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Cardinals Nolder, Green-Lauber feted with OAC Weekly honors

Greg Nolder

Luke Green-Lauber

 

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – The Otterbein University football program has garnered a pair of weekly honors from the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) after its first win of the season, announced by the league office Monday afternoon.

Sophomore linebacker Greg Nolder was voted Defensive Player of the Week after a standout game, while senior punter Luke Green-Lauber received Special Teams Player of the Week following another impressive performance.

Nolder (Zanesville/Tri-Valley) spearheaded a strong defensive effort in just his second career start, helped the Cardinals secure an 18-10 victory over Muskingum during a rain-soaked day at Memorial Stadium. He finished the afternoon with 10 tackles, a sack for a safety, a key interception at the goal line and also forced a fumble while covering a punt.

His first-career interception came in the opening quarter, halting a Muskingum drive that saw 3rd and 5 inside the 10. The forced fumble occurred less than two minutes later while covering a punt, allowing lineman Anthony Andrews to hop on the ball, which led to Otterbein’s first offensive touchdown. Nolder’s sack in the end zone then occurred early in the third quarter to put the Cards ahead 11-3.

Green-Lauber (Columbus/Whetstone) had himself a day with the special teams unit, helping Otterbein control the field-position battle with nine total punts for 343 yards. He averaged 38.1 yards per attempt as Otterbein punted a few times from across midfield, with LGL placing five of those inside the 20 and a pair settling at the 1-yard line. Both of those kicks ultimately led to safeties for the defense.

Green-Lauber, a returning All-OAC selection who now ranks top-15 nationally with a 41.3 net average, had a long punt of 55 yards on the day. He also had to chase down a high snap over his head early in the second quarter.

Ohio Northern All-American running back Christiaan Williams was named the league’s Offensive Player of the Week after 218 yards and three touchdowns against Capital. He surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for a third-straight season.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF OAC INFORMATION SERVICES & OTTERBEIN ATHLETICS

Cardinals finally get first win despite rainstorm, 18-10 over Muskingum

WESTERVILLE, Ohio – The Otterbein football program has weathered its share of storms this season, and fittingly persevered through one more Saturday afternoon to pick up its first win of the season throughout a rain-soaked day at Memorial Stadium.

The Cardinals, playing back at home for the first time in five weeks, held on late behind a strong defensive effort to emerge with an 18-10 triumph over Muskingum as the skies parted.

Logan Pharmer

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Both teams threw interceptions in the opening quarter, including sophomore linebacker Greg Nolder giving momentum back to Otterbein with a pick at the goal line.
  • The Cards took a 7-0 lead after another turnover sequence when Nolder forced a fumble while covering a punt. That ultimately led to a 10-yard scoring pass from Logan Pharmer to Dom Ross.
  • Punter Luke Green-Lauber pinned Muskingum at its own one-yard line in the second quarter, and the defense delivered a safety on a combined stuff from Brayden Stark and Austin Torr. The Muskies did make one field goal in the period but a second attempt was blocked by Niall Lewison off the edge just prior to halftime.
  • Nolder gave the Cards another safety to begin the third quarter on a sack in the end zone, and Otterbein used that field-position to then go 56 yards in just five plays. A long pass to Jacob Leonardi led to a rushing score around the right side from Jordan Bost-Floyd.
  • Muskingum made it a one-possession game early in the fourth quarter, and appeared to have scored another TD on a throwback pass late before a pair of flags. A holding call, followed by an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, erased the 26-yard play.
  • The Muskies eventually had a 4th-and-Goal at the 4-yard line before a TFL from Jacob Tiell halted the sequence. Matt Webb scampered nine yards for a game-clinching first down shortly thereafter.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:

  • Otterbein gets back in the win column against Muskingum after last season’s disappointing 21-14 loss in the closing seconds. The Cards had won 14-straight meeting prior to that.
  • Green-Lauber pinned five of his nine punts inside the 20, including two at the 1-yard line. He entered the week ranked 11th nationally in net average (42.1).
  • Tuchow led all players with 11 tackles while Nolder had 10 stops, one sack for the safety, a forced fumble and interception.
  • Otterbein won despite being outgained 353-189. The Cards were +2 in the turnover battle and had nine tackles for loss on defense.

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Adam Prescott; COURTESY OTTERBEIN ATHLETICS

 

Capital hosts Otterbein in The Battle of Columbus!

