KINGSVILLE - The Javelinas had a lot to celebrate after the Hoggies rallied from a 14-point hole to defeat third ranked Delta State in their home opener.
With the win it's safe to say Hoggie football is back on the map.
Turnovers and penalties nearly doomed blue in the first frame as a fumble and an interception led to Statesmen scores. However, the second, third and fourth frames were a different story.
Former ASU coach reunites with players 40 years after revamping program
When Grant Teaff was hired as the new head football coach at Angelo State University following a 2-9 season in 1968, to say that the Rams’ program was under the radar would be an over-statement.
Teaff inherited a program that wasn’t even in the air, more like still buttoned up in the hangar and grounded for maintenance.
In his three years as the head man, Teaff worked some magic, opened the hangar doors, taxied the program into position and took it off the ground faster than an F-18 in afterburner.
In the Nick of Time (Aug 31)
Seeing a big old goose egg on the bad guys’ side of the scoreboard doesn’t happen much at Midwestern State. If you want to see MSU shut somebody out, go watch soccer. Football shutouts happen about once every three years.
The 41-0 skunking of New Mexico Highlands in the season opener Saturday night was just the third shutout Bill Maskill has seen in his eight seasons at MSU — the first in four years. There have only been eight shutouts in the 21 years since the school resurrected the program.
OK, nobody needs to get overly excited about this one. The Mustangs were playing against an offense that threw 12 touchdown passes and 22 interceptions a year ago.
HU — as Highlands likes to be called — is not OU.
Flashes of brilliance
A good number of the 15,093 fans in attendance Saturday night at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium - primarily West Texas A&M fans - packed up and hit the road with 3:11 left in the third quarter of the Buffs' 37-23 loss to the top-ranked team in the nation.
When Grand Valley State linebacker Luther Ware scooped up a bouncing fumble on a botched snap on a field-goal attempt and rambled 72 yards for a touchdown, the game may have been all but over at 34-9 in favor of the Lakers, but the rest of the season remains for WT.
After the game, that was the Buffs' attitude.
The Lakers were as good as advertised, but, at times, the Buffs were their own worst enemies, and their costly mistakes Saturday night can be corrected.
"I don't give any defense any credit anyway," said WT tight end Tyson Williams, who had a game-high eight catches for 92 yards and a touchdown. "(GVS) was a good team, but our mentality is that we don't give any defense any credit."
DSU Falls In Opener
Joe Williams rushed for three touchdowns and Billy Garza threw for 306 yards to lead the No. 24-ranked Texas A&M-Kingsville Javelinas to a 28-17 upset of the Delta State Statesmen on Saturday at Javelina Stadium.
The Javelina defense put the clamps down the high-power Statesmen offensive unit, limiting Delta State to 234 yards of total offense. Matt Dean's 36-yard field goal as time expired in the first half was the only offensive score allowed by Texas A&M-Kingsville. Delta State quarterback Garrett DeWitt completed 13-of-32 passes for 154 yards. His counterpart Garza, a transfer from the University of Illinois, completed 22-of-38 pass attempts. Williams rushed for 80 yards en route to his three scores. Trevar Deed was Delta State's leading rusher, accumulating 59 yards on the ground. The Javelinas reeled off 506 yards of total offense in the game.
Local college football report: Specia impresses for UIW
> UIW QB Thomas Specia, a Reagan graduate, totaled 352 yards (277 passing, 75 rushing) and five touchdowns (three passing, two rushing) in the Cardinals’ inaugural game.
> UIW freshman WR Derrick Walls, also from Reagan, had five receptions for 111 yards and two touchdowns, plus a 70-yard punt return.
> A&M-Kingsville RB Joe Williams scored three TDs to go along with 80 yards on 14 carries.
> A&M-Kingsville LB Jeff Edwards intercepted a Garrett DeWitt pass inside the Javelinas’ 10-yard line. The pickoff led to Kingsville’s first lead.
No. 1 Grand Valley snuffs Buffs; Kingsville shocks No. 4 Delta State
Lone Star Conference teams went 2-2 against ranked Division II teams the first week, including Abilene Christian’s 19-14 win Thursday over No. 2 Northwest Missouri State.
No. 5 Mustangs blank St. Edward's
AUSTIN, Texas — Midwestern State couldn’t find the net Sunday afternoon. But finally persistence paid off in the 88th minute when junior Bryce Taylor banked a through ball off the post and into the goal to give the Mustangs a 1-0 decision over St. Edward’s.
“The guys will be surprised to see we only had 18 shots on the stat sheet. It seemed like so many more,” MSU coach Doug Elder said. “We had a ton of chances, a lot of shots blocked and a shot was cleared off of the line. We just kept pounding it and pounding it.”
MSU women upend No. 14 Central Missouri
No. 14 Central Missouri pounded the box and produced plenty of opportunities Sunday afternoon at the MSU Soccer Field. But Midwestern State keepers Ashley Meek and Mallory Whitworth sent the Jennies packing without a goal to show for their efforts as the Mustangs came away with a 1-0 win.
ACU notches second straight shutout
Ho-hum, another 1-0 victory. Abilene Christian improved to 2-0 to start the soccer season with a 1-0 shutout of St. Mary’s on Sunday at Wildcat Soccer Pitch.
Lady Buffs notch 2-0 win
The West Texas A&M women's soccer team defeated Texas-Permian Basin, 2-0, at Odessa.
An own-goal mistake on a corner kick gave WT a 1-0 halftime lead. WT made it 2-0 when Becky Hewson drilled a one-timer into the back of the net with 20 minutes left.
The Lady Buffs (2-0) will meet Central Missouri State at 3 p.m. Friday in Commerce.
Buffs defeat UTPB, 2-0
Ben Everson scored his first goal of the season on an assist by Victor Olivares to lead the West Texas A&M men's soccer team to a 2-0 win against Texas-Permian Basin at Odessa. After a UTPB own-goal mistake in the first half, Everson and Olivares teamed on a throw-in during the 48th minute.