Rams fall short against Midwestern State

Drop to No. 16 in the American football coaches poll

By Luis Montoya
On October 9, 2015

Photos by Summer Almaguer
Wide receiver Anthony Pierson runs the ball past the 20 yard line while dodging opponents.

After a competitive game on Oct. 3, the Rams suffered their first loss of the season to a score of 2920.

Midwestern outscored the Rams 17-6 in the third quarter, forcing two interceptions, two fumbles and blocked a punt for a touchdown.

“It was a tough game,” Head Coach William Wagner said. “We played good but there’s improvement to do. I think the biggest challenge of the game was the adversity, especially the four turnovers we had. We will practice hard for the next set of games and hopefully we’ll get good turnouts.”

Quarterback Kyle Washington is on a roll with completing over 300 yards for the third time this football season, completing 300 yards in the last two games as well.

“I give my praises to my receivers and offense line,” Washington said. “For the next game against A&M Commerce we plan to practice more fanatically and as long as we can keep it up we can carry it over to this Saturday’s game.”

Tyler Middleton, junior, had his first touchdown Saturday night. Middleton rushed 68 yards and scored on a 5-yard run.

“It was great for Middleton to score his first touchdown in the season,” Wagner said. “He helps out the team whether he’s returning kicks or playing running back on offense.”

The Rams began the game with two turnovers on the first two drives of the game, allowing Midwestern their first touchdown. The offense was held to punting two of its three drives.

Despite a stuttering offense the Rams lead half time with a lead of 7-6 but the tables turned for the next half.

“By halftime our main focus was to regroup and refocus,” Wagner said. “Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out that way. We were close but we definitely need progress.”

The ASU crowd was energetic from start to end.

“The game was intense and the energy on the stands was giving us hope to possibly win,” junior Carolina Ramirez said. “Although we did not win, the Rams did not disappoint in offering us an entertaining game. We’ll get them next time.”

Along with the rest of the student body, fans were pumped up and showing school spirit by painting their faces and wearing gold and blue.

“At first, people were hesitant to stand up and get loud,” senior Michael Cuellar said. “But by the end almost everyone was on their feet cheering for our team until the very end. I enjoyed being a part of this crowd.”

 A rampage of Rams target the ball carrier from Midwestern State.

 

Tyler Middleton, running back, breaks tackles while being pursued by MSU defense.

 

The Walling family, accompanied by President Brian J. May Ph.D. and Interim Athletic Director James Reid, was named ASU’s family of the year during halftime.

 

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