LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - Texas Lutheran took control of the SCAC standings after knocking off Trinity in San Antonio for the first time since 1976. The Bulldogs now sit at 2-0 in the SCAC and just need a win over Austin College on October 12th to claim their first outright SCAC Championship.
AROUND THE SCAC
The Austin College football team fell 52-34 in an offensive shootout to East Texas Baptist on Saturday, with the two teams combining for more than 1,000 yards of total offense in the game. The 'Roos are now 0-2 overall this season with the loss. The 'Roos used a huge day passing the ball to keep things close, trailing just 23-20 at halftime, but ETBU pulled away with 16 fourth quarter points. Noah Jesko completed 26-of-47 passes for 333 yards with three touchdowns against two interceptions, and Kyle Crawford had a career day with six receptions for 113 yards and a pair of scores. Madison Ross caught nine passes for 56 yards and a touchdown and added another score on the ground, while Bryce Murphy led the ground attack with 45 yards on 11 carries. Stephen Young had 12 tackles to lead the defensive unit, while Scott Loy added an interception and Tre Stewart had seven tackles, including a sack, and also forced a fumble. This week the 'Roos travel to California to take on Occidental.
The Texas Lutheran Bulldogs erased a 17-point, second-half deficit Saturday evening and secured a 42-38 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference win over Trinity University. The win is TLU's first victory over the Tigers in San Antonio since 1976. The Bulldogs were 0-6 against Trinity in San Antonio and 2-11 overall since the two teams re-started the area rivalry in 2000. TLU improved to 2-0 overall and to 2-0 in the SCAC. The Bulldogs are one win shy of clinching the SCAC football conference championship. TLU faces Austin College for the outright conference title on Oct. 12 in Seguin's Matador Stadium. The SCAC does not have an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III playoffs. TLU trailed 31-14 at the half after allowing 330 yards of total offense to the Tigers. The Bulldogs also endured a string of eight plays in the first half inside the Trinity 7-yard line that did not yield points. The Bulldogs came out of the locker room and reeled off four touchdown drives in the six total drives of offense in the second half. TLU was stopped at the Trinity 1-yard line on four plays in the second half but rallied for touchdown drives of 38 and 85 yards to take the lead for good. TLU ran out the clock on its final drive with a one-yard run by Marquis Carrollton 4th-and-1 at the Trinity 33.
Trinity opened SCAC play with a 42-38 loss to Texas Lutheran University on Saturday night, dropping a home game against the Bulldogs for the first time since 1976. Robert Broyles, filling in for injured starter Mason Blaschke, threw for 344 yards and three touchdowns in the game. Matthew Kennemer finished with 178 yards receiving to tie for seventh on the all-time list for a single game. The last time a Tiger player had more receiving yards in a game was 2002, when Jason Hunt had 179 yards receiving against DePauw University. Trinity piled up more than 540 yards of offense in the game, which marked the most in a game for the Tigers since 2007 (DePauw). Linebackers James Hix (12) and Connor Yorloff (11) led the team in tackles. Trinity and Sul Ross continue their series on Saturday, squaring off for the 19th time on the gridiron. The Tigers have lost four straight meetings heading into the 2013 season, including a 62-35 loss last year. Trinity's last win was a 21-20 decision in 1980, and each team has won nine games in the series.
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