek picked off a pass and flipped fields back into Capital territory. The Cap defense stood tall on the other end after forcing ONU to turn the ball over on downs following an incomplete pass on fourth and medium.
  • Ohio Northern's Christiaan Williams added one more rushing touchdown to the team's line to account for its final points, this one from three yards out.

KEY NUMBERS

  • Capital was held to just 131 total yards, 107 of those rushing. Conversely, ONU posted 474 with 282 of those coming on the ground.
  • Freshman Justin McClelland entered the game to lead the offense at the very end of the first quarter in relief of Mitchell Machock. McClelland went 2-for-10 through the air but served as Cap's leading rusher after posting 46 yards on 12 carries.
  • David Barnett returned to the lineup after missing the last three games due to injury. He made two catches for 17 yards.
  • ONU's Christiaan Williams ran for a total of 218 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carrries.
  • Anthony McFadden went 11-for-20 for 185 yards and three touchdowns for the Polar Bears.
  • Ohio Northern tallied four sacks, two came from defensive lineman Josh Bever.
  • Capital linebackers Kole Carter and Blayde McCully landed career highs in the tackle department. Carter posted 15 total tackles, nine solo, and forced a fumble. McCully made 14 tackles and was in on one for a loss.

NEXT UP

Two of the final three games will be at home for the Crusaders. Capital (0-7, 0-6 OAC) now prepares for its annual rivalry match with Otterbein University (1-6, 1-5 OAC), who comes off an 18-10 win over Muskingum University. The Crusaders and Cardinals will square off Saturday, November 2 at 1:30 p.m. from inside Bernlohr Stadium.