After a heartbreaking loss last week, the no. 9 Texas A&M University-Commerce football team picked up a critical rebound win on the road 38-24 over Western New Mexico University.
The Lions (6-1, 4-1 Lone Star Conference) had struggles with the Mustangs (2-5, 2-4 LSC) throughout the entire game, but were able to seal the win with an 8-yard touchdown pass from Luis Perez to Richard Cooper with 2:48 left.
The Lions led by as many as 17 points in the second half, before allowing 10 unanswered points in the third quarter and held on to a seven point lead until the game-sealing touchdown.
A&M-Commerce was led on offense by quarterback Luis Perez, who went 22-35 for 319 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions. Perez connected with four different targets for touchdowns, but his favorite connections were Lance Evans, who hauled in six catches for 89 yards and a touchdown, as well as Darby Smith who caught five passes for 120 yards and a touchdown. Richard Cooper led all rushers with 24 carries for 182 yards.
Defensively, the Lions caused four turnovers, three of which were interceptions, keeping the lead over Western New Mexico late in the second half and stealing away momentum. Cameron Rogers, Brent Walker, and Brucks Saathoff all came away with interceptions in the game, as on the season 10 different Lion players have totaled 11 interceptions so far.
The Lions are back on the road again next week as they take on Angelo State (3-2, 2-2 LSC). The game is set for a 6 p.m. kickoff. You can hear every Lions football game on KETR at 88.9 FM and right here online at ketr.org.