COLUMBUS, Ohio – The beginning of the 2019 football season will have a different but exciting start for Capital University. The upcoming season will feature its first Thursday night contest and put the lights on the Crusaders to open up the home slate. The full 2019 Capital football schedule has been released to the public and is available online.
The NCAA passed legislation over the last year to allow teams to open their respective seasons on the opening Thursday of the season, and Capital will take full advantage of that in its season opener. The Purple and White will hit the road to open the 2019 campaign and play under the lights on a Thursday night against Westminster College (2018: 7-4, 7-2 PAC) of the Presidents Athletic Conference in New Wilmington, Pa. That game will be played on Sept. 5 at 6:30 p.m.
The first time Cap will play in the friendly confines of Bernlohr Stadium will be under the lights on Saturday, Sept. 14 when the Crusaders welcome Marietta College to Bexley. CU looks for redemption following last year's shootout loss on the road against the Pioneers, 51-50.
Capital will then hit the road for four of its next five games beginning with a visit to Heidelberg University (Sept. 21) and Baldwin Wallace University (Oct. 5). Cap's bye week will break up those two road games. Its lone home game in that stretch will be CU's homecoming game against John Carroll University on Oct. 12, set for 1:30 p.m.
Following road contests against defending national champion the University of Mount Union (Oct. 19) and Ohio Northern University (Oct. 26), the annual rivalry showdown between Capital and Otterbein University will take place at Bernlohr Stadium on Nov. 2 at 1:30 p.m. Cap took the lead in the all-time series, 45-44-3, with its most recent win last season.
The Crusaders will close out the regular season with an away game at Wilmington College (Nov. 9) and a home finale versus Muskingum University (Nov. 16).
Cap finished the 2018 campaign 3-7 overall, two wins better than the previous year. All three wins came at the end of the season, beginning with another thrilling conclusion against Otterbein that landed the Crusaders a 23-19 win in Westerville.
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