#1 Mount Union Comes to Columbus for OAC Matchup with Cap

#1 Mount Union Comes to Columbus for OAC Matchup with Cap

 Capital University Crusaders


#1 University of Mount Union Purple Raiders

(5-0, 4-0 OAC)   Saturday, Oct. 15  |  1:30 p.m.   (3-2, 3-1 OAC)
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Capital suffered its first conference defeat of the season at the hands of Ohio Northern University, 58-21. After both teams traded scores, each coming at the top of the opening quarters, Ohio Northern rattled off 27 unanswered poits to take a sizable 34-7 lead into the half. Capital committed three turnovers after committing none in two of their last three games, one leading to seven ONU points. Both teams later swapped touchdowns in the third quarter, but again ONU went on another run of 17 straight points to end the game. 

Not much can be said about the Purple Raiders that hasn't been said before. They enter the game the undisputed No. 1 team in the country and defending Division III champions. They do sport many new faces in a lot of key positions, including having had to replace nearly its entire starting defense from a year ago. Freshman D'Angelo Fulford (35-56-4) earned the starting quarterback position, but he relies heavily on senior running back Bradley Mitchell. Mitchell already has 787 rush yards on 107 carries (7.4 ypc), and has nine touchdowns on the year. 

While the run defense has continued being stingy (63.2 yards/g), the pass 'D' may be the team's loe chink in its armor (286.0 yards/g). Despite having allowed just seven touchdowns this season, six have come through the air. They've done well getting to opposing quarterbacks with Mike Vidal (3.5) and Charlie Dear (3) leading the team in sacks and tackles for loss. Dear also leads the team in total tackles (33). Austin White (on Mount, that is) leads the team with four interceptions. 

Capital seeks its first win over Mount Union since the 1987 season when they defeated the Purple Raiders 26-25 en route to becoming OAC Champions. Mount Union has won the last 30 meetings and holds a 38-12 advantage over Capital in the all-time series.

... the Crusaders' dropped a 62-7 decision in Alliance, Ohio on a rainy and cold early October evening. Capital trailed just 21-7 heading into halftime, but Mount Union put together 41 unanswered points with only one of those touchdowns coming through the air. Capital made its mark on the game by ending a lengthy streak mounted by the Purple Raiders' defense. Prior to Capital's score, Mount had pitched 199:01 of scoreless football, and no opponent had scored against them to that point in the 2015 season.A

Junior running back Cory Heeter rebounded from a quiet week one with a trio of trips to the end zone in back-to-back weeks against Muskingum (9/17) and Wilmington (9/24). Heeter totted the rock 20 times for 87 yards, but found paydirt three times (career high) in the win against Muskingum. He scored Capital's first touchdown of the season on a six-yard plunge up the middle. He now has 98 rushes for 345 yards (69.0 ypg) and is averaging 3.5 yards per carry. He had rushing touchdowns in three consecutive games from Sept. 17 - Oct. 1.

Capital's record in October games in recent history has not been pleasant. Over the last five seasons, Capital was 1-22 in the month of October,where the meat of the OAC schedule resides. HOWEVER, their recent 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.

A high school standout at Shawnee High in Springfield, Ohio, David Barnett is putting his talents on display early in his collegiate career. He made three catches for a team-high 81 yards in the team's opener against Wittenberg, including a 58-yard grab in the second quarter. At Muskingum (9/17), he made his first career touchdown catch of 13 yards. He led the team in receiving for a second week in a row making five catches for 96 yards. In his third game, he caught two touchdown grabs, including an acrobatic catch in the back of the end zone. He now has TD catches in each of the last four games after two more against Ohio Northern, last week.

Barnett was a three-time all-conference, and two-time all-district and all-area selection at SHS, where he also holds multiple career, season, and single-game records for yards, receptions, and touchdown receptions. He also participated in the Blue-Gray All-American Bowl.


With the reemergence of the forward pass, sophomore quarterback Thomas Wibbeler is changing up our last page of last time whens.

The last time ... a Capital quarterback passed for 300+ yards prior to Wibbeler doing so vs. Otterbein was Chase Carris (11/15/11) when he threw for 323 against Musky.

... a Cap QB threw four TD passes was Oct. 2, 2010 when Kory Hartinger did so against Heidelberg ... a Cap QB thew five TD passes was Nov. 1, 2008 when Nick Alexander did versus Musky - both were erased when Wibbeler threw five against Otterbein (10/1/16).

The last time a Capital wide receiver caught three touchdown passes in a single game was when Ryan Gunnarson did so against Heidelberg on Oct. 2, 2010. 

After leaving the Wittenberg game due to an ankle injury in week one, sophomore wide receiver Eddie Preciado returned for the first time last week against Ohio Northern. He was fairly impressive in his return, making four catches for 42 yards, with a long of 20 yards. His four grabs tied a previous career single-game best which was set against Baldwin Wallace, last year.

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