Oct. 24, 2009

Courtesy of Capital

WESTERVILLE, Ohio - An 11-point fourth quarter lead was not enough for #14 Capital who lost at #10 Otterbein, 35-34 in a key Ohio Athletic Conference football matchup on Saturday.

The Crusaders (5-2, 4-2 OAC) fall to third place in the OAC standings with their second loss in three weeks by a combined eight points.  The Cardinals (7-0, 6-0 OAC) remain in a first-place tie with #1 Mount Union in the Ohio Athletic Conference.

Capital tallied 427 yards of total offense including 93 yards rushing by Dominic D'Andrea who finished with three touchdowns on the day.  D'Andrea had a career day with scoring runs of 4, 6 and 1 yards.

Senior Marty Assmann was 20-for-35 through the air for 280 yards while throwing two touchdowns and no interceptions in his first career start against Otterbein.  Both of his touchdown passes came in a first quarter that saw 26 combined points and 320 yards of total offense.

Armando Ancona led the Crusaders with 80 yards receiving and five catches including a touchdown with 2:32 left in the first quarter.  Evan Blake followed with four receptions while Matt White had 72 yards through the air on three catches of his own.  Ryan Gunnarson added a touchdown and three catches for 57 yards.

Defensively, Capital was led by Troy Spiker who had eight tackles including three solo stops and Drew Stimmel who had eight tackles of his own along with one pass breakup.

The Crusaders will make their final road trip of the season next Saturday as they head east to face OAC rival Muskingum in a 1:30 p.m. kickoff.