LSC Football Recap: Oct. 30, 2010
Texas A&M-Commerce 31, Central Oklahoma 30
EDMOND,OKLAHOMA - Adam Farkes threw for 278 yards and two touchdowns and Texas A&M-Commerce held Central Oklahoma to a season-low 260 total yards in pulling out a 31-30 Lone Star Conference North Division victory here Saturday afternoon.
The game appeared headed for overtime when Josh Birmingham scored on a two-yard run to cap a 99-yard drive with just 1:26 left to play, but UCO missed the tying extra point and the Lions picked up one first down to run out the clock.
It was the third one-point loss of the season for the Bronchos, all coming on missed PATs (42-41 to Incarnate Word and 56-55 to Southeastern Oklahoma, both in overtime). A&M-C improved to 3-6 on the year and 2-3 in North Division play, while UCO fell to 2-7 and 1-4.
The Lions led 10-0 and 17-7 in the second quarter, but the Bronchos came back to tie it at 17-all on Landon Greve’s 14-yard TD pass to Bryce Davis with 37 seconds left in the half.
A&M-C regained a 24-17 lead on the final play of the half when Farkes tossed a 40-yard TD bomb to Adam Jones.
UCO tied it again at 24-24 when Birmingham scored from three yards out and it stayed that way until late in the third period when London Hamilton’s three-yard TD dash put the Lions ahead 31-24.
Farkes was 22-of-38 passing and the Lions also got 90 yards and two TDs rushing from Hamilton.
Birmingham was held to a season-low 55 yards on 19 carries, while Greve -- who went the distance in place of injured starter Ethan Sharp -- completed 16-of-22 passes for 177 yards and a score.
No. 14 West Texas A&M 40, Incarnate Word 10
SAN ANTONIO,Texas – The 14th-ranked West Texas A&M Buffaloes scored 21 first quarter points en route to pinning a 49-10 defeat on Incarnate Word, Saturday afternoon at Tom Benson Stadium in San Antonio, Texas.
The win sets up a showdown next Saturday, Nov. 6, when WTAMU will host third-ranked Abilene Christian in a contest that will decide the Lone Star Conference South Championship.
The Buffaloes improve to 7-2 on the year, 7-1 LSC, 4-1 LSC South play, while UIW falls to 2-7, 2-5 LSC, 0-5 LSC South.
The Buffaloes started quickly, driving 69 yards for a touchdown on their initial drive. A 12 yard pass from Taylor Harris (Sr-3L, Whitesboro, Texas) to Trevor Hammergren (Fr-RS, Aztec, N.M.) set up first and goal from the UIW three. From there, Jay Tillman bulled up the middle for a three-yard TD run as the Buffs took a 7-0 lead just 2:23 into the contest. The drive saw WT’s Harris (Sr-3L, Whitesboro, Texas) go five-of-five passing for 63 yards.
The Buffs’ second possession began at the UIW 47 and it also resulted in seven points, with Harris finding Brittan Golden (Jr-2L, Denver City, Texas) over the middle on a 12-yard toss. Golden fought his way into the end zone, giving WT a 14-0 lead just 5:56 into the contest.
The second drive saw Harris complete another four passes without an incompletion.
The Buffaloes’ defense stopped UIW on a third-and-one situation, forcing another punt.
Taking over from their own 29, the Buffs again marched crisply down field. From the UIW 11, Tillman bulled straight up the middle to the one yard line, setting up first and goal. A Harris pass was deflected at the line of scrimmage, but on second down Tevin Mitchell (So-1L, Quanah, Texas) went over center for the score. The 15 play drive covered 71 yards and, with 2:05 to play in the first quarter, WT held a 21-0 lead.
On their third possession of the game, UIW quarterback Paden Lynch drove the Cardinals, into the redzone. The Buffs held, though, and Shad Baichtal (Sr-1L, Mission Viejo, Calif.) blocked Thomas Rebolds’ 25-yard field goal attempt.
