Sunday, September 27, 2009

LSC Roundup 9-27

LSC Football Recap - Saturday, September 26

Javelinas knock off Buffs in overtime
CANYON — The Texas A&M-Kingsville football team took its perfect record to West Texas A&M on Saturday night at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium. Playing in their all white jerseys for the first time all season, the No. 7 Javelinas shook the monkey off their backs in defeating the Buffalos for the first time since 2004 by a score of 23-17 in overtime.

“We just kept battling,” said Javelina head coach Bo Atterberry. “We had a bunch of emotional highs and lows, but it’s great to come out on top. This is first time anybody on our team has beaten West Texas.”

A furious rally by the Buffalos (1-4, 0-1) in the final seven minutes set up some overtime dramatics. The Javelinas (5-0, 1-0) won the toss and elected to play defense first. “I asked the guys if they were ready to go back out there,” said Atterberry. “I thought it was very important that we won the toss.”

C-: The Buffs struggled offensively again. One touchdown was set up by a 44-yard tipped circus catch by wide receiver Stephen Burton. The only consistent drive came on a 13-play, 94-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter. The Buffs ran for only 49 yards.

A: The Buffs allowed 432 yards of offense, but were still impressive defensively. Four picks, a fumble, five sacks and five batted passes paled because of the final score. The Buffs defense tired in the second half. TAMK held the ball for 36 minutes, 33 seconds.

Special teams
B-: Punter Tim Cowdrey punted six times for an average of 34.2 yards.
Kicker James Chandler was 1-of-3, but one of his misses was a desperation 51-yarder in overtime that hit the crossbar.

C: The WT defense played well enough to win. However, an inconsisent offense plagued any hopes of an upset of the No. 10 team in the country.

No. 2 Wildcats rally to race past Greyhounds
The Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds put a scare into the No. 2 team in the nation Saturday night. But Abilene Christian found a way to avoid the upset and remain undefeated.

The ACU defense made two big plays late in the game, setting up short yardage for two Reggie Brown touchdown runs as the Wildcats rallied to beat the Greyhounds 44-33 in the Lone Star Conference South Division opener for both teams at Shotwell Stadium.

ACU coach Chris Thomsen called it a big gut-check for the defending LSC champions.

“Reggie had a great game, grounded out some tough yards between the tackles,” he said. “Credit our offensive line. They knuckled down and got after it, too. So we’re proud of those guys for coming back and getting a big win.”

Brown, the junior transfer from Blinn College, ran for 235 yards and three touchdowns. All three touchdowns came in the fourth quarter, as ACU (5-0 overall, 3-0 LSC) rallied from a 27-16 second-half deficit.

Angelo State shocks Midwestern in thriller
Field goal gives ASU upset win over MSU
SAN ANGELO, Texas — Ryan Smith’s line-drive 36-yard field goal with 2.9 seconds left gave the Angelo State University football team its biggest win in four years Saturday at San Angelo Stadium.

Smith’s kick broke a 17-17 tie to give the Rams a 20-17 victory over No. 17 Midwestern State in the LSC South Division opener for both teams. It was the Rams’ first win over a ranked opponent and first win against the Mustangs since 2005.

“That was the first game-winning kick I have ever gotten the opportunity to attempt,” Smith said. “I was pretty confident going into it. I knew my guys would block for me and everything like that. I was just thrilled to death that we got that opportunity and I was able to deliver.”

With the win, the Rams improved to 4-1 on the season — surpassing their win total from a year ago — and 1-0 in the LSC South. MSU suffered its first loss of the season, falling to 4-1 and 0-1.

No. 17 MSU falls to Angelo State, 20-17
SAN ANGELO, Texas -- It wasn’t pretty, but it got the job done.

After watching his team go for it on fourth down two different times rather than let him attempt a field goal, Angelo State placekicker Ryan Smith got a chance with less than six seconds remaining in Saturday night’s game against No. 17 Midwestern State at San Angelo Stadium.

The line-drive kick never got more than three feet above the crossbar, but it split the uprights with 2.9 seconds left as the Rams came away with the 20-17 win in front of 7,650 fans.

The loss ruined an 11-point comeback by the Mustangs as they suffered their first setback of the season to fall to 4-1 overall and 0-1 in the Lone Star Conference South. Angelo State is 4-1 and 1-0.

“When we tied it up we had the momentum going and I thought we could win it,” MSU head coach Bill Maskill said. “We got a couple stops, but we were unable to move the ball either. We were hoping to keep them out of field-goal range and either get it back and score ourselves or go win it in overtime.

“We stopped them on the run and kept them out of the end zone, but we couldn’t stop the field goal. We got a hand on it and it still went through.”

Football Loses to Tarleton
WEATHERFORD, Okla. - Southwestern Oklahoma State University hopes to set aside what has been a difficult start for its 2009 football season and focus on starting anew when Lone Star Conference North Division play begins next week at home against Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

First, the Bulldogs will have to wipe away any lingering effects that might carry from a 66-3 beating by undefeated Tarleton State University Saturday in Stephenville, Texas. The Bulldogs suffered through bad luck, misfortune and a number of other difficulties in the lopsided setback.

TSU (5-0) scored through the air, on the ground, by fumble and with an interception to keep the Bulldogs winless through five games. Tarleton chewed up 453 yards against the SWOSU defense and had the game won by the first half leading 38-3 at the break.

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