The Austin College football team capped off its season with a four-game winning streak after a 35-7 victory over Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference rival Trinity University on Saturday at Jerry Apple Stadium.

The Austin College football team capped off its season with a four-game winning streak after a 35-7 victory over Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference rival Trinity University on Saturday at Jerry Apple Stadium.


It was the first victory against the Tigers since 1993 and allowed Austin College (5-5, 2-1) to finish the year with a .500 record.


The game started out as a defensive struggle and the teams entered the second quarter locked in a scoreless tie. After the ’Roos took over at their own 35 early in the period, Noah Jesko found Cooper Woodyard for a 65-yard touchdown strike to make it 7-0.


Trinity tied the game two possessions later with an eight-play, 80-yard drive capped off by a nine-yard touchdown run from Travis Williams for the final scoring of the half.


Austin College took control of the game early in the third quarter. Tre Stewart forced a fumble on Trinity’s first possession and James Nwankpah scoring from a yard out after Austin College recovered on the Tiger 28-yard line. Austin College forced a punt on the next possession and on the very first play Jesko found Woodyard for a 58-yard score to make it 21-7 with 8:10 left in the quarter.


Five seconds into the final quarter Jesko found Gabe McCarthy in the end zone for a six-yard strike. The ‘Roos took over on downs on another late Trinity possession and with 6:25 left started a seven-play, 31-yard drive culminating in a one-yard TD run for Nwankpah.


Austin College outgained Trinity 449-243, rushing for 175 yards while throwing for 274.


Jesko completed 16-of-23 passes for 274 yards and three scores, with Woodyard hauling in four passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns. Nwankpah carried 22 times for 90 yards and Bryce Murphy added 58 yards on 13 carries.


Murphy and Nwankpah finish the season as the number one and number two rushers in the SCAC, respectively, marking the first time teammates have done that in the 22-year history of the conference.


Brooks Ward led a defense that racked up six sacks, making 10 tackles including 1.5 for loss and a sack. De’Andre Holmes had seven stops, including 2.0 for loss, while Nathan Packard had seven stops and a sack.


For Trinity, Stephen Smith completed 13-of-21 passes for 151 yards and Cody Sandman had seven catches for 68 yards.


Jeremy Simmons rushed 11 times for 29 yards to lead the Tigers on the ground. Camdeb Joubert had 11 tackles to lead Trinity defensively.