LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - Texas Lutheran University clinched its first football conference title in program history, defeating Austin College 45-12 on Saturday at Matador Stadium in Seguin. The Bulldogs finish league play with a perfect 3-0 mark and now aim for a NCAA at-large berth.
AROUND THE SCAC
A late rally for Southwestern fell short Saturday as the Pirates dropped a heartbreaker 42-21 to Oklahoma Baptist in non-conference action. Southwestern (0-6) faced an early uphill battle as the Bison raced out to a quick 14-0 lead. Both scores took less than two minutes off the clock as Oklahoma Baptist (1-5) connected on a 57-yard pass from Cale Grauer to Derek Serowski to take the two score lead at the 11:59 mark in the first quarter. Dante Smith hooked up with Matt Gillen who caught a pass in the back of the end zone as Smith's pass was deflected off Taylor Stephens and a Bison defender before landing in Gillen's hands. Smith locked in as he finished with his second three touchdown performance and first 300 yard passing game. The Bison offense continued to pound away with a solid rushing attack that wore down the Pirate defense. As a team OBU finished with 305 yards on the ground. The Pirates will try to rebound next Saturday as they entertain SCAC rival Trinity in a scheduled non-conference matchup. Kickoff from Birkelbach Field is set for 1 p.m.
Texas Lutheran won its first football conference crown in school history by complete a perfect 3-0 run through the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. TLU defeated Southwestern 44-14, Trinity 42-38 and Austin College 45-12. The Bulldogs have scored at least 42 points in all games (all wins) this season. Brent Peavy went over 300 yards passing for the fourth straight time this season. He completed a career-high 15 straight passes to start the game against Austin College. Brent's twin brother, Cameron, went over the 100-yard receiving mark for a third consecutive game. He also has caught at least two TDs in each of the last three games. Redshirt freshman Tyler Figol had a career-best 131 receiving yards against Austin College. Figol caught a six-yard pass from Trenton White in the fourth quarter. Danny Padron inherited a Bulldog Football program that was 6-24 in the three season prior to his arrival. Padron, with the win Saturday over Austin College, is now 17-17 overall in this his fourth season at TLU. Padron is seventh among all-time TLU Football coaches in number of wins. Bulldog quarterbacks are completing 65.09 percent of their passes. Brent Peavy has thrown 17 touchdown passes and only five interceptions in four games. He is averaging 351.75 passing yards and 409.75 yards of total offense per game.
Trinity fell short in a 27-24 loss to Millsaps College on Saturday afternoon, as the Majors kicked a field goal with 12 seconds left to secure the win. The Tigers had their two-game winning streak against the Majors snapped, and fell to 3-3 overall this season. Trinity had a shot at a go-ahead field goal late in the game, but it was blocked, and Millsaps drove down the field for the win on the ensuing possession. Following the field goal, Matthew Kennemer nearly returned the kickoff for a dramatic touchdown, but a shoestring tackle stopped him from breaking free in the middle of the field. The Tigers will now begin a stretch of three road games over the next five weeks to finish off the regular season. Trinity will take on first-year program Southwestern University next weekend, in a non-conference matchup.
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