LSC week 6 review: Lions and Texans win big; Buffs survive at UTPB
Texas A&M-Commerce receiver Eric Hebert, right, celebrates with a teammate after a score against MSU-Texas on Saturday night. [Evan Luecke/ For Press Pass Sports]
Lions trounce rival Mustangs
Texas A&M-Commerce raced out to a 31-7 lead to earn a 54-28 win over MSU-Texas on Ernest Hawkins Field at Memorial Stadium on Saturday night.
The No. 20 Lions stay in great shape when it concerns their postseason hopes with a 5-1 overall mark and a perfect 3-0 Lone Star Conference record.
TAMC dominated on the ground rushing for 313 yards as a team.
The Mustangs (3-3, 1-3) have now dropped three straight games for the first time since 2005.
Fast start leads Texans past Greyhounds
Tarleton scored 14 points in the opening 33 seconds of the game and never looked back with a 49-10 rout of Eastern New Mexico on Saturday night in Portales.
The Texans defense held the nations top rushing offense to 173 yards, well below ENMU’s 460 yard average. For the game, Tarleton limited they Greyhounds to 221 yards of total offense.
The No. 4 Texans (6-0, 4-0) have now won 12 straight LSC games dating back to last season. Tarleton has also won 16 straight regular season games dating back to last year.
Buffs use second half rally to down Falcons
Trailing 10-0 at the halftime, West Texas A&M scored 14 unanswered second half to sneak past UT Permian Basin 14-10 on Saturday in Odessa.
WT took its only lead at the 14:05 mark of the fourth quarter when Jordan Johnson scored his second touchdown of the contest on a 1-yard run.
The WT defense was a vital part of the win, as the secondary came away with four interceptions. Keimone Davis had two picks in the victory.
The Buffs improve to 5-1 overall and are now 2-1 in conference action.
Rams avoid upset bid from Western New Mexico
The Angelo State Rams overcame a sluggish start to salvage a 31-14 victory against Western New Mexico in San Angelo on Saturday.
The Mustangs hung around in the first half, trailing only 17-14 at the midway point.
ASU was able to pull away in the final two quarters thanks to a pair of touchdown runs by Kaleb King and Daven Manning.
The Rams stay in the conference hunt at 3-1 in league play and 5-1 overall.
Wolves use huge third quarter to knock off Javelinas
It was another frustrating night for Texas A&M-Kingsville suffering 26-14 home loss to Western Oregon on Saturday.
The Javelinas seemed to have it going their way leading WOU 14-7 at the half. But in the third quarter, the Wolves scored 19 unanswered points on three straight possessions.
Offensive woes continued for TAMK mustering 233 total yards of offense. Defensively, the Javelinas (1-5 overall) gave up 273 yards rushing to WOU.
Stars of the night
Tarleton receiver J.F. Thomas snags a one-handed catch in the first quarter against Eastern New Mexico on Saturday night. [Provided by Tarleton athletics]
J.F. Thomas, Tarleton, Jr. WR
The 6-foot-4 speedster was a mismatch for ENMU, nabbing six catches for 155 yards and a touchdown. Thomas’ TD actually came on the first play from scrimmage when Ben Holmes found Thomas down the sideline for a 65-yard score.
Miklo Smalls, A&M-Commerce, So., QB
Smalls was a big reason the Lions piled up the points going 19 of 27 for 186 yards with five touchdown passes.
Keimone Davis, West Texas A&M, Jr. DB
Davis was a part of a huge defensive effort from the Buffs against UT Permian Basin. Davis made two of WT’s four interceptions in the victory, and also made five tackles.
Darrick Dickerson, Angelo State, Jr. DB
The Rams defense frustrated the Mustangs into key turnovers with Dickerson pulling down two of those miscues with interceptions. The junior also made eight tackles, eight of which were solo.
Team LSC Overall
Tarleton 4-0 6-0
A&M-Commerce 3-0 5-1
Angelo State 3-1 5-1
West Texas A&M 2-1 5-1
E. New Mexico 2-2 4-2
W. New Mexico 1-2 1-5
MSU-Texas 1-3 3-3
A&M-Kingsville 0-3 1-5
UT Permian Basin 0-4 2-4
A&M-Commerce 54, MSU-Texas 28
Tarleton 49, E. New Mexico 10
Angelo State 31, W. New Mexico 14
W. Texas A&M 14, UT Permian Basin 10
W. Oregon 26, A&M-Kingsville 14