Monday, October 14, 2013

LSC Football Roundup - Week 6

LSC Scoop Players of the Week
Offense - Jake Fenske, Tarleton State - led Tarleton State to a HUGE comeback win over West Texas A&M.  Fenske threw for 388 yards and 3 touchdowns in the last 8 minutes of the ballgame, with the game winning toss coming with just 44 seconds remaining.  With the Texans trailing 27-10, Fenske led the Texans on three consecutive scoring drives covering 76, 63 and 73 yards, completing 12-16 passes for 215 yards and the three TDs.

Defense - Clayton Callicut, Angelo State  - was in the right place at the right time for the Rams, recovering three Greyhound fumbles, including one in the endzone, giving ASU a 21-0 lead late in the first quarter.

Special Teams - Eastern New Mexico - three big special teams plays including in the fourth quarter sealed the win at Angelo State.  With the score 28-27 in favor of ASU, the Greyhounds got a two-point conversion as Jacob Johnson ran the ball in to give ENMU a 29-28 lead.  ASU was able to drive the ball down the field, but the Greyhounds blocked a 30 yard FG attempt and held on for the win.  Earlier, trailing 28-0, ENMU got a lift as they scored on a fumbled punt return, setting the stage for the comeback.


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LSC Scoop Power Poll

  1. Tarleton State - came back from a 27-3 deficit to take over the LSC standings
  2. West Texas A&M - surprising loss, but their season is far from over
  3. Midwestern State - lurking in the background, big test this week
  4. Texas A&M-Commerce - big contributions from offense, defense and special teams
  5. Texas A&M-Kingsville - struggles continue for the Javelinas.
  6. Eastern New Mexico - wild finish to an unlikely comeback win on the road.
  7. Angelo State - appeared to have the game in hand with 28-0 second quarter lead.



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No. 21 Texans come back to upset No. 4 West Texas A&M


The No. 21-ranked Tarleton State Texans outscored West Texas A&M 28-0 in the second half to come from behind and upset the No. 4-ranked Buffs 31-27 Saturday evening at Tarleton Memorial Stadium in Stephenville.

Down 27-3 at halftime, the Texans (5-0, 4-0 LSC) piled on 28 unanswered points, which included Le'Nard Meyers touchdown with 5:38 left to play that pulled the Texans within three points of the Buffs, as well as his game-winning TD with just 44 seconds to play.

The Buffs' (5-1, 2-1 LSC) last gasp at trying to drive down field in the waning moments went awry when the offense stalled at Tarleton's 47-yard line...Complete Release




No. 25 Mustangs rush past McMurry, 66-20

No. 25 Midwestern State pounded McMurry for 476 rushing yards en route to a 66-20 win Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.

Senior running back Keidrick Jackson topped the century mark for the fourth straight week running for 168 yards on 14 carries including scoring runs from 66 and 58 yards to lead the rushing onslaught.

Jackson was just one of five players to run for touchdowns for the Mustangs who delivered the second best team rushing performance in school history. Now, the top two games have come against McMurry as MSU rolled up 522 yards in a 31-27 win on Oct. 26, 1991...Complete Release



Lions Retain Chennault Cup With 41-28 Victory Over Javelinas

A&M-Commerce roared out to a commanding 41-7 lead early in the second half behind big plays on all facets of the game, notching its first Lone Star Conference victory of the season with a 41-28 win at rival A&M-Kingsville. The Lions retain the Chennault Cup with their second-straight victory over the Javelinas, notching their first road victory in the state of Texas since 2006.

A&M-Commerce's defense showed up in a big way against its arch rival, holding A&M-Kingsville to just 198 total yards while stifling the vaunted Javelina rushing attack, holding them to -14 yards rushing on the night. The Lions generated seven sacks on the night, led by two from Charles Tuaau and one each from Davarus Shores, Brandon Turner and Gage Windsor, with 15 tackles for loss as Tuaau and Turner each recorded 2.5 while Cole Pitts notched a pair...Complete Release




Rams Fall to Eastern New Mexico 29-28

The Angelo State football team let a 28 point lead slip away in the second half as Eastern New Mexico defeated the Rams 29-28 at San Angelo Stadium on Saturday night.

