1970 Otterbein vs Wittenberg Football Film (1 of 2)
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Otterbein is wearing white jerseys and helmets; Wittenberg is wearing dark jerseys. Wittenberg came into the game ranked 13th nationally and showed that they deserved that position by defeating the Cardinals 76-7. Although the Tigers held the Cardinals to -21 yards rushing, and only 70-yards passing, they lost their star quarterback, Rocky Alt, who was hospitalized for rib injuries. Wittenberg’s undefeated championship season was overturned when on December 15, 1970, it was discovered that their All-Conference senior tackle Rick Mako had not registered for autumn classes causing Wittenberg to forfeit their co-championship with Capital University and all nine victories. For more game details see the Columbus Dispatch articles linked above.
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.
Wittenberg – Frank Davis “Dave” Maurer (March 18, 1932, Duquesne, Pennsylvania – July 30, 2011, Springfield, Ohio; BA - Denison ’54, MA - Ohio State ’55) Born in Duquesne, Pennsylvania, Maurer continued his education at Denison University where he played quarterback for the Big Red. After graduation in 1954 he earned his master’s degree at The Ohio State University in 1955. That same year he joined the staff of first year head coach, and future Collegiate Football Hall of Fame honoree, Bill Edwards. He was an assistant coach under Edwards for 14-years, before taking over the reins as head coach in 1969 until 1983. During his tenure his overall record was 129-23-3 (.843), with an OAC record of 71-4 (.947). Under Maurer the Tigers were Division III National Champions — 1973, 1975; Division III National Runner Ups — 1978, 1978; and Ohio Athletic Conference Champions — 1969, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1981. Individually Mauer earned AFCA/Kodak Division III National Coach of the Year — 1973, 1975; AFCA/Kodak Division III District Coach of the Year — 1969, 1970, 1973, 1975; Ohio Athletic Conference Coach of the Year — 1969, 1973, 1976, 1978, 1979; and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1991. In addition to football, he also coached swimming, golf, track and served as athletics director. He retired from the university in 1994.
Wittenberg Stadium, Springfield, Ohio
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