Trinity (Texas) defense, QB Blaschke upset of No. 19 Birmingham-Southern
BIRMINGHAM -- Trinity (Texas) upset No. 19 Birmingham-Southern with a 30-21 road win on Saturday afternoon.
Trinity improved to 4-2 this season with the victory, which is the sixth consecutive win in the series. Each of the last two meetings have been decided by less than 10 points.
Mason Blaschke sealed the win for the Tigers, accounting for his third touchdown of the day with a one-yard scoring plunge with just over three minutes left in the game. Blaschke had two touchdowns and 53 yards rushing on the day, also completing 7 of 10 passes and throwing for another score.
Both teams were scoreless in the opening quarter, then Blasckhe hit Matthew Kennemer for a 43-yard touchdown to put Trinity up 7-0. Blaschke added his first rushing touchdown a few minutes later, making it 14-0 with just 85 seconds left in the half. Birmingham-Southern managed to get on the board before halftime though, scoring with three seconds left.
After Garrett Biel booted a 43-yard field goal to open the third quarter scoring, BSC made it 17-14 with an 11-play drive that covered 65 yards. Trinity then got a fourth-quarter score on a 14-play drive, but the extra point was missed to keep it 23-14.
After Birmingham answered with its own touchdown in the final quarter, it was just a two-point game heading into the final six-plus minutes.
On the final scoring drive, it was actually Trinity's Travis Williams who had the key play, taking off for a 62-yard run that set up first-and-goal at the 1-yard line. Blaschke then finished off the drive with his final score.
The Tiger defense forced four fumbles in the game, which led to 10 Trinity points. The final fumble came in the final minutes, spoiling any comeback attempt by Birmingham-Southern.
Williams finished with his first career 100-yard game, rushing for 101 yards on 12 carries. Patrick Granchelli also added 59 yards on 12 rushes, and the Tigers piled up 220 yards rushing on 44 carries.
Kennemer led Trinity with three catches for 62 total yards and a score, while Mason Lytal picked up his seventh touchdown reception of the season. Lytal had two receptions for 20 yards and the score.
Defensively, Jai Boatman led the Tigers with 11 total tackles -- including eight solo efforts. Tomy Boboy also had seven solo tackles in the game, as well as his 13th tackle for loss this season. Boboy picked up another sack in the game as well, upping his total to 8.5 on the year.