Erasing the effects of memories past is said to be tough, but some rise to the occasion and achieve redemption with performances that nearly emulate those of legends.
After being stopped on the one-yard line in a loss to Lindenwood, Jonathan Woodson led the Texas A&M Kingsville Javelinas with 362 all-purpose yards, two yards short of Johnny Bailey’s 1986 record of 364 versus North Dakota State, en-route to a 41-38 win against the University of Incarnate Word, Saturday night at Benson Field.
” I have to give all the credit to my offensive line,” Woodson said. “It was good play calling by my offensive coordinator,”
Woodson finished with three touchdowns, 162 yards rushing, 106 receiving and 94 more yards on kick returns.
The Javelinas were able to get off to an early 6-0 lead scoring on their first drive of the game as Daniel Ramirez hooked up with Woodson for a 50-yard touchdown pass less than three minutes into the contest
Matt Stoll would miss the ensuing extra point
Ramirez got his second start after setting a record for most completions in a game a week ago and finished the night with 373 yards, four touchdowns and one interception on 25-of-39 passing.
After UIW’s Trent Rios gave the Cardinals a 7-6 on a one-yard rushing score Randall Toney broke a 15-yard run followed by a tipped pass for a two-point conversion to give Johnny Tivao his first two-point catch of his career.
Woodson would then score on a 70-yard run for a touchdown in the second quarter and the Hogs would take a 27-17 lead at half.
Woodson averaged ten yards a carry and the Javelinas put up more than 500-yards of offense for the second straight week.
Defensively the Hogs struggled late as they saw a 41-24 lead evaporate to three after the Cardinals scored two touchdowns in two minutes by way of a 25-yard pass to Colton Palmer from Eric Massoni and a blocked Angel Milan punt in which Cardinal linebacker, Nick Gin returned for a 25-yard score.
The Cardinals had a chance to tie with a 45-yard field goal with less than two-minutes to go but a false start penalty moved the Cardinals back and made it a 50-yard Thomas Rebold kick barely come up short as it hit the bottom cross bar.
“We just need to stay together as a team out there,” Linebacker Jeremy Aguilar said, “We needed this win bad,”
The Hogs were led defensively by Marcus Sanders who had seven tackles, one for a loss, and an interception.
UIW had 393 offensive yards and won the time of possession battle, in which the Javelinas lead the conference averaging better than 33 minutes a game.
Penalties did not hurt the Hogs as the had only seven this game for 51 yards.
The Javelinas will face Tarleton State at Javelina Stadium for Homecoming 2011 Saturday at Javelina Stadium.