Conexión San Ángelo/ ASU sports department, contributor

PORTALES, New Mexico – The Angelo State football team used a weather delay to spark a comeback but was unable to complete it falling to Eastern New Mexico 31-21 at Greyhound Stadium on Saturday night.

The Rams drop to 2-2 on the season and 0-2 in the LSC while the Greyhounds improve to 3-1 and 2-1 in the LSC. ENMU dominated the time of possession 42:04 to 17:56 and gained 384 yards to 289 for ASU.

Eastern New Mexico came out in the first half and went up 21-0 with 10:48 left to go in the second quarter. The ASU defense prevented the score from being 28-0 stopping the Greyhounds inside ASU's own five yard line on fourth down. Just moments after the touchdown to extend the lead to 21-0, the teams were sent to the locker room for a 49 minute weather delay.  

A different team came out for ASU after the delay. Five plays after the break, Josh Stevens scampered 42 yards to cut into ENMU's lead of 21-6. Jake Faber was effective on the drive carrying the ball three times for 32 yards. Stevens rushed for 90 yards on 13 carries and averaged 6.9 yards per carry on the night.

The Greyhounds answered on the ensuing drive as Kamal Cass scored on a 57 yard run to extend the lead to 28-6 with 7:23 left in the second quarter. The Rams would tighten up the rest of the way holding Eastern New Mexico to just 114 yards of total offense.

The two teams traded punts but with 2:12 to go before halftime, ASU was able to score. Lawson Ayo caught a pass from Faber and made a defender miss. The sophomore carried it the rest of the way for a 43-yard touchdown. The Rams would go into halftime down 28-12.

The comeback continued as the ASU defense forced a quick three and out after the break. Faber went to work finding Donovan Thompson for a 46 yard completion. The very next play he carried the ball himself for an eight yard touchdown to cut the deficit to 28-18. It was his third rushing touchdown of the season.

The Rams had the momentum and made a play on the kickoff. Josh Quinton forced a fumble and Grant Aschenbeck was able to fall on it for the turnover. Aschenbeck finished the night with 11 total tackles with a half sack.

ASU got a run by Stevens and an ENMU penalty that put the ball at the Greyhound five yard line. The drive would stall but the Rams were able to score with a 20 yard field goal from Connor Flanigan to make it a one score game at 28-21.

The Rams would get back into ENMU territory twice. A seven play drive would end on the ENMU 27 yard line after an incomplete pass. The Greyhounds tacked on a 28 yard field goal late in the fourth quarter to make the final score 31-21.

Justin Jackson led a defense with a career-high 17 tackles. Hunter Kyle (13), Grant Coonce (13) and Markus Jones (12) each recorded career high tackles as well. Coonce had one and a half sacks and Jones forced a fumble. Donovan Thompson led the receiving core with four catches for 68 yards. Faber ended the night going 12-for-30 for 131 yards and one touchdown.

The Rams will return home on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. to face Texas A&M-Kingsville for Family Day at LeGrand Stadium at 1st Community Credit Union Field.

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