SCOUTING THE CARDINALS
The Cardinals have dressed four different quarterbacks this season, but freshman Logan Pharmer has emerged as the favorite snap-taker. The 5-8, 175-pound signal caller has 728 passing yards, six touchdowns, and four interceptions. Otterbein quarterbacks have been sacked 17 times by opposing defenses. The run game hasn’t been quite there to support its young quarterback. Matt Webb leads the ground game with 276 yards and one touchdown, but Luke Schmeling is the man finding the end zone most often with five scores on the ground. Wide receivers Dom Ross and Reed Tucker each have three touchdowns and combine for 574 yards receiving. Niall Lewison is most active around the ball on the defensive side with his team-leading 71 tackles and two blocked kicks. Nick Cipriano and Greg Nolder share the team lead with 3.0 sacks each. Otterbein is scoring 19 points per game while allowing an average of 35.1 points per contest.
THE LAST TIME THEY MET …
… the Cardinals and Crusaders engaged in another classic battle to the end. In the cold and soggy fall weather, both offenses were slowed and defense made the headlines of the Capital win. Capital first got on the board with a blocked PAT that turned into two CU points when LB Kole Carter returned the loose ball 98 yards the other way. The Crusaders took the lead on a trick play when WR Dar Stanford hit fellow receiver Wyatt Pertuset in the back of the end zone to take a 9-6 advantage. The teams traded the lead three times leading into the game-deciding score inside the last minute of the fourth quarter. Marking down the field slowly but surely, QB Thomas Wibbeler whittled four minutes off the clock before hitting WR Dar Stanford on a 31-yard streak pass in the end zone for the eventual game-winning touchdown. The game was far from over at that point as Otterbein marched down the field and set itself up for a chance to win the game on the final play of the game. However, Otterbein was stopped at the goal line when its quarterback fumbled the snap, picked it up but was stopped behind the line of scrimmage as time expired to give Capital the 23-19 win at Memorial Stadium.
HISTORY WITH OTTERBEIN
Nothing says rivalry like a dead heat in the all-time series standings. Capital has a slight edge in the historic rivalry, 45-44-3. Both sides have alternated wins over the last four years, and since Head Coach Chad Rogosheske came to town the Crusaders are 2-1 against the Cardinals. Both wins were at Memorial Field in Westerville.
CAP’S LAST TIME OUT
Capital fell to the Ohio Northern University Polar Bears, 49-0, in Ada, Ohio. Capital was held to just 131 yards of total offense while the Polar Bears compiled 474. ONU RB Christiaan Williams ran for 218 yards and three touchdowns on 25 totes, while QB Anthony McFadden tossed for 185 yards and three touchdowns. Capital freshman Justin McClelland took the reigns at quarterback midway through the game, and also served as Cap’s leading rusher after running for 46 yards on 12 carries. David Barnett returned to the lineup on limited time and made two catches for 17 yards. Senior LB Kole Carter led the team with a career-high 15 tackles and forced one fumble. Junior LB Blayde McCully also set a new career high with his 14 tackles.
LEE WITH THE LEG
Sophomore Kameron Lee was primed to be an offensive weapon this year, but he has also become a valuable asset in the kicking game, as well. Over the last three games, Lee has assumed the punting duties for Cap and has done well in those situations. Against John Carroll (10/12) he punted five times after taking over midway through the game and pinned the opponents inside their 20 twice. He also booted a 65-yard punt, the longest of his career. Against Mount Union (10/19) he punted a career-high 10 times for 362 yards (36.2 ypp) with a long of 48. Twice, he induced fair catches. He has now punted 23 times and averages 39.9 yards per kick.
THE SWITCH FOR SMITH
Sophomore Mike Smith quietly made a position switch in the offseason. Smith came to Cap from Ohio Dominican University (Division II) as a safety but missed much of his first year due to injury. He returned to camp and made the switch to wide receiver. After his game against Baldwin Wallace, we’d say it was a successful one. Smith elevated up the depth chart after an injury to David Barnett took him out of the game. Smith went on to lock on with QB Mitch Machock and made six catches for 68 yards, his longest a 21-yard strike. He has led Capital in receiving in three of the last four games. Over that time he has posted 15 catches for 124 yards and at least four catches in each game. He was held without a catch against Ohio Northern (10/26). He has a season line of 16 catches and 143 yards.
TAKING THE SNAPS
Capital has been looking for its replacement under center and has had three different players take snaps this season. Junior Andrew Ray began the season as QB1. Junior Mitchell Machock played in the opener as well, and then supplanted Ray on the depth chart for Week 2. However, Machock’s climb to the top was stalled by an injury sustained in the first half of the Marietta contest. Freshman Justin McClelland has taken snaps in four games and played significant time against ONU last weekend.. Machock returned against BW on Oct. 5 and started against JCU. Here are their breakdowns through three games in 2019:
COMP-ATT-YARDS-TD-INT (LONG)
Machock: 58-131-541-2-7 (23)
Ray: 40-69-352-1-7 (24)
McClelland: 10-28-64-0-2 (15)
JUST A REMINDER, IT’S NOT OVER YET
While Capital’s record may not be what was desired coming into this week, need we remind you that last year the Crusaders finished the 2018 season with three straight wins to end the season? Capital lost seven straight but after a 49-46 loss to Ohio Northern, Cap rattled off wins at Otterbein (23-19), vs. Wilmington (38-17), and at Muskingum (33-28). They can very well do the same in 2019!
BARNETT MOVES TO #2 ALL-TIME IN CU RECEIVING YARDS
Senior WR David Barnett made seven catches for 89 yards against Marietta (9/14) in the home opener and came back with an 11-catch, 100-yard day against Heidelberg. Following the Marietta game, he surpassed Keith Willike ’88 (2,389) for second on the CU all-time receiving yards list.  Barnett enters this weekend with 186 catches for 2,547 yards and 26 touchdowns. He also ranks second all-time in touchdowns caught and receptions. Barnett did not make a catch before exiting the game at Baldwin Wallace (10/5) due to injury. He did not play against John Carroll, Mount Union or Heidelberg. He returned to the lineup last week at Ohio Northern where he made two catches for 17 yards.
BARNETT CREEPING UP ON #1
Senior WR David Barnett is also quickly approaching some Capital career receiving records. Barnett is:
100 from becoming #1 all-time in Capital receiving yards
16 receptions away from becoming #2 in all-time catches, and 17 catches away from becoming #1
4 touchdown catches away from becoming #1 all-time in a career
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GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY Ryan Gasser; COURTESY CAPITAL ATHLETICS

