– The Trinity University Tigers opened their home campaign Saturday
with a 41-14 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference victory over the
Birmingham-Southern College Panthers before 1,138 fans at E.M. Stevens
Trinity, which played its first four games on the road, improved to 4-1.
Birmingham-Southern dropped to 2-2. The Panthers games do not count in
SCAC standings, because Birmingham-Southern is in transition from the
NCAA Division I to Division III. Trinity now leads the series 3-0 with
the Panthers, including last year’s 48-20 win in Alabama.
quarterback Patrick Dickinson threw a touchdown pass and rushed for two
others. Dickinson, who went 10-13 (no interceptions, two sacks) for 150
yards in the air, completed a 62-yard TD pass to senior wide receiver
Caleb Urban in the second quarter. Dickinson also rushed for touchdowns
of 12 and 10 yards in the third period. He rushed eight times for 23
Urban also scored
on a rushing touchdown of 49 yards, on a reverse play, in the second
quarter, giving Trinity a 20-7 lead. Urban rushed three times for 61
yards, and snagged three passes for 87 yards.
Garrett Biel booted two field goals in the first quarter, following an
18-yard touchdown run by Birmingham-Southern wide receiver David
Langston. Biel’s first field goal was for 28 yards, followed by a
48-yarder with less than a minute left in the period, as the Tigers
closed to 6-7. The 48-yard field goal was Trinity’s longest since 1974,
and is tied for the Tigers’ third best in school history. Duncan Pringle
made two from 52 yards in 1974, and Trinity Athletic Hall of Fame member
Marvin Upshaw connected on a field goal of 48 yards in 1965.
receiver Riley Curry caught two passes for 15 yards. Curry tied Bo
Edwards (1996-99) for third place on Trinity’s all-time receptions list.
The game’s rushing leader was senior Chris Baer, who had 13 rushing
attempts for 86 yards.
Jeremy Staska, a
senior quarterback, crossed the goal line from the 1 in the fourth
quarter, as Trinity led 41-7. Staska had seven rushes for 29 yards.
Birmingham-Southern freshman quarterback Jimmy Stainback went 3-3 (no
interceptions) for 54 yards and one passing touchdown, of 22 yards.
Starter Joe Thigpen, a junior, completed 5-11 (no interceptions, one
sack) for 32 yards.
defensive lineman Jeff Carapetyan had seven tackles and three
quarterback hurries. Senior lineman Ronald Satterthwaite picked up six
tackles and a QB hurry. Junior lineman Garrett Van Dyke was credited
with the quarterback sack.
scored a season-high in points, rushed for 268 yards and passed for 150,
for 418 total yards. The Panthers, who scored the lowest total of an
opponent’s points this season, had 125 yards on the ground and only 86
in the air, for 211 total yards.
The Tigers have
off next week, and will host Sewanee in an SCAC game at 1:30 p.m. Oct.
17. Trinity is 1-1 in conference play.
accounted for three touchdowns and 170 yards of offense in his first
start for the Tigers
Caleb Urban gave the
Tigers the lead with back-to-back scores in the second quarter on a
62-yard reception and a 49-yard reverse
Jeff Carapetyan led
the Tiger defense with seven tackles and three quarterback hurries, and
Trinity allowed just 211 yards total