With the school celebrating its 125th anniversary and the events of Homecoming this week linking the past of East Texas Normal College, East Texas State Normal College, East Texas State Teachers College, East Texas State College and East Texas State University to the present of Texas A&M University-Commerce united under one umbrella – we are Lions, it is only fitting that the Lions’ football team will play for an outright championship Saturday after already clinching a share of the program’s 21st title earlier this season.
Chauncey Harris capped off Midwestern State’s furious second half rally with a four-yard score in overtime to lift the Mustangs over No.22 A&M-Commerce, 40-37, as the Lions suffered their first Lone Star Conference loss and first loss against NCAA Division II competition of the season.
The Texas A&M University-Commerce football team, ranked no. 22 nationally among NCAA Division II teams, rolls into Wichita Falls looking to knock off Midwestern State. The Lions hope to defeat the Mustangs on the road for the first time since 1998 and clinch the outright Lone Star Conference championship at 7 p.m. in a game that will be broadcast on KETR.
With the Lone Star Conference Championship on the line, No. 23 A&M-Commerce welcomes West Texas A&M to Memorial Stadium for a 7 p.m. showdown Saturday night on Military Appreciation Night sponsored by the Texas Army National Guard.
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- The No. 23 Lions are ranked in the AFCA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll for the first time since 2001 when the team held the 24th spot for two weeks in October ... The team is 14th in the Massey ratings.
The Texas Rangers will hire Pittsburgh Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister as their new manager, according to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. Citing unnamed sources, Rosenthal tweeted the hiring report this morning.
The club is expected to make an announcement today.
Banister beat out interim Rangers manager Tim Bogar for the job along with Cleveland bullpen coach Kevin Cash.
David Calloway has been relieved of his duties as Head Football Coach at Texas A&M University-Kingsville (1-5, 0-4 LSC), TAMUK Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics and Campus Recreation Scott Gines announced Monday evening.
Gines appointed Texas A&M-Kingsville offensive line coach and former Javelina All-American Jaime Martinez as interim head coach through the completion of the 2014 regular season.
Playing in Angelo State’s first Homecoming in its new facility, facing a 13-point halftime deficit and struggling through a mountain of miscues in the first half, A&M-Commerce stepped up in the face of adversity and ran right through it pulling out a thrilling 41-40 win over the Rams Saturday night in LeGrand Stadium.
The Texas A&M University-Commerce football team has a tough assignment tonight in San Angelo. The Lions (4-1, 3-0 in the Lone Star Conference) kick off against Angelo State (3-1, 2-1 in the LSC) at 7 p.m. in a game that will be heard on KETR.
Texas A&M University-Commerce running back Joe Bergeron has been suspended for an unspecified violation of team policy, according to a report by the Greenville Herald-Banner. A statement from the university's athletics department said the suspension resulted from an off-campus incident.
Junior defensive lineman Toni Pulu was named the Lone Star Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week. It's the third time a Texas A&M University-Commerce football player took weekly honors this season.
Led by constant pressure by Pulu, the Lions held the Tarleton State to just 387 yards including 38 yards rushing. Pulu was consistently in the backfield as he accounted for three tackles for loss, two sacks and a quarterback hurry. The Texans entered the game as the 21st best rushing offense in the country and second best in the LSC before being controlled all night.
Highlighted by 31 first half points and 370 yards with five touchdowns through the air, A&M-Commerce knocked off the defending Lone Star Conference Champions, Eastern New Mexico, 48-32, on the road at Greyhound Stadium Saturday afternoon.