The Lions have reached the playoffs for the first time since 1995 after an 8-3 season.

After a heartbreaking defeat last weekend at the hands of Midwestern State, the Texas A&M University-Commerce football team will now travel north with their season on the line to face the undefeated Ferris State Bulldogs on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Playoffs.

The no. 20 Lions (8-3, 6-0 Lone Star Conference) battled in a game that saw the score tied or the lead changed a total of seven times. With a nine-point lead with less than 7:00 to play, A&M-Commerce seemed to be in the driver’s seat. However, the Mustangs (10-1, 5-1 LSC) would not go down quietly, and scored after gaining possession on a Lion fumble, and then returning an interception for a touchdown on the first play of the ensuing A&M-Commerce drive, resulting in two touchdowns in 15 seconds of game time.

The lead proved to be insurmountable, as the Lions fell to Midwestern State by a score of 33-37, being defeated in the championship round of the LSC playoff for the second straight year. Head Coach Colby Carthel knows that a win would have almost certainly guaranteed a home playoff game for A&M-Commerce.

“We were pretty disappointed with how we played in the last six and a half minutes of that game,” Carthel said. “We missed a golden opportunity to bring the playoffs to Commerce, Texas.”

No. 11 Lions Fall To No.10 Midwestern St. 33-37.

Nov 14, 2015
The Lions fell in the final game of the LSC Playoffs for the second straight year.

After holding a nine point lead with under 10 minutes to play, the no. 11 Texas A&M University-Commerce football team saw their lead vanish in a flash, and fell to no. 10 Midwestern State by a score of 33-37 Saturday night in Commerce.

         What started as a highly touted game ended up living up to the hype, as the score was tied or the lead was flipped a total of seven times in the contest. The Lions (8-3, 6-0 Lone Star Conference) struck first on a 47-yard touchdown pass from Harrison Stewart to Lance Evans. The Mustangs (10-1, 5-1 LSC) gained the lead in the second after Chase Thrasher’s punt was blocked and picked up by Herb Whitehurst for a score. A&M-Commerce struck back with 57 seconds remaining in the half to knot the score at 17 all going into the locker room.

The Lions struck twice to begin the third on touchdown passes to Derrick Macon, and led 30-17 in the third. A Midwestern State touchdown run cut the lead to six, and the field was flipped for the final quarter.

A&M-Commerce pulled out a 15-play, 63-yard drive, but stalled in the red zone, settling for a 25-yard field goal by Kristov Martinez to increase the lead to 33-24 with 9:52 remaining. The Lions looked to be able to take a big chunk out of the clock, but a fumble by Richard Cooper was recovered by the Mustangs. Midwestern wasted no time, as they scored on their first play of the drive, cutting the lead to 33-31.

After a knuckleball kick pinned the Lions inside their own five, things went from bad to worse as Stewart’s pass was intercepted by Harold Willis, who easily walked in for a score, putting the Mustangs ahead 33-37 just 15 seconds apart.

A&M-Commerce tried valiantly to come up with a game-winning drive, but were thwarted on fourth down when Stewart’s pass was tipped and intercepted by Tari Jones, which put the game out of reach.

Both teams face eachother as the no. 11 and no. 10 teams in the nation for the second time in three weeks.

After a wild 36-35 win over Angelo State in game one of the Lone Star Conference Playoffs, the Texas A&M University-Commerce football team now looks to finish the job on Saturday against Midwestern State in Commerce.

The no. 11 Lions’ (8-2, 6-0 LSC) hopes looked dim last weekend after an early second half Rams touchdown put A&M-Commerce behind by 18 points. However, on the ensuing kickoff, Richard Cooper was back deep for his first kickoff return of the season. Cooper made the most of his chance to shine by returning the kick 88-yards for a score, the first kick return touchdown of his career.

The score seemed to bolster both the Lions offense and their defense, as A&M-Commerce began to put points on the board, while Angelo State quarterback Kyle Washington was beginning to be stifled by Lion defenders. A&M-Commerce finally went ahead on a 25-yard touchdown pass to Lance Evans on fourth down with 7:21 left to play.

