Oct 26, 2013 9:28 PM by Texas A&M Kingsville
BLACKWATER DRAW, N.M. - The Texas A&M-Kingsville football team put together a much more complete game on Saturday afternoon against Eastern New Mexico but fell just short in a 13-10 loss at Blackwater Draw.
The loss was the fifth in a row for the Javelinas, who fall to 2-5 and 0-4 in the Lone Star Conference. The losing streak is the longest since the 1993 team lost its first five games.
Eastern New Mexico is now 2-1 in the LSC after picking up its third consecutive win. The Greyhounds are 4-3.
Kingsville struck first with a 40-yard field goal by Matt Stoll at the 2:20 mark of the first quarter.
The score would remain 3-0 until the third quarter as neither team could generate much offense.
Eastern New Mexico took the opening drive of the third period and went 75 yards on 12 plays. Rashan Lawrence put the Greyhounds on the board with a 5-yard run with 9:01 remaining in the quarter for a 7-3 lead.
Kingsville wasted little time getting the lead back.
After a surprise on-side kick attempt by Mitchell Cox was recovered at the ENMU 49 by Shane Prater, the Javelinas took just five plays to capitalize and regain the lead.
Facing 3rd-and-11, the Greyhounds were flagged for interference giving the Javelinas a first down. Following an 11-yard strike from Caleb Bedford to Robert Armstrong, Anthony Washington raced in from the 24. Stoll's P.A.T. with 7:16 remaining made it 10-7 Javelinas.
After the sides traded possessions, Eastern New Mexico took advantage of a 37-yard punt by Kevin Reaves return swinging the field position war into its favor.
The Hoggies looked to get the ball right back as Mark Savere forced an Eastern fumble by Christian Long. Long won a battle with Zane Brown for the ball. ENMU had five fumbles on the day but lost just one.
Two plays later, E'lon Spight gave the hosts back the lead with a 22 yard run with 2:18 left in the third quarter. The extra point failed leaving the Javelinas down by three.
The teams traded a pair of interceptions early in the fourth period. Anthony Forker intercepted Jeremy Buurma after a long return by Reaves to stop a threat, but Bedford was intercepted two plays later on a tipped pass.
With 1:49 remaining, Cox looked to give the hosts a 6-point lead but missed a 33-yard field goal to leave the score 13-10. The field goal came on the tail end of a 15-play, 74-yard drive.
Kingsville had one last chance to drive for the tying or winning score but came up short. On fourth down, Reaves hit Armstrong as he attempted to make the catch breaking up the play.
ENMU ran the clock down from the there as the Javelinas had no timeouts.
For the game, the Javelinas were outgained 330-to-203 yards. Kingsville finished with 107 yards on the ground and 96 through the air. Eastern had 186 rushing and 144 in the air.
Greg Pitre led Kingsville with 38 yards rushing. Bedford was 13-of-27 passing with two interceptions for 89 yards. Six of his passes went Armstrong who had 44 yards receiving. His first catch gave him 200 for his career and he now has 205 receptions which is five shy of the school record.
Defensively, Brandon James led all players with 15 tackles - including 13 solo - for the Javelinas with a forced fumble. Savere added 12 tackles. Brown finished with a sack and three tackles for a loss.
Spight led Eastern with 73 yards rushing, while Buurma had 144 yards on passing going 14-of-18 with a pick. Jacob Johnson had seven receptions for 80 yards. Seth Bailey led the hosts with 11 tackles.
The Javelinas host Tarleton State at Javelina Stadium next Saturday at 7 p.m. on Kingsville Community Appreciation Night sponsored by Hertz.