Seguin, Texas -
University first-year kicker Garrett Biel booted a 34-yard field goal
with no time on the clock as the Tigers edged the Texas Lutheran
University Bulldogs 22-21 Saturday night before 2,450 fans at Matador
The Tigers (2-0) now lead the series 14-8 with Texas
Lutheran, which played its season-opener. Trinity has won three games in
a row over the Bulldogs – and nine of the last 10 - including a 24-0
victory last year in San Antonio. Texas Lutheran was a 14-9 winner in
2006, in a game played in Seguin.
Biel kicked three
field goals (on three attempts) for the Tigers, including a 25-yarder,
the opening score of the game, with 13:05 remaining in the first half.
With zeros showing on the clock at halftime, Biel fired up a 28-yard
field goal, as the Tigers closed to 6-14.
Texas Lutheran senior
wide receiver Steven Thrash caught a 19-yard TD pass from senior Frank
Vera, at 7:35 in the second period. Then, with 2:24 remaining, senior
running back Anthony Smith crossed the goal line from the 1.
The Tigers outscored
the Bulldogs 16-7 in the second half, starting with a 1-yard run by
junior quarterback Robert Davidson with 9:59 in the third quarter. The
conversion pass failed and Texas Lutheran led 14-12.
TLU junior wide
receiver Vernon Hughes caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from freshman
Rocky Huff, at 13:23 in the fourth.
That would prove to
be the Bulldogs’ final touchdown of the game. Davidson connected on a
5-yard TD pass to sophomore wide receiver Cory Scherr, followed by
Biel’s extra point. Then came the 14-play, 49-yard dramatic game-winner,
culminated by Biel’s field goal.
Davidson completed 30
of 47 passes (no interceptions) for 287 yards and one touchdown. He was
sacked six times by the Bulldog defense. Scherr snagged seven passes
for 65 yards and a touchdown, while senior running back Al Furlow had
six receptions for 49 yards. Furlow also rushed seven times for 10
yards. Senior wide receiver Riley Curry had five catches for 62 yards.
Caleb Urban, a senior
wide receiver, returned four kickoffs for 81 yards, including a return
of 30 yards. Punter Kyle Trella proved effective in the position, with
seven punts for 300 yards (42.9 average), and a long punt of 52 yards.
Trinity had 21 yards
rushing and 287 passing, for 308 total yards. Texas Lutheran produced 26
yards rushing and 133 passing, for 159 total yards.
On the defensive
unit, Trinity senior linebacker Dennis Grebe registered six tackles
(three solo). Sophomore end Bruce Honore had five tackles (four solo),
with one for a loss. Senior defensive back Evan Reville accounted for
five tackles (three solo), one fumble recovery and a pass breakup.
Junior linebacker Jarrod Burns also had five tackles (three solo).
Senior defensive back Brendan Ross, a transfer from Colorado College,
made the only interception of the game. Senior defensive lineman Jeff
Carapetyan was responsible for two sacks.
Trinity begins its
SCAC campaign next Saturday at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., with a
1 p.m. kickoff.
First-year kicker Garrett Biel nails
the game-winning field goal in the final seconds at Texas Lutheran, as
the Tigers win 22-21
Biel and William
Matevia (holder) posing after the game