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Recapping, Otterbein offense scores early and often in 41-27 win over Muskingum

WESTERVILLE, Ohio – The Otterbein football team struck early and often in its home opener Saturday at Memorial Stadium, flying past Muskingum University for an eventual 41-27 triumph in the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) opener for both teams.

The Cardinals, now 2-0 on the young season, opened a lopsided 41-6 cushion midway through the fourth quarter before Muskingum strung together a few late touchdowns to significantly shrink the final margin.

Otterbein ignited its home crowd on the first play from scrimmage, with quarterback Logan Stepp finding classmate Hunter Joseph on a 55-yard TD pass over the top. Muskingum appeared to have also scored on its first possession, but an ineligible-man downfield brought the play back and the visitors were later forced to punt.

The Cardinals began adding to their lead from there, with Stepp hitting Joseph on ensuing touchdown passes of eight and 14 yards that ran the lead to 20-0 by the beginning stages of the second quarter.

Freshman defensive back Brandon Paschal then helped the defense escape once again later in the period, jumping a slant route for his second interception in as many games. Stepp put a punctuation mark on the first half, busting a 76-yard TD run up the gut and pushing the lead to 27-0 entering halftime.

Otterbein quickly moved the margin to 34-0 in the third frame, culminating a 10-play, 66-yard drive with a six-yard aerial strike from Stepp to wide receiver Julian Lowe. Muskingum later got on the board with a short TD run, but the Cards answered right back with another lengthy possession that ended on a 29-yard touchdown pass from Stepp to Payton Vanderkooi for the 41-6 lead.

Muskingum strung together those late scoring drives, but it wouldn’t be enough as Otterbein would go on to win its sixth-straight conference opener. The Cards finished with 499 yards of total offense after a kneel down on the final play brought them under the 500 mark.

Stepp had a hand in all six of Otterbein’s touchdowns, completing 16 of 25 passes for 307 yards and five TD’s and then scampering for another 121 yards and a score on the ground. Joseph finished with seven catches for 181 yards and his three touchdowns, most of that damage coming in the first half, while Lowe posted a game-high eight grabs for 97 yards.

Safety Fred Hardgrove spearheaded the defense throughout, making a career-high 16 tackles throughout plays all over the field. Linebacker Jake Harper had 11 stops while running mate Austin Jones tallied eight.

Muskingum freshman quarterback Brody Hahn’s final numbers ended up at 23 of 37 for 364 yards and three TD’s, and running back Bernard Johnson went for 91 yards. Tight end Granger Long had a team-best seven grabs while Darius Hayes-Carruth posted 104 receiving yards.

Otterbein will stay at home throughout the next week and ultimately play host to Wilmington College (1-0) as part of Homecoming weekend. The Quakers defeated Earlham, 49-20, in week one before taking their bye.

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Adam Prescott; COURTESY OTTERBEIN ATHLETICS

Recapping, Ottrbein Football opens 2017 with 36-15 win at Ohio Wesleyan

DELAWARE, Ohio – The Otterbein football team opened its season with a nice road victory Saturday evening, slowly pulling away to secure a 36-15 triumph at nearby Ohio Wesleyan.

The Cardinals, snapping a four-game losing skid in season openers, received an inspired defensive effort with five turnovers and ultimately delivered a 567-299 advantage in total offense. Otterbein picked off four passes on the night after making six interceptions all of last season.

Quarterback Logan Stepp eventually punched in the first touchdown of 2017, slipping free and running 11 yards to the outside for an early advantage. Freshman Brandon Paschal intercepted a deep OWU pass on the next sequence, but the hosts came up with a tackle for loss on the ensuing play to get on the board with a safety.

Stepp threw for a career-high 402 yards on the night and had four touchdowns collectively, two with his arm and two with his legs. He also added 62 yards rushing to end the night with 464 of total offense, which flirted with his school-record of 477 last season.

Senior Julian Lowe finished with nine catches for 147 yards out wide, while Joseph and tight end Josh Plieningerhauled in five balls each. The Cards held a 31-11 edge in first downs and possessed the ball for almost 40 minutes.

