San Antonio – The Tiger football team celebrated Trinity University's Alumni Weekend with a 28-14 Southern Athletic Association win over Sewanee: The University of the South on Saturday afternoon.
Trinity jumped out to a 21-0 lead before Sewanee got on the board in the third quarter, but the lead was too much to overcome in the end.
Neither team was able to mount a drive until late in the quarter, but Trinity's offense stalled near the red zone, and the ensuing 37-yard field goal just missed wide left.
Sewanee took over at the 20, but Trinity's defense immediately took the ball back as Jordan Williams intercepted a pass at the Sewanee 32.
The next play was another connection between Messex and Lavine for a 32-yard touchdown and a 14-0 Trinity lead. That score held until halftime as both teams traded punts and turnovers – including an interception by Trinity's Cameron Beaver that shut down a Sewanee drive.
After forcing a three-and-out on defense Trinity's offensive possession of the third quarter ended in a third touchdown pass from Messex to Lavine – this time from 15 yards out.
Sewanee then had a 20-play, 81-yard drive that ended with a five-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-goal with just 1:12 left in the quarter.
Sewanee took over with just 7:00 left on the clock and a 21-point deficit. The visitors used just 95 seconds to get on the board again with a 35-yard touchdown pass.
Trinity recovered the ensuing onside kick attempt, though, taking over with just over five minutes remaining.
Sewanee got the ball back with 3:36 to go, but Nic Hover picked up the third interception of the day for Trinity to end any chance at a comeback.
Trinity improved its record to 4-3 overall and 3-2 in SAA play, winning its third game in the last four outings. Sewanee fell to 3-5 on the year and 2-4 in conference.
Tommy Lavine had a team season-high eight catches for 132 yards and tied his career-best with three touchdown receptions. Lavine moved up to eighth in school history in career receiving yards, passing 1,800 yards. He is also the eighth player ever at Trinity to catch 20 or more touchdown passes.
Evan McDowell led the team with 96 yards rushing on 17 attempts, while Johnson had 53 yards on the ground, averaging 7.6 yards/carry. McDowell also moved past 1,700 yards rushing in his career and jumped to 12th on the team's all-time list.
Jordan Williams led Trinity's defense with 10 tackles and an interception, as well as totaling three pass breakups.
The Tigers will be back on the road to take on Hendrix (AR) College at noon on Saturday, October 27.