Football Falls to #1 Mount Union

Photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography
Photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University football team met up with its fellow purple foe, the University of Mount Union on Saturday afternoon. No. 1 Mount Union took care of business at Bernlohr Stadium, defeating Capital 77-3.

Mount Union (6-0, 5-0 OAC) took just a 14-0 lead into the second quarter using its aerial attack against the Crusaders. Purple Raider quarterback D'Angelo Fulford hit wide receivers Jared Ruth for 41 yards and Justin Hill for 50 yards to account for those two scores before Capital threatened to half the lead.

Capital (0-6, 0-5 OAC) worked the clock and went 75 yards in 17 plays, landing on the one-yard line. The Crusaders rushed to the line of scrimmage to set up a quick sneak up the middle, but the snap was not fielded cleanly and led to a fumble and turnover just short of the goal line. Capital did not mark up the scoreboard until the midpoint of the third quarter following that play.

The Purple Raiders' defense not only held Capital's offensive yards to a minimum but also caused two additional turnovers after that. Senior quarterback Thomas Wibbeler was intercepted in back-to-back drives, one of which was returned for a touchdown. Mount Union scored touchdowns on all six of its offensive possessions in addition to the pick six. The Purple Raiders took a 49-0 lead into the locker room.

Sophomore placekicker Blake Middleton ended Mount's shutout bid when he hit his third field goal of the season. His try from 26 yards away split the uprights and got Capital on the board with 8:36 remaining in the third quarter.

Capital's defense made a pair of quality stops against the Purple Raiders' reserves in the third. On a fourth-and-four opportunity, quarterback Ernie Burkes attempted to turn the corner but was met by senior linebacker Kane Murray who stopped him inches short of the sticks. On the following possession, freshman defensive back Michael Keels stripped the ball from a Mount Union ball carrier which sophomore Trey Zimmer covered up for its second caused turnover of the half.

Mount Union went on to score four more touchdowns in the second half, one via the pass, two by way of the run, and a second interception return for a touchdown.

Wibbeler was one of three quarterbacks to see time for Capital. The senior went 13-for-25 for 151 yards but was intercepted twice. Andrew Ray and Mitchell Maychock also saw time under center. Ray landed nine passes for 107 yards and one interception.

Junior wide receiver David Barnett (Springfield, Ohio/Shawnee) was the main benefactor of the Capital passing game, making six catches for 96 yards. He has now risen to number three in CU history for career catches (157) and number four in receiving yards (2,193).

Junior wide receiver Wyatt Pertuset also set new career highs with four catches and 66 yards, while senior Dartavious Stanford was limited to five catches and 54 yards.

Capital is set to host a second straight home game on Saturday, October 20 when they welcome Ohio Northern University to Bernlohr Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. That day is also Military and First Responder Appreciation Day, which grants active or retired military members and all first responders free admission to the game.

For more details on Military and First Responder Appreciation Day, click here or go to www.athletics.capital.edu/appreciation.