Sept. 2, 2010

Courtesy of Texas A&M Kingsville

MARYVILLE, MISSOURI - A stout defense and great play from a new quarterback gave #14 Texas A&M-Kingsville a 16-7 win over #1 Northwest Missouri State on Thursday night in NCAA Division II football action.

The game was a defensive struggle from the start, but it was the Javelina (1-0) defense that really shined. Sophomore defensive end Matt Romig (Bells/Bells HS) starred for the team with a career high three sacks for a loss of 33 yards, including a game-clinching sack with less than 25 seconds left in the game. Overall, the team had seven sacks on the night.

The Javelina pass rush limited Bearcat (0-1) All-American quarterback Blake Bolles into a 17-for-29 night for only 140 yards. The Bearcats, the 2009 National Champions, were limited to 189 yards and 11 first downs on the night.

Hoggie junior quarterback Nate Poppell (Spring/Spring HS) made his first start a memorable one as he guided the team to an outstanding victory. He went 26-for-38 for 258 yards and a touchdown. He also scored a touchdown in the third quarter on a fourth down QB sneak with 2:11 left in the quarter.

The Bearcats took the early lead when they took advantage of a botched fake punt by the Hoggies. Bolles drove the team 44 yards in nine plays for the score. He hit Jake Soy with an 8-yard pass for the score with 35 seconds left in the first quarter.

The Javelinas put their first points on the board midway through the second quarter when senior Christian Brom (McAllen/McAllen HS) booted a 42-yard field goal.

The Hoggies took the lead with 3:32 remaining in the first half when Poppell connected with running back Fred Winborn (N. Hollywood, CA/Grant HS) on a 26-yard scoring strike. Winborn jumped over two defenders to make the catch and managed to stay in bounds.

The Javelinas had a chance to extend the lead late in the half, but a bad snap prevented a field goal try.

The second half began with the Bearcats driving down to the Kingsville 14-yard line, but then they were stopped on fourth down as Bolles fumbled the center snap.

The Hogs proceeded to drive 85 yards in 16 plays eating up 7:12 on the clock. Poppell connected with Ryan Lincoln (Bastrop/Bastrop HS) on a pair of third down conversions to keep the drive alive. They had a first-and-goal at the 1-yard line, but were stopped three times before Poppell finally dove in to the endzone on fourth down.

Winborn led the Javelinas with 82 yards rushing on 27 carries. He also had 3 catches for 30 yards and a touchdown.

Lincoln led the Hoggie receivers with nine catches for 98 yards while Delashaun Dean (Fairfield, CA/Fairfield HS) added six catches for 75 yards.

Tressor Baptiste (New York, NY/Curtis HS) and Marcus Sanders (Houston/Westfield HS) led the defense with seven tackles apiece. Baptiste forced a fumble that was recovered by Marc Kinney (San Antonio/LaVernia HS).

The Bearcat defense was led by Chad Kilgore and Willie Horn who combined for 21 tackles.

Ryan Lincoln moved into third place in the school's career receptions list passing up Dwight Harrison. He now has 154 receptions and needs 24 more to become the Javelina record holder.

The Javelinas are back in action on Saturday, September 11 at 6 o'clock at Lone Star Conference rival East Central University.