That was plenty of time for the Rams, as they began to drive down the field. The drive stalled in the red zone, and it came down to a fourth and 1 at the two yard line. Washington attempted a quarterback sneak, but could not make it across the line. With the ball back in their hands, the Lions sealed the victory with a 50-yard run by Cooper, which allowed A&M-Commerce to run the clock to zero.

Head Coach Colby Carthel admired the way his team played in the second half to grab the win.

“I told them that no one remembers how you start the game, but how you finish it,” Carthel said. “We were able to go out there and make the plays we needed to win the game.”

Angelo State features a high octane offense and a suffocating pass rush, a tough combo foir the Lions to handle

After suffering a 38-24 defeat at the hands of FCS opponent Sam Houston State last weekend, the Texas A&M University-Commerce football team now sets its sights on a game with NCAA Playoff implications when they face Angelo State for the second time this season in round one of the Lone Star Conference Playoff at 3 p.m. on Saturday in Commerce.

The no. 12-ranked Lions (7-2, 6-0 LSC) come into the first round as the no. 1 seed after winning the 22nd Conference Championship in program history, and their second in as many years. The Rams (6-3, 3-3 LSC) come in as the no. 4 seed after a coin flip was used to decide the 3-4-5 seeds, as all three teams had identical conference records, as well as a victory over each other. Head Coach Colby Carthel says that even though it came down to a coin flip, any opponent they would’ve faced would be a challenge.

“It doesn’t matter who we could play,” Carthel said. “Our boys are excited, we know that if we win the ballgame, we could be in the NCAA Playoffs.”

A&M-Commerce was able to tie the game at 24 in the third quarter, but could not stop the Bearkat attack in the fourth.

After a valiant comeback attempt, a late interception spelled defeat for the Texas A&M University-Commerce football team as they fell 24-38 to FCS opponent Sam Houston State on Halloween night in Huntsville.

In the first meeting between the teams since 1985, the Lions (7-2, 6-0 Lone Star Conference) came into the game riding a six-game winning streak after having captured their second straight LSC Championship the previous week. The Bearkats (6-2, 5-1 Southland Conference) were on a 5-game winning streak of their own, and flexed their muscles early in the game, scoring their first touchdown less than three minutes into the game. A&M-Commerce struggled to answer, and were down as much as 3-21 in the second quarter.

The Lions offense showed signs of life after a 55-yard touchdown pass from Harrison Stewart to Darby Smith in the second. A&M-Commerce could not ride their momentum, however, as the scoring halted until a Sam Houston field goal ended the half with the Lions down 10-24.

A&M-Commerce got the blue and gold fans in attendance out of their seats after Lance Evans caught a short pass and proceeded to run for 76-yards until he was run out of bounds. The long play set up a 10-yard touchdown pass to Derrick Macon which brought the Lions within a score of tying the game. The A&M-Commerce defense started to figure out the Bearkat offense, and got a key stop on the next drive. Stewart began to find a rhythm as he completed a 40-yarder to Richard Cooper, followed by a 39-yard bomb to Lance Evans to tie the game at 24.

The momentum was short lived, as Sam Houston scored less than three minutes later, and scored once more in the fourth quarter to put the game at 24-38.

Any hopes of a Lions comeback were squashed when a Stewart pass was intercepted by Adri Contreras, and the Bearkats were able to run out the clock to secure the victory. The interceptions was Stewart’s first since week two.

Former Lone Star Conference rivals Texas A&M-Commerce and Sam Houston State square off for the first time in 30 years in Huntsville on Saturday.
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The no. 8 Texas A&M University-Commerce football team ended Lone Star Conference play with a spotless 6-0 record thanks to a27-14 victory against then-no. 10 Midwestern State University. Head Coach Colby Carthel’s team now heads to Huntsville to face off against no. 8 FCS opponent Sam Houston State on Saturday.

