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

Clarence Madison. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Clarence Madison. (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.

= 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

= 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.

= 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.

= 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).

= 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.

= 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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