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.”

Linda Cohn brings the gold to Commerce

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Jared Horn / A&M-Commerce Photography

This week KETR's Locker Room was honored to be joined by ESPN's Linda Cohn. Linda and the guys discussed being a woman in sports broadcasting, how she became a sports nut and sports in general.