Myles Carr threw for four touchdowns, Nick Pelrean and Luis Lopez collected two rushing touchdowns apiece and the defense finished with 11.0 tackles for a loss in Texas A&M University-Kingsville's (4-3, 2-3 LSC) 56-7 victory over the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (2-5, 0-5 LSC) Saturday evening at Javelina Stadium.
The 11,333 Javelina faithful that packed Kingsville on Homecoming Saturday witnessed a complete game offensively and defensively, highlighted by the defense collecting three fumbles and an interception (Forrest Jones). Jones added a forced fumble and fumble recovery, Tommy Chavez returned a fumble for 28 yards and Jovan Thomas tallied a sack and two tackles for a loss. Alex Kuyinu led all players with 2.5 TFLs.
The Javelinas scored on eight of their drives and went 9-of-13 on third downs and scored 21 points off turnovers.
The win snapped Texas A&M-Kingsville's nine-game home conference losing streak.
In the opening drive, Carr found Jordan Thomas for 36 yards and a score to cap off an eight-play, 80-yard drive with 11:44 left.
In its next drive, A&M-Kingsville rode the back – literally – of Pelrean, who scored on a four-yard checker to take a 14-0 lead.
Julio De la Garza surprised all at Javelina Stadium with a successful onside kick that was recovered by you guessed it… De la Garza.
Lopez and Pelrean did most of the damage in Kingsville's first drive of the second quarter, rushing for a combined 53 yards as Lopez capped off with six points on a four-yard rush with 7:35 remaining.
Jones picked off UTPB late in the first half and returned the INT 32 yards, which led to a Carr touchdown to Torrey Thomas with 14 ticks remaining in the half as the Hogs went into the half with a 28-0 lead.
The Falcons scored on their first drive of the second half but the Javelinas responded with a TD of their own as Lopez capped off an eight-play drive to extend the lead to 35-7 at the 6:38 mark. The scoring continued on a fourth-down fumble by UT Permian Basin that was returned by Chavez to the UTPB-3. Pelrean scored on the very next play.
On the kickoff, Kuziah Ferebee forced a fumble for the second consecutive game and gave the Hogs great field position for a quick score as Carr tossed an 18-yard pass to Anthony Autry with 3:03 remaining in the third.
The Hogs finished a nine-play, 83-yard drive with the second rushing touchdown of the game for Pelrean for a 56-7 cushion.
In the mid stages of the final frame, Jones forced a fumble and recovered it as the Javelinas won back-to-back Lone Star Conference games for the first time since wins versus Angelo State University and Eastern New Mexico University in October 2012.
Next up for the Hogs is a road contest at Tarleton State University Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. Texas A&M-Kingsville defeated the Texans in its last matchup at Memorial Stadium.
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