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Otterbein 7 vs Capital 33
November 12, 1955
Memorial Stadium, Westerville, Ohio
Time: 15:11 Type: B & W Program: No
Schools: Otterbein University is a private university in Westerville, Ohio. The university was founded in 1847 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ and named for United Brethren founder the Rev. Philip William Otterbein. After the merger of the Evangelical United Brethren Church and the Methodist Church, in 1968, Otterbein has been associated with the United Methodist Church. In 2010, its name was changed back from Otterbein College to Otterbein University because of an increasing number of graduate and undergraduate programs. Colors: Tan and Cardinal. Mascot: Cardinals
Capital University is a private university in Bexley, Ohio. Capital was founded on June 3, 1830, as the "Theological Seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Ohio" in Canton, Ohio, 40 years before the founding of The Ohio State University, making it the oldest university in Central Ohio and one of the oldest, and largest, Lutheran-affiliated universities in North America. It moved to downtown Columbus in 1832. On March 2, 1850, the non-seminary portion of the school was renamed Capital University and the seminary was renamed the Evangelical Lutheran Theological Seminary (ELTS). The university eventually moved its main campus to the rural periphery of the state capital in the community of Bexley. This rural area has since developed into an upscale suburb. Capital University's educational mission is based on Lutheran values of free inquiry, critical thinking, and leadership. Colors: Purple and White. Mascot: university athletic teams were known as the Fightin Lutherans until 1963 when Crusaders was adopted. After the Crusaders mascot came under scrutiny due to the negative connotation of the crusades the university formally adopted a new mascot name “Capital Comets” on Sept. 30, 2021.
Coaches: Otterbein – Robert “Moe” Agler (March 13, 1924 – September 16, 2005, Otterbein ‘48) A 1941 graduate of Dublin (Ohio)High School he enrolled in Otterbein College where he lettered in football, basketball, baseball and track. After serving in the Navy during World War II, and participating in the D-Day invasion, Agler returned to Otterbein in 1946 where he was a member of, arguably, the best team in school history. He was instrumental in the school’s most memorable game, a 13-7 loss to the University of West Virginia with the Cardinals threatening to score as time expired. After graduating in 1948 he played professionally for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL) and the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Returning to central Ohio in 1950 Agler was hired as head football coach at his alma mater, Dublin High School, where he won the Franklin County Championship. He moved to Johnstown High School in 1952 before returning to Otterbein the next year as an assistant to Harry Ewing. In 1955 Agler replaced Ewing as head coach serving two stints, from 1955 to 1965 and 1970 to 1974, compiling a record of 74–63–5. He was also the head basketball coach at Otterbein from 1955 to 1958, tallying a mark of 13–39, and served as Athletic Director (1955-1975). Following his retirement, he was instrumental in the construction of the new Memorial Stadium.
Capital – John F. “Jack” Landrum (June 9, 1908, Centerburg, Ohio – September 16, 1989, Hessel, Michigan; Capital ’33) is the winningest coach (1951-60, .570, 43-32-4) in school history with only two losing seasons. Landrum was inducted into the Capital University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1978.
Otterbein is wearing light jerseys, dark numerals with tan pants while Capital is wearing all dark uniforms with white winged helmets. The game saw 338 yards of penalties – Otterbein had 203 yards, Capital 135 yards. For more game details see the Columbus Dispatch articles linked to this page.
Otte, Dick, “Capital, Otters Renew Grid Rivalry Saturday,” Columbus Evening Dispatch, November 9, 1955, p. 7B.
“Cap Punter Has Kick,” Columbus Evening Dispatch, November 10, 1955, p. 25A.
“Last Big Saturday Due For Ohio College Teams,” Columbus Evening Dispatch, November 11, 1955, p. 9B
“Garver Leads Cap To 33-7 Final Victory,” Columbus Sunday Dispatch, November 13, 1955, p. 5B.
Columbus Dispatch game preview, Friday, 11.11.1955
Columbus Sunday Dispatch game report, 11.13.1955
Otterbein 7-Capital 33
Otterbein – Robert “Moe” Agler (March 13, 1924 – September 16, 2005, Otterbein ‘48)
Capital – John F. “Jack” Landrum (June 9, 1908, Centerburg, Ohio – September 16, 1989, Hessel, Michigan; Capital ’33)
Memorial Stadium, Otterbein College, Westerville, Ohio
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Game Film #15, Reel #3
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