2 teams entered undefeated, 1 remained

ASU defeats MSU 28-6

By Jeremiah Devereaux
On October 4, 2019

Photo by Cora Bishoppetty: Alfredo Fernandez, sophomore, gets ready to snap the ball. Fernandez came to ASU from San Antonio, Texas.

The ASU Rams on Sept. 28 battled against the Midwestern State University Mustangs at LeGrand Stadium at 1st Com­munity Credit Union Field.

Both ASU and MSU came into the game undefeated with a record of 3-0. How­ever, only ASU remained undefeated by the end of the night.

Opening the first quarter, ASU chose to receive the ball to their advantage. Senior Payne Sullins threw for three consecutive first downs: one to junior Keke Chism, one to senior Lawson Ayo and back to Chism for a large gain. Sullins then threw to freshman Austin Landry for the first touchdown of the game, followed by the extra point from se­nior Connor Flanigan.

On defense, junior Josh Quinton made the first sack of the game against MSU.

“I really believe in what coach Clark was preaching all week,” Quinton said. “If we played to the best of our ability, we would win. The sack was what my guys set up for me, so without them, I couldn’t have done it.”

ASU gained more yards in the first half when a deep ball from Sullins connect­ed with Chism, which put the team closer to the endzone. Senior Lloyd Howard III then brought ASU within inches of the goal line on a run. Sullins then ran for a 1-yard touch­down, which brought the score to 14-0 after the extra point from Flanigan.

During halftime, the Ram Band performed Aretha Franklin’s 1968 classic “Think.” The 1st Community Credit Union also held its Kick for Cash contest. Sopho­more Salisu Yahaya kicked the ball and won.

In the second half, the Rams put two more touchdowns on the board with a 27- yard pass from Sullins to Chism in the third quarter and a 5-yard pass at the beginning of the fourth.

“I felt amazing after giving it my all and putting my team in the best position to win,” Chism said. “We needed it and so did our city.”

MSU would score one touch­down at the end of the fourth quarter and fail in their two-point conversion attempt, which brought the final score to 28-6.

“It doesn't matter about the oppo­nents,” said Adam Clark, assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. “We just need to study the right way, and stay prepared, and we will continue to improve and do every­thing in our power to make that happen.”

After the game, ASU celebrated their victory with fireworks.

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