No. 9 Lions shine in 52-0 rout of UT Permian Basin on Senior Day - LINK
COMMERCE – The ninth-ranked Texas A&M University-Commerce football team showcased its seniors in fantastic fashion with a 52-0 rout of the University of Texas of the Permian Basin on Ernest Hawkins Field at Memorial Stadium on Saturday.
The Lions move to 8-1 overall and 6-1 in the Lone Star Conference with the win, while UT Permian Basin falls to 2-8 overall and 1-6 in the LSC.
A&M-Commerce wraps up the regular season next Saturday with the annual battle for the President's Trophy at Tarleton State. Kickoff in Stephenville is set for 2 p.m. that day.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- The win is the 36th for the Lions in the last four seasons, tying this year's senior class for the most wins by a Lion team in a four-year span.
- Prior to the game, the official naming of Ernest Hawkins Field at Memorial Stadium was unveiled.
- A senior was involved on every touchdown of the night for the Lions, including two players scoring the first touchdowns of their college career in tight end Austin Jordan and quarterback Jacob Norton.
- Quarterback Luis Perez completed 26-of-34 passes for 301 yards and four touchdowns. He has passed for over 300 yards in the last seven consecutive games and has met that milestone 12 times in his career.
- Quarterback Gabriel Rodriguez and running back Richard Whitaker each had a rushing touchdown in the contest.
- In addition to Jordan, senior receivers D'Arthur Cowan and Buck Wilson each had receiving touchdowns. Tight end Vincent Hobbs caught two touchdown passes.
- Senior Travon Blanchard led the defensive effort with nine tackles, three tackles for loss, and contributing on a sack. Senior Kieston Carter had five solo tackles and three tackles for loss. Michael Onuoha had five tackles with 1.5 tackles for loss.
- The Lions sacked UTPB quarterbacks four times and had 16 tackles for loss in the game, holding the Falcons to 125 yards of offense.
- A&M-Commerce rolled up 583 yards of total offense and picked up 33 first downs.
- Carandal Hale had 109 all-purpose yards with 84 rushing yards to lead the team on six carries. He also had 5 receptions for 25 yards.
- Hobbs had six catches for 144 yards and two scores, Wilson caught six passes for 84 yards and a score, and Cowan had six passes for 63 yards and a score.
- Kristov Martinez was a perfect 7-of-7 on PAT attempts and made a 28-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
HONORING THE SENIORS
Prior to the contest, the careers of seniors Jon Aguilar, Anthony Ameperosa, Travon Blanchard, Kieston Carter, D'Arthur Cowan, Shawn Hooks, Austin Jordan, Christopher Laskowski, Devonta Leary, Jared Machorro, Jacob Norton, Luis Perez, Trey Porter, Gabriel Rodriguez, Ewing Simmons, Anthony Smith, Yusef Sterling-Lowe, Poet Thomas, Javon Tillman, Richard Whitaker, and Buck Wilson were celebrated with the players and their families on the field.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Lions received the opening kickoff and proceeded down the field for an opening drive touchdown. A Hale rush of 31 yards started the drive off, and the redshirt freshman picked up 40 yards on the drive. Rodriguez finished off the drive with a one-yard touchdown plunge in traffic to give the Lions a 7-0 lead.
The Lion defense forced a three-and-out and the offense again drove down for a touchdown. Hale had rushes of 13 and 24 yards on the drive. A personal foul by UTPB put the ball on the one yard line. Perez found Jordan for the senior's first career touchdown reception on the next play, giving the Lions a 14-0 edge.
The Lion defense forced another punt on UTPB's next drive. This time, it took just one play to score as Perez found Hobbs on the sideline. Hobbs shed a tackler and then ran down the sideline untouched for a 74-yard touchdown, giving A&M-Commerce a 21-0 lead with six and a half minutes left in the first quarter.
UTPB had its best drive of the half on their next possession. Aided by Lion penalties, the Falcons drove inside the red zone. Facing first and goal at the seven, the Lion defense held firm, stopping two runs for no gain, forcing UTPB to turn the ball over on downs. The Lions led 21-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The Lions' next possession was cut short on a strip sack on Perez, giving the Falcons good field position. The Lion defense again held, with Norman Moimoi posting consecutive sacks. UTPB again turned the ball over on downs.
After both teams traded possessions, the Lions took over with seven minutes to play in the half. E.J. Thompson had a 20-yard run and an eight-yard run to convert on fourth down to keep the drive going. Perez then had a completion to Hobbs for 17 yards before hitting Wilson for an 18-yard catch and run for a touchdown, pushing the Lion lead to 28-0.
The Lions added another touchdown right before the half. After stopping the Falcons and using their timeouts, A&M-Commerce took over at the 43-yardline. After passes of one and 12 yards, Perez then found Hobbs again for a long touchdown catch and run. This one was for 30 yards and the Lions took a 35-0 lead into halftime.
Perez went 23-31 in the first half for 291 yards and four touchdown passes. Hobbs had 144 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Hale rushed for 84 yards while Thompson added 44 rushing yards.
The Lion defense stopped UTPB again to start the second half, stopping the Falcons on fourth down. Rodriguez entered as quarterback on the drive and completed passes for 19 and 27 yards. After a pass interference call put the ball on the two yard line, the Lions again made a change at quarterback, bringing in Norton. He found Cowan for a leaping grab touchdown and A&M-Commerce led 42-0.
After the defense had another three-and-out, the offense again drove the length of the field. Whitaker had a rush of 19 yards and capped off the drive with a 14-yard touchdown run, pushing the Lion lead to 49-0, which was the score at the end of the third quarter.
The Lions capped the scoring with 9:10 remaining in the game, as Martinez connected on a 28-yard punt after Jaquorious Smith blocked a Falcon punt and the Lions recovered the ball deep in UTPB territory.
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