2008 TRINITY BIBLE COLLEGE LIONS FOOTBALL (currently in action!)

It was originally reported that the UMAC would drop football after so many teams left the conference after 2007.  Happily, that report was inaccurate.  Unhappily, TBC is no longer a member of the conference.  The conference elected to fully join the NCAA's Division III, a move that Trinity wasn't ready to make.  However, they still have Dome Day on their schedule, which we'll explain below.

Do visit the TBC football homepage.  Links below go the opponents' homepages, and will go to a box score or recap once the game is over.

Final Score
Game Notes
Sept. 6 at Univ. of Minn. Morris 13-0 TBC's defense pitches a shutout!
UMM returns 2 interceptions for TDs
in the 2nd half for the win, though.
Sept. 13 South Dakota 
School of Mines
TBC picks up their first and only
first down with 7 1/2 minutes left,
and gets outgained 552 yards to 43.
Sept. 20 at Minot St.-Bottineau CC 34-32
MSU-B completes a TD drive with
only 55 seconds left for the first
year in their program's history.
Sept. 27 Martin Luther College 41-16
Trinity recovers all six fumbles from
MLC, but cough up two of their own
and throw four INTs in return.
Oct. 3
Concordia College JV  33-12 The Lions are only outscored 14-12
in the 2nd half, proving they can
hang with a D-3 JV team's backups.
Oct. 11 Minot St.-Bottineau CC 22-16
Trinity gets a big, big rematch with
the community college at home, and
wins by jumping out to a 22-6 lead.
Oct. 18 at Kentucky Christian Univ. 50-6
KCU has 650 students, and 2008
is their first official year of football.
They still hammered TBC for win #1.
Oct. 25 at. St. Scholastica 47-8
Only Trinity Bible College would be
capable of giving not one, but three
different schools their very first
football win ever in the same year.
Oct. 31 UMAC Dome Day (unofficial*)
vs. Minot St.-Bottineau CC
MSU-B holds off the Lions to win
the rubber match in the Metrodome.
Nov. 8 Crown (MN) College   Crown is the only team lucky enough
to play both TBC and Principia this
year.  Everyone should be so lucky.

* -- The game itself was not an official part of UMAC Dome Day, as neither team is a conference member.  However, they paid the UMAC crew to work their game at 8 AM, before Dome Day began.  More info is available on the Dome Day site.

Trinity certainly had their chances to win the game.  Unfortunately for them, Justin Manning's four interceptions directly led to 24 MSU-Bottineau points.  Perhaps the most amazing stat is that both teams combined to convert 2 of 10 PATs, with MSU-B blowing all six opportunities.  If it isn't a record for most missed extra points in a game, it has to be close.

According to the box score, 300 fans showed up (for a game in the cavernous 64,000 seat Metrodome).  For the UMAC championship game, the attendance was 3000, perhaps 3500.  We appreciate the UMAC trying to give the players a big-game atmosphere.  However, we can't help but wonder if a smaller but still nice facility isn't available, especially given the Metrodome's price tag of $435/hour.