Current: FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll — WEEK 8 (Oct. 20, 2019); Alabama remains at No. 1, followed by LSU, Ohio State, Clemson, and Oklahoma in the Top Five.

NOTES:

Alabama remained No. 1 with the next four teams holding the same order as last week. But Wisconsin’s upset loss at Illinois dropped the Badgers six spots from No. 6 to No. 12. Oklahoma and Penn State kept winning, completing the six unbeaten teams at the top of the poll.

The Nittany Lions’ win came against Michigan, kicking the Wolverines out of the poll, and Boise State fell from the rankings after losing to BYU. They were replaced by unbeatens Baylor and Minnesota who joined the poll for the first time this season.

Alabama (24), LSU (11), Ohio State (7), Clemson (3) and Oklahoma (1) received the first-place votes from the 46 selectors.

The SEC led all leagues with five teams, the Big Ten had four, Big 12 three, and the Pac-12 two. The ACC and Independents each had one.

GAMES THIS WEEK:
Arkansas at No. 1 Alabama;
No. 10 Auburn at No. 2 LSU;
No. 12 Wisconsin at No.3 Ohio State;
Boston College at No. 4 Clemson;
No. 5 Oklahoma at Kansas State;
No. 6 Penn State at Michigan State;
No.7 Florida is idle;
No. 8 Notre Dame at Michigan;
No. 9 Georgia is idle;
Washington State at No. 11 Oregon;
California at No. 13 Utah;
No. 14 Baylor is idle;
No. 15 Texas at TCU;
Maryland at No. 16 Minnesota.
About the FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll
The FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll was established at the conclusion of the 2013 season by long-time partners, the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the National Football Foundation (NFF). Voters rank the top 16 teams in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, and the results will be released every Sunday of the 2019 season; the individual votes of all members will also be made public. The first regular season poll will be released on Tuesday, Sept. 3 (to account for Labor Day games), and the final poll will be released Sunday, Dec. 8. The pollsters consist of FWAA writers and College Football Hall of Famers who were selected to create a balanced-geographical perspective. The poll utilizes a program designed by Sports Systems to compile the rankings.

