1970 Otterbein vs Wittenberg Football Film (2 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 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
Wittenberg University is a private liberal arts university in Springfield, Ohio. Wittenberg College (it became Wittenberg University in 1957) was founded in 1845 by a group of ministers in the English Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Ohio, which had previously separated from the recently established German-speaking Evangelical Lutheran Joint Synod of Ohio and Other States. A German American pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Rev. Ezra Keller was the principal founder and first president of the college. Its initial focus was to train clergy with the Hamma School of Divinity as its theological department. One of its main missions was to "Americanize" Lutherans by teaching courses in the English language instead of German, unlike the nearby Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Springfield, Ohio, was selected for its location on the National Road, running from the eastern cities of Baltimore and Cumberland, Maryland, to the west in the Illinois Country, eventually to the territorial capital of Vandalia, near the Mississippi River. In 1874, women were admitted to the college, and, the following year, blacks were admitted. The college was named for the historic University of Wittenberg in Wittenberg, Germany, the town in which Martin Luther famously posted his Ninety-five Theses on the church door on October 31, 1517. In 1993 the university and the German city entered into an official partnership. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wittenberg_University)
Colors: Red and White. Mascot: Tigers. (The school’s early moniker were the Fighting Lutherans, followed by the Crimson and Cream [the early school colors]. In 1921 the teams were known as “Tigers of the West,” shortened to Tigers in the late 1940s. The mascot is called “Ezra the Tiger” after the first name of the school’s founder.)
m 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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