The Cardinal’s next drive was thwarted as Baichtal came around the left side of the UIW line to sack Lynch for a 21 yard loss.
The WT defense took control on UIW’s ensuing drive. DE Kyle Thomas (Sr-1L, Oceanside, Calif.) blocked a Lynch pass attempt on first down, hauled down UIW back Trent Rios for lost yardage on second down, then, on third down, DT Drew Jones (Jr-TR, West Columbia, Texas) batted a Lynch pass up into the air, where DB Maurice Caldwell (Jr-2L, San Antonio, Texas) stepped under the ball and took it 18 yards for the score. WT now led, 28-0 midway through the second quarter.
Following another UIW punt, RB Kelvin Thompson (Sr-3L, Mineral Wells, Texas) burst through a hole up the middle for 33 yards to the three yard line. From there, Harris hit Tyson Williams (Jr-2L, Aldine, Texas) for the score, putting the Buffs up, 35-0 with 3:52 to play in the first half. The 10 play drive took 3:52 off the clock.
A 44-yard Sergio Castillo (Fr-RS, Mission, Texas) field goal attempt in the final minute had the distance but was wide to the left, leaving WT with a 35-09 halftime lead.
Taking possession to start the second half UIW drove from their own 20 to the WT 27. From there, QB Lynch scrambled up the middle for 12 yards, but was hit and fumbled the ball with WT’s Drew Jones falling on the loose pigskin.
The Buffs were unable to move the ball and Kevin VanVoris (Fr-HS, Elizabith, Colo.) was forced to kick from his own end zone. VanVoris uncorked a 56-yard punt, giving UIW possession at their own 38.
On the UIW possession, WT’s Zane Farris knifed in from the left side, flushed Lynch from the pocket and stripped him of the ball and Taylor McCuller fell on it at the WT 47.
Starting from there, the Buffs gained two yards on first down at which point Harris connected with Williams on a 51 yard post route. The TD, Williams’ second of the game, gave West Texas A&M a 42-0 lead with 6:04 to play in the third quarter.
By this point in the game, several of the WT reserves were in the game defensively.
Thomas Ribold put the Cardinals on the board with a 32-yard field goal with 2:09 to play in the third quarter.
On the ensuing kickoff, Tommy Hampton took the ball on the far sideline, followed his blocking across the field and outran all would-be tacklers 89 yards to the end zone to put the Buffs ahead by a 49-3 margin.
The Cardinals converted a fourth-and-one midway through the fourth quarter to keep alive a drive which ended when Lynce found Donald on a short route at the goal line. The short pass reception made the score WT 49, UIW 10 with 9:42 remaining in the game.
Following the UIW score, Hampton gave the Buff offense great field position, at the UIW 43 with another long kickoff return. Tanner Marsh (So-1L, Carrollton, Texas) came on in relief of Harris at quarterback, but left shortly after with an injury, giving way to Dustin Vaughan (Fr-RS, Corpus Christi, Texas).
Harris finished the game completing 20 of 33 passes for 227 yards and three TDs. Williams had four catches for 75 yards and two TDs, as seven Buff receivers made pass receptions. Kelvin Thompson was the Buffs’ leading ground gainer with seven carries for 60 yards, while Jay Tillman had 12 carries for 52 yards and one TD..
Defensively, Taylor McCuller had six tackles, while lineman Glen Stanley contributed five stops.
Next week, the Buffaloes host #3-ranked Abilene Christian in a battle for first-place in the LSC South Division. Kickoff at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium is set for 6:05 p.m. CDT.
No. 5 Texas A&M-Kingsville 56, Southwestern Oklahoma 17
WEATHERFORD, OKLAHOMA - Texas A&M-Kingsville put away Southwestern Oklahoma State University in easy fashion with a 56-17 victory Saturday in Weatherford, Okla. The win was the Javelinas fourth straight and improved their record to 8-1 on the season.
Jonathan Woodson rushed for 117 yards and scored three touchdowns as A&M-Kingsville scored the game's first 28 points and carried a 42-3 cushion at the halftime break. Woodson scored on TD runs of 3, 16 and 52 for the Javelinas.
