ARLINGTON, TX (Javelinas Athletics) - Senior Robert Armstrong hauled in a school-record 18 catches for 177 yards and four touchdowns as Texas A&M-Kingsville claimed 40-37 victory in triple overtime over Monterrey Tech at AT&T Stadium Saturday in the Lone Star Football Festival.
Armstrong, who caught a 15-yard TD pass from Alex Rios with 2:49 left in regulation to tie the game at 27 and force OT, raced 11 yards on an end around for the victory in the final OT period. The Javelina defense had held the defending Mexican national champs to a 22-yard field goal by Adolfo Lomeli on the first possession of the final overtime period.
The win was the second of the season for the Javelinas and first in three games at the Festival. Monterrey Tech moves to 1-1 on the season. The game is considered an exhibition game by the NCAA for record and stat purposes.
Kingsville had an opportunity to win in the first OT. MT had the ball first but Anthony Forker intercepted a pass in the end zone. It was third Javelina pickoff of the evening.
The Javelinas could not drive the ball and went for the win with a 37-yard field goal attempt by Matt Stoll. The attempt was blocked by Eugenio Lopez to send the game to a second OT.
In the second extra period, Rios and Armstrong connected on 19-yard strike to put the Javelinas ahead. However, Ignacio Guerra, who had nine catches for 176 yards, pulled in a 9-yard TD pass on third-and-goal for the Borregos. The PAT was good forcing the final period.
Kingsville jumped out to an early 20-0 lead after one period behind big plays and a stingy defense.
Anthony Washington, who later left with an injury, started the game with a record-setting 100-yard kickoff return to open the game.
Kingsville made it 13-0 when tight end Derek Tesch hauled in a 54-yard pass from Dean Brantley, who was 11-of-17 for 177 yards before leaving in the second half with an injury.
Armstrong caught his first TD of the game from 14 yards out on a slant route with 1:27 left in the opening period.
The Borregos, who had just 122 yards of offense in the first half, ran off the game's next 27 points. After a field goal to end the second quarter, Monterrey tallied 24 third quarter points.
Following Lomeli's second FG of the game, Manuel Rodriguez scored on a 1-yard run at the 5:56 mark of the second half. Quarterback Miguel Chen then connected later in the period on a 74-yard pass to Pedro Magallanes to tie the game at 20 with 3:11 left in the period.
The visitor's from Mexico took the lead, 27-20, on a 3-yard run by Diego Betancourt with 45 seconds left in the third quarter.
Kingsville finally tied the game with less than three minutes to on Armststong's 15-yard reception.
The Hoggies' Forrest Jones intercepted Chen twice in the final three minutes to help force overtime.
The Javelinas finished with double-digit tackles. Mark Savere had 11, while Lamont Hills and Zane Brown each had 10.
Kingsville opens at home next Saturday when McMurry visits Javelina Stadium for Hispanic Heritage Weekend sponsored by IBC Bank.
-Photo courtesy The South Texan