The game started fast and early for the Hogs as they began the game on defense and forced a quick three-and-out Kingsville, TX – The Texas A&M University-Kingsville Javelinas fall in heartbreaking fashion against the Tarleton State Texans 38-34. Myles Carr had 243 yard through the air, and the collective group of running backs had a total of 194 yards on the ground, which lead to their first drive on offense resulting in a Julio De la Garza 27 Yard Field Goal with 9:30 left in the first quarter.
The very next drive, Brandon Jones of the Javelinas forced a fumble on defense tangling up Texans RB Daniel McCants, which was recovered by the Hoggies. A five play, 24 yard drive later, capped off by a Shawn Vasquez three yard score which put the Hoggies on top 10-0 with 7:50 left in the first quarter.
Tarleton State would not remain silent in this game, as the very next drive, the Texans would drive down field thanks in good part to leading rusher Joseph Sadler and answer with a Touchdown of their own and drawing the score within three 10-7.
Three drives and a quarter later, the Javs Lamont Hills feasts on a screen pass thrown by Alex Craig and picks it off effortlessly in the early goings of the 2nd quarter. This would turn into a quick score for the Javelinas on the very next play as Joe Te’o would also score a rushing Touchdown, increasing the Hogs leads 17-10.
“We did finally did a tremendous job running the Football.” Said Head Coach Daren Wilkinson. “It’s not often when you run the ball like we did and lose the game.”
Tarleton State would than answer with a 13 play drive, and an Alex Craig Touchdown pass brought the game back within three 14-17.
Two drives later, after a a TAMUK punt, the Texans would once again put points on the bird, but to luck of the Hoggies, only three as a field goal split the upright, tying the game at 17 all.
Then, for some odd reason, on the final drive of the half, a Lamont Hills interception was called back due to a penalty, as the Texans caught a break, but as soon as the play was over, the lights go out in Javelina Stadium which resulted in the half having to be finished after halftime, and play would resume in the third.
The start of the second half was not pretty, as Myles Carr was picked off on the first drive following the free play and the opening second half kickoff.
Tarleton State would than capitalize on the turnover and score the next series tying the game once again at 24. The Javelinas would than bounce back after receiving the ball and once again score by De La Garza’s leg putting them up by three once again 27-24.
Alex Craig would once again make another offensive mistake as the Hogs would pick off a pass and score on the following drive off a 48 yard pass from Carr to Anthony Autry, putting them up 34-24.
That would be the last time the Javelinas would score.
The third quarter would conclude in the middle of a Hoggie offensive drive, but would be short lived as Myles Carr would then be picked off and Joseph Sadler of the Texans would ground and pound his way on 4th down to draw within three 31-34.
The quarter moves on and eventually, the Hogs hearts are broken as the Texans drive down the field and score on a passing play to Le’Nard Meyers. 38-31.
The Javelinas would force a long drive, only to have it end on a bobbled snap from Myles Carr at the one yard line with four seconds left in the game. A hard fought game nonetheless, but a heartbreaking one to say the least. A game Coach Wilkinson said, they did not lose in vein.
“I am proud of how hard our guys played tonight. With 1:10 left in the game we got down to the one yard line. That is credit to the way the guys battled and I am never going to question the effort my team gives.”
The Javelinas will play at Angelo State next week at 7 P.M.