Rams close out senior day game with a victory

ASU takes down ENMU in final home game

By Rosanna Aguilera
On November 9, 2018

Photo by Ian Saint: Tyrese Nathan, sophomore, rushes 2 yards through the A gap to get the touchdown. Nathan had 24 carries for a total of 64 rushing yards.

The ASU Rams football team won its Senior Day game on Saturday, Nov. 3 against the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds.

ASU finished with 34 points while holding its opponent to 17.

Quarterback Payne Sullins completed 19 of 30 passes for a total of 293 yards. He also rushed the ball a career-high 22 times for 92 yards, leading the offense.

Donavyn Jackson, sophomore, forced a fumble in the opening drive of the game, which gave ASU the ball.

The Rams took the ball down the field, then Sullins threw a jump ball to wide receiver Keke Chism. The sophomore tipped the ball up to himself to make a catch and scored to get an early lead for the Rams.

Chism’s touchdown was the only score of the first quarter. However, ENMU got on the board with a punt block to start the second quarter. Sophomore Tyrese Nathan got the next touchdown for the Rams on the next drive.

The Greyhounds tied the game, but the Rams got the ball back with a few minutes left in the half. Sullins moved the chains down the field and completed another touchdown pass to junior Lawson Ayo, which gave ASU the lead going into half time.

Junior Conner Flanigan got more points for ASU when he hit a 23-yard field goal with over 11 minutes left in the third quarter.

The Greyhounds responded with a field goal as well, but this was the last time they scored. ASU’s defense held their opponents off for the remainder of the game.

Sophomore Hunter Kyle led the defense with 15 tackles. Markus Jones had 10 tackles with five for loss. The senior also had one sack, which tied the ASU single-season record. Sophomore Leddy French II also finished with double-digit tackles.

The Rams would go on to score one more touchdown and another field goal from Flanigan.

The Rams have one more regular-season game against Texas A&M-Commerce on Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. in Commerce, Texas.

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