SUWANEE, Ga. - Trinity University overcame a 14-0 second quarter deficit to hand Centre College a 20-14 loss and earn the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Football Championship. The loss was the first for Centre all season.
AROUND THE SCAC
Austin College fell 27-13 to Sewanee, scoring
10 fourth quarter points but coming up short in their final road
game of the season. The ‘Roos are now 0-9 overall and 0-5 in
SCAC play on the year. After finishing the first quarter trailing
only 6-3, the ‘Roos found themselves in a 20-3 hole at
halftime, and the deficit grew to 27-6 before Shane Hodge scored on
a one yard touchdown run with 1:24 remaining to make it a 27-13
final. Hodge finished the game with 84 rushing yards on 19 carries
and three catches for 40 yards. Noah Jesko completed 10-of-21
passes for 141 yards, and Jordan Schell made three catches for 61
yards. Mitch Anderson made field goals of 21 and 22 yards in the
game. The ‘Roos wrap up the season next weekend with a home
game against SCAC rival Trinity University at Jerry Apple Stadium
with kickoff time set for 1 p.m.
Birmingham-Southern came up big on Saturday after losing their last two games with a 54-0 shutout of Rhodes at home. The 54 points were the most by BSC in a game since reinstating football in 2007. The previous high was 52 in a win over Faulkner University last season. The Panthers led 27-0 at the half and scored 27 more points in the second half. Birmingham-Southern finished the afternoon with 489 yards total offense, including 363 yards on the ground. Junior tailback Shawn Morris led the way with 179 yards rushing on 13 carries and two touchdowns, giving him 1,119 rushing yards on the season. Junior quarterback Jimmy Stainback was 10 of 11 through the air for 91 yards. The Panther defense held Rhodes to just 12 first downs and 159 yards total offense. BSC closes out its season next Saturday, Nov. 12, when Millsaps comes to Panther Stadium for the annual Homecoming/Reunion Weekend and Senior Day.
Centre took an early 14-0 lead in the first half, but was unable to hold on as the Colonels fell 20-14 to No. 13/No. 18 Trinity in a matchup of unbeaten teams. The loss ends Centre’s nine-game winning streak dating back to the end of last season. The 14 points are the lowest scoring output of the season and the lowest number of points scored by a Centre team since being shutout by Millsaps October 24, 2009. The game also marked the first time since October 30 of last year against Rhodes, the Colonels’ defense did not force a turnover. Centre will host Rhodes this weekend in its regular season finale.
Millsaps fell on Saturday afternoon to Division II Tarleton State, 44-3. The loss brings the Majors record to 4-5 overall with one more game remaining against Birmingham-Southern. After the Majors went three and out, they got the ball back immediately as senior Jordan Nolan picked up an interception in Tarleton territory. The Majors got inside the 10 put could not get into the end zone which set up a 24 yard field goal by freshman Beau Brady. It was all Texans form there as they racked up 44 straight points to take the victory. Junior Konner Joplin got the start for injured Garrett Pinciotti (concussion) and finished the day 17-for-37 for 180 yards and one interception. Sophomore Thomas Theriot was the leading rusher with 36 yards off 17 carries. The Majors will be back in action this weekend as they travel to Birmingham, Alabama to take on the Birmingham-Southern Panthers. It will be the final game of the year for the Majors, kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
Rhodes lost its second consecutive game, falling 54-0 to Birmingham Southern in a SCAC battle in Birmingham, AL on Saturday, November 5. The Lynx offense which entered the game as the number one passing offense in the SCAC, was intercepted 3 times and could not recover from a 27-0 halftime deficit. The Panthers defense limited Lynx receivers Buddy Legens and Jack Lartigue to a season low 5 receptions combined. Legens and Lartigue entered the contest as the top two wide outs in the SCAC. The Lynx will conclude their 2011 season with a road tilt at Danville, KY as they face Centre College on November 12th. Rhodes defeated the Colonels 38-31 in 2010 at Fargason Field. Rhodes currently is 3-5 overall and 1-4 in the SCAC.
In front of a massive Homecoming crowd, Sewanee closed out its 2011 season with a 27-13 win over SCAC member Austin College, Saturday at McGee Field at Harris Stadium. With their victory, first-year head coach Tommy Laurendine - and the Tigers - wrap up the season with a 5-5 overall record. Sewanee's five wins are the most since 2005. Sewanee outrushed Austin by a 216-187 margin. Surprisingly, Sewanee gained more yards through the air than the Kangaroos. Led, by sophomore Lee Schurlknight, Chad Morehead and Curtis Johnson, the Tigers passed for 167 yards. Austin quarterback Noah Jesko, finished the game with 141 yards. Individually, junior slot back Jase Brooks had a career day. Brooks had a game-high 93 rushing yards, to go along with 39 receiving yards. As a defense, the Tigers forced three interceptions, which gave Sewanee a total of 13 picks this fall. Last season, Sewanee finished the year with nine interceptions Individually, juniors J.D. Crabtree and J.P. Boudreaux, led the Tigers with 5.5 tackles, while senior Zac Atkins added five stops.
No. 11 Trinity clinched a share of the SCAC Championship with a 20-14 comeback win over Centre on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers also secured the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA playoffs, putting Trinity into the postseason for the first time since 2007. Trinity fell behind 14-0 late in the second quarter, but the Tigers scored once right before halftime, and three times in a span of four possessions to take a 20-14 lead early in the second half. This week will be the regular season finale for the Tigers, who can clinch the outright SCAC title with a win against Austin College. Trinity is 40-29-6 all-time against Austin College, having won 14 consecutive meetings. The last loss in the series by the Tigers was a 31-0 defeat in 1993. Last year, Trinity won 28-24 over the ‘Roos.
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