Paschal tallied a team-high 10 tackles in his Otterbein debut while Hardgrove and linebacker Jake Harper both had seven. Masters was impressive throughout, totaling five tackles (3.5 for loss), two sacks and the forced fumble.

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Adam Prescott; COURTESY OTTERBEIN ATHLETICS

Football Flyers drop to an uncharacteristic 1-3 after 34-28 come-from-behind win by Morehead State

Flyers Fall At Morehead State, 34-28


MOREHEAD, Ky.  – The University of Dayton football team dropped a 34-28 decision at Morehead State Saturday in the Pioneer Football League opener for both teams.  Morehead scored the last 21 points of the game over the last eleven-and-a-half minutes of the game.

The Flyers are now 1-3 on the year, while the Eagles even their record at 2-2.

Dayton was led by running backs Sean Prophit and Tucker Yinger, who each gained 104 yards rushing, and quarterback Kyle Kaparos, who was 13 of 23 passing for 163 yards, and also ran for 54.

UD is back home next Saturday, Sept. 30 against PFL preseason favorite San Diego. It will be a special 12 noon kickoff.  The San Diego game is Dayton’s annual alumni reunion game, and the featured guests of honor will be the members of the 2007 team that won a PFL title, defeated Albany in the Gridiron Classic, and was named the NCAA Division I-AA Mid-Major National Champions.

GAME SUMMARY
•For the first time this season, UD did not crack the scoreboard first.  Morehead State drove took the opening kickoff and drove 67 yards on seven plays.  Jarin Higginbotham caught a 38-yard deep ball from Page Lawson to give MSU a 7-0 lead.
•Dayton came right back, tying the game on a Sean Prophit eight-yard run after an eight-play, 78-yard drive.  7-7 after one quarter.
•The Flyers needed seven plays to go 75 yards, taking the lead on running back Cole Kaparos’ first career TD, a one-yard run.
•Just before halftime, J.P. Forcucci took a swing pass from Kyle Kaparos and turned it into a 40-ayrd TD, giving UD a 21-7 leads at halftime.
•Duquesne answered just before halftime with a 68-yard drive, with Stuart hitting Kellon Taylor from 15 to make the halftime score Duquesne 21, Dayton 14.
•The Eagles used another long pass, this time a 52-yard catch-and run by Christian Robinson, to cut the Dayton lead to 21-13 (after a missed PAT) for the only scoring in the third quarter.
•Dayton used 14 plays to go 69 yards to open the fourth quarter scoring, with quarterback Kyle Kaparos also scoring his first career TD on a six-yard run.  Dayton 28, Morehead 13
•Morehead State scored another long TD, this time on the ground to make it an eight point game.  Logan Holbrook broke through for a 60-yard run.  Dayton 20, Morehead 20
•MSU scored again, Robinson from Page for a seven-yard score, but as he did to preserve the SEMO win in week two, linebacker Jack Crain intercepted the pass on the two-point try, keeping the Dayton lead at 28-26.
•The Flyers moved the ball down the field and burned 3:35 off the clock, but turned it over on downs at the MSU 17. The Eagles took the lead four plays later on a Page to Robinson 55-yard connection.  The two-point conversion was good and Morehead State led 34-28.
•With just 44 seconds to work with, Dayton moved the ball from its own 34 to the MSU 17.  But the final play with three seconds left was incomplete in the end zone, and Morehead held on.

STATS
•Prophit’s 100-yard game was the first of his career.  He carried the ball 16 times for a 6.5 yard-per-carry average.
•Yinger carried the ball 20 times for his 104 yards.  It was his third 100-yard game of the season, and the seventh of his career.  He now has 1,758 yards rushing, 16th all-time at Dayton.
•Kyle Kaparos was 13 of 23 passing for a career-high 163 yards.  He also ran the ball 11 times for 54 yards.  He came into the game with 17 attempts for minus-2 yards.
•Adam Trautman led UD in receptions for the fourth time this year, with six catches for 45 yards.
•J.P. Forcucci added three catches for 62 yards.
•Three Flyer defenders reached double figures in tackles –Jack Crain (11), Jason Balogh (10, 6 solo) and Andrew McCormick (10).
• Sean Smith averaged 42.4 yards per punt, and two were inside the 20 with no touchbacks.

