San Antonio - The Tiger football team finished off the 2016 season with a 14-0 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference victory over Austin College on Saturday afternoon.
The first half turned out to be a stalemate, as both defenses dominated the action. Trinity forced six punts on six Austin possessions in the first two quarters, holding the visitors to just 86 yards of offense.
Trinity's defense continued to enjoy success after halftime, starting with an interception on the first drive of the game. The Tigers did turn the ball over, however, spoiling its best opportunity at the time.
Late in the third quarter, Trinity's offense put together the game's best drive, going 88 yards on 10 plays to take a 7-0 lead. Zach Trevino finished things off with a seven-yard touchdown for the first points of the afternoon.
The Tiger defense picked up another interception on the next drive by Austin, setting up a 40-yard scoring drive that came early in the fourth quarter. Bo Black plunged in from four yards out for what would be the final score of the game.
Trinity improves to 5-5 this season with the win, while Austin College dropped to 3-7 on the year. This was the 85th meeting between the two schools, and the Tigers now hold a record of 48-30-6 in the series.
In the third quarter, Luke Packard picked up his second sack of the game, which broke the Tiger career record for sacks set from 2000-03 by Jarrod Smith. Packard broke the single season sacks record last week, and finished the year with 16.5 sacks this season.
Zach Trevino carried the ball 30 times for 140 yards and a touchdown in the game, highlighting the Tiger offensive efforts.
Brad Hood led the Trinity defense with 10 tackles and a pair of sacks. Packard finished with 2.5 sacks and nine total tackles.
Robert Kuhne picked off two passes in the game, ripping the first from the arms of an Austin receiver, and returning the second for 26 yards.
Christian Aleman carried a 40.4 average punting the ball, collecting 283 yards on seven kicks. He had a long kick of 57 yards, as well as five punts that were inside the 20 yard line.
Trinity's defense held Austin to just 126 yards of total offense, including a paltry 57 yards rushing. The Tigers also had six sacks and two turnovers defensively, as well as holding Austin to just 2-of-13 on third downs.
Senior Bo Black's fourth-quarter touchdown was the first of his career.
After six tackles in today's game, Julian Turner finishes his career tied for eighth all-time at Trinity. He finishes with 293 tackles in his career, matching Jason Leshikar (1999-02).
Today also marked the final game of SCAC football, as the four football schools currently in the conference will move to new leagues next season. Trinity and Austin will join the Southern Athletic Association as affiliate members, while Southwestern and Texas Lutheran will become affiliate members of the American Southwest Conference.