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Tarleton rolls past the Lions, 42-16
Special to the N.E.T. Sports Gazette
- The No. 8 Tarleton State Texans won their second game
of the season on Saturday, defeating Texas
A&M-Commerce 42-16 on the new artificial turf at
The Texans (2-0) scored on four of their first five possessions as they dominated the opposition both offensively and defensively. Tarleton State gained 419 yards of total offense, including 235 yards on the ground and 184 yards through the air.
Derrick Ross, last week's North Division Offensive Player of the Week, once again led the Texans with 177 total yards on the ground on 25 attempts. He added three touchdowns in the victory.
The Texans struck first with 10:51 left in the first quarter when Derrick Ross punched it in from one yard out to complete a seven-play, 53-yard drive that took up 4:09 on the clock. Paul Williams hit the extra point to give Tarleton a 7-0 lead.
Tarleton State scored on its next possession on its sixth play of the drive. Ross again crossed the line from one yard out, capping a 54-yard drive that ate up 1:51. Williams' kick was blocked, but the Texans led 13-0.
The Lions' Ha'a Bento missed a 42-yard field goal with 14:09 left in the second quarter, but Texas A&M-Commerce scored when Cedric Patt caught a 55-yard pass from Buster Faulkner with 10:39 left in the second quarter. Bento added the extra point.
With 7:39 left in the half, Tarleton's Carl Steward rammed the ball in from one yard away to cap a six-play, 65-yard touchdown drive. The drive took up three minutes and Ross ran the ball in for the two-point conversion to give the Texans a 21-7 lead.
Ross scored on the Texan's next possession after Tarleton's Vincent Duncan intercepted a Lion pass. Ross' three-yard touchdown run ended a Tarleton six-play 56-yard drive that ate up 2:10 on the clock. Williams' kick was good to make the score 28-7 in favor of the Texans.
With 27 ticks left in the first half, Bento nailed a 35-yard field goal to pull the Lions to a 28-10 deficit and give the game its halftime score.
Steward ran the ball in from three yards with 11:55 left in the third quarter. The touchdown capped a four-play, 21-yard drive for the Texans. Tarleton led 35-10.
The Texans' last score came with 6:54 left in the third when Chris Winn punched the ball in from three yards out on a pass from Rob Shipley. Williams' kick made it 42-10 Tarleton State.
With 10 seconds remaining in the contest, Meldrick Grice caught a 33-yard pass from Faulkner to end a seven-play, 74-yard drive that took up 2:41. Bento's kick failed to give the game its final score, 42-16.
Also running for the Texans was Steward, who racked up 79 yards on 15 carries and had two touchdowns. Coron Arterberry carried the ball six times for 29 yards.
Shipley led the team in passing, completing 10 of 18 passes for 184 yards and one touchdown. He turned in a much better performance from the season opener.
Leading the team in receiving was Kyle Masters with three catches for 67 yards. Sims Kemp caught two balls for 31 yards, while Jeremy Madkins had two catches for 21 yards.
Williams punted the ball just two times for 82 yards total. His longest was 45 yards.
Ken Jones led the team in tackles with one solo and nine assists. He had one tackle for a loss of four yards. Duncan was second with eight total tackles (one solo and seven assists) and had half a tackle for a loss of one yard. He also had three pass break ups and his one interception. Ray Gates had a sack for eight yards.
Tony Frazier led TAMUC with 13 carries for 52 yards, while Faulkner completed 15 of 29 passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns. Cedric Patt led the Lions with two receptions for 58 yards and on touchdown, while five other team members had two receptions each.
The Texans will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. in Wichita Falls when they face host Midwestern State.
Texans win opener, 35-7
Sunday Sept. 5, 2004
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