Rams hold Grizzlies to 20 points

ASU prepares for final home game against Eastern New Mexico University

By Rosanna Aguilera
On November 2, 2018

Contributed by Marsalis Mahome: Ram Band percussionists keep it wild in the stands.

The ASU Rams football team dominated the Adams State University Grizzlies on Oct. 27, beating them 59-20. The Rams held the Grizzlies to their second fewest points scored in a single game this season.

ASU is now 5-4 in the season overall and 3-3 in the Lone Star Conference play. They earned a season high in points with 59, rushing yards with 270 and rushing touchdowns with four.

Wide receiver Larry Johnson scored early for the team after the Rams received the opening kickoff. Quarterback Payne Sullins rushed for a first down when he found Johnson over for a 64-yard touchdown pass after a minute into the game. Johnson set a new career-high with 103 yards with only three catches.

The ASU defense held up against its opponents; they got the ball back and doubled their lead.

The offense then drove the ball down the field and got it in from 3 yards on a rush from sophomore Tyrese Nathan. Nathan also set a new career high with three touchdowns on 13 carries. He had 67 yards in the game for an average of 5.2 yards per carry.

The Grizzlies got the ball back and took it to the red zone, however, the ASU defense stopped them. Defensive end Markus Jones took down the quarterback for a sack. Jones had 3.5 sacks in the game.

Jones now has a career total of 32.5 sacks, which set a new ASU career record. Jones broke the previous record of 31.5 sacks set in 2015 by Clayton Callicut.

After the sack, the Grizzlies missed a field goal, which gave the ball back to the Rams. Johnson then caught his second touchdown pass of the game for 23 yards.

Adams University got the ball back, but Jones forced a fumble with a sack and ASU recovered the ball and scored again. Sullins had the touchdown from nine yards out for one of his three touchdowns in the game. Sullins completed 11 of 19 passes for 245 yards and two touchdowns with 63 rushing yards, as well.

ASU scored within three drives in the second quarter. Nathan had a rushing touchdown and the Rams quickly got the ball back on an interception from redshirt freshman DeShaun Douglas. This was the first interception of his career. Douglas also had a career high in tackles with 12.

The Rams broke up seven passes in the game. Linebacker Josh Quinton had an interception on the night while six other Rams recorded tackles for loss.

The next ASU score came from Nathan, who carried the ball in from 23 yards out, which moved the score to 42-0.

Next, junior kicker Conner Flanigan scored a 24-yard field goal.

The teams went into halftime and came back with junior Charlie Rotherham as the QB for ASU. The Rams scored twice more with passes from Rotherham to freshman Alize Thomas and junior Lawson Ayo. Ayo had 116 yards on only four catches with two receptions of 40 yards or more. The Grizzlies eventually found the end zone at the end of the game, scoring 20 points.

The Rams will play their final home game on Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. against Eastern New Mexico University.

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