The Lone Star Conference losing streak of 22-games finally came to an abrupt end this past Saturday, as the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Javelinas (3-3, 1-2 LSC) topped the West Texas A&M University Buffaloes (3-3, 2-2 LSC), 51-34, in Canyon.
The victory was the first regular-season win for the Javelinas in a Lone Star Conference match-up, since they last defeated Eastern New Mexico, 33-13, on Nov. 10, 2012. It also marked the first win against the Buffs in six consecutive outings.
The contest started well for the Hogs, but a late push from the Buffalo offense would nearly spoil what seemed to be an open-and-shut game from the get-go. The Javelina run game had a stellar performance rushing for 267 yards, led by the split backfield attack of Nick Pelrean and Greg Pitre, who accounted for 239 of the offense total 445 yards on the night, and earning three of the total six offensive touchdowns scored on the night.
Kuziah Ferebee blocked a punt to put the Hoggies at the West Texas 26-yard line on the opening drive for the Buffaloes, and four plays later, Pitre would walk into the endzone on a 13-yard score, putting the Hogs up 7-0.
The Hogs stout defense, would later force a West Texas turnover, as opposing quarterback Ethan Brinkley would be hurried and throw the football into the hands of Demarcus Spurlock.
That would eventually set up a 27-yard catch-and-throw from Myles Carr to Jacob Armstrong for Carr’s first score on the night.
Six minutes would escape the clock, and the Javelinas would eventually reach pay dirt once again, as Carr would throw a pass to number one receiver Anthony Autry for 32-yards, concluding Carr’s touchdown total on the night.
He would finish going 10-for-19, for 155 yards and the two first quarter touchdowns.
The Hogs would blank the Buffaloes 20-0 upon the open of the second quarter.
Julio De La Garza would get in on the scoring the first half, splitting the uprights on a 34-yard field goal, around the nine-minute mark in the second.
West Texas would finally wake-up in the later part of the second quarter, putting points on the board off a 13-yard throw from Brinkley to Chris Gilchrist.
Down the line, Brinkley would be banged up and leave the game, allowing for back-up quarterback Ben Arbuckle to step in; however, upon making his first throw, he would be intercepted by Jarrod Sanders.
On the ensuing drive, Coach Daren Wilkinson would get tricky, and on a play identical to the Music City Miracle, Ty Chisum would garner the football behind the line of scrimmage, and heave the football 23 yards into the endzone to Stehly Reden, allowing the Javelinas to run into the locker room at the half, with a score of 30-7.
Ferebee would continue playing great defense, as he would pick-off Arbuckle for a 70-yard pick six in the early part of the third quarter.
As time continued to whine down, the Javelinas would eventually punch the ball in for a seven yard score behind Pelrean, giving the Javelinas a 44-7 lead.
However, things would get a bit worrisome for the Javelinas, as the West Texas offense would strike on their next 4 drives thanks to big plays allowed from the Hoggie defense, and the Hogs would go scoreless for a majority of the fourth quarter, allowing a comeback effort from the Buffaloes, drawing within 10, 44-34.
Thanks to the Hoggie defense, that was no longer going to be the case in the closing minutes of the fourth, as the Javelinas would force a West Texas turnover on downs, and score on the ensuing drive, off of Pelrean’s second score on the night from 25 yards out.
That would all but seal the deal, as the Hogs would take the win.
Lots of the credit for the win would fall into the arms of the defense, who had 14 tackles for loss, 9 sacks, force two fumbles, and pick off the opposing quarterbacks 3 times.
Leading the defensive charge in total would be Zemarcus Green with seven tackles, however, four sacks from Brandon Jones would be the highlight man of the night.
Jones is currently tied for third in Division-II in total sacks on the year in the nation.
The Hoggies look confident and ready returning to Javelina Stadium, fresh off of their first win in Lone Star Conference play in the last four years.
They will be facing off with LSC newcomers and first-year program University of Texas Permian-Basin, who have yet to win a game against an opponent in the LSC.
The Javelina LSC leading total-offense may have a field day against the worst total-defense in the Lone star conference, as well as the best defense in the conference, facing off against the worst scoring offense in the LSC.
It seems to be fitting game to squeeze into the Homecoming weekend, this Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Hogs will be fighting for their first LSC win in Javelina Stadium since the same Nov. 10, 2012, when they beat Eastern New Mexico.