NOTES
•All four Dayton games this year have been decided by six points or less.
•The Flyers have not been shutout in 458 straight games, the best active string in college football.
•Tucker Yinger now has 1,758 yards rushing, 16th all-time at Dayton, in just 22 career games.

Big Ten Network to honor Penn State’s 2016 Football season Friday at 7 p.m.

 

Big Ten Elite: 2016 Penn State Football to Debut Friday

Big Ten Elite special airs at 7 p.m. on Big Ten Network

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; September 21, 2017 – The 2016 Penn State Football season will be immortalized in a Big Ten Elite special that debuts Friday at 7 p.m. on the Big Ten Network. The show will also air following the Penn State volleyball match versus Nebraska, which is live on BTN.

 

The Big Ten Elite will feature exclusive interviews with coaches and student-athletes from the 2016 Big Ten Championship team. A listing of all Big Ten Elite: 2016 Penn State Football airings is available at http://btn.com/shows/big-ten-elite/.

 

The 2016 Penn State Football season was one that fans will long remember with a nine-game winning streak, a Big Ten Championship, Rose Bowl berth and a record-setting offense. All totaled, 33 school records were broken during the Big Ten Championship season, including every major passing record. Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Saquon Barkley and Big Ten Championship game MVP Trace McSorley led the offense, while All-Big Ten selections Marcus Allen, Garrett Sickels, Jason Cabinda and Evan Schwan guided a defense that was among the best in the country in penetrating the backfield.

 

The Nittany Lions won their first outright Big Ten Championship since 1994 and fourth overall with a thrilling 38-31 win over Wisconsin. The victory earned Penn State its fourth Rose Bowl berth in program history. The Nittany Lions finished the season No. 5 in the CFP rankings and No. 7 in the Amway Coaches and Associated Press polls, which was the highest finish since 2005.

 

The fourth-ranked Nittany Lions visit Iowa for the first time since 2012 Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on ABC. The game can also be heard on GoPSUsports.com and the Penn State Sports Network.

 

Single-game tickets for the 2017 Penn State football season presented by PSECU are available for three home games (Indiana, Rutgers, Nebraska). For information on joining the Nittany Lion Club and purchasing new 2018 season tickets, as well as club seating in Beaver Stadium, fans can visit www.PSUnrivaled.com, call 1-800-NITTANY weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. or visit the Bryce Jordan Center ticket office weekdays from 9 a.m-4:30 p.m. More than 9,000 new season tickets have been sold and the season ticket allotment for 2017 has been exhausted.

 

- NITTANY LIONS -

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Kristina Peterson; COURTESY BIG TEN NETWORK & PENN STATE ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

 

Postgame Quotes from Buckeyes-Black Knights; audio from J.T. Barrett, Parris Campbell and K.J. Hill

OHIO STATE POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE:

62,227 J.T. Barrett OSU QB On breaking records at OSU did he ever think that when he got here 9 16 2017

62,228 J.T. Barrett OSU QB How was this week OSU fans think you should be replaced as the QB 9 16 2017

62,230 J.T. Barrett OSU QB After the loss to Oklahoma he never lost confidence in himself 9 16 2017

 

62,232 Parris Campbell OSU WR The WR’s were open alot vs. Army 916 2017

62,233 Parris Campbell OSU WR Did the staff tinker with offense, better play choices 9 16 2017

62,236 Parris Campbell OSU WR They got Terry McLaurin going with a touchdown 9 16 2017

62,239 Parris Campbell OSU WR Is he less involved in running the ball on jet sweeps than he thought he would 9 16 2017

62,240 Parris Campbell OSU WR On J.K. Dobbins as a freshman highlight reel playmaker 9 16 2017

62,241 Parris Campbell OSU WR On J.T. Barrett does the team have total faith in him 9 16 2017

62,242 Parris Campbell OSU WR Is the offensive tempo vs Army the way it should be 9 16 2017

62,243 Parris Campbell OSU WR What does the quick hitters to the outside do to a defense 9 16 2017

