The Texas A&M University-Kingsville Javelinas (2-3, 0-3 LSC) lost in familiar Wilkinson-era fashion, 22-21, for their 22nd straight regular season Lone Star Conference loss.
The game almost served as a re-run of the last Javelina home loss versus Midwestern State. The Hogs have now lost three conference games by a total of five points.
The Hoggies jumped out to a two-score lead courtesy of Nick “Red” Pelrean and Myles Carr touchdowns that put the Hoggies up 14-3.
Anthony Autry set up that second touchdown, doing his best Reed Richards impression stretching for a tight sideline grab at the 1-yard-line.
Autry was Carr’s primary target, receiving the ball six times for 105 yards.
Utilizing the veer offense, Angelo State drove down to the Javelina 2-yard line in the early minutes of the 2nd quarter, but the Javelina defense remained stout, holding the Rams at the two for three downs. However, an unnecessary roughness penalty was called on the Hoggies on third down, granting the Rams a fresh new set of downs.
Three plays later, opposing quarterback Carsen Cook would punch in a 1-yard score.
The second Angelo touchdown drive began off an errant snap on special teams that placed the Rams in Kingsville territory.
The Rams cashed in their good field position, taking a 16-14 lead into the half.
The third quarter featured no scoring, as both teams drew untimely penalties, dropped first down passes, and played stout defenses.
Despite the initial jump, the Rams stifled the A&M Kingsville rushing attack, limiting them to 76 yards with an average of 2.2 yards per carry.
Carr threw for 16-29 and 169 yards with no interceptions, and two sacks.
Cook didn’t fare any better, going 14-28 for 131 yards and taking a sack from Ifey Ibik.
The Javelinas retook the lead in the 4th on a drive that started off with two Autry receptions, the first for 40 yards on a third and 15 and the second a six yard pass on a 4th and two.
Carr would then hurl the football to Torrey Thomas to give the Hoggies a 21-16 lead.
A 16-play Ram touchdown drive gave them the lead and whittled the clock down to 3:28 for A&M Kingsville at their own 35-yard line.
The drive started stale, and was eventually halted when Carr was stripped sacked inside the pocket, to which Angelo State would recover, all but icing the Javelina loss.
“Myself as the head coach and we, as a coaching staff did not prepare our team for this week”, Coach Wilkinson said, “We didn’t have any fire, we didn’t have any energy, we weren’t playing with passion, we weren’t playing with a purpose out there.”
The Javelinas hope to at last get their first regular season LSC win in four years next Saturday at West Texas A&M in Canyon, Texas, game time at 5:00 P.M.