Jackson, Mississippi – The 18th-ranked Trinity Tigers had their
first loss of the season as the Millsaps Majors won 24-6 Saturday in an
SCAC game at Harper-Davis Field.
Millsaps (3-1, 2-0 SCAC) has now won
three of the past four games with Trinity (3-1, 1-1 SCAC). The Majors
beat the Tigers 56-27 last season in San Antonio. The Tigers took the
famous 15-lateral “Miracle Play” game in 2007, on their last visit to
Trinity’s only score of the game was
an 87-yard kickoff return by senior wide receiver Caleb Urban, early in
the fourth quarter. (The extra point attempt was blocked.) Urban had
four kickoff returns for 153 yards, which sets a new Trinity record for
a single game. The previous record of 152 yards was shared by Rickey
McKinley and Jock Craig. McKinley set the record – also against
Millsaps – in 1983, then Craig tied it in a game against Centre in
Urban leads the Tigers with 424
all-purpose yards this season (280 kick return yards), and his 965
career kickoff return yards place him fourth on the Trinity all-time
list. His 87-yard return ties for the seventh-longest return in school
history, tying Ernest Camehl (vs. UTEP in 1959) and Kolby Brailsford
(against Millsaps in 2003).
Senior quarterback Jeremy Staska,
back in the lineup after an injury, completed 10-21 passes (two
interceptions) for 121 yards. Staska also rushed five times for a total
of 22 yards and was sacked once. Riley Curry, a senior wide receiver,
snagged five passes for 68 yards. First-year punter Kyle Trella booted
the ball eight times for 319 yards, an average of 39.9 per punt.
Sophomore defensive back Tyler
Barrett, sophomore linebacker Ben Robinson and senior linebacker Dennis
Grebe each had eight tackles. Junior defensive lineman Reuben Lucas and
senior linebacker Jeff Jones were responsible for one QB sack apiece.
Millsaps quarterback Chris Graves
sent a 1-yard TD pass to receiver Jason O’Rear midway through the first
quarter, giving the Majors a 7-0 halftime lead. Graves completed 23-41
passing (no interceptions) for 297 yards and two touchdowns. The Majors
outscored the Tigers 17-6 in the second half.
The Tigers had just 127 yards in the
air and were limited to 59 yards on the ground (186 total yards).
Millsaps put up 297 yards passing and 217 rushing for 514 total yards.
Trinity opens its home schedule –
after four straight road games – next Saturday with Birmingham-Southern
in an SCAC game at E.M. Stevens Stadium. The kickoff time has been moved
to 12:30 p.m.
Caleb Urban broke a
school record with 153 kickoff return yards at Millsaps on Saturday
afternoon, highlighted by his 87-yard TD
Jeff Carapetyan had
six total tackles - including one for a loss
Dennis Grebe tied
for the team lead with eight tackles on Saturday