Conexión San Ángelo/ ASU Sports Department, contributor 

Loagan Memmer, LVHS senior/ Conexión San Ángelo intern/ contributor on photos

SAN ANGELO - The Angelo State football team overcame a 14-7 first quarter deficit Saturday night at LeGrand Stadium at 1stCommunity Credit Union Field by scoring 33 unanswered points to top Texas A&M-Kingsville 40-14.

The Rams (3-2, 1-2 LSC) had 506 yards of offense on the night, including 386 passing yards from quarterback Charlie Rotherham, which is the 10th most in a single game in ASU history.


Down 14-10 coming out of halftime, Justin Jackson picked off TAMUK (1-4, 0-3 LSC) to setup a Flanigan field goal for ASU's first score of the second half. The 37 yard field goal was the longest of his career to trim the deficit to 14-13. 

The Rams took their first lead of the game with just under five minutes to go in the third quarter, as running back Josh Stevens carried the ball in from 24-yards out. It was the first of a pair of touchdowns for Stevens on the night, and he had 63 yards on 12 carries. The touchdown gave ASU a 20-14 lead, and they would not relinquish it the rest of the night.

The Stevens' touchdown was set up by a 13-yard catch from wide receiver Donovan Thompson. Thompson finished the game with seven catches for 121 yards. It matches his season high, which he also did against Northern Michigan and Tarleton State. He is now at 2,284 career yards and is fourth on the all-time receiving list.

Angelo State scored once more in the third quarter after another defensive takeaway. Gilbert Gildersleeve picked off Cade Dyal in the end zone. Rotherham went to work finding Tyler Ahrens on a 31-yard pass followed by a touchdown to Tate Kennedy. The pass went for 30 yards and was the first of Kennedy's career.

Kennedy was one of six ASU receivers to finish with more than 30 yards against the Javelinas including Tashani Bibbs, Keke Chism and Ahrens, along with Thompson and Ayo.

Stevens scored once more in the final quarter, this time rushing the ball in from 20 yards out to give ASU a 33-14 lead.

Angelo State scored one last time with just over four minutes left in the game, as freshman Tyrese Nathan ran the ball 23 yards into the end zone for the final of 40-14. The freshman carried the ball five times for 43 yards on the drive. 

Rotherham got ASU on the board on the opening drive of the game and capped it off with a 54-yard touchdown pass to Lawson Ayo. It was one of four catches on the night for Ayo, who finished the game with 82 total receiving yards.

The Javelinas got points next, scoring back-to-back touchdowns to go up 14-7 by the end of the first quarter. They would not score again, however, as the Ram defense shut them out for the final 48 minutes of the game.

Angelo State had three defensive players finish with double-digit tackles, led by Jackson who had 14 on the night including two for loss. Jackson also had an interception in the third quarter, marking the fourth of his ASU career.

Linebacker Grant Aschenbeck (13) and Hunter Kyle (11) also finished with more than 10 tackles, Gilbert Gildersleeve had one interception and Grant Coonce forced one fumble on the night. Overall, the Rams scored 12 points off of three Javelina turnovers.

ASU added a field goal before half time, as Connor Flanigan hit from 28 yards out, but the Ram went into the break down 14-10.

The Rams will have a bye week next, but will be back at home at LeGrand Stadium at 1st Community Credit Union Field to take on Midwestern State at 6 p.m. on October 14.

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