1971 Otterbein vs Kenyon Football Film (1 of 2)


1971 Otterbein vs Kenyon Football Film (1 of 2)


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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

Kenyon College is a private liberal arts college in Gambier, Ohio. It was founded in December 1824 by Philander Chase, the first Episcopal Bishop of Ohio. He planned to create a seminary, but could find little support. Undeterred, he sailed to England and solicited donations from: George Kenyon, 2nd Baron Kenyon; Lord Gambier; and the writer and philanthropist Hannah More. Dissatisfied with the original location of the college in Worthington, Chase purchased 8,000 acres of land in Knox County, and established there on July 24, 1825. Colors: Purple and White. Mascot: Lords/Ladies. . (The mascot Lords [for male teams] is in honor of the college’s benefactor Lord Gambier, after whom Chase named the city where Kenyon is located, and was adopted in the 1950s. The term Ladies [for female teams] was adopted in 1969. On May 9, 2022, after 6,914 ballots by students, alumni and staff, Kenyon officially changed its mascot to the Owl, based on the Kokosing River which runs through campus. The word translates to “River of Owls.” The change was made to address the concerns of those students who associate as “nonbinary” and transsexual.)

Kenyon is wearing dark jerseys and white helmets. Otterbein is wearing white jerseys and helmets and dark pants. This was the opening game of the 1971 season. The film is dark and does not show great detail. With seconds remaining in the game Otterbein scored a touchdown and a two-point conversion to pull out the victory. For more game specifics see the Columbus Dispatch articles linked above.

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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.

Kenyon – Philip J. Morse (b: 1932, Troy, NY, BS-Wittenberg, 1956) Morse came to Kenyon in 1967 as football coach and athletic director from Xavier University where he was assistant football coach. In 1972 he led the Lords to their second undefeated season in school history (7-0-1). He left Kenyon in 1977 with a record of 47-48-2. From 1981-1983 Morse was football coach and athletic director at Heidelberg (9-18) and baseball coach (82-84). Following his stint at Heidelberg he coached at Coe College (Iowa) and Centre College (Kentucky).

Game Location

McBride Field, Gambier, Ohio

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1971 Otterbein vs Kenyon Football Film (1 of 2)