1970 Otterbein College (21) at Marietta College (17) Football Film
Otterbein 21 at Marietta 17
October 24, 1970, 2:00 p.m.
Don Drumm Field, Marietta, Ohio
Time: 18:00 Type: B & W Program: Yes
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
Marietta College began as the Muskingum Academy, in 1797, which was the birth of higher education in Ohio. The Muskingum Academy, completed late that year, became the first institution of its kind in the Northwest Territory. Today's College was chartered in 1835. Colors: Navy Blue and White. Mascot: Pioneers (Early athletic teams were referred to as “Blue & Whites.” However, since the late 1920s teams have been known as the “Pioneers" due to the role played by the settlement of Marietta as the first permanent settlement and first capital of the Northwest Territory. The current mascot is referred to as “Putnam the Pio” in honor of Gen. Rufus Putnam, the town’s founder and Revolutionary War hero.)
Pio, Chris, Gryphons, Gorloks and Gusties: A History of NCAA Division III Nicknames and Mascots, Privately Published, Las Vegas, NV, 2021, p. 109.
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.
Marietta – Joe Wesley McDaniel (b: July 2, 1934, Bellville, Ohio – January 27, 2020, Harrodsburg, Kentucky, BS-Muskingum College ’56) While a quarterback at Muskingum, McDaniel earned eight letters (four in football, three in basketball, and one in baseball). He was MVP in football (‘54 & ’55) and basketball (’56) as well as All-OAC in football in 1955 and Little All-American Honorable Mention the same year. Following graduation, McDaniel served as head coach at Marion Harding High School before returning to Muskingum as assistant football coach and golf coach. He was inducted into the Muskingum Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988. McDaniel became the head football coach at Marietta College in 1966 and athletic director in 1969. His record at Marietta was 65-60-2, coaching 67 All-OAC players. His 1969 team was 8-1, while his 1974 Pioneers lost to Wittenberg in the OAC title game. McDaniel left Marietta in 1980 to become the head football coach at Centre College (KY). He was at Centre for over two decades, most notably as the Colonel football coach from 1980-1997 (101-63-3) retiring as the winningest coach in program history. His 166-122-5 career mark ranked him seventh in wins among Division III coaches at the time of his Hall of Fame induction at Centre. His teams claimed seven conference championships, and McDaniel coached six AFCA All-Americans while being named conference Coach of the Year three times. As a golf coach from 1981 to 1993, he claimed three more conference titles and had one team participate in the NCAA Championship. Following his coaching career, McDaniel served as Centre's athletic director from 1998 to 2002. Along with being in the Centre and Muskingum Athletics Hall of Fame, he is also a Hall of Fame member at Marietta and Fredericktown High School.
Notes: This game is Marietta’s homecoming. Otterbein is in white jerseys and helmets; Marietta is in dark jerseys and helmets. The Marietta helmets sport the NCAA decals celebrating the 100th anniversary of college football. Teams were given the option of wearing, or not, these decals. Rosters are available in the game program. For more game details see the Columbus Dispatch articles linked to this page.
“Otters Rally to Nip Marietta 21-17,” Columbus Sunday Dispatch, October 25, 1970, pg. 3B.
Otterbein 21 - Marietta 17
Otterbein – Robert “Moe” Agler (March 13, 1924 – September 16, 2005, Otterbein ‘48)
Marietta – Joe Wesley McDaniel (July 2, 1934, Bellville, Ohio – January 27, 2020, Harrodsburg, Kentucky, BS-Muskingum College ’56)
Don Drumm Field, Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio
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This game is Marietta’s homecoming. Otterbein is in white jerseys and helmets; Marietta is in dark jerseys and helmets. The Marietta helmets sport the NCAA decals celebrating the 100th anniversary of college football. Teams were given the option of wearing, or not, these decals. Rosters are available in the game program. For more game details see the Columbus Dispatch articles linked to this page.