Nov. 21, 2009

Courtesy Trine Athletics

CLEVELAND - Devin Leas (Poneto, Ind./Southern Wells) scored three touchdowns and Kent Biller (Nappanee, Ind./NorthWood) rushed for 113 yards as Trine stunned No. 9 Case Western 51-38 Saturday in the NCAA Division III playoffs.

Trine pounded out 503 yards of total offense including 275 yards rushing in the win. Eric Watt (Kentland, Ind./South Newton) completed 12-of-17 passes for 206 yards and five touchdowns. Aaron Shoemaker (Onsted, Mich./Onsted) recorded 16 total tackles for Trine.

Trailing 14-0 early, Trine outscored the host Spartans 51-24 to grab their first ever NCAA playoff victory. Trine will now face No. 12 Wittenberg Saturday at Noon in Springfield, Ohio.

The Tigers blasted Mount St. Joseph 42-14.