Buffs, Javelinas swap roles in second half - Dave Henry, Amarillo Globe News
West Texas A&M head football coach Don Carthel described the Buffs' 28-24 loss to No. 9 Texas A&M-Kingsville on Saturday as "a tale of two halves."
That is an accurate description, and the Javelinas made the second half count, indeed.
The Buffs led, 24-13, at halftime, but WT's offense sputtered during the final two quarters. While the WT defense held TAMK to three straight field goals after the Javelinas drove deep into Buffs territory, it wasn't enough.
"This was literally a tale of two halves," Carthel said. "Kingsville has a very fast, physical defense, and (TAMK quarterback Nate) Poppell did a very good job of protecting the football and making big plays when they needed one.
"The Javs executed very well in the third and fourth quarters, and we didn't. There are a lot of what-ifs in this game."
LSC leader ACU rolls to 54-17 victory against UIW - David Flores, KENS 5 TV
In less than two seasons, Incarnate Word football coach Mike Santiago and his staff have earned a well-deserved reputation for getting the most out of their players and devising schemes that give the Cardinals a fighting chance against more talented, experienced teams.
But good coaching can get you only so far against a vastly superior opponent, as Abilene Christian demonstrated in a 54-17 rout of UIW in a Lone Star Conference game Saturday night at Benson Stadium.
Led by quarterback Mitchell Gale, the Wildcats led 24-0 after one quarter, 37-7 at halftime and 51-14 heading into the final period.
A crowd of 3,225 watched one of the best small-college teams in the country hitting on all cylinders.
“We could have played the national champion,” Santiago said.
MSU football highlights - J. Scott Russell, Times Record News
MSU head coach Bill Maskill on:
The Defense - “I thought the defense got better tonight. We stopped them early and then came back and scored. Then they got that long pass (67 yards) and it took the wind out of our sails. While they didn’t end up scoring on that play, they did on that drive. We have to do a better job of stopping them when they get down there in the red zone.”
Little’s TD catch - “David Little made a great catch and Zack (Eskridge) put the ball on the money. But the protection by the line was great. That’s what allowed Zack to have the time to throw the ball.”
Wide receiver David Little had his second 100-yard game of the season — which included a 49-yard pass from Eskridge. It was the 21st straight game that Eskridge threw a touchdown pass. He was intercepted for just the second time this season, breaking a string of 115 passes without an interception. The senior was just 2-of-5 passing in the second half with Little catching both passes. With his two touchdowns against the Rams, Lester Bush has now scored five times in the past three games. Patrick Roberts’ fourth-quarter interception to stop ASU’s final possession was the first for MSU in three weeks as opponents threw 110 passes. The two sacks by the Mustangs matched the number given up by the Rams in their previous five games. ...With five extra points on the night kicker Jose Martinez added to his MSU career scoring mark with 272 points. By picking up win No. 6 the Mustangs guaranteed themselves their 11th consecutive winning season — nine of them under Maskill.
Bronchos blow big lead, lose to Southeastern - Scott Munn, The Oklahoman
A child asked his mother, "How can you lose when you score 55 points?”
"When the other team scores 56,” she said.
Another mom walked off the field with her son, a big guy whose blue and gold Central Oklahoma uniform was drenched in sweat.
"That was bad,” she said. "But you played a good game.”
Moms say all the right things — even after the boo boos.
Several coaches and players on the UCO football team might have called mama Saturday after one of the biggest gaffes in the program's 108-year history. The Bronchos blew a 25-point lead in the second half and lost to Southeastern Oklahoma State 56-55 in overtime at Wantland Stadium.
RiverHawks remain unbeaten in North play - Ben Johnson, Tahlequah Daily Press
The usual suspects made sure Northeastern State maintained its lead in the Lone Star Conference North Division on Saturday night.
Drew Patton nailed two early fields goals, and Trey McVay and Kenny Davis hooked up for two touchdowns through the air as NSU took down Southwestern Oklahoma State, 20-10, in front of 4,500 fans at Fast Lane Field.
“We got a win on the road, which is the most important thing,” said NSU head coach Kenny Evans, whose team improved to 3-1 on the road. “And it’s great we’re 3-0 [in the North]. It’s nice to have a chance to control our own destiny.”
Hounds absorb 22-19 loss at East Central - Clovis News Journal
If the Eastern New Mexico University football team has any Lone Star Conference North Division title hopes, the Greyhounds are going to need considerable help.
Junior quarterback Tyler Vanderzee’s third touchdown pass to Chris Espinoza, an 8-yarder with 2:07 left, lifted East Central to 22-19 victory over the Hounds and dropped them two games behind Northeastern State (4-3, 2-0 North) in the loss column in the division.
State college football roundup - Scott Munn, The Oklahoman
East Central duo shines
Tyler Vanderzee threw an 8-yard touchdown to Chris Espinoza with 2:07 left , and East Central beat Eastern New Mexico 22-19 in a Lone Star Conference North division game in Ada.
Vanderzee and Espinoza also connected for 15- and 31-yard TDs in a game that kept the Tigers in contention for the North division championship.
ECU is 2-5 overall but 2-1 in the North division.
The Tigers' defense had three interceptions and sacked quarterback Wesley Wood seven times for minus-45 yards.
Eastern New Mexico fell to 3-4 and 2-2.
