|Trinty International (1-4)||14||6||7||14||41|
|Olivet Nazarene Univ (4-2)||0||14||14||16||44|
|Trinty International||Indv. Leaders||Olivet Nazarene Univ|
|#15 Linell Gaston - 107||Rushing||#24 Erik Anderson - 134|
|#10 Danny Mattero - 200||Passing||#8 Jordan Lawton - 207|
|#4 Brad Hargis - 143||Receiving||#9 Rashaan Gaymon - 137|
|Trinty International||Team Statistics||Olivet Nazarene Univ|
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – With 12:45 to play in the second quarter of Saturday night's MSFA Midwest showdown with Trinity International, Olivet Nazarene University found themselves trailing 20-0. However, by halftime the Tigers had cut the deficit to only six and with 9:30 to go in the game the Tigers held a 35-27 lead in route to a 44-41 win. In total, the Tigers outscored the Trojans 44-21 over the final 42:45. ONU's 44 points were the most by an Olivet team since Oct. 17, 2015 when they scored 52 in a win over Missouri Baptist. ONU also totaled over 500 offensive yards for the first time all season. Noteworthy, this is the first Tiger team to start 4-2 since 2000.
Head coach Eric Hehman made a statement in regards to what made it possible for his team to start a comeback late in the second quarter and complete it in second half. "We quit making mistakes and just focused on winning each play. The defense tightened down on their responsibilities."
On a chilly evening, the Tigers (4-2, 1-0) fumbled the opening kickoff which led to a Trojans' (1-4, 0-1) touchdown only 1:10 later. Danny Mattero ran it in from four yards out. Five minutes later in the first quarter the Tigers' Jordan Lawton (SO/Lakewood, Calif.) was intercepted by TIU's Outland which led to a second touchdown off turnovers for TIU. This time Mattero found Brad Hargis from 10 yards out. ONU finished the first quarter with the ball and as soon as the second quarter began they turned the ball over for a third time. Quarterback Mason Southall (JR/Wilmington, Ill.) was picked off by Chappell at the ONU 37-yard line. The Trojans scored a third touchdown three plays later. However, the Tigers responded this time and were able to take care of the ball, resulting in a 14-play drive that lasted 7:24. Erik Anderson (SR/St. Charles, Ill.) ran it in from three yards out to make it 20-7. On ONU's next possession after forcing a punt, they drove 97 yards in only a 1:39 to cut the lead to 20-14. In the drive Lawton ran the ball three times for 33 yards and his third was from nine yards out for the score.
In the second half, TIU took the kickoff 63 yards in only 2:25 and Chris Wolcott from seven yards out in for the score to make 27-14. ONU came right back with a touchdown of their own and Jordan Lawton threw a flea-flicker from 58 yards out to Rashaan Gaymon (JR/Cape Coral, Fla.) to make it 27-21. The Trojans missed a 36-yard field goal on their next drive and ONU took advantage. They came right back to take the lead. Eight plays later Jake Klingelsmith (SO/Traverse City, Mich.) ran it in from two yards out.
With 14:09 to go in the game the Tigers drove a fifth consecutive possession and scored when Klingelsmith received the pitch and ran it in from 23 yards out to make it 35-27. However, the Trojans would not go away. They drove 77 yards in 4:00 and Gaston ran it in from six yards out. On the two-point conversion Caleb Coe (JR/Cedarville, Ohio) intercepted Mattero and ran it back 98 yards for two points. At the same time, the Tigers were not done offensively as Lawton was able to drive the Tigers one more time. They went 62 yards on seven plays and Lawton was able to find the endzone on a quarterback sneak from one yard out. Under two minutes, the Trojans made it a one possession game after driving 65 yards in only 1:31. Mattero found Campbell for the score and the two-point conversion. However, on the ensuing onside kick the Tigers covered it up. ONU was able to take victory formation to end the game.
Jordan Lawton went 9-for-16 yards, throwing for 207 yards and one touchdown. Lawton ran it 12 times for 62 yards and two touchdowns. Jake Klingelsmith ran the ball six times for 44 yards and two touchdowns. Rashaan Gaymon caught five balls for 137 yards (second time this season over 100 yards) and one touchdown. He is now third all-time in career receiving yards in ONU history with 1,611 (102 receptions). Erik Anderson had 19 rushes for a season-high 134 yards and one touchdown and had two catches for 39 yards.
Caleb Coe led the Tigers with 15 tackles. T.J. Foulks (SR/Onarga, Ill.) had eight tackles, three for loss and two sacks. Sebastian Swift (SR/San Diego, Calif.) had seven tackles and Rodney Infante (SO/Brunswick, Ga.) had five tackles, two for loss and one sack for two yards.
TIU quarterback Danny Mattero went 16-for-22 for 200 yards and threw three touchdowns. He also ran 10 times for 54 yards and one touchdown. Brad Hargis caught eight balls for 143 yards and two touchdowns Linell Gaston ran the ball 16 times for 107 yards and one score. Isaac Branch rushed 11 times for 61 yards.
The Tigers will take a bye week and on Saturday, Oct. 14 be on the road at Robert Morris University-Illinois at 7 p.m.
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