1971 Otterbein College (20) vs Capital University (35) Football Film
Otterbein 20 – Capital 35
Saturday, November 13, 1971, 8:00 p.m.
Memorial Stadium, Westerville, Ohio
Time: 14:14 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
Capital University is a private university in Bexley, Ohio. Capital was founded on June 3, 1830, as the "Theological Seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Ohio" in Canton, Ohio, 40 years before the founding of The Ohio State University, making it the oldest university in Central Ohio and one of the oldest, and largest, Lutheran-affiliated universities in North America. It moved to downtown Columbus in 1832. On March 2, 1850, the non-seminary portion of the school was renamed Capital University and the seminary was renamed the Evangelical Lutheran Theological Seminary (ELTS). The university eventually moved its main campus to the rural periphery of the state capital in the community of Bexley. This rural area has since developed into an upscale suburb. Capital University's educational mission is based on Lutheran values of free inquiry, critical thinking, and leadership. Colors: Purple, Gray and White. Mascot: Crusaders (Capital University athletic teams were known as the Fightin Lutherans until 1963 when Crusaders was adopted as the school’s mascot. After the Crusaders mascot came under scrutiny due to the negative connotation of the crusades the university formally adopted a new mascot name “Capital Comets” on September 30, 2021.)
Pio, Chris, Gryphons, Gorloks and Gusties: A History of NCAA Division III Nicknames and Mascots, Privately Published, Las Vegas, NV, 2021, p. 29.
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.
Capital – Eugene “Gene” Slaughter (May 18, 1926 – June 22, 1998, Capital ’50, 3rd year, 2-6, overall, 25-years, 120-95-3) After graduating from Ironton High school in 1944, Slaughter served three years in the Navy before attending Capital University, lettered in football four straight years. Following graduation, he began a 10-year high school coaching career in the state of Ohio – first at Southpoint (1950-51), Jackson (1952-1956) where his teams were in the top ten of the state for three years, and then to Warren (1957-1959) where his teams were in the top ten every year. His record was 24-5-1. In 1960 he followed his top player, Paul Warfield, to Ohio State where he served as one of Woody Hayes’ assistant coaches before taking the reins at Capital in 1961. In 1983, when Warfield was inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame, he asked Slaughter to make his induction speech. When Slaughter was inducted into the Capital University Hall of Fame, Warfield returned the favor. Slaughter retired from coaching on February 24, 1986 after leading the Crusaders for 25-years and compiling a record of 120-95-3. Slaughter produced nine All-Americans and 84 All-Ohio Athletic Conference selections. Perhaps his ultimate coaching experience came in 1970 when Capital went 8-1 and defeated Luther College (Iowa) 34-21 in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl, recognized as the Division III national championship game. After Slaughter relinquished his coaching duties he retained his position as Capital’s athlete director, a position he held for the last five years of his coaching career, for one more year until 1987. Following his retirement from Capital, Slaughter was co-owner of the Old Mohawk Tavern in the German Village are of Columbus. He also lived upstairs of the establishment. Slaughter died at the age of 72 on June 22, 1998 after a short illness.
Notes: Otterbein is in dark jerseys and white helmets; Capital is in white jerseys and white helmets. For more game details see the Columbus Dispatch articles linked to this page.
Sander, John, “Area Products Earn Mid-American Spurs,” Columbus Evening Dispatch, November 10, 1971, p. 41A.
Sanders, John, “Old State Foes Clash Again,” Columbus Evening Dispatch, November 11, 1971, p. 35B.
“Airs Cap-Otters,” Columbus Evening Dispatch, November 12, 1971, p. 7B.
“Capital Whips Otters in Season Finale 35-20,” Columbus Sunday Dispatch, November 14, 1971, p. 1B & p. 2B.
Otterbein 20 - Capital 35
Otterbein – Robert “Moe” Agler (March 13, 1924 – September 16, 2005, Otterbein ‘48) A
Capital – Eugene “Gene” Slaughter (May 18, 1926 – June 22, 1998, Capital ’50, 3rd year, 2-6, overall, 25-years, 120-95-3)
Memorial Stadium, Otterbein College, Westerville, Ohio
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