Sherman, Texas - The Trinity football team defeated Austin College 38-17 Saturday afternoon in a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference match-up at Jerry E. Apple Football Stadium.
The Tigers lit up the board with a touchdown in the first quarter with a 13-yard run in the middle of the quarter by Griffin Lay. Trinity's defense also had an outstanding first quarter by not allowing Austin College to convert a single first down.
Austin College started of the second quarter with a 30-yard field goal. On their next possession, the Tigers answered with Davis King connecting with Rhodes Legg on a 31-yard touchdown pass with 2:07 left in the first half. A 47-yard field goal by Colby Doyal with three ticks remaining on the clock gave Trinity a 17-3 halftime lead.
Trinity started off the second half with a bang when Colby Doyal recovered his own on-side kick to give the Tigers the first possession. Jordan Williams stole the spotlight the rest of the third quarter when he returned two blocked punts 10 yards each for two Trinity touchdowns! This put the Tigers ahead 31-3 going into the fourth quarter.
Five minutes into the final stanza, Justin Ventura connected with Cody Sandman on a 32-yard touchdown pass to give the Tigers a 38-3 advantage. The 'Roos answered this with two touchdowns of their own, but the deficit was too much to overcome.
The Tigers snapped a three-game losing streak, and improved their record to 3-4, and 1-2 in SCAC play. Austin College dropped to 2-5 and 0-3 in SCAC. The two teams will play again November 12 at Trinity, for their final regular-season tilt.
Trinity has won four consecutive meetings with the Kangaroos, including two last season. The Tigers lead the series 47-30-6, dating back to the 1904 campaign.
The 38 points scored by Trinity marked a season-high for the Tigers.
Colby Doyal's 47-yard field goal in the second quarter was a career-high mark for the Tiger junior. Doyal also connected on 5-5 extra-point attempts to end the day.
Jordan Williams blocked two punts in the third quarter, and returned each 10 yards for a touchdown.
The 253 yards of total offense by the 'Roos marked the lowest total by an opponent this season.
Trinity continues its SCAC schedule Saturday, October 29, by hosting Texas Lutheran University at 1:00 p.m.