Sewanee, Tennessee - The Trinity football team quelled a second-half comeback to defeat Sewanee: University of the South 27-21 in a Southern Athletic Association game on Saturday afternoon.
Trinity took a 27-0 lead late in the third quarter, but Sewanee rallied by scoring the last 21 points of the game.
The Tiger defense forced a three-and-out with a 27-21 lead, then Trinity's offense ran out the final 5:54 of the game with a 13-play drive to seal the win.
Trinity's defense struck on the first play from scrimmage with its first of three interceptions on the day, and the Tigers took over on the 17 yard line. Trinity scored five plays later on a one-yard plunge by Grauer to go up 14-0 with just over 10 minutes left in the first quarter.
The two teams traded turnovers on the next two possessions, and then the only score of the second quarter was a field goal by Trinity's Colby Doyal to make it a 17-0 game at halftime.
The second half started off similar to the first, as Colby Doyal got another field goal on its first possession to go up 20-0, then turned another Sewanee interception into another scoring drive that left less than five minutes in the third quarter. That drive ended with a 39-yard touchdown pass from Wyatt Messex to Tommy Lavine.
Sewanee then scored touchdowns on three consecutive drives, while also holding Trinity's offense to three consecutive three-and-out drives.
Trinity's defense stopped Sewanee a yard short on a third down and three on the next drive, and the Tigers began their game-sealing drive to finish the game.
The Tigers were actually stopped and forced to punt after a sack on third down, but Sewanee was flagged for roughing the kicker on the ensuing punt, and the drive continued.
Trinity has now won five of its last six games to improve to 5-2 overall and 4-1 in the SAA.
The two teams renewed an old rivalry, playing for the first time since 2012, and Trinity took a 23-4 lead in the series with Sewanee.
Austin Grauer connected on 20-30 passes for 178 yards and one touchdown, moving to fifth place in Trinity's record books with just over 4,000 passing yards.
Tommy Lavine caught five passes for 88 yards and a touchdown, passing 1,000 career receiving yards in the process.
Evan McDowell led all rushers with 89 yards on 23 carries, and also passed 1,000 career rushing yards.
Trinity's defense limited Sewanee to just 10 yards rushing, totaling 253 yards of offense overall. The Trinity Tigers finished with 385 yards of offense with a balance of 217 yards passing and 168 yards on the ground.
Trinity continues its inaugural SAA campaign by hosting Hendrix (AR) College next Saturday at 1:00 p.m.