Memorial Stadium will host the third game of the season in which two nationally ranked teams square off, this time featuring the no. 11 Lions and the no. 10 Mustangs.

Memorial Stadium will host its third top-25 matchup this season on Saturday when the no. 10 Midwestern State University Mustangs travel to Commerce to square off against the no. 11 Texas A&M University–Commerce in their homecoming game.

The Lions (6-1, 5-0 Lone Star Conference) and Midwestern State (7-0, 4-0 LSC) go into this matchup as the only undefeated teams in conference play, and this game is looking to decide the seeding for the upcoming Lone Star Conference Playoff.

A&M-Commerce is coming off of its fifth win in a row, garnering a 38-20 in Canyon against West Texas A&M (2-4, 1-3 LSC) last Saturday.

In the contest, the Lions found themselves shut out in the first quarter for the first time all season, but regained their form in the second, putting up 21 points and grabbing a lead that they would hold for the rest of the game. Head Coach Colby Carthel was pleased at how his team was able to right the ship in the second quarter.

“The wind was blowing about 20 miles an hour into our faces in the first, and our offense did a good job of chewing up clock.” Carthel said. “But then we got the wind at our backs and were able to really get after them.”

Running back Richard Cooper was business as usual, posting his seventh 100-yard rushing performance of the season in as many games, setting a new school record. Carthel likes the dynamic that Cooper adds to the offense.

“He’s been steady Eddy toting the rock this year.” Carthel said. “Both him and Theo [Wofford] have been tremendous at running the football.”

Cooper and the rest of the Lions will have to be at their best to beat the Mustangs.

A&M-Commerce were shut out in the first quarter for the first time this season, but gained the lead in the second and never relinquished it.

After a slow start by both teams, the Texas A&M University-Commerce football team finally found its form to jump ahead and beat the West Texas A&M Buffaloes by a score of 38-20.

The Lions (6-1, 5-0 Lone Star Conference) were kept scoreless in the first quarter by West Texas (2-4, 1-3 LSC) for the first time all season, and were looking to erase a seven point deficit in the second. A&M-Commerce finally gained the lead for the first time on a 53-yard pass from Harrison Stewart to Darby Smith. The Lions also found the end zone thanks to some trickery, when running back Richard Cooper was given the chance to throw the ball and connected on a 12-yard pass to Chris Chumlay.

The Lions travel to Canyon, where their last victory there coming in 2004.

After holding off a late surge by its fierce Conference rival Angelo State, the Texas A&M University-Commerce football team escaped with a 38-35 victory on Saturday night in Commerce. Now the Lions travel to Canyon to face one of their toughest rivals in West Texas A&M.

Lions hold on to beat charging Rams 38-35

Oct 11, 2015
The Lions had control in the first half, but needed key plays to run out the clock to halt an Angelo State comeback.

The Texas A&M University-Commerce football team had to survive a would-be comeback attempt by the surging Angelo State Rams, but ultimately secured a 38-35 win Saturday night in Commerce in the ESPN Division II Game of the Week.

The game was a battle between the Lions’ (5-1, 4-0 Lone Star Conference) conference leading scoring offense against Angelo State’s (4-2, 1-2 LSC) top scoring defense. Both teams had no trouble putting points on the board in the first half, but A&M-Commerce seemed to hold an edge in intensity, and went into halftime with a 31-21 lead.

The scoring slowed dramatically in the third quarter, with the only points in the frame coming on a blocked punt by Davarus Shores which was picked up by Dionte Taylor in the end zone for a score. Rams receivers repeatedly dropping passes and quarterback Kyle Washington was under pressure all game by the Lions’ defensive front.

The Lions will play host to the first nationally broadcast game in Memorial Stadium history on Saturday.

Head football coach Colby Carthel called Texas A&M University-Commerce’s huge 63-0 win over rival Tarleton State “the most complete game we’ve played”. This Saturday’s game may be much harder as the no. 15 Lions host the no. 16 Angelo State Rams in a game drawing national attention from ESPN.

