Nationally-Ranked and Defending MIAA Champion Trine Pulls Away From Football in Second Half

Freshman Clarence Madison posted game-highs of seven receptions for 81 yards and had a career-best three touchdown passes at Trine Saturday. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Freshman Clarence Madison posted game-highs of seven receptions for 81 yards and had a career-best three touchdown passes at Trine Saturday. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

ANGOLA, Ind.--Freshman Clarence Madison caught a career-best three touchdown passes on game highs of seven receptions for 81 yards, but it wasn't enough as the Adrian College football squad gave nationally-ranked Trine a scare before falling 42-27 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association action on Saturday.

THE BASICS
= Final Score: Trine University 42, Adrian College 27

= Location: Shive Field at the Fred Zollner Athletic Complex; Weather: Partly Sunny, 40s, Wind slight

= Records: Trine Thunder 9-0 overall, 6-0 MIAA; Adrian Bulldogs 4-5 overall, 2-4 MIAA

TOP DAWGS
= Freshman quarterback Jack Wurzer went 17-for-34 passing with 196 yards and four touchdowns.

= Senior Jerron McGaw caught three passes for 61 yards and a TD.

= Classmate Emmanuel Stewart ran 26 times for 138 yards.

= Madison also rushed five times for 76 yards to add a career-high 157 all-purpose yards. 

= Senior Nate Conner led the defense with a total of eight tackles (4 solo, 4 assists), followed by senior OLB Chris Adams (5, 2) and senior ILB Tim McPhee (3, 4) with seven apiece, and senior defensive back Foster Walker with six stops.

THE OPPOSITION
= Lamar Carswell rushed for 259 yards on 26 carries and three TDs.

= Jeffery Barnett had two receptions for 71 yards and a TD.

= Simeon Washington had a game-high 15 total tackles on five solo and nine assists, followed by Jonathon Fierro with nine (5, 4) and Robert Riley, James Starks (both 3, 5) with eight each.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Carswell snapped a 21-all tie with a 55-yard TD run just 39 seconds gone in the third quarter. That ignited a 21-6 run for the Thunder after they were tied with Adrian at the half.

= The Bulldogs stunned Trine by taking a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on back-to-back possessions. Madison caught a 32-yard toss from Wurzer with 9 minutes and 33 seconds to go and then McGaw hauled in a 44-yarder from Wurzer with 5:15 on the clock.

= The Thunder battled back to tie it 14-14 in the first quarter on a Barnett 51-yard TD reception and Carswell 22-yard run with 3:50 remaining--the latter score coming after an AC fumble at its own 27-yard line on the kickoff after TU got onto the scoreboard with its previous drive.

= One of the key plays in the game occurred late in the first half when a Wurzer-to-Madison 15-yard TD pass-play gave Adrian a 21-14 advantage with 15 seconds remaining. Trine, however, evened it up as Jeffery Barnett returned the ensuing kickoff 79 yards into the end zone.

= Despite the result, Adrian controlled the ball evidenced by statistical advantages in first downs (25-16), time of possession (36:36 to 23:24) and total yards (435-419).

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE
= Stewart now has 5,088 yards for his career—the 30th rusher in NCAA Division III history to reach that milestone. He is the second active all-time leading rusher in the nation, third with 5,790 all-purpose yards and fourth with 8.9 points per game.

= Wurzer has a chance to set the single-season school record for passing efficiency; he currently ranks second with a 162.6 rating.

= Adams had seven total tackles today to give 200 for his career.

= Wurzer is first in the MIAA with 23 TD passes, a school record, and 1,903 passing yards.

= McGaw is third all-time among active Division III leaders with 97.2 receiving yards per game.

= McPhee extends his career high of 77 tackles on the season, which leads the Bulldogs and ranks third in the conference.

= Despite losing to Trine for the second straight year, Adrian still holds a 9-7 edge over the Thunder in the all-time series that began in 2003.

UP NEXT
= Adrian will have it season finale at home next Saturday when it hosts Hope College on Senior Day. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Kapnick Field at Docking Stadium.

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