WICHITA FALLS– In spite of the fact Memorial Stadium has not been kind to the Texas A&M Kingsville Javelinas in recent years, Saturday night was a night of the unfamiliar.
The Javelinas (2-2)(0-2 in conference) dropped their second consecutive conference game as the Midwestern State Mustangs took the win 44-38.
The Javelinas lost consecutive games for the first time since 2007 and the defensive line was a liability against the run against the No. 3 rushing team in the country as they yielded 292 yards rushing for the first time all season.
“They were a good offense, the offensive line did a nice job,” Head Coach Bo Atterberry “ The little things absolutely killed us, it’s so simple it hurts. It hurts because it is so simple some of the things we are doing but it is a lack of focus,”
The night started out slow for the Javelinas as the Mustangs came out on their first possession driving 85 yards on four plays resulting in a Keidrick Jackson touchdown catch from Brandon Kelsey to give Midwestern a 7-0 lead early.
MSU’s Jackson was the top rusher with 164 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown and Lester Bush had 96 yards on 20 carries and three more scores.
Nate Poppell was under fire once again as the offensive line gave up four sacks on the senior quarterback causing him to leave the game in the fourth quarter due to a concussion after coming into the game as a concern following hits from the West Texas game.
Poppell finished the game going 21-of-39 for 219 yards and a touchdown.
Daniel Ramirez finished the game after Poppell was pulled and went 8-of-10 for 70 yards and a touchdown.
The Mustangs would get out to a 23-0 lead before Kerry Wheatfall blocked an extra point and returned it for a touchdown and two points.
The Hogs would reel off 16 unanswered points after Rockeem Collins returned a Kelsey interception for a 49-yard score.
The Hogs would come within 30-28 following a Randall Toney 30-yards run early in the fourth but the MSU running game would do the Hogs defense in as Johnson scored twice in the last nine minutes of the game as the Mustangs would prevail 44-38.
MSU scored all five times they reached the red zone.
For the second week the Hogs trimmed a 20-plus lead down to one score but an quick Mustang strike halted the comeback.
“We didn’t come out and play football,” Linebacker Jeremy Aguilar said. “Assignment, alignment, technique…we just had a bad night. We were cold when the offense was hot so we need to Gel together.”
Robert Armstrong stayed consistent tonight gaining 47 yards on seven catches with a late touchdown, that proved to be irrelevant.
Toney as he said during the week got more carries tonight, rushing ten times for 111 yards and a touchdown.
Aguilar had 15 tackles, half a sack and two tackles for a loss.
The Javelinas look to rebound as they welcome Texas A&M Commerce to Javelina Stadium next week.
By: Mark Molina