Turnovers Thwart Adrian Bulldogs in 31-13 MIAA Loss at Trine Thunder

Turnovers Thwart Adrian Bulldogs in 31-13 MIAA Loss at Trine Thunder

ANGOLA, Ind.--The Adrian College football team couldn't overcome four turnovers that contributed to a 31-13 loss Saturday at Trine University. 

= Final Score: Trine University 31, Adrian College 13

= Location: Zollner Athletic Stadium; Weather: Cloudy, 67 degrees, Wind W 10-15 mph

= Records: Trine Thunder (6-2, 3-1 MIAA), Adrian Bulldogs (4-4 overall, 2-2 MIAA)

FOR ADRIAN
= Sophomore wide receivers Darius Philon and Jerron McGaw both had a good day. The former led all student-athletes with 91 yards on five catches and the latter had a game-best six receptions (86).

= Freshman quarterback Hunter Hamm threw a personal-record 35 times, completing 16 passes for 260 yards in back-to-back starts.

= Senior running back Wyatt Derrer scored his first career touchdown--from a yard out--to close the scoring for both teams late in the fourth.

= Defensively, linebackers sophomore Angus Arthur and junior Jacob Davis had 13 and 10 total stops, respectively. Arthur had four solo, including 1.5 tackles for loss of 6 yards, and a forced fumble. Pat Stephenson contributed four solo and five total tackles.

THE OPPOSITION
= Brandon Rooze was 13-for-17 passing with 118 yards, a TD and interception.

= Quarterback Andrew Duckett came off the bench to complete all three pass attempts for 38 yards and a pair of TDs.

Jeffery Barnett, Andrew Bonfiglio and Seth Boggs each caught a TD pass. Barnett led the team with five receptions and 63 yards.

Robert Riley was the only Thunder in double digits with 11 tackles, including three solo. 

Me'Leick Miles added six total tackles (2 solo) and had three quarterback hurries.

Mark Wilson led all rushers with 20 carries and 118 yards, while Andrew Duckett added 18 and 74.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Trine jumped out to a 21-0 lead early in the third quarter.

= The Thunder turned two Adrian turnovers into 14 points. The defense also turned in two fourth-down stops on the Bulldogs. 

= Trine took a 14-0 halftime lead after long scoring drives. In the first quarter, Bonfiglio capped a 14-play, 75-yarder in 7:01 with a 2-yard reception in the end zone with 2 minutes and 6 seconds left. In the second, Evan Wyse had a nine-yard scamper for a TD that came after 80 yards in 10 plays and 4:19 time of possession.

= Adrian got on the scoreboard late in the third when sophomore D'Angelo Gaines had a 1-yard TD plunge.

= Trine opened the fourth stanza with a Boggs 7-yard pass from Duckett and Lucas Garza 33-yard field goal to make it 31-7.

= Despite the 18-point margin, the teams were fairly equal in several statistical categories: total yards (TU 404-403), time of possession (TU 31:11-28:49), first downs (AC 23-22) and total plays (AC 69-67).

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE
= The Thunder reclaim the Black and Blue Border Brawl trophy after the Bulldogs won last season, 38-24, at home on Senior Day.

= Adrian had won the Black and Blue Border Brawl for the past five outings--the longest winning streak by either side in the series that started in 2003.

= With the win, Trine remains one game back of first place in the MIAA standings. With the loss, Adrian likely is eliminated from conference title contention.

= Freshman Robert Campbell had his first career interception in a Bulldogs uniform.

= Adrian came into today as one of the NCAA's best in losing only three fumbles through seven games, but had two against Trine.

UP NEXT
= Adrian will host MIAA leader Olivet (7-1, 4-0) at 1 p.m. Saturday on Senior Day.

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