62,247 Parris Campbell OSU WR Attacking the perimeter on offense with dig routes is that a key for the unit 9 16 2017

 

62,249 K.J. Hill OSU WR He was the recipient on many of the RPO throws vs Army How does that help the offense 9 16 2017

62,250 K.J. Hill OSU WR How was the pace of offense and how it felt 9 16 2017

62,251 K.J. Hill OSU WR On helping J.T. Barrett setting BTC total TD’s responsible for 9 16 2017

62,253 K.J. Hill OSU WR He evaluates his all around performance vs. Army 9 16 2017

62,254 K.J. Hill OSU WR How is it in the huddle with a J.T. J.K. & K.J. 9 16 2017

62,256 K.J. Hill OSU WR How special was it for J.T. Barrett to get the BTC TD’s responsible for record 9 16 2017

 

Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett tied and broke the record for Most Touchdowns Responsible for in the Big Ten Conference with 107 passing Drew Brees of Purdue.

 

Ohio State Football Postgame Quotes

 

No. 8 Ohio State 38, Army West Point 7

Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017

Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Attendance: 108,414

 

J.T. Barrett, Ohio State graduate quarterback

On breaking multiple Big Ten records throughout the years

“I honestly never really thought about breaking all of these records. I just wanted to come out here and win a lot of football games. I didn’t really picture this coming into Ohio State, but it’s been great with all.”

Parris Campbell, Ohio State junior wide receiver

On current involvement with team

“I don’t think I’m less involved; I just think it’s the nature of the game. It’s depends on what’s at stake and what the situation is. I think the coaches do a great job of calling plays.”

 

On Army joining the Buckeyes to sing Carmen Ohio

“It was really cool to have them stand behind us. It comes down to a respect thing. Knowing what they do for us – you go to sleep at night knowing guys like that are protecting our country, so it was incredible to share that moment with them.”

J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State freshman running back

On his freshman success out the gate

“To be honest, I knew I would get a good start, but I didn’t think it would be anything like this. I just feel like I can only continue to get better. My offensive line, my receivers, my tight ends – outstanding job blocking. It’s a team effort.”

K.J. Hill, Ohio State sophomore wide receiver

On success of running game

“They had to worry about us on the perimeter, so Mike Weber and JK Dobbins were able to gun up the middle, and it helped our running game out a lot.”

On initial offensive strategy

“Coming in, we had to get our momentum going early because of the style that Army plays. We wanted to go as fast as we could. Our tempo was quick the entire game and that’s what our main focus was.”

Terry McLaurin, Ohio State junior wide receiver

On young guys getting in the rotation

“In the wideout group, Trevon Grimes has really been pushing. As an older guy, I really try to push him because we need him to play. When Marcus [Baugh] isn’t in, we’re running more receivers. In the way we rotate, we need another guy to step up.”

Jeff Monken, Army head coach

On his assessment of the game.

“We lost to a really good football team. That was a talented, tough, physical football team. I’m incredibly proud of our team and the fact that we fought and put in tremendous effort all the way through. We just kept playing, playing as hard as we could. That’s what we ask our guys to do.”

On Ohio State using five defensive backs

“It’s not uncommon for teams that line up like Coach [Greg] Schiano did to put an extra defensive back in at outside linebacker as an overhang player. I think it adds more open field tacklers on the perimeter as we run a lot of pitch plays and toss plays out there on the edge. It gets defensive backs playing against wide receivers and running backs as opposed to linebackers.”

Ahmad Bradshaw, Army senior quarterback

On the momentum following their 99 yard scoring drive

“Absolutely sir, I thought we ran the ball very well. Up front I thought our offensive line blocked them really well, but like coach said they play really hard and are a very talented team and were able to win a lot of one on one battles.”

On his fumble in the third quarter

“Coach always harps on the fundamentals and my job is to get the ball out of the mesh and I didn’t do that before the B-back passed me so it was my fault. I have to pull the ball quickly so I can get it to the next guy. I caused the turnover because I didn’t play fundamentally sound.”

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Brett Rybak; COURTESY OHIO STATE ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS


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