Nov 9, 2013 10:10 PM by Texas A&M Kingsville
SAN ANGELO, Texas - The Texas A&M-Kingsville football team struck early and had four Robert Armstrong touchdowns, but it wasn't enough to overcome a five-TD performance by Angelo State quarterback Kyle Washington in a 49-28 loss on Saturday at San Angelo Stadium.
Armstrong pulled in three touchdown catches the last coming with 31 seconds remaining to break the school record of 30 held by Glenn Starks and Dwight Harrison. The record was set originally in 1977. He also had a rushing score in the game. Armstrong finished the game with 11 catches for 124 yards.
The loss drops the Javelinas to 2-7 on the year after beginning the season 2-0. They finish 0-6 in the Lone Star Conference. The Rams improve to 4-6 overall and 2-4 in the LSC.
The game started off on a positive note as Kingsville took the opening possession and marched 70 yards for a score on the opening drive for a 7-0 lead.
After a personal foul on Angelo State on an 11-yard completion to Robert Armstrong. Caleb Bedford found Musa Mahmud at the one for a 34-yard gain two plays later. On second-and-goal, Armstrong carried the ball in from the two.
The Rams responded with 21 consecutive points.
Angelo took the lead as Washington hit Quinn Reels for a pair of touchdowns through the air. The first was a 17-yard strike that tied the game at 7 with 2:14 left in the first quarter. The second was a 20-yard pass that capped a 12-play, 83-yard drive that gave the hosts the lead 14-7.
The Javelinas could not keep the ball moving. After going 70 yards on the first drive, Kingsville struggled to keep moving the ball finishing the first half with 119 yards - 99 through the air. Meanwhile, ASU had 192 yards of offense in the first half.
The Rams tied the game late in the opening quarter as Reels pulled in a 17-yard pass from Washington. The score capped 6-play, 57-yard drive.
On the Javelinas first possession of the second half, Jonathan Family intercepted a pass from Bedford on third down and returned it 21 yards for a score. The P.A.T. made the score 21-7 with 12:53 left in the third.
Armstrong scored his second TD of the game with 6:51 left in the third as he pulled in a forward lateral from Bedford from five yards out. Armstrong made a leaping grab in between three defenders for a 41-yard to set up first-and-goal. The touchdown would make it 21-14.
The Rams extended their lead back to 14, 28-14, on the ensuing drive as Washington hit Talon Smith on a 5-yard pass play with 3:55 left in the third.
Washington and Rams sealed the win with two fourth quarter touchdowns. Washington broke loose for a 45-yard run up the middle. He finished with 129 yards rushing for his fourth-straight contest over 100 yards.
The Ram quarterback then threw his fourth TD pass of the game hitting Anthony Yancy from 45 yards out.
After breaking the career reception record the week before, Armstrong tied the career mark for TD receptions with his second TD catch of the game late in the fourth from Dean Brantley. The 18-yard grab was the 30th of his career. He broke the record with a 2-yard catch on a Brantley pass with 31 seconds remaining following a 10-yard run by Cameron Waites with 2:07 left.
The Javelinas close out the 2013 season at Javelina Stadium next Saturday against NCAA Division II National Champion Valdosta State. It will be Hall of Fame Weekend.