For the first time in over a month the Texas A&M Kingsville-Javelinas (3-4, 2-3) were able to walk off the field with a victory as they jump back into the win column and snap a four-game losing with a slim 20-17 over visiting University of Incarnate Word Cardinals (2-5,1-4).
With the win the Javelinas were able to pick up their second victory over a team moving up to NCAA Division 1-AA as they were able to also knock off Abilene Christian early this season.
“It felt good [the win] it was tough, we have had some adverse situations these past few of weeks and our guys battled through,” said Head Coach Bo Atterberry.
Tough victory it was for the Hogs as they were able to fight through penalties and turnovers for a hard fought win.
Both the Javelinas and Cardinals defense held opposing offense to a scoreless first quarter , it wasn’t until the start of the second quarter when the Javelinas and running back Randall Toney scored the first touchdown of the game on 23 yard run by Toney to give the Hogs a 7-0 lead in the game.
The Cardinals would respond as they completed a pass on fake punt on fourth down to set up a 36 yard field goal by Jake Wilcox to cut the lead down to four.
The Javelinas would respond at end of the first half as Javelina Quarterback Nate Poppell led the Hogs up the field with a little over two minutes left in the second quarter to set up kicker Matt Stoll with a nice 27-yard field goal as time expired to give the Javelinas a 10-3 lead going into the half.
Poppell had the offense clicking on the opening drive of the second half has he marched the Hogs deep in to Cardinal territory to the 19 yard line, only to see a pass go off of Toney’s hands and then right in to the hands of Cardinal defender Juan Asencio, who took the back 86 yards for a game tying touchdown.
Both teams would head in to the fourth quarter with the game tied at 10-10.
It wouldn’t be until three and half minutes in to the fourth quarter when the Javelinas would capitalize on a muffed Joseph Sadler punt that turned in to a 36-yard Stoll field to give the Javelinas lead once again with a 13-10 score.
Stoll had another chance to capitalize on a Cardinal turnover but missed from 27 yards out.
The game took a big turn in fourth quarter when Javelina running back Anthony Johnson took a draw up the middle and turned in to 68-yard touchdown run giving the Hogs their longest play from scrimmage this season, and also giving the Javelinas a 10 point lead with a little under four minutes left in the game.
“I give all the credit to my offensive line on that touchdown as they opened up a nice whole in the defense and gave me the push I needed to score,” said Johnson.
Cardinals would respond back in their next drive as they were able to connect on 25 yard touchdown pass with right at two minutes remaining with the score sitting at 20-17.
That would be all the Cardinals would get as the Javelinas would recover the onside kick and kneel their way to the slim three point victory.
“ There are still some things we need to execute better before going in to our next game, but this victory should give us momentum for next week’s game,” said Atterberry
The Javelinas were led by Quarterbacks Poppell finished 9-of-17 passing for 117 yards and an interception, while Brian Ehrlich who replaced Poppell who went out with an injury went 4-of-11 with an interception for 31 yards. Christian Taylor was the top receiver with six catches for 69 yards. They held the ball for 33:49 running 15 more plays than Incarnate Words.
The Javelinas look to pick up another win next week as they hit the road again to head up to Stephenville to face the Tarleton State Texans.