Homecoming comeback

Running back saves game in last 20 seconds

By Alana Edgin
On October 22, 2015

Photo by Josh Lopez

Rams football mounted an amazing comeback at the homecoming game on Oct. 17 against Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

The Rams fell from 6th to 25th in the last two weeks in the Coach’s Poll, due to the losses against Texas A&M Commerce and Midwestern State. The team felt the added pressure of redemption and homecoming on their shoulders. They proceeded to show their talents to the fully loaded stadium.

As the scoreboard began ticking down the time, the Rams fought for control of the ball. Quarterback Kyle Washington weaved through Javelina defenders to score the first touchdown of the night, four minutes into the game, which gave the team the momentum to carry on the lead. Three minutes later, Washington passed to wide receiver Mark Munson who boosted the Rams’ lead. The Javelinas retaliated with a touchdown of their own, bringing the score for the first quarter to 12-7, with ASU holding the lead.

For the second quarter, both teams slowed their pace. Neither team scored until five minutes in, with the Javelinas pounding in a one yard run to steal the lead. Washington threw a 33 yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Anthony Pierson recapture their lead just before half time with a score of 18-13.

Both offenses came alive in the third quarter. While the Rams scored the first touchdown of the half with running back Ryan Byrd on a four yard run, the Javelinas took over the game after that. They scored two touchdowns in five minutes, pulling out a four point lead. Punter Sam Fowler nailed a 31 yard field goal, rounding the quarter with TAMUK leading 28-27.

Fans were on the edge of their seats, watching the game go back and forth. The Rams could win, breaking their losing streak, or Javelinas could better their win-loss record, which was 1-5 at the time.

“I’m not familiar with football since we don’t have it in my country, but it was really fun to watch,” sophomore Korean international student Jinhee Ha said. Pierson, with a 12 yard pass from Washington, brought the Rams back into the lead but the Javelinas scored two minutes later. With the clock winding down and only 30 seconds left in the game, it looked hopeless.

Then a miracle happened. Only 11 seconds left, fans starting to leave in despair, when running back Trey Green caught a 16 yard pass from Washington and glided into the end zone, bringing the Rams a lead of 39-34, and no chance for a Javelina comeback.

“The team did really well and I’m pleased with the result,” Ha said. “It was really fun to watch.”

Statistic leaders for this game were Washington with 29 completed passes, 367 passing yards and four touchdowns; Byrd with 106 rushing yards; Pierson with 114 receiving yards; defensive back Johnathan Shannon with nine tackles and linebacker Willie Brown with one sack. The team also shot up to No. 24 in the American Football Coaches Association.

“The guys had a great attitude and believed they could win,” Head Coach Will Wagner said. “Hopefully we can work on getting everyone healthy. We will watch tape and continue to improve all aspects of the game.”

Rams will play Eastern New Mexico next in Portales, New Mexico on Oct. 24 before finishing conference with one final home game against Tarleton State on Oct. 31 at 7 p.m.


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