Three turnovers caused the Javelinas to lose 48 straight points to the Texas A&M Commerce Lions last Saturday at AT&T Stadium as part of the LSC Football Festival.
This was the first conference game for both universities, and the loss drops the Javelinas’ overall record to 1-2 and their LSC record to 0-1. Commerce now stands at 2-1 and 1-0 in the LSC.
Head coach David Calloway said the team’s three turnovers is something that needs to be fixed.
“That’s the most impactful stat in football. You turn the ball over, and normally you lose,” Calloway said. “Defensively it’s still work for us, when turnovers occur we still got to sustain and stabilize the situation. We didn’t do that, and we didn’t handle the sudden change.”
The Javelinas opened the game with a Joe Crowe blocked punt that put the Javelinas within the Lions 20 yard line. A few plays later, quarterback Trey Mitchell found the end zone on a keep play to give the Javelinas a 6-0 lead after Commerce blocked the extra point attempt with 10:19 in the first.
After trading touchdowns, Mitchell found the end zone once again on a five yard quarterback run to bring the Javelinas to 17-13, with the Lions leading.
Former Texas running back Joe Bergeron added a one yard touchdown to give the Lions a 24-13 lead with 5:19 left in the second quarter.
Mitchell threw his third interception of the game when defensive lineman Tu’u Lui intercepted a screen pass and took it to the house for 35 yards putting the Lions in a commanding lead of 31-13 with 4:03 until halftime.
Texas A&M Commerce Head Coach Corby Carthel said his team did what it needed to do to earn the victory causing the key turnovers that changed the momentum of the game.
“The guys played hard the whole game, it was a great victory for us with a storied tradition and rivalry with the Hoggies. It’s good to get after it,” Carthel said.
The Lions scored 48 unanswered points until the last two minutes of the game. Starting quarterback Mitchell left the game with an undisclosed injury late in the third quarter.
Calloway said Mitchell’s status is still uncertain concerning next week.
“His status is still unknown, but it was the shoulder, and at this point he is going in for x-rays. Hopefully we’ll know something by Monday,” he said.
Mitchell finished the game 9-19 passing with three interceptions for 66 yards. He added 42 yards on the ground with two touchdowns.
Rios finished the game 9-13 for 83 yards and a touchdown. Joe Bergeron added 101 rushing yards to the Lions 140 yards on the ground, and he finished with three touchdowns. He also has four receptions for 29 yards.
Lions quarterback Tyrik Rollison continued his impressive start to the season going 15-21 for 196 yards with one touchdown.
The Javelinas defense gave up a total of 411 yards and forced one turnover.
Defensive end Henry Guesthouse led the team with seven tackles and said the defense has to do its job better in order to have the results the team desires.
“It’s already the start of the new week, we got to put this game behind us and move on. We will take what the coaches gives us through the week,” Guesthouse said. “We got to come out and everyone has to do their job, can’t make the hero plays, you got to do your job and if we do that I feel it will be a better outcome.”
The Javelinas hit the road once again next weekend traveling to Abilene to take on McMurray University Saturday, Sept. 27 with kickoff slated for 6 p.m.