Jim Sánchez/ Conexión San Ángelo sports reporter, Jordan Garcia, Conexión photographer, contributor

SAN ANGELO–You've heard the expression, "close but no cigar?" That phrase came from practice of handing out cigars as prizes at carnivals in the U.S. in the 19th century for those who failed to win a prize.

That's probably how the Angelo State University Rams felt, close in the first half of their game against the Lions (7-1, overall, 5-1, LSC) behind by only six points, 20-14. However, Texas A & M Commerce scored 42 second-half points to unmercifully pummel ASU, 62-14 as the Rams came up empty on the prize, a win in the Lone Star Conference standings.

Although Texas A & M Commerce came into LeGrand Stadium at 1st Community Credit Union Field, ranked NO. 9 in the nation in Division II, ASU played them even in the first half. The Lions scored first though, as quarterback Luis Perez connected with his favorite receiver, Lance Evans, for a 41-yard touchdown pass. Like that, the Lions lead Rams 7-0 with 13:28 in 1st quarter.

The Rams (3-5 overall, 2-4, LSC) evened the score when receiver, Mark Munson, catches a pass from quarterback, Carson Cook, and goes for 80-yards to make it 7-7 with 7:34 left in the first quarter.


Photos courtesy of Jordan Garcia, Conexión San Ángelo, contributor

ASU comes back on a consecutive drive as Trey Green scores up the middle on a 9-yard touchdown run. It's ASU 14, Texas A&M 7 with less than a minute left in the first quarter. 

On Texas A & M' Commerce's next possession, while they do come match ASU on points, it's only on a 32-yard field goal to cut the lead, 14-10 with 11:03, this in the second quarter.

From then on, ASU never scores again. However, the Lions are starting to heat up scoring-wise as on the next drive down-field, Texas A&M gets a touchdown when Perez again hits Evans on 14-yard touchdown catch. Score comes with 6:14 left before the half; it's Lions 17, Rams 14.

Before the half ends with three seconds left, the Lions get a field goal to make the score, 20-14 at the half.

In the third quarter, the Lions put up 14 points, then close out the fourth with 28 to hang a total of 42 second-half points against ASU.

Angelo State is on the road next weekend, Saturday, October 28, in Silver City, New Mexico. The Rams face the Western New Mexico Mustangs in a 1 p.m. CST kick-off game from the Ben Altamirano field.