The margin grew to 49-3 when backup quarterback Daniel Ramirez scored on a 52-yard keeper midway through the third quarter.
SWOSU, which fell to 2-7 overall, had two scoring drives against Kingsville reserves late in the game. Quaterback Dustin Stenta had a one-yard scoring run and then threw a two-yard scoring pass to Jordan Davis in the early moments of the fourth quarter.
Kingsville ended the game with 546 yards rushing. The Javelinas limited SWOSU to just 207 yards of total offense, 162 of which came in the second half when the game was out of reach.
No. 3 Abilene Christian 33, Angelo State 20
ABILENE, TEXAS - Angelo State quarterback Josh Neiswander became the school's all-time completions leader while helping the Rams to an early 7-3 lead over No. 3 Abilene Christian, but the Wildcats proved too much to handle in a 33-20 loss in the Big Country-Concho Valley Shootout presented by State Farm at Shotwell Stadium Saturday.
Neiswander entered the game needing two completions to tie Ned Cox at 589 and did so on the team's opening drive with a screen pass to Tristan Carter. The Rams (3-5, 1-5 LSC South) were eventually forced to punt but during team's next possession, Neiswander hit Carter again on a screen for completion No. 590 of his career. The senior from Winnsboro, Texas, finished the contest 33-of-48 for 327 yards to break his own single-game completions record and surpass 300 yards for the third consecutive game, but it wasn't enough for the Rams to upset one of the top teams in the country.
Angelo State's defense was stout early on, forcing a long field goal on ACU's first drive of the game before holding the No. 2 offense in the country to a three-and-out on the second drive. On the Rams' third drive of the contest, Neiswander rolled out on two separate plays and hit CJ Akins for gains of more than 20 yards. Garrett Tidwell gave ASU its first touchdown and the lead, 7-3, on an 11-yard scamper to the left.
After going without a touchdown in the first quarter, the Wildcats (9-0, 5-0 LSC South) wouldn't be denied in the second. ACU punched in a four-yard pass from Mitchell Gale to Emery Dudensing on the first snap of the second quarter and added another score in the final minute before halftime on a pass from Gale to Raymond Radway. ASU's Devin McDonald blocked the first point after try, making the score 16-7 ACU at the break.
The Rams' defense came up with another big stop after halftime in forcing another three-and-out. Neiswander and the Rams pulled within three points at 16-13, when a nine-play, 65-yard drive was capped by a 26 yard touchdown pass to Dakarai Pecikonis. The ensuing extra-point was blocked and that was as close as the Rams would get to ACU.
Abilene Christian kick returner Kendrick Johnson ran down a 73-yard punt by ASU's George Shamblen around the seven minute mark in the third quarter and returned it 31 yards. The Wildcats built more momentum on the second play of the drive when Gale hit Radway for 44 yards and set up a first and goal situation. Two plays later, Gale connected with Dudensing again to push the advantage to 23-13.
The Wildcats blocked an ASU field goal try on the next possession and Edmund Gates pushed the dagger deeper by taking a screen pass to the right sideline 55 yards for a score. Neiswander found Akins for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter to trim the deficit to 10 points, but ACU didn't give up another. Angelo State's final drive ended with less than two minutes to play when a Neiswander dive left the Rams inches short on fourth down.
Akins led the Ram receiving corps with 129 yards on seven catches. Pecikonis also had seven catches and finished one-yard shy of 100 yards at 99 for the game. As a team, Angelo State was held to minus-23 yards rushing, the fewest yards rushing by an ASU team since Sept. 14, 2002, a minus-45 effort in a 38-0 season-opening loss to Tarleton State. Shamblen punted seven times for an average of 50.9 yards and placed two kicks inside the 20-yard line.
Gale guided the Abilene Christian offense to 459 total yards while completing 27-of-41 passes for 377 yards and four scores. Gates led ACU's receivers with six catches for 124 yards.
