By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
BEREA, Ohio – Capital University Football sought its first win of the season on Saturday afternoon in a road contest in Berea, Ohio but fell short in a 37-7 loss to Baldwin Wallace University at George Finnie Stadium.
DEFENSE KEEPS CAP IN THE GAME
- While Baldwin Wallace jumped out to a 16-0 lead, the Crusader defense kept Cap in the ball game with two early forced fumbles that took points off the board. Two of BW's first three drives ended in fumbles, both forced by senior linebacker Kole Carter (Gallipolis, Ohio/Gallia Academy). Cap recovered both times but was unable to cash in on the opportunity.
- Capital kept Baldwin Wallace off the board in the second quarter and trailed just 16-0 heading into halftime. An injury to running back Jon Murray Jr. early in the game stalled the BW offense, as well as a total of four Yellow Jacket turnovers.
- Sophomore Dakota Kirkbride corralled his second interception of the season late in the contest.
CAP GETS ON THE BOARD
- Capital lone touchdown came in the third quarter when junior quarterback Mitchell Machock hit Kameron Lee on a 17-yard fade route that landed him in the end zone. The score marked Machock's second touchdown pass of the season and Lee's first of the year.
- Capital also tried to kick a 31-yard field goal earlier in the game, but the attempt was blocked and recovered by BW.
THE REST OF THE STORY
- One of Baldwin Wallace's fumbles landed Cap inside its own five-yard line. Cap was unable to move the ball forward and instead was pinned for a safety, leading to a 9-0 score in the first quarter.
- Shaun Perry took over the running duties for the injured Murray and took a three-yard tote into the end zone to put BW up 23-0 late in the third quarter.
- Keegan Armitage threw his third touchdown pass of the game to Darion Green at the top of the fourth quarter. The 28-yard pitch-and-catch put BW up 30-7.
- Baldwin Wallace added a defensive touchdown when Sekou Imani picked up a fumble and took it 65 yards for six points. The fumble was caused when Machock was pushing forward to convert a first down on fourth and long but lost the ball while approaching the sticks.
SOME OF THE NUMBERS
- Capital was outgained on offense 473 total yards to 263 yards. Only 31 of Capital yards did not come through the air.
- Mitchell Machock went 22-for-50 for 232 yards and a touchdown while throwing two interceptions.
- Sophomores Kameron Lee and Mike Smith served as Machock's favorite targets after hauling in six passes each for a total of 143 yards.
- Kole Carter led the CU defense with nine tackles, one sack and two forced fumbles.
- Capital forced three fumbles and one interception over the course of the day.
Capital (0-4, 0-3 OAC) will celebrate its Homecoming next weekend and host John Carroll University (3-1, 2-1 OAC) on Saturday, October 12. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. at Bernlohr Stadium.