Eastern New Mexico (2-3, 1-1 LSC) scored with 5:18 to play on a Christian Long 17 yard run and setup for the PAT to tie the game. Jacob Johnson took the snap and rushed around the left end to put the Greyhounds up 29-28 to play.

The Rams (2-4, 0-2 LSC) would take the ensuing drive 62 yards and setup for a 30-yard field goal. Rhett Peterson's attempt would be blocked and ENMU would run the clock out for the victory...Complete Release


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AFCA Poll 
Tarleton State jumps 7 spots to #14, while West Texas A&M drops 13 spots to #17.  Midwestern State edges up one to #24.

Other Super Region 4 teams - #3 Colorado State Pueblo, #18 Ohio Dominican, #21 Indianapolis, receiving votes Saginaw Valley, Chadron State, Ferris State, and Colorado School of Mines.

Also of note, West Alabama (who face Midwestern State this week) is #8 after knocking off defending national champion and #1 Valdosta State (who is now #12)

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LSC Weekly football release 
Tarleton State upset West Texas A&M to remain undefeated at 5-0 overall and 4-0 in Lone Star Conference action.
  
This week features one Lone Star Conference contest among five non-conference matchups.  WT hosts Angelo State in the lone league game.  Three GSC-LSC First and Ten Challenge contests are on the schedule with West Alabama at Midwestern State,  TSU at Delta State, and Texas A&M-Kingsville at North Alabama.
  
The LSC holds a 2-1 advantage in the GSC-LSC First and Ten Challenge with MSU's win over West Georgia and A&M-Commerce's triumph over Delta State, while Angelo State fell to Valdosta State.
  
LSC football teams are 24-14 overall this season.  The squads are 3-2 versus Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference teams and have yet to play any teams from the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and Great Lakes Valley Conference, which also compete in NCAA Super Regional Four.



PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OFFENSIVE
Le'Nard Meyers, Tarleton State University, SO, WR, Gatesville, Texas, Gatesville HS

Meyers played the best football of his young career on Saturday as he helped guide the Texans to a 31-27 upset victory over No. 4-ranked West Texas A&M. The Gatesville native hauled in eight catches for a game-high 168 yards and a pair of touchdowns, which included the game winning grab with 44 seconds left in the fourth quarter. He tallied 14 total points in a matter of 4:54, catching a 63-yard bomb and then the two-point conversion, to go along with his game-winning TD.

DEFENSIVE
Marquis Wadley, Tarleton State University, SR, LB, Dallas, Texas, Mesquite HS

Wadley was just one tackle away from tying his career-high, as he ended Saturday's game with 15 tackles in Tarleton's 31-27 upset win over No. 4 West Texas A&M. He tallied eight solo tackles and was in on 1.5 tackles-for-loss as well. Wadley recorded one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry in the game to help the Texans hold the Buffs to 360 total yards,  149 below their average.

SPECIAL TEAMS
Dominique Williams, Midwestern State University, SO, PR/KR, Houston, Texas, Clements HS

Williams became the first Midwestern player to return a punt for a touchdown in six seasons as he provided MSU third touchdown of the opening quarter in a 66-20 win over McMurry. Williams took the punt of McMurry's David McHugh at his own 32 and returned it straight up the middle for a 68-yard touchdown. It equaled the fifth-longest punt return in MSU history and was the first scoring punt return since a 70-yarder by BeeJay Mathis against Northeastern State on Sept. 15, 2007. It was Williams' second 60-yard return on the season, happening for only the second time in MSU history. Williams finished the night with three returns for 72 yards. Williams leads the LSC in punt returns with a 23.0 yard average.




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