WICHITA FALLS, TX (Javelinas Athletics) - Four turnovers including a fumble on the opening kickoff and an 11-yard punt on the Javelinas ensuing possession put Texas A&M-Kingsville into a hole the team could not climb out of as No. 22 Midwestern State won 43-10 at Memorial Stadium on Saturday.
With the loss, the Javelinas drop to 2-2 on the season and 0-2 in the Lone Star Conference. Midwestern State moves to 3-1 and 2-1 in the LSC.
Kingsville will look to snap its two-game skid next Saturday when it hosts Texas A&M-Commerce in the Kleberg Bank Homecoming Game at Javelina Stadium. The kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Kingsville found itself behind 3-0 58 seconds in to the game as Patrick LaFleur returned the opening kickoff to the 19 where he fumbled the ball. The Javelina defense held the Mustangs to a 36-yard field goal by Greg Saladino.
On the ensuing possession, the Hoggies picked up an early first down on a 9-yard run by Cornelius Shackelford, but the drive then stalled. Forced to punt, Angel Millan mishit the kick and the ball went 11 yards to the Kingsville 47.
Seven plays later, Jake Glover hit Statron Jones for a 16-yard touchdown pass at 8:18 mark for a 10-0 lead.
The Javelinas finally got on the board late in the first quarter. Matt Stoll connected on a 42-yard field goal with 16 seconds left in the period.
MSU answered with 10 straight points to lead 20-3 at the intermission. Keidrick Jackson scored the first of his three touchdowns on a 7-yard run. Dante Taylor set the score up with a 59-yard run.
After Kingsville freshman Caleb Bedford fumbled late in the first half, Saldino hit a 30-yard field goal to make it 20-3 at the break.
Bedford making his first start of the season at quarterback cut the Javelina deficit in half with a 1-yard sneak less than four minutes into the third quarter.
Jackson responded for MSU with a 1-yard run that capped a 12-play, 75-yard drive. The extra point made it 27-10.
Needing a big play to get some momentum back to make a charge, Lamont Hills appeared to have come up with a play. He intercepted a pass deep in Kingsville territory and appeared to have had his momentum carry him into the end zone for a touchback. However, the Javelinas were given possession at the one. On the next play, a bad snap led to a safety as Midwestern State took a 29-10 lead.
MSU added to fourth quarter rushing touchdowns to end the game. Jackson had a 3-yard TD run, while Brandon Gordon had a 39-yard run.
Kingsville finished with 186 yards of offense with 121 on the ground. Shackelford led the way 62 yards on 16 carries. Bedford, who is the fourth Javelina to start in five games including the Monterrey Tech exhibition, finished with 55 yards rushing on 20 carries. He was 9-of-20 passing with two interceptions for 65 yards. His top target was Robert Armstrong, who had three catches for 26 yards. Mark Savere had 11 tackles with a sack for the Hoggies, while Brandon James added 10 stops.
MSU had 427 yards of total offense including 319 yards on the ground. Jackson had 115 yards on 26 carries, while Taylor had 10 totes for 100. Marqui Christian had 15 tackles to lead all players.