Monmouth’s championship season came to a halt on a rainy Saturday afternoon in northeastern Indiana when Trine’s offense erupted in the second half to defeat the Scots 63-24.
The Thunder scored on a pick-six in the game’s first three minutes before lighting suspended the game for the next hour. Once play resumed, the Scots scored on back-to-back drives getting on the board with a Joey Biel 30-yard field goal and then taking the lead when Hayden Nelson hit Jacolby Maxwell for a three-yard scoring strike.
The teams traded scores for the remainder of the first half as Wright answered a Trine 87-yard TD run with a three-yard score to put the Scots ahead 15-14. His 76-yard TD run midway through the second quarter – Monmouth’s last score of the game gave the Scots a 24-21 lead before Trine busted off a 31-yard TD run to take a 28-24 lead at the break.
Trine’s offense gained steam in the second half as the Scots dropped just their second game of the year to finish at 9-2 after making the NCAA playoffs for the second straight year.
Wright scampered for 166 yards on the ground and another 25 in the air with two TDs while Nelson threw for 180 yards and one score. Kyle Schultz ended his career with a team-high 12 tackles.