Football Sputters Late to Austin in SAA Contest

Credit: Lyn Hutchinson
Credit: Lyn Hutchinson

SEWANEE, Tenn. - The Sewanee football team made some noise late in the contest, but it was the Kangaroos of Austin College who edges out a 21-14 win on Saturday afternoon from a rainy and windy Hardee-McGee Field at Harris Stadium.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP
Final Score: Austin (4-2, 3-1) 21, Sewanee (0-7, 0-5) 14
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HOW IT HAPPENED
-The Tigers defense was able to get the Kangaroos to punt on their first drive of the game, but on the team's first offensive drive, the hosts went three-and-out.

-The 'Roos were able to score on their next possession. Aaron Rideaux opening the scoring with a 21-yard pass from Colt Collins.

-After another punt by Sewanee, despite starting from their seven-yard-line, Austin stormed down the field and scored. The drive was capped by a 47-yard run by Bo Garner with 13:42 left in the first half to give the Kangaroos the 14-0 lead.

-With 6:35 left in the second stanza, Austin was driving down the field looking to make its lead three touchdowns, However, with less than two minutes left in the half at the Sewanee 33, Collins was looking deep, but instead, he found Wesley Porter for his fourth interception of the season at the four-yard-line.

-With 1:47 at their own 23-yard-line, the Tigers were able to score before the clock expired as Sam Everette rushed the one yard needed for the score. The Tigers used nine plays and 77 yards to go into the locker room with a 14-7 lead.

-Sewanee, who had the ball to start the second half, was unable to muster a deep drive, as the team was forced to punt on its first possession.

-On their first possession of the half, the 'Roos used three plays and 77 yards, capped by a 72-yard run by Evan Powell, to make it 21-7 in favor of the visitors.

-Austin had two chances to put the game away in the fourth quarter. With 10 minutes left in regulation, the 'Roos drive was halted at the Sewanee 14 on a fourth down incompletion.

-Sewanee took over on downs, and at the Austin 40, they gave the ball back to the visitors with 6:29 left after a missed fourth down conversion.

-Austin's second attempt to put the game away came up short, as Matthew Smith missed a 25-yard field goal with 3:02 left in regulation.

-From their own 20-yard-line, the Tigers used 1:08 off the clock in eight plays, as Jacob Viccari caught a 43-yard pass from Alex Darras to cut the deficit to 21-14 with 1:54 left.

-On the on-side attempt, the Tigers recovered the ball at the Sewanee 43-yard-line as Daniel May picked up the football.

-However, the Tigers were stopped on their last drive for the second straight week, as the 'Roos used two sacks to seal the contest.

SEWANEE KEY STATISTICS
-Jacob Viccari recorded a touchdown on three receptions and 64 yards, and Colin May added 79 yards on eight catches.

-Alex Darras threw for 207 yards on 19-of-43 passing. Serving as the punter for six of the eight punts, the senior averaged 41 yards per boot, totaling 246 yards.

-Wesley Porter recorded 12 tackles, one for a loss and recorded a 19-yard interception late in the first half that sparked the touchdown as the clock expired.

AUSTIN KEY STATISTICS
-Colt Collins recorded 121 yards on 11-of-21 passing and 67 yards on the ground. He was responsible for two of the team's three touchdowns.

-Evan Powell recorded 144 yards on the ground on 11 carries, while Bo Garner added 73 yards and a score.

-Matthew Quenichet had seven tackles to lead the 'Roos, while Sharun Jones had three pass breakups.

UP NEXT
Sewanee will next hit the road to San Antonio, Texas to take on Trinity next Saturday.

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