A&M-Commerce (4-1, 3-0 Lone Star Conference) notched their first shutout since 2004 with 604 yards of total offense and 5 takeaways. Running backs Richard Cooper and Theo Wofford both gained over 100 yards rushing for the third straight game. Quarterback Harrison Stewart ‘s efficiency was on display yet again as he was 14-20 for 196 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions.

Carthel was very pleased with the way his team played, noting how everything seemed to go right for the team in the outing.

“It was a real team effort on our part.” Carthel said. “A lot of things have to go well for you to get a shutout in today’s college football world.”

Lions Dominate Texans 63-0

Oct 3, 2015
The Lions rushed for a combined 368 yards en route to the 63-0 victory

The Texas A&M University-Commerce football team flexed its muscles Saturday night in Stephenville to grab a 63-0 victory over winless Tarleton State University. The win was also the first shutout for a blue and gold squad since 2004.

The Lions (4-1, 3-0 Lone Star Conference) did not score less than 14 points in any quarter and took advantage of five turnovers by the Texans (0-4, 0-3 LSC) to get the win. A&M-Commerce was also very efficient on the night, going 9-13 on third down as well as possessing the ball for more than 34 minutes of game time.

Lions outrun Greyhounds 42-31

Sep 26, 2015
Lions running backs once again dominated the game, ending with 280 total rushing yards.

The Texas A&M University-Commerce Lions Football Team continued their winning ways with a 42-31 defeat of the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds Saturday night in Commerce.

In a game that saw 1,097 yards of combined total offense, A&M-Commerce (3-1, 2-0 LSC) utilized its running game early and often to surpass the powerful ground attack of the Greyhounds. The Lions offense was also helped by two fumbles dropped by Eastern (2-2, 0-2 LSC), which led to 14 points off of turnovers.

A&M-Commerce also wore special East Texas State throwback jerseys during the game, which helped commemorate the 1995 team which was the last Lions team to reach the NCAA Division II Playoffs.

The first quarter was reminiscent of the Delta State game, as scoring was done early and often by both teams, with A&M-Commerce leading at the half 28-24. Scoring slowed down in the second half, with the only points being scored by the greyhounds with a late touchdown to put them ahead.

The Lions swiftly regained the lead in the fourth just a few minutes later, and then added some insurance later in the quarter. A&M-Commerce stopped any hopes of a Greyhound comeback when a fourth and goal pass was batted away by Dionte Taylor with 1:48 remaining in the game, which sealed the win for the home team.

A&M-Commerce got off to a slow start, but were able to finally put points on the board with a Theo Wofford touchdown reception and a Michael Wallace pick-six which put them ahead 14-0 after one quarter of play

The Texas A&M University-Commerce Lions football team had to stifle a would-be comeback attempt by the Texas A&M University-Javelinas, but ultimately were able to put the game out of reach in the final quarter to secure a 37-17 victory at Javelina Stadium in Kingsville on Saturday night.

A&M-Commerce (2-1, 1-0 LSC) got off to a slow start, but were able to finally put points on the board with a Theo Wofford touchdown reception and a Michael Wallace pick-six which put them ahead 14-0 after one quarter of play.

Texas A&M-Kingsville (1-2, 0-1 LSC) made things interesting with a 48-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown just before halftime, and another score in the third from Myles Carr to Torrey Thomas to tie the game. The Lions silenced all doubters with two touchdowns of their own in the third quarter to go up 31-17, and any potential momentum for the Javelinas was stripped from them with a key interception on 4th and Goal with about six minutes remaining in the contest.

The Javelinas hold a 13-5 record in Chennault Cup games, and a 36-25-1 edge in the all-time series between the two teams.

After a heartbreaking 51-44 loss to Delta State University on Sept. 12, the no. 22 Texas A&M University-Commerce football team now seeks to get back to winning form with its first Lone Star Conference contest against the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Javelinas this Saturday.