By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University football team put together its best showing of the season in front of the home crowd as part of its long-standing rivalry with Otterbein University. While the Crusaders battled the bitter end, they fell short in a 33-18 loss to the Cardinals on Saturday, November 2 at Bernlohr Stadium. Despite the loss, senior wide receiver David Barnett made headlines when he became Capital's new all-time receiving yards leader.
- Otterbein made a key stop on fourth down to halt Capital's first offensive drive to open the game and turned it into six points. The Cardinals made its living on long, methodical drives and its first was a 10-play, 69-yard touchdown drive capped off by a Jordan Bost-Floyd six-yard pitch and run. The point-after attempt was no good, keeping the score to just 6-0.
- Capital responded by getting on the board after junior Blake Middleton booted a 20-yard field goal, breaking a three-game scoring drought for Cap.
- Both teams traded interceptions on their next possessions but it was Capital that would mark up the scoreboard next. Cap drove deep into Cardinal territory before freshman quarterback Justin McClelland threw an interception just short of the goal line, but Otterbein's Logan Pharmer threw his pick three plays later putting Capital right back in scoring position. McClelland then ran the ball on second and goal four yards into the end zone, and with Middleton's PAT, the Crusaders took a 10-6 lead with nearly seven minutes to go in the first half.
CARDINALS BREAK AWAY … FOR NOW
- Otterbein then went on to score 21 unanswered points between the end of the second quarter through the top of the fourth to take a 26-10 lead.
- The Cardinals scored the first of those touchdowns in just 1:12 when they drove 80 yards downfield and into the end zone.
- Out of the half, Otterbein completed another 80-plus yard to open the quarter, which ended on the second of three Bost-Floyd touchdown runs.
CAP RETURNS FIRE
- In just four plays, Capital responded to Otterbein's third touchdown of the run. The scoring drive was set up by a 60-yard reception by senior wide receiver David Barnett (Springfield, Ohio / Shawnee) from McClelland.
- Three plays later, junior Mitchell Machock checked into the game and hit sophomore tight end Kameron Lee (Piqua, Ohio/Lehman Catholic) crossing through the back of the end zone for six points. Machock then found sophomore Mike Smith for the two-point conversion to make it a one-score game, 26-18, in favor of Otterbein.
BACK AND FORTH ENDING, LITERALLY
- After both teams traded punts on their possessions, the Capital defense then came up big twice to keep the game within reach. Otterbein drove inside the Capital five-yard line but faced fourth down. Instead of kicking the field goal, Otterbein chose to put the game away and go for the score. Quarterback Logan Pharmer rolled right and pitched the ball to Matt Webb, who dropped the rock. Capital scooped it up and began running it the other way for what would have been a sure touchdown, but the officials called it an incomplete pass resulting in a turnover on downs deep in Capital territory.
- McClelland threw his second interception of the day when attempting to convert a third-and-10, but his pass was tipped into the air where Zach Smith picked it off and ran it back to its original starting place at the third-yard line.
- Otterbein then put the game away when Matt Webb ran the ball off to the left side and into the end zone for the score to make it a 33-18 game.
BARNETT MAKES HISTORY
- Despite the loss, one Crusader did make history. Wide receiver David Barnett eclipsed the 100-yard mark in Saturday's game. With the 60-yard catch that set up a Capital score, Barnett became Capital's all-time leader in receiving yards.
- Barnett surpassed Matt White '12, who ended his career with 2,663 yards receiving. The senior finished with 159 yards on seven catches and now has 2,723 yards in his career.
- Barnett is also eight catches away from tying White for second-most catches in a career, and 10 away from taking the top spot in that category, currently held by Chris Copeland '01 (204).
BY THE NUMBERS
- Capital split its quarterbacks' playing time with freshman Justin McClelland (Bidwell, Ohio / Gallia Academy) finishing the game 11-for-18 and 155 yards, while Mitchell Machock (Orlando, Fla. / Cocoa Beach) went 12-for-19 for 84 yards and a touchdown.
- Senior Jake Elsayed (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) racked up a new career-high 16 tackles (12 solo) to lead the Crusader defense. He also defended three passes.
- Senior linebacker Kole Carter (Gallipolis, Ohio/Gallia Academy) tallied 14 tackles one week removed from making 15 against Ohio Northern, while freshman Nick Fisanick set a new high with 10 stops.
- Otterbein's Ryan Tuchow led the Cardinals with 10 tackles and one sack, while Greg Nolder had two sacks and eight tackles.
- Jordan Bost-Floyd rattled off 146 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries to lead the Cardinals' offense. He also made four catches for 21 yards.
- Otterbein quarterback Logan Pharmer threw for 216 yards, one touchdown and one interception on 23-for-35 through the air.
Capital (0-8, 0-7 OAC) will now prepare for its final road contest of the season next week at Wilmington College. The Crusaders and the Fightin' Quakers are set to meet at Williams Stadium on Saturday, November 9 for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff.