Capital University Crusaders
#23 John Carroll University Blue Streaks
|(5-1, 5-0 OAC)||Saturday, Oct. 22 | 1:30 p.m.||(3-3, 3-2 OAC)|
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LAST TIME OUT
Capital meet up with top-ranked Mount Union and lost a 45-0 decision at Bernlohr Stadium. Capital showed flashes of brilliance at times, getting inside the red zone on multiple trips down the field but were unable to pound it in for the score. Capital opened the game with a three-and-out on the defensive side and intercepted the Purple Raiders twice. One of those ocassions was by sophomore safety J.R. Garrigo in the end zone to prevent additional points from being put on the board.
HISTORY WITH JOHN CARROLL
John Carroll has won the last six meetings against the Crusaders and holds a 9-20-1 advantage in the all-time series. The last time Capital beat JCU was in 2009, 28-20.
THE LAST TIME THEY MET ...
... the Crusaders had just come off of a tough loss to Mount Union, and John Carroll was nationally-ranked. The Blue Streaks defeated Capital 48-0 in that game on Oct. 24, 2015. The setting is similar this year after Capital again comes off a loss to Mount Union and JCU has just recently entered the D3Football.com Top-25, ranking 23rd this week. Eerily enough, Capital was also without their lead running back, which may be the case again this week. Cap's offense was limited to 111 yards on the ground and only 59 through the air, while JCU put together 604 yards of total offense. Neither team turned the ball over, which could be a difference in this year's matchup considering Cap's newfound ability to cause turnovers.
YES, THAT CHUCK ENGLISH
In extended playing time versus #1 Mount Union, senior Chuck English took advantage of his opportunity and put together a strong stat line. English recorded a career-high nine tackles, four of which were solo. He also caused a fumble on his first career sack and had 1.5 tackles for loss. English is in his first year with the football program after having played basketball for three seasons. His junior season was his best where he scored 9.4 ppg and shot nearly 47 percent. He traded the hardwood for the gridiron and now has 17 total tackles on the season.
FIRST LOOK AT EVIN BUTLER
In the abscence of running back Cory Heeter following an injury, freshman Evin Butler got his first look at an extended payload against #1 Mount Union. He ran the ball 11 times for 25 yards (2.3 ypc) with a long of 12 yards. If Heeter is out for an extended period of time, Butler could become the feature back at Capital.
- WR David Barnett is ranked 18th in Division III in receiving TDs (9). That also labels him with a share of tops in the OAC.
- Barnett also leads the league in receiving yards (586), second in yards per game (97.7) and yards per catch (17.8), and fifth in receptions per game (5.8).
- Capital is ranked 15th in penalties per game (4.33) and 19th in fewest penalties (26).
- Cap's punt return defense is ranked 20th in the country based on yards per return (2.50). Capital is second in the OAC for its pass offense, which averages 251.3 yards per game.
- Sophomore quarterback Thomas Wibbeler leads the OAC in multiple categories in his debute season. They include: passing TDs (11), passing yards per game (243.2), passing yards (1,216), and yards per completion (14.31).
- Senior DB Chuck English earned extra playing time last week and made a statement with nine tackles, and a sack that also created a forced fumble.
- Sophomore LB Kane Murray has now had five straight games with at least six tackles.
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