By Mark Molina
For Texas A&M Kingsville the season may be over as far as playoffs are concern, but the on the field theatrics is apparently not over as the improved to 5-4 on the season after a thrilling 36-33 triple overtime victory over the Angelo State Rams.
The Javelinas saw heroics from both quarterbacks as Nate Poppell took the reigns and led the Javelinas back from a ten-point deficit following a four turnover first half from Daniel Ramirez.
Ramirez, however would get the final say scoring the game-winning four-yard touchdown in the third overtime as Poppell took a big hit on a quarterback scramble and had to sit out the final play.
“It worked both ways tonight,” Ramirez said “ six comes in with ice in his veins and leads us and there at the end my number was called”
The Hogs opened up the game with three turnovers in the first quarter but still maintained a 7-6 lead after one after a 19 yard touchdown pass to Joseph Vela.
Poppell would enter game late in the first half and start the second leading the hogs on four scoring drives finishing the night with 223 yards and two touchdowns on 20-of-37 passing.
ASU had a chance to ice the game with under a minute left but opted out of a Jarred Martin field goal and went for it on fourth down.
The Javelinas would get the ball back and drive to the ASU 34 yard line with :02 on the clock where Matt Stoll would send the game into overtime with a career long 49-yard field goal.
The Rams would take possession in the first extra period and score on a Blake Smith two-yard run.
Jonathan Woodson would answer with a 16-ayrd pass from Poppell to square it at 30.
In the second overtime Woodson fumbled a carry and ASU recovered but fumbled on the return attempt, ending the Javelinas overtime possession.
ASU’s Martin trotted out for 39 yard attempt but had it blocked, giving the Javelinas another overtime.
Martin would score a 42-yard field goal in the third overtime but Nate Poppell scrambled for a first down and was knocked out of the game setting up a Ramirez four-yard run to ice it for the Hogs.
Ramirez was 7-of-20 for 70 yards three interceptions, a rushing touchdown and a passing touchdown.
Randall Toney led the ground game with 73 yards on 16 carries, while Woodson had 48 yards on 12 attemps but had seven grabs to leave the team.
Marcus Sanders and Jeremy Aguilar led the defense with 19 total tackles, 3 for a loss.
The Javelinas held the Rams to 256 total yards while the Hogs had 432 yards of offense.