By Mark Molina
Wrapping your mind around a loss is hard to do but nobody will lose sleep over this loss as the Texas A&M Kingsville Javelinas looked impressive in a 34-42 loss to Abilene Christian.
The Javelinas were neck and neck with the No. 1 Wildcats thanks to a 230 yard night by Jonathan Woodson and took a six point lead into the fourth quarter only to see Mitchell Gale and ACU shut down the Javelinas defense and scored 14 uncontested fourth quarter points.
“can’t turnover the ball but we couldn’t catch the momentum on both sides,” head coach Bo Atterberry said. “I’m proud of the effort the guys gave tonight we were able to bring it together but from a fan stand point it must have been an exciting game to watch.”
Woodson came out and had another big game for the Javelinas and was his biggest ground effort with 228 yards on 15 carries including an 86 yards run to give the Hogs an early first quarter lead.
Woodson would have another 80 plus yard run in the third quarter.
The Hogs would try some trickery and follow the lead-off score with an onside kick which was recovered but the Hogs would punt.
The Javelinas had trouble keeping momentum as ACU would answer every Hog scoring drive with one of their own.
The Javelinas turned the ball over three times and were 0-1 in the red zone.
Abilene would score on their next two possessions starting with a Mitchell Gael 52-yard pass to Darryl Cantu-Harkless.
Gale would finish the night with 408 yards on 30-of-42 passing and three touchdowns.
The Hogs would give up a rushing score in the second that would send the teams into the half with ACU leading 21-14.
The Javs had success pressuring Gale as Jeremy Aguilar and Marcus Sanders led the defense to a few big stops for the Javelinas but got only two sacks.
Aguilar finished with 17 tackles while Sanders had 12 including a forced fumble sack in the second half that sparked a third quarter run.
The two combined for 1.5 sacks.
In the third the Javelinas would score three touchdowns led off by and 80 yard and finally get back up on ACU after the defense halted the Wildcat momentum.
Batiste would score from 24 yards out and Woodson from 60 off a pair of Daniel Ramirez tosses to head to the final quarter up 34-28.
Gale and the Wildcats would score twice and Taylor Gabriel would ice the game off a 39 yard pass.
The Javelinas would have a fourth and goal from the two as a Ramirez pass to Jake Willingham was incomplete in the end zone after a 13 play 89 yard drive that was nearly six minutes long.
Ramirez finished the game with two touchdowns and one pick on 15-for 27 passing.
The Hogs had trouble stopping the run late as Daryl Richardson finished the game with 109 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns including one to go ahead in the fourth.
The Hogs will finish the season against Eastern New Mexico next Saturday in Black Water Draw, New Mexico.