MIAA-Leading Trine Pulls Away From @AdrianCollegeFB in the Fourth Quarter to Win 55-34

Lawrence Austin had a career-high 10 total tackles to lead the Bulldogs versus Trine University Friday. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Lawrence Austin had a career-high 10 total tackles to lead the Bulldogs versus Trine University Friday. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

ADRIAN, Mich.--Nationally-regarded Trine University outscored Adrian 28-7 in the fourth quarter to avert a furious comeback attempt by the home team to defeat the Bulldogs 55-34 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association on Saturday evening.

= Final Score: Trine University 55, Adrian College 34 (PARENTS' WEEKEND)

= Location: Docking Stadium, Adrian, Mich.; Weather: Cloudy, 42 degrees, Wind west 9 mph (Cold Chill 34 degrees)

= Records: Trine Thunder 8-0 overall (4-0 MIAA), Adrian Bulldogs 3-5 overall (2-2 MIAA)

= National Rankings: If the Top-25 poll was extrapolated, Trine would be ranked 26th by the American Football Coaches' Association (AFCA) and 31st in D3football.com. The Thunder are receiving 41 points in the AFCA and 24 in the D3football polls.

TOP DAWGS
= Junior Emmanuel Stewart carried the ball 25 times for 139 yards and rushed for a touchdown.

= Junior Jerron McGaw led all receivers with seven receptions and 138 yards to go along with a pair of TDs.

= Senior signal-caller Clayton Uecker was 14-for-24 passing with 246 yards and two TDs.

= Senior Connor Storms averaged 45.8 yards on five punts. He boomed a 60-yarder in the first half--one of two to land inside the 20 of Trine.

= Outside linebackers Lawrence Austin, a senior, and Tim McPhee, a junior, recorded 10 total tackles apiece. Those figures marked career highs for both student-athletes as Austin had five solos and McPhee, three.

= Junior defensive back Chris Adams made six tackles before an injury forced him to leave the contest.

THE OPPOSITION
= Lamar Carswell ran for 205 yards on 19 carries and three TDs. He also caught a 70-yard score.

= Jeffery Barnett had Trine bests of five receptions and 86 yards, plus a TD.

= Quarterback Evan Wyse piled up 421 yards of total offense, including 271 passing on just nine completions and 150 on the ground in 17 rushes. 

= Robert Riley and Simeon Washington led all defenders with 13 total stops each. The former had four solos and the latter made five.

= Kyle Wiswell (3 solo) and Zachary DeMeester (4) chipped in nine and eight total tackles, respectively.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Trine broke open a close 27-all game in the fourth quarter with 21 unanswered points to take a 48-27 lead with 3 minutes and 46 seconds remaining. Wyse and Barnett connected for a 46-yard catch-and-run to open the scoring in the final stanza at the 14:50 mark. Carswell added a 90-yard TD run almost five minutes later and Seth Boggs capped an eight-play, 80-yard drive in 5:04 with a 16-yard TD run at 3:46 left.

= The teams traded TD runs a minute apart to account for the final score. Stewart plunged into the end zone from two yards out at 2:00 and Wyse answered 60 seconds later with a 35-yard scamper.

= Adrian battled back from an early 21-0 deficit, closing the first quarter with a Uecker to McGaw 46-yard hook-up to make it 21-7. On its first possession of the second quarter, the Bulldogs closed to within 21-14 after that pair connected for another TD passing play, this time for 29 yards (10-plays, 75-yards in 5:20) at the 8:35 mark. After Carswell rushed for a 6-yard TD score to close a long drive, the Bulldogs answered on a Uecker 1-yard TD run to make it 27-20 with only four seconds left in the half.

= The Bulldogs got the equalizing TD and extra-point off a TU fumble at the 38 yard line. David Nutter found the end zone after a 3-yard run to open the second half scoring, tying it 27-27 at 6:19 remaining in the third quarter.

= The Thunder had a game-opening scoring drive of nine plays and 61 yards in 3:44 as Carswell crossed the goal line from three yards out. Trine also scored on its next two possessions with Wyse throwing TDs to Jacob Chesney of 51 yards at 7:55 and Carswell for 70 at 1:38, both in the first quarter.

= With the score 34-27 in favor of Trine early in the fourth quarter, Adrian was driving to the Thunder 2 where Cayleel Hill forced the turnover with an interception to spoil another potential game-tying TD for the Bulldogs. The Thunder capitalized three plays later as Carswell dashed for 90 yards for a double-digit advantage.

= Trine was 6-for-9 in third-down efficiency and Adrian was 4-for-13. The Bulldogs had the advantage in time of possession, 32:37 to 27:23.

= The Thunder outgained the Bulldogs in total yards (690-455), passing (271-246), rushing (419-209) and first downs (23-20).

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE
= Despite the loss, Adrian still leads Trine in the all-time series 9-6. The Thunder have won two in a row after the Bulldogs took five-straight meetings.

= The 89 combined points are the most ever in the series and the most in a Bulldogs contest since 2010 when AC defeated Kalamazoo, 58-31, on Oct. 23.

= Senior defensive end Damon Fuller added to his AC school-record of tackles for loss for a career. He had a sack for 10 yards and now has 64.5 under his belt. His 328 TFL yards is second all-time. In addition, he lists second with 35 sacks for 242 yards behind only Michael Lewis (40.5-265 from 2002-05).

= With seven catches today, McGaw supplants Nathan Hartline (103, 2011-14) for fourth on the school's all-time chart. He also jumped two spots for seventh with 1,560 receiving yards. He's also now tied with Patrick Reagan (2005-08) for eighth place with 12 TD receptions.

= Senior Cameron Cook tied James Spencer (203 on 104 PAT, 33 FG from 2003-06) for the most career points in AC kicker history. Cook is first with 110 extra-points and second with 31 field goals and trails only Stewart (228) for the most points overall.

= Storms increased his school-record total to 6,760 punting yards. The previous benchmark before this season was held by Kevin Allaer (6264, 2007-10).

= McPhee broke his personal record for total tackles in a game for the fourth-straight Saturday.

UP NEXT
= Adrian travels to Olivet College next Saturday for a 1 p.m. kickoff. Olivet Athletics will have Video and LiveStats. Listeners can tune in locally to hear the play-by-play and color analysis by Gabriel Schray and Ian Wendt on WLEN Radio 103.9 FM.

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