Football - Sat, Nov. 12, 2016 - posted by Seth Mikel
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Trinity International University
Trinity Int'l (4-7)0071017
Taylor (4-7)707014
Upland, IN
Trinity Int'lIndv. LeadersTaylor
#12 J. Burmeister - 27Rushing #21 Tim Barrett - 144
#12 J. Burmeister - 226Passing #13 Wils Alexander - 179
#85 Cory Windle - 107Receiving #2 Caleb Nicley - 62
Trinity Int'lTeam StatisticsTaylor
65Rushing Yards 150
226Passing Yards 179
0Turnovers 3
27:31Possesion Time 32:29

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UPLAND, Ind. – Trinity International spoiled Taylor's Senior Day celebration at Turner Stadium by rallying for 10 points in the final 4:19 of game action to score a 17-14 comeback win over the Trojans on Saturday afternoon.


Taylor scored the only points of the opening half, as Wilson Alexander connected with Hans Lundberg on a four-yard pass but TIU got on the board on the opening drive of the second half to draw even at 7-7.


Tim Barrett put TU back in front by a 14-7 margin on a 16-yard score deep in the third quarter, before Trinity International countered late in the game with extended drives of 65 and 97 yards to take the lead.


Each possession started inside TIU's own five-yard line after booming 42 and 54-yard punts from Brandon Haan. The visiting Trojans got a 47-yard field goal to draw within 14-10 with 4:19 to play and then drove 97 yards on seven plays in just over two minutes of game action to claim its first and only lead of the afternoon. The decisive drive was capped with a 48-yard catch and run to the end zone with 1:08 left to play.


Alexander quickly moved the chains on Taylor's final possession with first-down completions to Daniel Boy and Caleb Nicley to get TU near midfield. The rally stalled there however, as the next pass was dropped and TIU forced and recovered a fumble on the following play to seal the victory.


Turnovers and missed opportunities proved costly once again for Taylor, as TU turned the ball over three times without securing a takeaway. Taylor also only put points on the board in two of four trips to the red zone, while TIU scored on both red zone possessions.


The game turned in the fourth quarter, when Trinity International racked up 176 yards on 7.0 yards per snap over the final 15 minutes after mustering only 115 yards on 31 plays over the first three periods. TU countered with only 31 yards on 11 fourth-quarter snaps after nearly tripling TIU's yardage through the first 45 minutes of game action.


Alexander had the hot hand throughout the afternoon, setting a career-high with 26 completions in a career-high 33 attempts for 179 yards. Barrett also set a career-high in his final collegiate game by rushing for 144 yards and a touchdown.


Nicley matched a personal-best with seven catches, while Lundberg caught a touchdown pass for the seventh-straight game to close his outstanding career.


Haan averaged 46.5 yards per punt over four tries, pinning TIU inside its own five-yard line twice and unleashing a 54-yarder to highlight TU's special teams.


On the defensive side of the ball, Austan Shope and Cole Hession notched career days with 10 and nine tackles each, while Ben Rupert ended with three tackles, one sack, two hits for lost yardage and a pair of quarterback pressures.


The game marked the end of the collegiate careers for TU's 12 seniors, which include Haan, Nicley, Alexander, Barrett, Lundberg, Kyle Windebank, Nate Martinez, Richardson Giordani, Blake Wheeler, Taylor Beam, Jay Johnson and Josh Keith.


Taylor closed the 2016 season with a 4-7 overall record and a 2-4 mark within the Mid-States Football Association Mideast League. The Trojans are set to return 68 players, including eight offensive and nine defensive starters.

Record: 2-4 Home: 2-1 Away: 0-3 Neutral: 0-0 MSFA: 0-2