History was made, but not in the Javelinas’ favor.
Nonstop rain and sleek conditions kept the Texas A&M-Kingsville Javelinas on their slippery slope of defeat as the Texas A&M-Commerce Lions won their first overtime game in the program’s history with a 21-14 margin.
The victory is also Commerce’s first over a Texas team in four years and drops the Javelinas under .500 after dropping three straight games after a 2-0 start.
The Javelina defense could not prevent the Lions from tying up the game late in the fourth quarter, when quarterback Deric Davis scored a touchdown with only eight seconds left in the game.
The Hogs would take a knee to head into overtime instead of using their remaining timeout to draw up a game winning play.
The Lions were able to keep the momentum going by scoring on their first overtime drive as Davis threw a 16 yard pass to wide receiver Jamar Mosley for the game winning touchdown.
The Hogs were unable to respond and the Lions won their first game of the season off of their first overtime experience.
The Javelinas had 316 overall yards and held the Lions to 276 overall yards, but the Hogs’ four turnovers allowed the Lions to stay in the game and make a late comeback.
“Turnovers came in places and the fact is the defense needed to stop them,” said linebacker Jeremy Aguilar.
The weather was a problem for both teams, as six fumbles occurred. The Javelinas could not recover their three fumbles, and the Lions only lost one after putting it on the turf.
“(The rain) was tough, obviously,” said head coach Bo Atterberry. “It was hard to get a grip on the ball.”
The Lions were able to get ahead late in the first half when quarterback Deric Davis connected a 17 yard touchdown to wide receiver Tevin Godfrey, scoring the half’s only points.
The Javelinas were vulnerable to yet another slow start, as they failed to put any points on the board until defensive back Trevor Pesek recovered a Lion fumble for a touchdown to tie the game at 7-7.
Javelina wide receiver Robert Armstrong scored off of a 29 yard pass from quarterback Brian Ehrlich to put the Hogs ahead 14-7 with 11:24 left in the fourth quarter.
Ehrlich threw for 115 yards and one interception, and running back Anthony Johnson stood out with 72 yards on 12 carries.
Defensive tackle Zane Brown had two sacks, and Aguilar added one.
Atterberry is hoping the Javelinas can bounce back from their three game losing streak.
“There are still games to be played,” he said. “We just got continue to come together to get some wins.”
“It was a tough loss,” Johnson said. “We got into the film room and see our mistakes, and correct what we can correct.”
The Javelinas will get a chance to get back on the winning path when they host North Alabama next Saturday at 7:00 p.m. in Javelina Stadium.