Conexión San Ángelo/ ASU Sports Department, contributor
Loagan Memmer, Lake View High School, senior, Conexión photographer/ intern

SAN ANGELO - The Angelo State football team notched its second win of the 2017 season on Saturday evening at LeGrand Stadium at 1st Community Credit Union Stadium, defeating Northern Michigan 48-20.

With the win, the Rams move to 2-0 on the season and had 660 yards of total offense on the night. The 660 yards were the most since the Rams racked up 684 yards of offense against Tarleton State in October of 2015. 

Jake Faber and Lawson Ayo had career nights for the Rams. Faber went 29-for-40 for a careeer high 396 yards and throwing three touchdowns while Ayo made a career high nine receptions for a career high 165 yards and scoring twice. 

The ASU offense opened the game on the right foot once again, scoring on the opening drive for the second straight game. Angelo State drove 68 yards on 10 plays into the end zone. The drive culminated with a five-yard touchdown run from redshirt freshman Spencer Gilbert II, which was his first of the season.

Angelo State scored on its next drive as well, with Josh Stevens running the ball in this time from 10 yards out.

Stevens ended the night as the leading ASU rusher with 87 yards on 20 carries and a pair of touchdowns. Wide receiver Tashani Bibbs also had one carry for 29 yards, and Gilbert ended the night with 28 yards on five carries. Overall, ASU rushed for 169 yards against the Wildcats.

Northern Michigan got on the board next, scoring a touchdown with 1:35 left in the opening quarter.

Neither team scored for the majority of the second quarter, as ASU kept NMU off from adding three points to their total with another blocked field goal. Markus Jones blocked the attempt, marking his second of the season and ninth in his career at ASU.

The Rams found the end zone in second quarter, this time on a three-yard pass from Faber to  Ayo. The touchdown was Ayo's first of two on the night and the second time in his career he has gone over 100-yards receiving.

Seven other Angelo State players caught passes in the game, including Donovan Thompson who also went over 100 yards on the night with 121 on seven catches. Thompson now has 1,974 receiving yards in his career, making him just 36 away from 2,000. The game was also Thompson's sixth with more than 100 yards receiving.

One of Fabery's other touchdown passes came just two minutes after Ayo's first touchdown, as Faber completed a 30-yard pass to Larry Johnson with 25 seconds left in the first half. The Rams went into the locker room up 26-7.

Northern Michigan scored to open the half, cutting the deficit to 13, but ASU responded with Ayo's second touchdown to increase their lead again.

Angelo State kept Northern Michigan off the board the rest of the quarter and nearly the rest of the half, allowing just one more score in the game. The Ram defense was led by Justin Jackson and Roderick Harris, who both had seven tackles on the night. ASU also got a pair of sacks, with one coming from Jake Ray and one from Garrett Sawyer and Harris and there was one interception from Kaimon Ontiveros.

The Rams scored again after the start of the fourth quarter, with Stevens rushing in again from six yards out, and the final score of the night came with less than five minutes left as Gilbert II rushed the ball in from the two-yard line.

NMU scored one more final time in the game to make the score 48-20, which was where it ended.

Justin Jackson and Roderick Harris led the defense with seven tackles each. Harris, and Garrett Sawyer recorded a half sack each while Jake Ray collected his first career sack. Kaimon Ontiveras intercepted the Rams first pass in the second quarter. 

Angelo State will begin Lone Star Conference play this next week, taking on Tarleton State at 6 p.m. on Saturday at LeGrand Stadium at 1st Community Credit Union Stadium.

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