Angelo State will travel to Southeastern Oklahoma next weekend for a 2 p.m. Lone Star Conference crossover game (Nov. 6), before welcoming Central Oklahoma to San Angelo Stadium for Military Appreciation Day (Nov. 13).
Eastern New Mexico 41, Southeastern Oklahoma 13
BLACKWATER DRAW, N.M. - Despite holding the ball for less than 10 minutes in the opening half, the Eastern New Mexico University football team (4-5; LSC North -2) charged to a 41-13 halftime lead over visiting Southeastern Oklahoma State (3-6; LSC North 2-4) en route to a 55-20 victory in Lone Star Conference North Division action, Saturday afternoon at Greyhound Stadium.
With the win, ENMU improved to 2-6 in their series with the Savage Storm, with the last win coming during the 1998 season at Blackwater Draw.
ENMU's Darian Dale opened the scoring by hauling in a 27-yard touchdown pass, and Rodney Mitchell returned his first interception, 76 yards to give the Hounds a 14-0 lead. Baylen Laury's one-yard plunge trimmed the Hounds' lead to 14-7, but Eastern scored the next three touchdowns to pull away for the win.
The Greyhounds out-gained the Savage Storm by a 507-432 margin in total offense, led by Wesley Wood's 360 yards passing and Tony Venezuela's 64 yards rushing. Laury, the LSC's leading rusher, went for 118 yards and two touchdowns. ENMU's Tillman Stevens finished with 18 tackles, while Matt Kalisch had 2.5 of the Greyhounds' seven sacks. Brad Chesdhir SOSU with seven tackles.
Eastern New Mexico will travel to Northeastern State next weekend, while the Savage Storm will host Angelo State.
East Central 48, Northeastern State 21
ADA, OKLAHOMA. – Quarterback Tyler Vanderzee threw for two touchdowns and caught a scoring pass off a reverse while the East Central University defense accounted for two TDs as the Tigers rolled to a 48-21 Lone Star Conference North victory over Northeastern State Saturday at Norris Field.
The win lifted the Tigers to 4-5 on the season and 4-1 in the LSC North with a chance at clinching at least a tie for the division title next Saturday with a visit to Texas A&M-Commerce. The RiverHawks, who fell to 5-4 and 4-1, also have a chance of getting at least a share of the crown with a win at home against Eastern New Mexico next week. NSU can win the title outright if it beats ENMU and A&M-Commerce tops ECU.
Vanderzee was 14-of-26 passing for 250 yards and two touchdowns of 51 yards to Zack Patteson and 76 to Cleotha Euwins. Vanderzee also hauled in a scoring pass off a reverse and pass from Jason Stephenson which resulted in a 38-yard scoring play.
Defensively, the Tigers got into the scoring act as Dontae Smith scored off a 74-yard interception return and an Armonty Bryant sack and forced fumble led him to returning the ball seven yards for a touchdown. Bryant recorded three of ECU’s six sacks on the day and topped the team’s tackle chart with seven, including six solos.
NSU quarterback Kenny Davis was 18-of-35 passing for 184 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but was picked off twice. Davis hooked up with Nick Whitlow on a 9-yard scoring pass and later connected with Sean Donohue on a 23-yarder for a touchdown.
The RiverHawk special teams picked up a score as Steven Hopper returned a blocked punt three yards for a touchdown.
ECU had 445 yards of offense, compared to NSU’s 218. The RiverHawks netted just 28 yards on the ground off 29 rushing tries.
Seven different receivers caught passes for the Tigers, led by Stephenson with five for 47 yards and Patteson with three for 71. Euwins had two for 80 yards, with his 76-yard scoring reception.
Eleven RiverHawks caught passes, led by Whitlow and Prince McKinney with three apiece for 27 and 22 yards, respectively.
ECU’s Charles Opeseyitan netted 97 yards on 23 carries and scored off a 5-yard run with 3:12 remaining in the contest to pad the Tiger advantage.
The Tigers also scored a pair of safeties in the game, one of which came off a blocked punt by Victor Cooper.