THE LAST TIME THEY MET ...
... the Muskies broke Capital's four-game win streak by defeating the Crusaders, 36-20. Three Capital turnovers marred their progress downfield in Nick Iske's first career start under center. It was a ground-and-pound type game with run plays vastly outnumbering pass plays (104-29). Brent Walton was limited to 52 rushing yards on 10 attempts while Iske put up 83 on 25 attempts. Walton finished with two TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) but Melvin Smith stole the show with 153 yards on 25 carries. It was also the last game that Capital had lost the time-of-possession battle (nine games).
HISTORY WITH MUSKINGUM
After a period of dominance by the Crusaders, the Muskies have started to make this annual meeting more even-keeled. For a 10-year period (2001 to 2011), Muskingum could not defeat the Crusaders. In 2012 and 2013, each game went to overtime with both teams taking away a win. Last year, Muskingum bested the Crusaders, 36-20. The all-time series sides with Muskingum, 25-37-1 since their first meeting in 1925.
SCOUTING THE MUSKIES
The Muskies have endured two tough losses to begin their season. After taking a 14-10 score into the locker room in week one against Waynesburg, the Yellow Jackets tossed out 21 unanswered points in the second half to roll, 35-10. No. 2 Mount Union hosted Muskingum last week and cruised to a 56-0 win over the Muskies.
Senior Cody Williams is currently the Muskies' top passer (15-34-2) AND rusher (18-53-1), but has a total of five turnovers between his three fumbles and two interceptions. Junior Melvin Smith is listed as the No. 1 running back but has been limited to 16 touches for 43 yards, and has yet to find the end zone. Sophomore Damon Jones has some size (6-2, 185) and leads all receivers with six receptions for 102 yards. His classmate Aron Sutton is built for speed (5-9, 150) but has four grabs for 29 yards. The offensive line has allowed five sacks in two games.
On defense, senior linebacker Zach Barry is all over the field and his numbers show. He leads the Muskies with 26 total tackles (13.0 per game), 1.5 TFL, and 1.5 sacks. Over the top, the Musky safeties lack height, though on the outside each starting cornerback nears the 6-foot plateau. Thus far, they have only allowed 186.0 yards passing to its opponents. Their weakness may be on rush defense, where they have allowed 265.0 yards per contest.
CAPITAL NEWS AND NOTES
WALTON CLOSING IN ON RUSHING RECORD
Just starting his third season as the Crusaders' B-back, junior Brent Walton is quickly approaching Capital career rushing records. He is now just 313 yards away from becoming Capital's all-time leading rusher. The current record holder is Rayhaun Gales (2000-02) at 2,287 yards. With his 1,974 yards to date, Walton recent passed Al White (1958-60), is 109 away from taking third overall from Dominic D'Andrea (2007-10 / 2,083), and 216 yards from second-place Ed Garver (1954-57).
WALTON TABBED OAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Brent Walton was recognized by the OAC as Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 21 for his performance at Wilmington. He rushed 19 times for 179 yards (9.3 ypc) and three touchdowns. It was his first such honor.
SINCE WE'RE TALKING SPECIAL TEAMS...
After a quiet debut against nationally-ranked Wittenberg, sophomore kicker Jack Johns excited fans by going 5-of-6 on extra point attempts and booted his first two collegiate field goals from distances of 27 and 36 yards away in the team's win at Wilmington (9/19).
WE MUST PROTECT THIS BALL!
The Crusaders have ZERO turnovers through two games. The ball has only hit the turf twice, but Capital pounced back on the ball. Last year, they committed two through a pair of games and five in their first three games. To date, the Crusaders have a +1 turnover margin.
The Capital Army ROTC will be hosting a tailgate, open to all, on the East Mound Street (north) side of the S1 lot. 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.