LSC Weekly Football Release
UNDEFEATED ACU LEADS LEAGUE
Abilene Christian remains unbeaten after topping Incarnate Word last week to lead the Lone Star Conference and South Division standings. Three teams - Texas A&M-Kingsville, West Texas A&M and Midwestern State - have one conference loss with the Buffaloes and Mustangs set to play this week. Northeastern State is a perfect 3-0 in the North Division.
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DIVISIONAL PLAY CONTINUES
Division play continues in week eight with six contests. A crossover game will be played as well. The league has played 18 crossover contests this season with the South Division holding a 15-3 advantage.
In week seven, the LSC had three quarterbacks throw for 300-plus yards, seven receivers and seven rushers over the century mark and 10 double-digit tacklers. Top performances included:
Passing: 379, Mitchell Gale (17-26-1), ACU at UIW
Rushing: 21-205, Josh Birmingham, UCO vs SE
Receiving: 6-146, CJ Akins, ASU at MSU
Tackles: 14, Tillman Stevens, ENMU at ECU
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Saleem Hakim, Tarleton State University, JR, WR, Atlanta, Ga., Palo Verde HS
Hakim caught a 21-yard pass from Nick Stephens Saturday with 40 seconds left in the contest to defeat Texas A&M-Commerce, 34-31. Hakim made a great play stepping behind the defender and catching the pass in the front corner of the endzone. The catch handed the Texans their second win of the season as he caught four passes for 113 yards and the score. Earlier in the game, he caught a 49-yard pass that set up a touchdown that tied the game at 10. This was his second 100-yard plus receiving game in three weeks.
DeIra Glover, Texas A&M University - Kingsville, SR, S, Hempstead, TX, Hempstead
Glover spearheaded a defensive unit that held No. 7 West Texas A&M to 227 yards less than their season average. After the team gave up 24 points in the first 21:41, they shut out the Buffs the rest of the way. Over the final 38:19 they held the Buffs to only 71 yards and two second half first downs. Glover led the team with six tackles and also had a pass break up.
SOUTH SPECIAL TEAMS
Christian Brom, Texas A&M University - Kingsville, SR, K, McAllen, TX, McAllen
Brom played a crucial role in the Javelinas’ comeback victory over West Texas A&M. He drilled a trio of second half field goals from 41, 21 and 20 yards to cut the lead from 24-13 to 24-22. It was the first time in his career that he has made three field goals in a game and finished with a career high 10 points.
Baylen Laury, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, SR, RB, Forney, Texas, Forney HS
Laury was productive in all phases of the offense in helping Southeastern to a 56-55 come-from-behind win in overtime at Central Oklahoma. Laury turned in the 11th best rushing outing in SE history with 198 yards on the ground on 23 carries with a pair of touchdowns. He chipped in 72 yards receiving on three catches with a long of 48 yards. Laury also completed a pass, going 22 yards to Brandon DeFrance on third down to set up an SE touchdown. After he scored the TD to give SE a 40-35 lead, he proceeded to haul in a one-handed catch on the two-point conversion to make the score 42-35. Laury single-handedly put SE in the endzone in OT, covering 25 yards on two carries for the score that would set up the deciding PAT. He tallied 276 all-purpose yard in all on the afternoon.
Norris Wrenn, East Central University, SO, S, Lawton, Oklahoma, MacArthur HS
Wrenn collected a team-leading 11 tackles, including eight solo efforts, to go with an interception and forced fumble in East Central University’ 22-19 come-from-behind win over Eastern New Mexico. His interception at the ECU 1-yard line wiped out an ENMU scoring threat late in the first quarter. His forced fumble at the Tiger 26-yard line also ended another serious scoring threat by the Greyhounds. Wrenn also shared a tackle for a 1-yard loss with teammate Airieus Ervin off a pass play.
NORTH SPECIAL TEAMS
Chris Peoples, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, FR, K, Vian, Okla., Vian HS
Peoples was perfect in eight kicking opportunities, including the game-winning PAT, en route to helping Southeastern to a 56-55 come-from-behind win in overtime at Central Oklahoma. Peoples gave SE its first points and an early 3-0 lead with a 30 yard field goal in the game’s first possession. He later hit from 41 to help SE in the comeback bid in the third quarter. He was also perfect on PAT’s, hitting 6-of-6, including the game-winner in OT.
Upset losses of then-No. 3 North Alabama and then-No. 7 West Texas A&M cause a shakeup in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. Grand Valley State (Mich.) still sits No. 1 with 23 first-place votes, followed by No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth, who received three first-place votes. California (Pa.), Abilene Christian (Texas) and Northwest Missouri State all move up one spot each to round out the Top 5.
North Alabama dropped to No. 10 after its 5-0 loss to No. 14 Valdosta State (Ga.), while West Texas A&M fell to No. 17 after No. 7 Texas A&M-Kingsville beat the Buffaloes, 28-24. St Cloud State (Minn.) and St. Augustine’s (N.C.) both enter the Top 25 poll for the first time since 2005. St. Cloud State (Minn.) is ranked No. 23 and St. Augustine’s (N.C.) is ranked No. 24 with identical 6-1 overall records.
1. Grand Valley (1)
2. Minnesota-Duluth (2)
3. California PA (4)
4. Abilene Christian (5)
5. Northwest Missouri (6)
6. Hillsdale (8)
7. Texas A&M-Kingsville (9)
8. Albany State (10)
9. Central Missouri (11)
10. North Alabama (3)
Other Super Region 4 Teams
13. Midwestern State (15)
17. West Texas A&M (7)
Receiving Votes - Missouri Wester (17th last week), Humboldt State, Central Washington, Washburn