The Texas A&M University-Kingsville Javelinas were defeated by the Texas A&M-Commerce Lions by a final score of 41-28.
The loss for the Javelinas drops their overall record to 2-3 and 0-3 in Lone Star Conference play.
The Javelinas would get on the board with a Dean Brantley 23-yard touchdown pass to Robert Armstrong to bring the score to 13-7 in favor of the Lions. That would be the closest the Javelinas would get to the Lions all night.
The Lions would break the game open with two touchdowns in the last minute of play before halftime. The Lions blocked an Angel Millan punt which was returned back for a touchdown by Dionte Taylor for 21 yards making the score 20-7.
54 seconds later the Lions found the endzone once again off a Dean Brantley intercepted pass by Cameron Napoleon who took it 52 yards to the endzone making the score 27-7 going into halftime.
The 14-point swing in the last minute of the second quarter proved to be too much for the Javelinas to handle.
The Javelinas found themselves fighting to get back into the game in the fourth quarter. Caleb Bedford scored on a one yard sneak making the score 41-14. Bedford then connected with Musa Mamud on a 22-yard touchdown pass.
The Javelina defense got in on the act with a Ricky Marshall 43-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown bringing the score to 41-28 in favor of the Lions with 1:29 left in the game.
The late comeback would prove to be unsuccessful for the Javelinas. This is the second straight season the Commerce Lions have defeated the Javelinas.
This is only the fourth time since 1992 the Lions have defeated the Javelinas for the 17th edition of the Chennault Cup.
The Javelinas gave up seven sacks on the night to the Lions who now lead the Lone Star Conference with 31 sacks on the season.
The Javelina offense totaled 198 yards of total offense on the night. The Javelinas finished the game with -14 yards rushing, and 212 yards through the air.
Senior wide receiver Robert Armstrong said this team is better than their record indicates and is proud of the team for fighting hard.
“Well it’s always disappointing to lose, especially a home game on Homecoming night. We didn’t expect to go this way at all. I feel the last three games we have shot ourselves in the foot and put ourselves in bad situations,” Armstrong said.
“We just couldn’t recover from it, tonight we almost did it with the onside kick and everything, it just didn’t happen the way we wanted. We played hard and I’m proud of the guys we just got to come back to work next week and try to get a win in Alabama,” Armstrong added.
The Javelinas finished the night with three tunrovers, two of those coming off fumbles and the other an interception.
The defense of the Hogs held the Lions to 287 total yards, 82 of those yards coming on the ground, the remaining 205 yards coming through the air.
Linebacker Brandon James said this team has to hit practice hard this week in order to put this loss behind them.
“It was a tough loss, we just have to strap it up and come back next week and execute. All we can do is come back next week and get back at it. That’s all we can do at this point,” James said. “We can’t keep our heads down, we got to keep our heads up and roll with the punches.”
Coach David Calloway said his team did not execute and did not make enough plays to win the ballgame.
“I saw that we didn’t execute, we got to execute that’s the bottom line. We got to get that stuff done. We got to step up and make plays one play at a time,” Calloway said. “We can’t be worried about what’s going on in the conference we got to take care of what’s going on in house and get back on track.”
The Javelinas hit the road next weekend for a non-conference matchup with the University of North Alabama Lions.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 19 in Florence, Alabama.