For the second consecutive week the Texas A&M- Kingsville (TAMUK) Javelinas (2-2,1-2) saw themselves on the losing side of the football game, as Midwestern State handed the Javelinas their second straight loss of the season to a score of 45-28.
Once again the slow start on both sides of the ball set the tone for the Javelinas as they got outscored 35-7 in the first half.
“We didn’t play four quarters of football and it hurt us,” said Head Coach Bo Atterberry
The Javelinas were only able to find the end zone once in the first half, as late in the second quarter Javelina quarterback Bryan Erlich, who took the place of the injured Nate Poppell who missed the game win a bad ankle connected with Wide Receiver Sherman Batiste on a 29-yard touchdown pass.
The defense for the Hogs gave up a season high 35 points in the first half including 28 points in the second quarter.
“They took advantage of our defensive mistakes and we can’t allow that to happen especially to a good team like this,” said Javelina linebacker Jeremy Aguilar.
The Javelinas dug themselves a big hole going into the half already down by four touchdowns with the score 35-7.
The second half was a different story for the Javelinas as they were able to outscore the Mustangs in the second half 21-10.
But it wouldn’t be enough for the Javelinas to come back in the game.
The Javelinas had the chance to cut the lead down to a two-touchdown lead in the fourth quarter but were not able to convert on a fourth down conversion.
The Mustangs were able to maintain their lead for the remainder of the game and were able to walk the field with the 45-28 win.
The Javelinas were led by quarterback Bryan Erlich who went 28-55 for 415 yards to go along with one touchdown and one interception, Sherman Batiste also led the way for the Javelinas as he 166 yards on eight catches to go along with two touchdown.
The Javelinas will look to get back in to the win column as they hit the road again, when they play the Texas A&M- Commerce Lions (0-3,0-1) next Saturday Sept. 29 at 6.p.m in Commerce.