Abilene, Texas -
The Trinity University
Tigers won their season opener with a 31-26 victory over McMurry
University Saturday at Wilford Moore Stadium.
Senior running back Al Furlow of
Chesapeake Beach, Md. (Katy Taylor; Katy, Texas), made a game-saving
fumble recovery in the final minute. Tiger quarterback Robert Davidson
fumbled at the McMurry 36. Andrew Wallace of McMurry recovered the
fumble and rushed for 13 yards to the 49. Wallace was stripped and the
ball was recovered by Furlow. Furlow also had six rushing attempts
for 31 yards.
Trinity now has a record of 18-2 in
season openers, under 20th-year head coach Steve Mohr. The Tigers beat
McMurry 48-18 last year in San Antonio. It marked the first meeting of
the teams since 1999, with the Tigers coming out on top 27-19 in a home
game. Trinity leads the series – which began in 1936 – 23-13-1.
The Tigers, who led 10-7 at
halftime, scored 21 points in the second half (seven in the third, 14 in
the fourth) to 19 by McMurry (13 and six, respectively).
Senior quarterback Jeremy Staska of
La Porte made his first start, and completed a 38-yard touchdown pass to
Daniel South. Staska completed 6 of 14 passes (one interception) for 96
yards. Junior quarterback Robert Davidson of Fort Worth (All Saints
Episcopal) took over in the second half and completed a 40-yard TD pass
top senior wide receiver Riley Curry of Sugar Land (Clements).
Davidson connected on 4 of 10 passes
(no interceptions) for 77 yards. Davidson also rushed for a 5-yard
touchdown. Curry caught five passes for 73 yards, as well as making
three kickoff returns for 34 yards. Senior wide receiver Caleb Urban of
Victoria (Memorial) had three receptions for 46 yards, two rushing
attempts for 18 yards and two kickoff returns for 46 yards.
Chris Baer, a senior running back
from Shiner, Texas, rushed 20 times for 69 yards and a touchdown of 1
First-year kicker Garrett Biel of
Clayton, Calif., booted a 43-yarsd field goal, the opening score of the
Senior defensive back Evan Reville
of Oklahoma City registered nine tackles and two interceptions. Senior
linebacker Dennis Grebe of Bay City, Texas, had nine tackles and one
McMurry quarterback Jake Mullin
completed 35 of 54 passes (three interceptions) for 479 yards and three
touchdowns. Marcus Franklin caught six passes for 153 yards and a
Trinity racked up 158 yards rushing
and 173 passing for 331 total yards. McMurry had 479 yards passing and
was limited to minus-7 rushing.
The Tigers travel to Seguin next
Saturday to take on Texas Lutheran at 6 p.m.
Al Furlow's forced
fumble and recovery sealed the win for the Tigers at McMurry on Saturday
As he often has over
his four-year career, Riley Curry led Trinity with five receptions for
73 yards and a touchdown
Dennis Grebe and the
Tiger defense forced five turnovers against McMurry on Saturday night