A rough first half of football turned into a fireworks show, as the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Javelinas (5-3, 3-3 LSC) scored 21 unanswered points on the Tarleton State Texans (4-4, 4-2 LSC) in the second half of play to win and spoil TSU’s homecoming festivities, 21-17, earning their third straight victory in the Lone Star Conference, the first time with such a streak since 2012.
The Javelinas now sit at .500 in the LSC, and currently sitting in sixth place in the Lone Star Conference standings.
The Texans took control of the game early, as the first drive of the contest ended after three plays, as Myles Carr’s errand throw landed in the hands of the Texans Elliott Hart, resulting in an interception.
Seven plays, and 34 yards later, Bubba Tandy caught a pass from Zed Woerner for a six-yard score, putting the Texans up to an early 0-7 start.
On the ensuing drive, the Hoggies would once again struggle to move the football, and would be forced to punt the football away.
The Texans would then strike on a another Woerner pass for four yards to extend the Texans lead to 14.
The remainder of the first half would stalemate, and after only giving up three, the Javelinas would head into the locker room at halftime trailing 0-17.
The Javelina defense would come out after halftime and put on a clinic, as the Hogs would hold the Texans offense scoreless, yardless, and would not allow the Texans offense to convert a single third down or fourth down conversion attempt.
Myles Carr and company would also finally put points on the board, twice off the foot of Julio De La Garza on their first and second drives of the second half from 27 and 45 yards out, ending the third with a score of 6-17.
The Hogs would then force a quick three-and-out at the beginning of the fourth quarter, which would then launch their comeback.
Carr would hit Stehly Reden for a four-yard Touchdown to cap off a five-play, 49 yard drive, and draw the Hoggies closer to the Texans 14-17.
A stalemate would ensue for four straight drives, and the Hoggie defense would force a punt from the Texans that would then plant the Javelinas on the other end of their endzone, at the one yard-line.
The Javelinas would not let a long trek to prevent them from scoring, as they would drive from endzone to endzone in order to score the game winning touchdown, off the heels of a huge 42-yard dash from Luis Lopez.
Carr would hit Reden from 29 yards out and the Javelinas would take the lead, and remain in front, 21-17, completing the comeback.
Carr would finish 22-35 for 189-yards, two scores, and two picks. This was Myles Carr’s first multiple interception game since last year’s contest against TSU on Oct. 10th, 2015.
Stehly Reden would be Carr’s primary endzone target, pulling in two touchdowns, finishing with three receptions and 56-yards.
Kyle Plum also had a solid outing, grabbing six receptions for 59-yards.
Greg Pitre lead the running corps, with 19 carries for 95-yards, followed behind by Luis Lopez with nine carries for 61-yards.
Both running backs had rushes greater than 40-yards.
In total, the Javelina defense held TSU to 251 yards of total offense, and only 21 total yards on the ground.
They also sacked the quarterback nine times, and had 13 total tackles for loss.
The LSC Defensive Player of the Week Alex Kuyinu recorded 4.0 sacks on six tackles on the night, and Caleb Valentine also got to the quarterback twice in his own right.
Jarrod Sanders had two passes defended, the last of which, sealed the win for the Javelinas on the final drive for the Texans.
The Javelinas will return home this weekend to take on the Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds, and will look to continue the hot streak, game time at 7:00 P.M., at Javelina Stadium.