OAC Showdown Between Capital and Baldwin Wallace Set for Saturday

Photo credit: Jamie Gaffney
Photo credit: Jamie Gaffney

 Capital University Crusaders


Baldwin Wallace Yellow Jackets

(2-5, 1-5 OAC)   Saturday, Oct. 29  |  1:30 p.m.   (3-4, 3-3 OAC)
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Capital suffered its second shutout defeat to a nationally-ranked opponent in a row, this time to #23 John Carroll, 56-0. Cap stayed with the Blue Streaks until the top of the second quarter. Up 7-0, JCU mounted its second long scoring drive and then forced a fumble on the ensuing kickoff. Two plays later, there was a 14-point swing and a JCU 21-0 lead. Capital offense struggled, totaling just 171 yards of offense and committing three turnovers in the process. 

Baldwin Wallace squandered a 13-point halftime lead and was beaten 33-30 on its Homecoming in the final minute of play. After regaining the lead at the top of the fourth quarter, Otterbein made one last drive and scored the game-winning touchdown on a two-yard run with 32 seconds to go. 


Baldwin Wallace has had an uncharacteristic season with its record as it stands. After defeating Defiance in the season opener, BW was derailed by JCU (17-10) and Mount Union (49-7) to feed into a three game losing streak. It's lost back-to-back games heading into today. Sophomore Jake Hudson leads as BW's quarterback after taking over in week three and has a line of 73-126-5 with 5 picks and 767 pass yards. He is also the team's leading rusher with 400 yards and two touchdowns. Austin Smith is close behind with a team-best nine TD runs and 392 yards. No BW receiver has over 200 yards receiving, yet. On the defensive side, beware of junior LB Sam Groff's team-leading 63 tackles and two picks. Trypp Washington leads the d-backs with three picks, and Damon Bolin has forced three fumbles from his d-end position.

The all-time series heavily favors Baldwin Wallace, 35-12, and the Yellow Jackets have won each of the last four games against the Crusaders by double digits. Capital's last win over BW came in 2011 when the Crusaders edged the Yellow Jackets, 14-11.

Connor McCloud may also see some movement around the field and will wear number 5 for this week. He will likely only be seen on offense, but could see some special teams play if LaShaun Sanders (also #5) is not on the field.

After exiting the Otterbein game prematurely, missing the ONU contest and having limited time versus #1 Mount Union, junior LB Derek Eibon is back! Against #23 JCU, he recorded nine tackles, the most in four weeks (11, v. Wilmington 9/24). 

Straight out of Florida, J.R. Garrigo brought his game up north and had a great first year. He led the Crusaders with 75 tackles (19th OAC), 33 of which were solo, and 7.5 per game (15th). Garrigo led the Crusaders with 13 tackles in the season opener, including 10 of the solo variety. He also posted 13 tackles against Witt in the season opener last year, which was also his collegiate debut. In four of seven games, Garrigo has been involved in at least one of Capital's forced turnovers per game (1FF, 1FR, 2INT). He is currently ranked fifth in total tackles (61), third in solo tackles (34) and seventh in tackles per game (8.7). He is also one of 9 players with a share for sixth in the OAC with two interceptions, a mark he shares with two of his teammates.

The Crusaders had just seven turnovers through 10 games, last year, finishing the season with a -3 turnover margin. Capital ended the year second in the country in turnovers lost (7). In six games in 2016, Capital has 12 turnovers and 16 takeaways (+4). Four weeks ago, they did not turn the ball over at all while causing three turnovers at Muskingum. The defense forced four interceptions against Wilmington (9/28). On Oct. 1 against Otterbein, they forced three fumbles (recovered all) and for the second time this season did not surrender a turnover. In all of their wins this season, Cap has won the turnover battle.

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. Last week, he earned his first collegiate start against #23 John Carroll. He toted the rock 15 times for 43 yards (both career highs), and averaged 2.9 yards per carry.

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. He collected his first career INT against #23 John Carroll and added five tackles, last week.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 22 total tackles on the season.

With it being Halloween Weekend, Cap Athletics got a little crazy with events. Here is what is happening as part of Boo! at Bernlohr!

- Community Trick-or-Treat (Moe Lounge)
Special thanks to Kappa Sigma, Phi Mu Alpha, Phi Beta Fraternity, and Sigma Alpha Beta for their generosity and help in hosting!

- Ohio State School for the Blind Marching Panthers Band halftime performance

- Halloween costume contest (adult and kid division) at halftime- CUSSM Twitter photo contest

In an offense that has high-scoring potential, it's been a bit of a surprise to see multiple games with zeroes on the Capital side of the scoreboard. Capital had not been shut out in two (or three) straight games since 1989, and had not been shut out more than twice in a season since 1996 before this year.


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