Texans take over Gold Rush

ASU looks ahead to homecoming game against West Texas A&M

By Rosanna Aguilera
On October 5, 2018

Photo by Ian Saint: Tashani Bibbs, sophomore, evades a tackle and catches the football between his forearms for a successful touchdown. Bibbs had 77 receiving yards against Tarleton.

The Rams football team lost to Tarleton State University on Saturday, Sept. 29, on Family and Gold Rush day.

The final score of the game was 54-33, giving ASU a record of 2-3 overall and 1-2 in the Lone Star Conference.

The Texans gained 586 yards offensively during the game, while ASU had 537.

The Rams had five turnovers Saturday night as well.

Junior Payne Sullins was the quarterback for most of the game, completing 26 of his 50 pass attempts for 363 yards and two touchdowns.

Senior Carsen Cook and junior Charlie Rotherham also had playing time, completing another five passes for 75 yards.

Redshirt sophomore Keke Chism had almost half of the team’s completions on the night. He set a new career high in receptions for the second straight week with 12 catches for 127 yards in the game. The wide receiver’s reception total was one shy of matching the ASU single-game record of 13, set by Donovan Thompson in 2017.

Chism had his first catch on the Rams’ third drive and took the ball for a 17-yard pass from Sullins that put them outside the red zone, but TSU forced a turnover.

The Rams scored their first touchdown in the last minute of the first quarter. Sullins passed the ball to sophomore Tashano Bibbs for 26 yards into the end zone.

Senior Markus Jones led the team defensively with one sack with nine total tackles.

Sophomores Hunter Kyle and Donavyn Jackson and senior Grant Aschenbeck all finished in double digits in tackles. Kyle had a career-high with 16 tackles on the night.

Junior Connor Flanigan scored next for ASU with a 40-yard field goal.

Tarleton went into halftime in the lead by two touchdowns.

The Texans scored again in the second half, bringing their lead to 41-13.

Chism scored on a 69-yard drive, but TSU scored shortly after.

Tarleton scored once more with 7:58 remaining in the game, but their extra point was blocked by Jones.

Cook took the quarterback position and completed a touchdown pass to junior Lawson Ayo. Ayo caught seven passes for a season high 134 yards.

The final score came from a Cook rush, ending the game with score of 54-33.

The Rams will be back at the LeGrand Stadium on Oct. 13 to face West Texas A&M University.

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