The Texas A&M University-Kingsville Javelinas (4-3, 2-3 LSC) placed an exclamation point on Homecoming Week with a blowout win versus the University of the Texas-Permian Basin Falcons (2-5, 0-5 LSC), 56-7.
The Hoggies hit the ground running from the start, moving efficiently down the field on an opening eight play, 80-yard touchdown drive, capped off with a 36-yard catch-and-run to Hogs receiver Jordan Thomas.
A&M-Kingsville played aggressively in the first half, allowing quarterback Myles Carr to air the ball all over the field as well as reaching deep into their playbook.
After a Javelina stop on defense, the ensuing drive would look to be stopped short for only three points by the Falcon defense.
The Hoggies lined up for a field goal attempt on a 4th and nine on the 17-yard line, but Carr quickly audibled out of it into the shotgun, and delivered a pass to Torrey Thomas for a first down.
The next play, Nick Pelrean cashed it in on a four-yard swing pass to give Kingsville the 14-0 lead.
The Javelina offense continued their ruthless aggression, kicking an onside-kick on the following kickoff and recovering it.
But the Hoggie drive would end on a jump ball interception thrown in the end zone by Carr on the first play of the second quarter, only his second on the season.
Luckily for Carr and company, the defense stepped up and shut down the young and inexperienced UTPB squad.
“We hadn’t seen a single one of their players in competition up until this point”, Coach Darren Wilkinson said after the game, “So there was a lot of unknown coming into this game.”
The Falcons only managed to eke out 40 yards of total offense in the first half, while coughing up the pigskin four times during the contest, the most takeaways forced by the Javelinas since their matchup against Simon Fraser.
Forrest Jones contributed to two of those turnovers, first with a clutch end zone interception and 32-yard return that prevented UTPB from getting on the board in the second quarter.
Later in the fourth quarter, Jones induced a fumble that killed a potential Falcon scoring drive.
By contrast the Javelina offense put on yet another fireworks show.
Five different players scored touchdowns, two of them scoring multiple times.
Pelrean, stepping in for the injured Greg Pitre, picked up three touchdowns, a swing pass in the first quarter and two short rushes in the third and fourth quarter.
Luis Lopez also picked up two rushing touchdowns as Coach Wilkinson’s go-to goalline back.
“The way I characterize [Luis],”Coach Wilkinson said of Lopez, “is that he runs angry. He just goes and beats people up as he runs the ball”
Carr managed his offense efficiently, utilizing short out passes and occasionally taking deep shots downfield.
He went 19-28, picking up 271 yards passing, and rushing for 31 yards on five carries.
He threw two interceptions, both in the second quarter for a total of three on the year.
The 19 receptions were spread evenly among the receiving corps, with no one player getting more than five receptions and four players getting touchdown receptions: Jordan Thomas, Torrey Thomas, Nick Pelrean, and Anthony Autry.
`“I challenged these guys all week long”, Coach Wilkinson said, “we wanted them to be able to come and play all four quarters, and we haven’t done that this year.”
This is the Javelina’s first homecoming win since 2012 when they beat Angelo State 34-21, on Oct. 27th, 2012.
This win also ended a 9-game losing streak in the Lone Star Conference while playing in Javelina Stadium for the Hogs.
Historic streaks are breaking as the season continues.
This Saturday the Javelinas will head up to Stephenville, Texas to take on the 4-3 Tarleton State Texans.
The Hoggies will enter into this week’s match-up with a Lone Star Conference-leading average of 38.8 points per game versus conference opponents.
They will also head into the game witth the tied for first place rushing defense, only allowing 92 yards a game to opponents on the ground.
Tarleton State meanwhile, has held LSC opponents to 23.8 points per game and leads the conference with 27 sacks and is second with 10 interceptions.
However, a lack of offensive production on the ground, only averaging 97 yards a game on the ground collectively, could be a problem against the Hoggie defense.
The Javelinas will be shooting to extend it’s current two game win streak, and will continue to work it’s way into a top spot in the Lone Star Conference.
Game time will be at 6:00 P.M., this Saturday, October 22nd, inside Memorial Stadium.