Lions 38-20 Win At WT
Updated: October 18, 2015
Canyon, Texas – Led by a stifling defense and two 100-yard rushers, No. 14 A&M-Commerce improved to 6-1 overall and 5-0 in the Lone Star Conference with a 38-20 win on the road at West Texas Saturday setting up the Lions to repeat as conference champions with a win Saturday, October 24 against Midwestern State.
– For the second straight game, Davarus Shores’ play on special teams provided the Lions with the turning point. In a tight game, 14-10, with 1:46 left before the half and the ball on the WT 10, Shores broke through the line and blocked his second punt in as many games. The ball rolled out of bounds at the Buffs’ 17 yard line setting the Lions with a short field. Two plays later, the Lions scored to take a 20-10 lead before the half.
– West Texas ran 33 times for only 48 yards to average a measly 1.5 yards per rush.
– Theo Wofford ran 22 times for 125 yards and a touchdown, while Cooper carried the ball 15 times for 116 yards.
– Harrison Stewart completed 14 of his 22 passes for 253 yards including a touchdown.
– Chris Chumley hauled in six passes for 64 yards and touchdown to lead the Lions in receptions.
– Darby Smith led the Lions with 91 receiving yards on three catches. Smith also brought in a touchdown catch.
– Charles Woods led the Lions with 10 tackles including a half tackle for a loss.
– Tre’von Taylor had a team-high three tackles for loss including two and half sacks. As a unit, the Lions had eight tackles for a loss.
– Demarlon Morris and Kevin Mederias each picked off WT passes.
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– WT struck first after a 16-play, 80-yard drive that took 7:14 off the clock and ended with a Devon Paye touchdown plunge from a yard out.
– Buck Wilson ended a nine-play, 75-yard drive for the Lions with a one-yard touchdown run to tie the game at seven.
– The Buffs took advantage of a muffed punt to take 10-7 lead. WT managed a 23-yard field goal despite the short field.
– On the ensuing Lion drive, Cooper started with an 18-yard run, then Stewart found Smith for a 53-yard score to give the Lions a 14-10 lead with 7:03 left in the half.
– Davarus Shores blocked a punt to set the Lions up with a short at the WT seven. Two plays later, Cooper connected with Chumley for 12 yards and a touchdown to give the Lions a 21-10 lead with 1:37 left to play.
– West Texas ended an 11-play, 40-yard drive with a Conner Hollabaugh 39-yard field goal attempt.
– A&M-Commerce answered with a 41-yard field goal to end a 10-play, 62-yard drive to give the Lions a 24-13 lead with 4:31 left in the quarter.
– Trey Porter forced and recovered a fumble on the first play of the fourth quarter. The turnover resulted in Gabe Rodriguez three-yard touchdown pass to Ovie Urevbu to give the Lions a 31-13 advantage with 10:44 remaining.
– WT scored the final points of the game after a 7-play, 67-yard drive that was capped off by a 5-yard Ethan Brinkley pass to Jarrian Rhone to give the game the final of 38-20.
Inside the box score
– Chumley caught the first two passes from Stewart in the game. The junior A-back finished with six catches for 64 yards and score. His reception total set a new career-high. His touchdown catch in the second quarter was his second of the season.
– The 7-0 deficit at the end of the first quarter was the first time in 2015 the Lions were held scoreless in the first. It was the second time the Lions trailed after the first quarter. A&M-Commerce entered outscoring opponents 79-31 in the first frame.
– Wilson, a Commerce native, scored his first rushing touchdown with a one-yard run touchdown with 13:25 to play in the second. The score was Wilson’s second of the season after he recovered a kickoff in the endzone at Tarleton State on October 3.
– Demarlon Morris picked off his second pass of the season and second in as many games after a pick-six against Angelo State. It was Morris’ third career interception. The interception came with 13:19 on the clock in the second quarter.
– Smith’s score in the second quarter was his sixth touchdown of the season and his fourth straight game with a touchdown reception. He has caught a TD pass in six of the seven games this season.
– Taylor’s three tackles for loss including 2.5 sacks was a season-high.
– With his blocked punt in the second quarter, Shores has blocked a punt in back-to-back games after providing what held up to be the game-winning punt block and score vs. Angelo State. Shores now has blocked seven kicks in his Lions career.
– Kevin Mederias picked off his first pass of the season and third of his career with an INT in the third quarter.
– Porter forced and recovered his first career fumble in the fourth quarter.
– Cooper threw and completed his first pass of his career, a 12-yard touchdown to Chumley. Cooper has now rushed, thrown and caught a touchdown this season.
– Cooper’s 116 rushing yards gives him seven straight games with over 100 yards to set a new A&M-Commerce school record for consecutive 100-yard rushing games overall and in a single-season. Cooper has now rushed for 948 yards, just 52 yards shy of becoming the first Lion running back with over 1,000 yards since Cliff Edwards ran for 1,041 yards in 2005.
– Wofford’s 22 rushing attempts set a new career-high.
– With Wofford’s 125 yards and Coopers 116 yards on the ground, the Lions churned out two backs with 100 plus yards for the fourth time this season.
– Urevbu caught his first career touchdown pass. It was his third career score.
– The Lions allowed just 46 yards rushing for the lowest total in 2015. WT entered the game averaging 179.6 yards on the ground a game.
– The victory gave A&M-Commerce their first win in Canyon since 2004.
– With the win, A&M-Commerce improves to 6-1 overall and 5-0 in the Lone Star Conference. It solidifies a home LSC playoff game for the Lions on November 7 in Memorial Stadium. The Lions can win the league outright for the second straight season for the first time since the 1958 and 1959 seasons with a win against currently ranked No. 11 Midwestern State Saturday, October 24 in Memorial Stadium with kickoff set for 4 p.m. The Mustangs (7-0, 4-0) will enter Saturday’s game after a 35-10 win over No. 10 Humboldt State.
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