Written by Student Assistant Christian Bond
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - The Pacific Lutheran University football team was tied with Trinity University with 4:29 remaining in the game, but a late drive by the Tigers proved to be the deciding factor as the hosts slipped away with the 9-3 win on Saturday.
Evan McDowell led Trinity (2-1) in its late game drive, helping the Tigers march 92 yards on 12 plays and chewing up 4:13 for the go ahead score. McDowell carried the ball seven times, for 65 yards, punching it across the goal line on a two yard dive for the only touchdown of the game. McDowell had 25 carries for 189 yards on the evening.
Trinity opened the scoring with a 20-yard field goal with 11:27 left in the first half and maintained the slim edge before Dallan Rodriguez tied the game with a 38-yard boot with 12:46 remaining.
The PLU (1-1) defense played stiff throughout the game. The Lutes held Trinity to 250 total yards of offense, with only 53 passing yards. Travis McMillion led the Lutes with 11 total tackles including 2.5 tackles for loss and an interception. Carson Ketter finished with 10 total tackles while Isaiah Watkins had seven tackles, including two for a loss of 18 yards. The Lutes got after the quarterback, as Watkins, Parker Smith, Doug James and Matt Anthony all had a sack while Tanner Perry, Maurice Rodriguez, and Christian Riddall all had a quarterback hurry.
PLU outgained Trinity, collecting 302 yards of total offense to the Tigers' 250 with 221 yards coming through the air. The Lutes used a trio of quarterbacks in Texas with Jon Schaub, Cole Chandler, and Walker LaVoy all seeing action. Chandler saw the most time, and was efficient, going 12-for-15 for 139 yards.
Kellen Westering had a good night receiving, finishing with six catches for 81 yards. Ben Welch complimented Westering with five catches for 69 yards while Beau Lockmer had four recaptions for 46 yards.
Anthony Louthan had a busy day, booming five punts for 190 yards, averaging 38 yards per punt while gaining 12 yards on the ground on a fake midway through the first quarter.
The Lutes finish non conference play 1-1. The team has a bye week before opening up Northwest Conference play against Pacific University on October 1, at 1 p.m. at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.