Rams fumble three-game winning streak

ASU football team falls short in homecoming game

By Rosanna Aguilera
On October 19, 2018

Photo contributed by Marsalis Mahome.

The ASU football team lost its homecoming game 18-26 against West Texas A&M University on Saturday, Oct. 13.

The Rams had a three-game winning streak before Saturday afternoon.

They now have an overall record of 3-4 and are 2-3 in Lone Star Conference play.

The Rams had 365 yards in the game, while the Buffs gained only 297, but ASU was unable to score on most of their drives, scoring only one offensive touchdown.

Junior Payne Sullins started as quarterback for the Rams for the second time.

On the opening drive of the game, Sullins found junior Lawson Ayo for a 28 yard catch, and then made a screen play to sophomore Tyrese Nathan, who scored ASU’s first touchdown of the night for a 7-0 lead.

Nathan led the team in receptions, receiving yards and rushing yards. He completed seven catches, which marked a career high. He averages 5.3 yards per carry, getting 96 in Saturday’s game.

ASU’s defense stopped every Buff drive in the first quarter. The Ram defense forced five WTAMU punts throughout the entire first half.

Grant Aschenbeck, senior linebacker, led the ASU defense with 11 tackles, one sack and 2.5 tackles for loss.

Sophomore Leddy French II also finished the game in double-digits in tackles with a total of 10. Sophomores Donavyn Jackson and Hunter Kyle and junior Bright Iheg woro had nine tackles apiece.

Ihegworo also had 2.5 tackles for loss.

The team went into halftime with the lead, then came back and forced another punt from the Buffs to get the ball back.

The Rams got a first down but had to punt shortly after; however, the Buffs blocked the punt and recovered in in the end zone putting WTAMU on the scoreboard.

ASU came back with a 44-yard field goal from junior kicker Connor Flanigan to tie the game again.

This goal was Flanigan’s LSC- leading 10th of the year.

After this field goal, the Buffs took the lead and kept it to the end, winning the game. WTAMU only had one passing touchdown on the night.

After the touchdown, junior Larry Johnson had his second return touchdown of the season; he went 94 yards to the end zone.

On Oct. 20 the team will be in Odessa, Texas, to face UT Permian Basin. On Oct. 27 the Rams will be back at the LeGrand Stadium at 4 p.m. to face Adams State University.

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