– WEEK 8: GAMES PLAYED THROUGH OCTOBER 19, 2019

– TEAM POINTS FIRST-PLACE VOTES LAST WEEK’S RANK

1. Alabama (7-0) 687 24 1 2. LSU (7-0) 673 11 2 3. Ohio State (7-0) 649 7 3 4. Clemson (7-0) 613 3 4 5. Oklahoma (7-0) 592 1 5 6. Penn State (7-0) 487 7 7. Florida (7-1) 406 8 8. Notre Dame (5-1) 375 9 9. Georgia (6-1) 364 10 10. Auburn (6-1) 359 11 11. Oregon (6-1) 311 12 12. Wisconsin (6-1) 185 6 13. Utah (6-1) 181 15 14. Baylor (7-0) 127 N/A 15. Texas (5-2) 84 14 16. Minnesota (7-0) 62 N/A

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: SMU (47), Michigan (18), Boise State (8), Cincinnati (8), Appalachian State (8), Arizona State (6), Texas A&M (5), Iowa State (1).

POLL CONTACT: news@footballfoundation.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 20, 2019 (Week 8)

ABOUT THE FWAA: The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,300 men and women who cover college football. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas that include gameday operations, major awards and its annual All-America team. For more information visit www.footballwriters.com.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION & COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME: Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl “Red” Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. Learn more at www.footballfoundation.org and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @NFFNetwork.

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF FOOTBALL WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA & NATIONAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION

Dayton Football runs into buzzsaw at Stetson in 38-21 setback

 

Flyers Will Host San Diego At Welcome Stadium Next Saturday For A Noon Kickoff

DeLAND, Fla. – The University of Dayton football team fell on the road to Stetson by a score of 38-21 on Saturday afternoon. Dayton drops to 4-2, 2-1 PFL with the loss, while Stetson improves to 5-1, 2-1 PFL following the victory.

1ST QUARTER – Stetson 7, Dayton 0

  • After the defenses traded stops to open the game, a 38-yard punt return from Jaylon Johnson gave Stetson short field position, beginning its drive on the UD 23. The Hatters capitalized with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Steven Burdette from Gaven DeFilippo.
  • A Dayton fumble gave the ball to Stetson in UD territory for the second straight possession. The Hatters went for a fake field goal from 24 yards out on 4th-and-4, but Brandon Easterling tracked down the kicker for a four-yard loss and turnover on downs.

2ND QUARTER – Stetson 21, Dayton 7

  • Another 1-yard fade route to the corner of the end zone from DeFilippo to Burdette put the Hatters up by 14.
  • Adam Trautman put Dayton on the board on a 20-yard touchdown strike from Jack Cook with just over 10 minutes left in the half.
  • Brandon Easterling came up with an interception for the second straight week to halt a Stetson drive at the UD 28 with 8:43 left in the half. Brennan Burdo tipped the ball at the line on the interception to knock the ball off its intended course.
  • Stetson added another score with 50 seconds in the half off a 12-play, 83-yard drive to take a 21-7 lead into the break.

3RD QUARTER

  • Dayton fumbled on the opening kickoff of the second half to give Stetson the ball at the UD 27-yard line. The Hatters settled for a 37-yard field goal to take a 24-7 lead.
  • The Flyers responded on the next drive with a 44-yard pass in the flat for a touchdown from Jack Cook to Jake Chisholm to cut the lead back to 10.
  • An 81-yard run from Jalen Leary on the first play of a Stetson drive extended the Hatter lead to 31-14 at the 6:35 mark.
  • A Jack Cook interception led to another Stetson touchdown, as Tony Gilotti scored on a 10-yard pass from DeFilippo to lead 38-14 with 2:30 left in the quarter.

4TH QUARTER

  • Dayton scored on the first play of the fourth quarter, as Ryan Skibinski caught a 9-yard pass from Cook at the sideline of the end zone to make the score 38-21.
  • Jack Cook’s 4th-and-15 pass on the Stetson 17-yard-line with just under six minutes to play fell incomplete for a turnover on downs, which allowed Stetson to run out the majority of the clock on the following possession.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Dayton has now scored in 482 consecutive games, which is the longest active streak in all of college football.
  • Jack Cook was 29-of-57 through the air with 382 yards, while throwing three touchdowns to just one interception.
  • Jake Chisholm was both the leading receiver and rusher for Dayton with 89 yards on five receptions, as well as 61 yards on the ground on seven carries.
  • Adam Trautman caught a receiving touchdown for the fifth straight game. He finished with 83 yards on five catches.
  • Markus Hurd caught a career-best eight passes for 75 yards.
  • Brandon Easterling led all Dayton players with 13 tackles and also recorded an interception for the second consecutive week.
  • Matt Brandeis, Brennan Burdo, Mike Stodola and Kyle Finnick all recorded 0.5 sacks apiece.
UP NEXT

  • Dayton hosts San Diego at Welcome Stadium next Saturday, Oct. 26 for a noon (ET) kickoff.

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Doug Hauschild; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

 

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