Lone Star Conference Recap week one


No. 1 Lions take seventh straight Chennault Cup with dramatic 37-36 win in double overtime

The No. 1 Texas A&M University-Commerce Lions rallied from a 16-point deficit to force overtime, then made clutch plays down the stretch to pull out a 37-36 double overtime victory over Texas A&M-Kingsville on Thursday.

The Lions win the Chennault Cup for the seventh straight year and move their record to 1-0 overall and 1-0 in the Lone Star Conference. The Javelinas are now 0-1 overall and 0-1 in the LSC.

Texans rout Delta State for largest season-opening win since 2008

After last year’s loss to Delta State to open the season, which happened to be the largest margin of defeat on the year for Tarleton, the Texans were eager to get their rematch against the Statesmen.

Not only did the Texans avenge last year’s loss, they gave Texan fans a glimpse into what this year could pan out to be with a 44-13 rout over Delta State at Memorial Stadium on Thursday.

It’s the first time in four tries that Tarleton has topped Delta State and it’s the largest season-opening win for the Texans since 2008 when they beat Southeastern Oklahoma, 51-10. It’s also the first season-opening victory for the Texans since 2014.


Hounds drop season opener 31-14 to Miners on the road

The Eastern New Mexico football team dropped their season opener on the road in Rolla, Mo. to Missouri S&T by a final score of 31-14.

The Hounds struggled to build momentum early in the contest and fell behind 17-0 at the halftime break. After another score from the Miners that extended their lead to 24-0 at the 11:42 mark of the third quarter, two second-half touchdowns from quarterback Wyatt Strand and Paul Terry proved to be too little too late.

Quick starting MWSUFootball blows past Humboldt State, 55-12

No. 11 Midwestern State scored on its first six possessions on the way to a 55-12 season-opening rout of Humboldt State (Calif.) Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.

Senior quarterback Layton Rabb finished a nearly perfect half connecting on 15-of-17 passes for 273 yards and five touchdowns including strikes to sophomore Bryce Martinez (14, 47), junior Xavier Land (12), redshirt-freshman Anthony Tennison (58) and sophomore Juwan Johnson (8).

Rabb’s only two incompletions were dropped passes as he came up a touchdown shy of matching his own program single-game record while moving past Daniel Polk (38 TDs, 2004-07) into third place on the career touchdowns list.


Rams open season with win over Western Oregon

The Angelo State football team started off the 2018 season with a dramatic win, taking the lead with 52 seconds left on a pass from Charlie Rotherham to wide receiver Lawson Ayo to secure a 24-17 win over Western Oregon on Saturday at McArthur Field. The ASU defense forced three turnovers and had five sacks, led by Hunter Kyle who had two interceptions and a two-sack performance from Markus Jones who now has 21.5 sacks in his career. Simon Maxey recorded the third turnover, an interception with 23 seconds remaining in the game to seal the win for the Rams.

The game-winning drive took less than a minute in a game that lasted more than four hours after the Wolves took the lead with 1:46 left to play after a 74-yard pass set them up for a touchdown and a 17-16 lead over the Rams.

Buffs Fall 17-7 at Azusa Pacific in season opener

West Texas A&M showed promise in its 17-7 season-opening loss to Azusa Pacific on Saturday evening at Citrus Stadium in Glendora, Calif. The Buffaloes totaled 305 total yards, 229 on the air and 76 on the ground, while holding the Cougars’ All-American wide receiver Weston Carr to 74-yards on six receptions.

After falling behind 14-0 with 4:32 remaining in the first half, Mitch Hood led the Buffs on a 9-play, 81-yard drive to bring the Buffaloes within seven points. Hood found David Leonty for 29-yards on the first play of the drive to put WT inside APU territory. They continued to do damage in the air with Hood finding Semaj Mitchell on 3-and-6 for seven yards. Logan Vallo picked up the first down of the drive on the ground with a 3-yard run to put WT on the APU 30. Following another 5-yard run by Vallo, Hood found Markel Steward for 24-yards to put them at the APU 1. Hood would take it himself on the next play for his first career touchdown to make it 14-7.

Falcons comeback runs out of time in 26-16 loss at Texas Southern

UT Permian Basin scored a pair of second-half touchdowns and outscored Texas Southern 14-10 in the second half, but its comeback in their season opener ran out of time Saturday night as the Falcons fell against FCS D-I Texas Southern 26-16 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas.

Saturday’s game started at 9:35 p.m. after a 2:30 delay due to severe weather and heavy rains in the downtown Houston area.


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