Crusaders to Invade Baldwin Wallace This Saturday Afternoon

Connor McCloud stretches for the goal line in last year's matchup against Baldwin Wallace. (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)
Connor McCloud stretches for the goal line in last year's matchup against Baldwin Wallace. (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)

 Capital University Crusaders


Baldwin Wallace University Yellow Jackets

(4-3, 3-3 OAC)   Saturday, October 28  |  1:30 p.m.   (1-6, 1-5 OAC)
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Baldwin Wallace has used many different weapons over the course of the season, resulting in an offense that has averaged 397.7 yards per game -- 158.0 rushing and 239.7 passing. Five different players have thrown and completed at least one pass -- led by junior QB Jake Hudson (96-for-171, 1469 yards, 14 TD, 5 INT). Hudson also leads the rushing attack with 324 yards, and is one of 15 players to record at least one rush this season. Seventeen different BW players have hauled in at least one catch, led by Chad Steinwachs (27-315-5) and Rob Wolfington (18-401-3). The O-line has surrendered 26 sacks, while BW has recorded just 13. The defense is led by senior LB Sam Groff, who has 63 tackles and one sack on the year. Out of the defensive backfield, Trypp Washington has 52 tackles, one pick and one forced fumble. Three defensively lineman shared the team lead with 2.5 sacks, each, with just four of its sacks coming from the second or third levels of defense. The run defense has surrendered 189.4 yards per game, and BW has been allowing an average of 26.1 points per contest.
... Baldwin Wallace took a seven-point lead into the locker room and sustained that through a scoreless third quarter. Capital then came out and scored back-to-back touchdowns in the fourth quarter to take a 28-21 lead following a pick six and Connor McCloud six-yard touchdown run. Baldwin Wallace scored a game-tying touchdown with 40 seconds to go, which forced overtime. Both teams scored matching touchdowns in the first overtime, and then Capital took the lead behind Nick Iske's second rushing touchdown of the game. When Baldwin Wallace countered with another touchdown, they elected to go for the two-point conversion. Capital's Derek Eibon knocked the ball loose as the rusher was approaching the goal line, and the Crusaders jump on it to end the game, 42-41. 
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.
... the Blue Streaks jumped out to a commanding 21-0 lead before the 12-minute mark of the second quarter. Capital was unable to stop the JCU rush attack, surrendering 322 yards on the ground. Anthony Moeglin also threw three touchdowns as part of JCU's 48-21 win over Cap. The Crusaders were held to just 25 yards on the ground, while Thomas Wibbeler threw for 298 yards and two touchdowns to serve as Cap's biggest offensive threat. 
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Capital's record in October games in recent history has not been pleasant. Over the last six seasons, Capital is 3-26 in the month of October, where the meat of the OAC schedule resides. Their 2016 win versus Otterbein snapped a streak of 19 straight losses in October. Their last October win prior to last week, ironically, came at Otterbein (24-20) on 10/15/11. They defeated Baldwin Wallace in double overtime last year in the final game of October for its second win, marking its best October in nearly a decade. 
What makes a quarterback happy? More weapons to throw to! Dartavious (Dar) Stanford joined the Crusaders this offseason after playing the last two years at nearby Ohio Dominican University (NCAA Division II) as a wide receiver. At ODU in 2016, he was the Panthers' second-leading receiver after making 60 grabs for 687 yards and four touchdowns. 
In his debut, Dar Stanford made four catches for 70 yards and recorded his first touchdown grab with Cap in the team's loss to Mount St. Joseph on Sept. 2. Versus Otterbein, he made had his second 100-plus yard game with 140 yards on nine catches (both team highs) and three touchdowns (new career high). He now has five games with 100+ yards receiving, and a season line of 45-719-8.
It's not often that one town, or one high school can provide a college team such a significant portion of a team's offense (or defense for that matter). Junior WR Dartavious Stanford is no stranger to starting quarterback Thomas Wibbeler. The two, as well as with offensive lineman Zach Clapper, played together at Zanesville High School on some of the program's more successful teams of late. Stanford and Wibbeler have connected 31 times for 514 yards and six touchdowns (both team highs). Clapper has helped keep Wibbeler clean to be able to sling it. He and the rest of the O-line have surrendered just five sacks in four games.
Last year, QB Thomas Wibbeler became just the third Capital quarterback to reach 1,500 yards passing. That mark was reached just before he endured a season-ending injury against John Carroll in 2016. With more than 200 yards passing against No. 2 Mount Union, Wibbeler against surpassed the 1,500-yard mark and now seeks to become the first 2,000 yard passer since Marty Assman (2,382 yards, 2009). He currently has 1,974 yards, 20 touchdowns, and seven interceptions, which are the best numbers since 2010 when Chase Carris threw for 1,905 yards, 13 touchdowns and 10 picks.
Freshman Hayden Kotwica didn't script up his first career touchdown pass this way, but can boast that it came against the second-ranked team in the nation. Last week against No. 2 Mount Union, starting quarterback Thomas Wibbeler had his helmet pop off after he ran the ball down inside the red zone. Wibbeler was forced to exit the game for one play, but Kotwica came in and on his lone play of the quarter hit Nateshawn Hargrove for a 10-yard touchdown pass to tie the game, 7-7.
For the first time this season, a team tied No. 2 Mount Union after initial points were scored. Though Mount scored first, Hayden Kotwica's first TD pass tied it up 7-7 early in the first quarter - and on Cap's first possession.
Looking at the Capital Football records, WR David Barnett cracked into the top-10 in single-season receiving yards ... as a freshman. Follow along as Barnett and new partner in crime on the outside, Dartavious Stanford, begin a new climb up the Cap Top-10 ladder for receiving yards and touchdown grabs.

Receiving yardage

10. Dan Petersen (2001) ... 784 yards, 50 rec., 12 TDs

Touchdown receptions

t-5th. Matt White (2011), Kive Kraft (2005), David Barnett (2016) ... 10 TDs

2017 numbers

Dartavious Stanford ... 719 yards, 8 TDs

David Barnett ... 546 yards, 6 TDs

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** Photos courtesy of Jamie Gaffney **