It took two years for the John Carroll University football team to crack the top 25, it took 60 minutes for them to drop back out.
In JCU’s third straight game against a nationally ranked opponent, the Blue Streaks could not take advantage of Capital’s missing starting quarterback and wide receivers as Capital cruised to a 37-13 victory.
A fumble recovery by junior Mike Nettling set up JCU with a short field for their first touchdown.
Senior Vince Doorhy pulled in an 11-yard touchdown from junior Mark Petruziello to give JCU a 7-3 lead.
However, that is the last time JCU would hold a lead. Capital would go on a 27 point run to take a 30-7 lead.
JCU would add one last touchdown late in the fourth quarter as sophomore Jeff Javorek found Doorhy for JCU’s final touchdown.
The JCU offense could not get started all day as they gave up an interception and allowed nine sacks to the Capital defense.
“Physically we got beat,” said sophomore Frank Ross. “We have to understand that we can’t win games on talent alone.”
Doorhy was the lone bright spot for the Blue Streaks pulling in five catches for 60 yards and two touchdowns.
Although Capital put up 37 points, the score was not indicative of JCU’s play.
Capital was able to take advantage of numerous short fields to produce scores against the Blue Streaks.
Of Capital’s seven scoring drives, four started at the JCU 40 yard line or closer.
Nettling was a stalwart for JCU defensively, as he recorded 15 tackles, 13 of which were solo. He also recovered a fumble to set up JCU’s first score.
The loss drops JCU’s OAC record to 2-2, good for fifth place.
JCU returns home to face Marietta on Saturday under the lights at Don Shula Stadium.
Marietta is coming off their first win of the season over Muskingum. Last year JCU beat up on Marietta 20-7.
A win over Marietta would solidify JCU’s spot in the OAC standings after B-W’s recent loss to Heidelberg.
While JCU’s offense was dormant against Capital, it will be pivotal in beating Marietta.
The Pioneers are allowing an average of 121 yards rushing per game and 300 yards passing per game.
“Everyone knows our offense has struggled,” said Ross. “We know they have a weak secondary, we just need to get back to what we do and make them adjust to us.”
If JCU’s offense can find their groove the Blue Streaks should put up a lot of points come Saturday night.