Lions host Angelo State in 2013 Homecoming showdown
Texas A&M University-Commerce puts its four-game winning streak on the line when the Lions welcome Angelo State Rams to Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 2. The showdown with the Rams marks A&M-Commerce's 2013 Homecoming game. Kickoff set for 2 p.m.
Fans unable to make it to Memorial Stadium for Saturday's Homecoming showdown with the Rams can still catch every Lion play. Live video will be available at LionAthletics.com, powered by Stretch Internet and available for a subscription fee. KETR 88.9 FM will carry the game live with Charlie Chitwood and Brock Callaway on the call, and it will also be streamed online at KETR.org. Live stats will be available at LionAthletics.com while Twitter followers can get in-game updates @Lion_Athletics.
Scouting the Rams
2013: 2-6 overall, 0-4 Lone Star Conference.
Last Week: Lost to 18th-ranked Midwestern State, 49-43, in San Angelo
Last Three Games: L vs. Midwestern State (49-43), L at West Texas A&M (34-30), L vs. Eastern New Mexico (29-28)
Head Coach: Will Wagner (Hardin-Simmons, 1996). Third season at Angelo State (12-18, .400)
Key Offensive Players:
• #7 Kyle Washington (So., QB): 151 of 237 passing (63.7%) for 1,568 yards (196.0 avg.), 10 TDs, 5 INTs; 87 rushes for 747 yards (8.6 avg.), 8 TDs, long of 78
• #34 Jermie Calhoun (Sr., RB): 142 rushes for 741 yards (92.6 avg.), 3 TDs, long of 53
• #4 Joey Knight (Sr., WR): 39 catches for 422 yards (10.8 avg.), 2 TDs, long of 28
• #10 Quinn Reels (Sr., WR): 27 catches for 353 yars (13.1 avg.), 2 TDs, long of 48
Key Defensive Players:
• #40 Rush Seaver (Jr., LB): 80 tackles (50 solo), 9.0 TFL, 1 INT, 1 FR, 3 FF
• #29 Ryan Clapsaddle (So., DB): 57 tackles (39 solo), 1.0 TFL, 3 INTs, 3 PBU, 1 FF
• #8 Blair Smith (Jr., DB): 48 tackles (30 solo), 5.5 TFL, 2.0 sacks, 1 FR, 2 FF
• #98 Clayton Callicutt (So., DL): 45 tackles (22 solo), 7.0 TFL, 3.0 sacks, 1 QBH, 3 FR
• #45 Colt Drennan (Jr., DL): 24 tackles (7 solo), 5.5 TFL, 2.5 sacks
Synopsis: Angelo State enters the week with a 2-6 mark, having played one of the toughest schedules in the country. The Rams have played two top-five teams, falling to fifth-ranked Colorado State-Pueblo 45-24 before dropping a 37-3 decision to top-ranked Valdosta State.
Angelo State's four Lone Star Conference losses have come by a combined 16 points. The Rams led 12th-ranked West Texas A&M late in the fourth quarter before losing 34-30 in Canyon two weeks ago, then rallied to give 18th-ranked Midwestern State a scare in a 49-43 defeat.
Angelo State has been solid on the ground, averaging 261.9 yards per game, while throwing for 215.1 yards per game. Angelo State is led by quarterback Kyle Washington, who is the Rams' leader in both passing yard (1,568) and rushing yards (747). Angelo State is averaging 31.0 points per game while giving up 36.6 points per game, allowing 164.1 yards per game on the ground and 272.1 per game through the air.
A&M-Commerce and Angelo State meet for the 43rd time Saturday afternoon. The Rams hold a 26-14-2 edge in the all-time series that dates back to 1970. Angelo State has won the last four meetings, including a come-from-behind 17-16 victory in San Angelo last season and a 45-14 Homecoming rout in Commerce in 2011. The Lions' last victory over the Rams was a 13-10 decision in 2008 as the Lions are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings against the Rams. A&M-Commerce has posted a 9-11-1 all-time record against Angelo State in Commerce.
President's Trophy Resides In Commerce For The First Time
A&M-Commerce notched a 25-yard touchdown on fourth and 13 from Harrison Stewart to Hayden Marsh with 3:06 remaining to take the lead, then watched as Tarleton State's 39-yard field goal attempt to reclaim the lead sailed wide right as the Lions upended the 23rd-ranked Texans 22-20 in Stephenville. With the victory, A&M-Commerce finally got to hoist the President's Trophy, which was insitituted prior to the 2010 season when A&M-Commerce and Tarleton State began resuming their yearly rivalry. The Texans has won the previous three meetings before the Lions finally hoised the trophy over the turf at Tarleton Memorial Saturday evening. It marks the first time in program history that A&M-Commerce is in possession of both the Chennault Cup (A&M-Kingsville) and President's Trophy (Tarleton State) at the same time.
A&M-Commerce hits the road for the final time next week, looking for another milestone victory in the magical 2013 season. The Lions head south to face Division I FCS opponent Houston Baptist on Saturday, November 9th. The Huskies, a member of the Southland Conference, are in their inaugural season of football as the game against the Lions marks HBU's first-ever Homecoming game. Opening kick is set for 3 p.m. at Strake Jesuit High School.