Nov 17, 2013 5:02 PM by Texas A&M Kingsville
KINGSVILLE, Texas - The Texas A&M-Kingsville football team flew out of the gates Saturday night in its season finale but was unable to hold off NCAA Division II defending national champion Valdosta State in a 35-27 loss Saturday at Javelina Stadium.
The loss brought to end a season in which the Javelinas started 2-0 but lost their final eight games finishing 2-8. Valdosta moved to 6-4 with the win
The Javelinas jumped out to a 14-0 lead after the opening quarter.
Kingsville took the opening drive 75 yards on 14 plays in a span of 6:33. Musa Mahmud capped the drive by pulling in 4-yard pass from Caleb Bedford. Bedford rushed the ball eight times on the drive for 39 yards.
Kingsville faced one third down on the drive but picked up the first down on a pass interference call that gave them a first down at the visitor three.
Later in the first quarter the Javelinas cashed in after a Blazer turnover as Robert Williams and Ricky Marshall combined to force and recover a fumble. Bedford connected with Robert Armstrong on an 11-yard touchdown pass three plays later. Matt Stoll's point after made the score 14-0 with 1:34 left in the opening period.
Kingsville extended its lead to 17-0 in the second quarter on a career-long 51-yard field goal by Stoll midway through the second quarter.
Quick strikes by an opponent again proved costly for the Hoggies. VSU responded with 14 points in 13 seconds to pull within a field goal, 17-14, at the half.
Kaleb Nobles scored the first touchdown on a 13-yard run to end the Javelina shutout with 1:46 left in the half.
The Blazers struck again on the Javelinas next play from scrimmage. Linebacker Jeremy Grable picked a tipped ball out of the air at the Javelina 11 and returned it for a touchdown. The point after made it 17-14 with 93 seconds left in the half.
Kingsville pushed its lead to 20-14 early capitalizing on an Anthony Forker interception. Forker returned the interception 38 yards to the Blazers' 20. The offense could not pick up a first down and Stoll converted a 35-yard field goal just over two minutes into the half.
Valdosta's Austin Scott set up the Blazers in fine fashion with a 38-yard kickoff return to the VSU 41. After a pair of passes by Nobles gave the visitors a first down, they turned to the legs of Scott. Combined with a pair of Hog penalties, Scott carried five straight plays for 29 yards to the three. Cedric O'Neal capped the drive with a 1-yard plunge. The point after gave the visitors a 21-20 lead at the 10:39 mark of the second half.
Robert Armstrong and Bedford combined for their second TD pass of the game later in the third quarter. Armstrong pulled in a deep sideline route or a 49-yard pass. The P.A.T. made it 27-21 with 4:11 left.
The Javelinas appeared to be beginning a drive early in the fourth that would have pushed them further into the lead as Cornelius Shackelford broke loose for 21 yards. Bedford would fumble the ball on the ensuing play and it was recovered by the Blazers.
Three plays later, Nobles gave VSU the lead, 28-27, with a 21-yard pass to Tyre Waiters with 14:02 remaining in the game.
The Javelinas were unable to move the ball on the next possession and were forced to punt from their own 1. Angel Millan was able to avoid the rush but managed just a 30-yard punt.
Three plays later Lewis kept the ball out of the wildcat formation and ran it in from the three. The extra point made the score 35-27 with 10:52 left.
A fumble recovery by Mark Savere with 4:03 remaining gave the Javelinas one last shot. Dean Brantley hit Armstrong on a 38-yard pass play moving the ball to the VSU 22. However, the drive would stall after a sack on third down forced a fourth-and-21.
Kingsville finished with 388 yards of offense. Armstrong finished with 165 all-purpose yards. Bedford and Anthony Washington had 56 and 53 yards, respectively. Bedford was 9-of-22 passing with three TDS and an interception for 99 yards.
Defensively, Trevor Pesek had 15 tackles with eight solo, a sack and two tackles for a loss. Williams added 14 tackles with a sack and forced fumble. Brandon James and Savere had 12 and 11, respectively.
O'Neal had 30 carries for 167 yards for the Blazers, while Nobles was 25-of-42 with two INTs for 228 yards. Grable led the defense with 14 tackles.