Kingsville, TX — 10,200 in attendance at Javelina Stadium witnessed history, as the Javelinas of Texas A&M University-Kingsville (2-0) keep their winning ways rolling, as they assert dominance on Simon Fraser University (0-2) leaving the Clan in the dust from the opening snap, blowing them out 68-7.
The Hogs astounding scoring total is the most they have scored since 1977, and tied for the fifth most in Javelina history, tying a total achieved in 1941.
It’s a wonderous feat for a team on the rise; even if the Clan hasn’t had a winning season since being moved into NCAA D-II, and as of Saturday, is currently on a 15-game losing streak.
The Javelinas were electric on offense garnering 236 total rushing yards, scoring three times on the ground in the process, and a collective air attack of 185 yards accounted for 421 total yards for the Blue and Gold when clock stopped ticking.
The defense had a showing out of their own, forcing negative rushing yards for the second straight game (minus-7), dropping the Clan quarterbacks five times, picking off three passes, and forcing the ball loose three times and recovering one equaling 4 total turnovers.
After the opening Kick-off, starting quarterback Myles Carr took the first snap and heaved the football down the left sideline to WR Anthony Autry for an 80-yard score capped by a somersault into the endzone.
A flag would be thrown for unsportsmanlike conduct, but that score would still count and give the Javelinas a 7-0 lead.
The defense came swinging full force the next drive and caused a turnover on downs that would eventually turn into an 8-yard tip-toe touchdown catch for Nico Brown, recording his first. A low snap on the extra point caused a bad kick; however, the Javelinas found themselves up 13-0 with only six minutes come and gone in the first quarter.
The Hogs would then keep their scoring streak alive, as after a punt from The Clan spotted the football at the Javelina forty-two-yard line, the next play, Nick Pelrean, who chipped in 7 carries for 67 yards in the contest, darted his way between the tackles and glided 58 yards to paydirt, the first in his young career. A blocked field goal would then have the score 19-0.
On the kick-off that followed, the Hogs forced Clan return man Gavin Cobb to fumble the football, that would be recovered by Devonte Williams of the Javelinas.
Two plays, and twenty yards later, the Javelinas are celebrating a 26-0 lead over the Clan, as Greg Pitre, who finished with 7 carries and 45 yards on the night, bullied his way two yards to cross the goal line for his first rushing touchdown since 2014.
The next drive, the Hoggie defense wanted to get in on the scoring frenzy, as Jarrod Sanders snagged a pass thrown by Clan quarterback Miles Richardson and returned to his house for six more.
However, once again, a flag would be thrown for unsportsmanlike conduct and the Hoggies would have two players with one personal foul under their belt.
Javelina Head Coach Daren Wilkinson would find this a little troublesome to swallow, considering the recent history of the Javelinas the last few seasons.
“They were stupid [penalties], and it’s hard to say because they haven’t been, but we have to act like we’ve been there before.
“The teams been 2-and-9 the last three years, I mean you’re going to celebrate because you’re excited, but we don’t condone that [behavior].”
Play would continue, and with 5:25 left in the first, the Javelinas would go up huge, 33-0.
On the following Javelina drive, Myles Carr would once again hit Autry 8 yards out, and add more points to the scoreboard.
The Hogs would take a forty-point lead into the second quarter of play, and would also start the second quarter in their own redzone, after a punt return by Sean Landez put the Blue and Gold at their own 12.
The Offenses stellar first quarter included 288 total yards, 40 points, and a streak of six straight offensive drives for touchdowns and a pick six, that was about as video game like as it could possibly get.
The Autry Carr connection would prove to be extremely beneficial in the early part of this one, as Carr and Autry connected on three receptions which all resulted in touchdowns for a mark of 94 total yards, the final one coming at the beginning of the second quarter for six.
“It felt good.” said Autry on racking up three scores, as opposed to being a non-factor in the endzone against the University of the Incarnate Word last week.
“[We] came into this week with a different mindset than last week, and the game plan was different. We knew we could throw [the ball] more and so, that’s what we did, and we executed well.”
The Hogs would take that lead, and Daren Wilkinson would pull most of his starters from the first team offense, and the game would stalemate from then on out, until a blocked punt returned for a touchdown by Trevor Kemp would give the Clan their only points of the night.
At the half, the score sat 47-7.
Myles Carr would finish his night with 163 yards, completing 7 of 8 of his passes, for 4 touchdowns.
Autry would play out the remainder of the game in spurts and finish out with 109 yards under his belt.
The third quarter held steady but was dominated by the defensive prowess of the Javelinas, who had two pick-sixes that escalated an already outlandish score. Forrest Jones and Rodney Hubert broke open the sco in that regard, 61-7.
The final six added to the score was thanks in part to second in command quarterback Darrow Adams, who after a big block from Luis Lopez, ran straight for the endzone on a 33-yard keeper.
That would provide the final score and secure another win for Javelinas looking forward to next week.
“The thing that I’m extremely pleased with is the way we prepared for this week. You watch guys on film and we played a Division-I team and then we watched Simon Fraser,” Coach Wilkinson said about the win.
“It would be easy to say that they’re not as good as what we played the week before, but our guys prepared like they were playing a Division-I team again and that’s what we are proud of this week.”
The Javelinas are currently sporting their best start since 2013 at 2-0, and are now ranked 27th in the nation in the AFCA Coaches Poll, receiving 36 total votes after their performance Saturday night.
It was a hard fought and deserved tune-up for the Hogs, but in the wake, they will be starting Lone Star Conference play.
The Javelinas will stay home to face national Number 12 Midwestern-State University Javelina Stadium on Saturday, September 17th, game time at 7:00 P.M.