WEEK 8 PREVIEW: Trinity

WEEK 8 PREVIEW: Trinity

Game Notes

SEWANEE, Tenn. - Sewanee football will travel to San Antonio, Texas for Week 8 of the football season Saturday for a contest with Trinity. 

THE BASICS
Sewanee (3-4, 2-3) at Trinity (3-3, 2-2) | Oct. 20, 11 a.m.
Alamo Stadium | San Antonio, Texas
All-Time Series: Trinity leads 23-4
Last win: Nov. 7, 1992 (15-12)

SCHEDULE CHANGES: Due to the threat of rain on Saturday, the contest has been moved to Alamo Stadium, just across the street from Trinity's main campus. The game has also been moved up to 11 a.m.

FALLING ON THE BALL: Sewanee collected four more turnovers in Saturday's contest against Birmingham-Southern. Sewanee now has 19 turnovers gained, tied with Berry for the most in the conference and sixth in all of NCAA Division III.

CONVERTING ON FOURTH DOWN: In 2018, the Tigers have struggled with converting on third down, but they have had no problems on fourth down. Overall, the Tigers are 12-of-15 on the crucial down, and the 12 conversions are the tied for the most in the conference with Rhodes. Inside conference play, Sewanee has made a fourth down conversion 9-of-12 times, tops in the conference.

A TALE OF TWO FOOTBALL PROGRAMS, PART IV: Alumni and fans may remember that Sewanee and Trinity were conference opponents in the College Athletic Conference (CAC) in 1989. Sewanee took down Trinity four straight years, including securing the CAC Championship in 1990. 

When the conference transitioned to the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) in 1991, the Tigers won the first two meetings in 1991 and '92, but they could not down Trinity again as SCAC members. 

Sewanee, in 2012, went on to form the SAA and played Trinity in a non-conference game that year. However, in 2017, Trinity was brought into the SAA as an affiliate member after the SCAC ceased sponsorship of football.

A LOOK AT THE TEXAS TIGERS: It has been a roller coaster year for Trinity in 2018. After coming off a 44-0 win against McMurry in Abilene, Trinity nearly handed an upset to then No. 10 Hardin-Simmons in Week 2 in San Antonio. Trailing 35-33 late with a minute to go in regulation, the Cowboys punched a 10-yard score to defeat the Tigers, 42-33. 

With the loss, TU opened SAA play the following week against Millsaps, and thanks to a 25-yard field goal by the Majors, the Tigers saw themselves 1-2 early in the season. Trinity bounced back in their last two games with wins against Birmingham-Southern and at Rhodes, but last week, thanks to a fourth quarter touchdown by Centre, the Tigers dropped the contest, 33-28. 

With that being said, Trinity is averaging -5.67 in margin of victory in their losses. 

The story of Trinity's 2018 is their running game. They are ranked second in the SAA in rushing yards per game (169.2). Through the air, the team is eighth of nine teams in passing yards (190.2). 

Leading Trinity on the ground is Evan McDowell. He has recorded 463 yards, averaging 77.2 yards per game for the second-best in the conference. He has also scored three touchdowns. 

In last season's affair at Historic Hardee-McGee Field at Harris Stadium, Sewanee saw themselves down 27-0 with 4:16 left in the third quarter. However, after three passing touchdowns by Sam Hearn to get the Tigers back in the contest with 9:46 left. 

Sewanee had the ball with 7:17 left, but was forced to punt with 5:54 remaining, and Trinity held on to the football for the remainder of the contest. 

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