– Trinity's football team lost a 55-27 game to Azusa Pacific
University of the NAIA on Saturday afternoon at E.M. Stevens Stadium.
The Tigers fall to 5-3 on the season
and 0-2 in their history against Azusa Pacific. Trinity lost 30-14
to the Cougars in 2004.
Despite a penalty that erased a long
touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage for Azusa Pacific, the
visitors still got on the board quickly against Trinity. Azusa
took a 7-0 lead on a 39-yard touchdown pass just 1:43 into the game.
The Tigers were able to answer on
their next drive, but had to settle for a field goal from Garrett Biel.
Biel came into the game tied for the national lead in field goals per
game, hitting 2-2 in today's loss.
Azusa had another quick score on a
52-yard pass play on its next drive, then added another touchdown late
in the first quarter to take a 21-3 lead after the first fifteen minutes
Trinity scored its first touchdown
of the game early in the second quarter, but it took Azusa just over a
minute to score again to make it 28-10.
By halftime, Azusa had opened up a
38-17 lead over Trinity, and the second half's opening kickoff was
fumbled to give the ball back to the visitors. The Tigers came up
with an interception, though, then drove down for Biel's second field
goal to make it 38-20.
Azusa scored on its next two
possessions to take the game into the fourth quarter with a commanding
Trinity's offense put up 371 total
yards, but Azusa gained over 500 yards offensively in the win.
Chris Baer led the team in both
rushing and receiving in the game, totaling 178 yards for the Tigers.
He finished with 73 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries, and also
caught seven passes for 105 yards and another score.
Robert Davidson had one of his best
games as the starting QB for Trinity, completing 20-35 through the air
for 243 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Jonathan Alexander and Anthony
Cockrell finished with seven tackles each to lead Trinity's defense.
Trinity resumes SCAC play next
weekend, hosting Centre College during Trinity's Alumni Weekend.
The 2009 class of the Athletics Hall of Fame will be inducted at
Saturday's loss to
Azusa marked just the 20th time that an opponent has scored 50 or more
points against the Tigers
Chris Baer led the
Tigers in both rushing and receiving against Azusa Pacific, totaling
over 170 yards and two touchdowns
completed 20-35 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's
loss to Azusa