1970 Otterbein College (17) at Defiance College (41) Football Film, 2 of 2


1970 Otterbein College (17) at Defiance College (41) Football Film, 2 of 2


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Otterbein 17 at Defiance 41

October 31, 1970, 2:00 p.m.

Defiance, Ohio

Time: Reel#1: 14:00, Reel#2: 8:04 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. Colors: Tan and Cardinal. Mascot: Cardinals

Defiance College is a private college located in Defiance, Ohio and affiliated with the United Church of Christ. The college began as Defiance Female Seminary in 1850 and was opened by the Christian Connection (now part of the UCC) to provide schooling for young women. William Curtis Holgate, a local businessman, donated most of the campus. In 1903 the Defiance Female Seminary formally became Defiance College, making it one of only two religious-affiliated colleges to begin operation in Ohio during the 20th century. The Schauffler College of Religious and Social Work in Cleveland had four-year students from more countries than any other, but it failed financially and merged with the graduate school of theology at Oberlin College. When Oberlin closed that school in 1967, the Schauffler endowment was moved to Defiance College, which created the Schauffler Center and later built Schauffler Hall. Colors: Purple and Gold. Mascot: Yellow Jackets (As with most schools in the late 19th and early 20th centuries Defiance’s teams were known by the school colors, the “Purple & Gold.” In 1924 though the school held a vote by the student body to have an actual mascot. “Yellow Jackets” won out over other contenders such as Greyhounds, Panthers and Dragons.)


Pio, Chris, Gryphons, Gorloks and Gusties: A History of NCAA Division III Nicknames and Mascots, Privately Published, Las Vegas, NV, 2021, pp. 51-52.

Coaches: Otterbein – Robert “Moe” Agler (March 13, 1924 – September 16, 2005, Otterbein ‘48) A 1941 graduate of Dublin (Ohio)High School Agler 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 Otterbein’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 total 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.

Defiance – Roger Merb (BS, MS – Ohio University, ’63, ‘64) The 1959 Portsmouth High School graduate was a captain and MVP in football, basketball and baseball during his career as a Trojan. As a senior, he earned All-Ohio status in football and basketball and accumulated a batting average over .600 in baseball. Merb continued his playing career at Ohio University. As a three-sport athlete participating in football, basketball, and baseball. During his sophomore season (’60), Merb quarterbacked the Bobcats to the Mid-American Conference (MAC) championship, compiling a perfect 10–0 record (6–0 against MAC opponents), shut-out five of ten opponents, and outscored all opponents by a combined total of 269 to 34. The Bobcats also won the NCAA College Division national championship. He continued his football and baseball careers during his junior and senior seasons and played in the 1963 Sun Bowl. As the head football coach at Defiance College from 1967-1970, he compiled a record of 30-6 and captured three conference championships, including one undefeated season. During his tenure, he accumulated an 18-game winning streak. During that time, the longest winning streak in the nation. He was inducted into the Defiance College Hall of Fame in 1986 as a coach. In 1972, he returned to his alma mater, Portsmouth High School, as head football coach for two seasons. In the spring of 1989, Merb began Shawnee State's golf program and was coach until his retirement in 2015. He’s been inducted into the Shawnee State Hall of Fame, the Portsmouth High School Hall of Fame, the Defiance Hall of Fame and the OHSAA Official's Hall of Fame.


Notes: Otterbein is in white jerseys and helmets; Defiance is in dark jerseys and helmets. For more game details see the Columbus Dispatch articles linked to this page.


“Defiance Grid Record One of Ohio’s Best,” Columbus Evening Dispatch, October 28, 1970, p. 27B.

“Wittenberg, Toledo Protect Win Streaks,” Columbus Evening Dispatch, October 29, 1970, p. 7B.

“Jackets Rap Otters 41-17,” Columbus Sunday Dispatch, November 1, 1970, pg. 3B.

OHIO COLLEGES, Columbus Evening Dispatch, November 2, 1970, p. 21A.

Game Date


Game Score

Otterbein 17 - Defiance 41


Otterbein – Robert “Moe” Agler (March 13, 1924 – September 16, 2005, Otterbein ‘48)

Defiance – Roger Merb (BS, MS – Ohio University, ’63, ‘64)

Game Location

Defiance, Ohio


Otterbein is in white jerseys and helmets; Defiance is in dark jerseys and helmets. For more game details see the Columbus Dispatch articles linked to this page.

Game Film # and Reel #

Reel #2

Film Time

8:04 minutes


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