BEXLEY, Ohio -- The 2016 Heidelberg University football team's season finale didn't start on time, but when it began, it was all Student Princes. Charter bus troubles couldn't hold back the Berg, who pummeled host Capital University, 61-13 on Saturday.
Riding a four-game winning streak, the Student Princes finish the season at 6-4, 6-3 in the Ohio Athletic Conference. Capital ends with a 4-6 record, 4-5 in conference.
The Heidelberg defense had 12 tackles for loss for 47 yards. The defense also forced two fumbles and caught two interceptions.
Special Teams contributed a blocked punt for a safety, a tackle on a potential fake punt and a 59-yard Justin Hutchins punt return touchdown.
Quarterback Tyler Stoyle threw for 262 yards and five touchdowns. It was his fifth five-touchdown game of his career.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Student Princes wasted no time getting on the board after winning the toss and choosing to receive. Stoyle found Demetrius Magee for a 33-yard completion in the middle, giving HU excellent field position. The 5-play, 65-yard drive was capped off the next play when Stoyle connected with Geoff Helms for a 16-yard TD down the right sideline.
Following a missed Capital field goal, HU tacked onto their lead on the ensuing possession. The Tricolor took the ball 80 yards which resulted in a 5-yard touchdown pass from Stoyle to Cameron Vocke.
Malik Dudley's strip-sack of quarterback Conner McCloud, recovered by Chris Jones at the CAP 34. The Student Princes converted the turnover into seven points on an eight-yard touchdown pass from Stoyle to a diving Demetrius Magee. A.J. Morrison's third extra point gave HU a 21-0 lead after the first quarter.
An interception by Trevor Summers gave HU the ball at the Capital 34. The drive ended in a turnover on downs, but the Berg defense went right back to work. The defense forced a Crusader three-and-out, leaving Capital to punt from their own end zone. Jarett Wasson blocked the kick for a safety, pushing the Heidelberg lead to 23-0.
The Student Princes added three more with a 23-yard field goal from AJ Morrison.
Donovan Walker caught his first career interception, giving the Student Princes great field position at the Crusader 27. Three plays later, Stoyle connected with Tony Morris in the end zone, giving Heidelberg a 33-0 lead at the half.
O'Green added to the Berg lead early in the fourth quarter. A 4-yard touchdown rush pushed the Student Prince lead to 40-0. O'Green lead Heidelberg's ground attack with 86 yards on nine carries.
Capital put a touchdown on the board, but HU wasted no time responding to the Crusader score. The Berg used a 6-play drive to move the score to 47-7. Stoyle connected with Magee in the end zone for the second time, this time a 15 yarder.
Following another Capital three-and-out, Vocke pushed the lead to 54-7 with a 62-yard touchdown run down the right sideline.
Hutchins capped off the HU scoring with a 59-yard punt return touchdown in the fourth quarter. It was Hutchins' first career touchdown punt return. He had a kickoff return for a touchdown earlier this season against Otterbein.
Capital scored in the final seconds of the game, but could not convert the 2-point conversion.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Stoyle finished the season with 27 touchdown passes -- one shy of tying the Heidelberg single season record of 28, set by Michael Mees in 2014
61 points is most since Oct. 24, 2015. The Student Princes defeated Marietta 63-28 in the contest.
Head coach Scott Donaldson on the game: "This team is so tough ... and that's why I'm so proud of these seniors especially ... I couldn't be happier with the way things turned out."
Donaldson on the defense: "The defense did a great job getting the ball back for our offense ... We knew if we could get the ball back to our offense they were going to score."