Trine briefly climbed out of an early hole, but the Thunder couldn’t avoid their third loss in a row as they fell 41-27 to Albion College on Saturday in Albion, Mich.
Albion (3-2, 1-0 MIAA) took a 13-0 lead with 13:39 to play in the second quarter after the Britons’ first point-after attempt failed in the opening quarter.
But the Thunder responded with touchdown runs of 1 yard and 21 yards by Richard Gunn to lead 14-3 at halftime, and Trine (3-2, 0-2) went up 17-13 on a 35-yard field goal from Tyler Keck 2 1/2 minutes into the second half.
The lead was short-lived as Albion quarterback Dominic Bona threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Cody Crawford with 8:05 to play in the third, and Colin Parks scored on a 66-yard run with 2:33 left in the third for a 27-17 lead.
Keck hit a 35-yard field goal and Trine’s Andrew Dee found Travis Durham for a 6-yard touchdown pass in the fourth, but the Thunder also gave up a 53-yard passing and an 18-yard rushing touchdown in the final quarter.
Gunn ran for 226 yards for Trine, and Dee threw for 205 yards.
DEFIANCE 27, MANCHESTER 12: In Defiance, Ohio, the Spartans couldn’t add a second win in a row as the Yellow Jackets (3-3, 3-1 HCAC) limited them to 228 yards and 11 first downs.
Manchester (1-5, 1-3) got two interceptions and forced two fumbles, but Spartans quarterback Logan Haston threw two interceptions to go along with his two touchdown passes, which were both followed by failed point-after attempts.
SOUTH DAKOTA 17, INDIANA ST. 14: In Vermillion, S.D., Trevor Bouma rushed for two touchdowns, including the game-winner, to lead the Coyotes.
Bouma’s game-winning, 4-yard score capped a 10-play, four-minute drive to put South Dakota (3-3, 2-1 Missouri Valley) up 17-14 with 11:06 remaining.
Quarterback Robert Tonyan Jr. moved the Sycamores (1-5, 0-2) to the South Dakota 34 before getting stuffed for no gain on fourth down with 4:18 remaining.
The Coyotes then rode Bouma’s back for six straight carries to run out the clock.
BUTLER 35, CAMPBELL 14: In Indianapolis, Matt Lancaster had 312 total yards, 231 passing and 81 rushing, as the Bulldogs remained perfect in Pioneer League play.
Brendan Shannon was Lancaster’s primary receiver, hauling in 10 passes for 166 yards for Butler (5-2, 3-0).
MERCER 35, VALPARAISO 21: In Macon, Ga., John Russ had 292 total yards, ran for two touchdowns and threw for two more to lead the Bears.
Mercer (5-1, 2-1 Pioneer Football League) dominated Valparaiso (1-5, 1-2) on the ground, outgaining the Crusaders 286-44.