WESTERVILLE, Ohio -- For the first time in six years, the Heidelberg University football lost possession of the Rhine River Cup, as they were defeated by Otterbein University 45-38 on Saturday night. The loss sinks HU to 2-4, 2-3 OAC as the Cardinals improve to 3-3, 3-2 OAC.
A potential game-tying drive for the Student Princes stalled near midfield as time expired.
Justin Hutchins had a career day returning the football. The junior had 192 yards on kickoff returns, including a 95-yard touchdown that helped the Student Princes stay in the game in the fourth quarter.
Otterbein took control of the game in the second half with a 21-point surge that straddled the quarter break. The Cardinal run, which started with a 67-yard pass from Logan Stepp to Hunter Joseph, began less than two minutes after Heidelberg went ahead 24-21 on a Tyler Stoyle - Demetrius Magee 18-yard connection.
Magee's touchdown extended his streak to nine straight games with a score. He caught another touchdown later in the fourth quarter, a 19-yard play that made it 45-38 with 1:36 remaining. He finished with a career-high eight receptions for 139 yards.
For all of the explosiveness in the second half, the score was only 14-10 at halftime, in favor of the Cardinals.
The Tricolor took a second quarter lead at 10-7 lead when Stoyle connected with Geoffrey Helms for a 3-yard touchdown, his first career receiving touchdown.
On the first drive of the second half, Stoyle found Cameron Vocke for a 56-yard pass. The completion set up a 5-play touchdown drive. Lacey finished the drive with a 15-yard touchdown plunge.
Lacey rushed for 71 yards, surpassing the 3,000 yard mark in his career.
Stoyle was 25-of-39 passing for 364 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.
Hutchins had two other long returns that were called back, including a punt return that would have gone for a 69-yard touchdown.
Otterbein holds a 14-10 edge all-time in the Rhine River Cup series, which commemorates the 1992 Otterbein/Heidelberg game held in Frankfurt, Germany.
Heidelberg hosts Marietta (2-4, 2-3 OAC) next Saturday. Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m. at Hoernemann Stadium.