Getting back on the right track didn’t last very long for the Texas A&M Kingsville Javelinas and the slow starting woes were forgotten after they couldn’t finish.
The Javelinas had four plays indside the four yard line and came up a yard short of tying the game with 18 seconds left as the NCAA Independent Lindenwood University Lions escaped Javelina Stadium with a 41-35 decision.
“It‘s hard to explain but we dug ourselves a hole we couldn‘t get out of,” Javelina Head Coach Bo Atterberry said. “ They got good athletes.
Lindenwood came out and took advantage of two early turnovers by the Javelinas and turned them into ten early points.
Daniel Ramirez in his first start in four years was picked off by Tyler Epstine and Lindenwood would convert on a 17-yard score by Therman McGowan to make it 7-0.
The Hogs turned the ball over twice in the first three minutes of the game.
Lindenwood would get a 20-0 lead following a 24-yard pass from John Uribe to Andrew Helmick,
Helmick finished the night with five cathes for 93 yards and three touchdowns and Uribe finished the night 13-of-23 passing with 257 passing and three scores.
The Javelinas would get on the board in the second quarter with a Jai Cavness one-yard run to make it 20-7.
Jonathan Woodson would follow with an eight-yard run minutes later and Robert Armstrong finished a run of 21 un-answered points and take a 21-20 lead into the half..
The second half began fast for the Lions as they scored on their first drive and returned a punt 77 yards courtesy of Mike Button to make it 34-21 Lindenwood.
The Hogs would mount a comeback late thanks to Jonathan Woodson and the arm of Ramirez making it 35-21 after a James Neal missed field goal that would’ve put the Hogs down nine with less than three minutes to play.
The hogs would drive to the Lion one-yard line and the “Pineapple” wildcat formation came up short as Woodson was denied at the goal line on fourth down with 18 seconds to play.
“The team played their heart out,” Woodson said “I feel like they called my number and I let my team down.
Woodson had 14carries, two touchdowns and 105 yards.
Ramirez was 32-of-53 for 341 yards, two touchdowns, one interceptions and was sacked five times.
Damian Couthren had his most productive game in two years as he led in receiving with three catches for 103 yards, including a 53-yard pass that set up a Jonathan Woodson score.
The Javelina defense got to Uribe all night and sacked him nine times and held the Lindenwood offense to 301 yards.
“Their job was not to stop, they wanted to win,” defensive lineman Roderick Benman said “they had the ability to to win…we beat ourselves”
Benman led with 3.5 sacks while Jeremy Aguilar had 2.5 sacks with nine tackles.
This was the first meeting between the two schools as Lindenwood is in the middle of their toughest schedule in school history and own a 22-21 victory over North Colorado an FCS school.
By: Mark Molina