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SAN ANGELO–Entering Saturday night's homecoming game against the Texas A&M Javelinas of Kingsville, the 25th ranked Angelo State University Rams were on a two game losing streak and their Lone Star Conference season was in jeopardy. 

Late in the fourth quarter, TAMK is ahead 34-33; the Javelinas need to pick up a first down to end the game. The Rams' defense on third down stop the Javelinas, giving Kyle Washington an opportunity to connect with Trey Green on a short pass over the middle to score the game winner, 39-34.

After the Javelinas can't do anything on their opening series, the Rams get great field possession from Fred Lawrence excellent punt return that puts ASU on TAMK's 33 yard line. On second and goal from the five, Washington keeps the ball and runs it for the first points of the game. After the PAT (point-after-touchdown) is missed, it is Rams 6, Javelinas 0 with 11:22 left in the first quarter. 

Texas A&M Kingsville's next series is three and out; the Rams again get decent field position as they start from their own 39-yard line. On this particular drive, the Rams offense is at the 25-yard line as Washington fakes the hand-off to his running back, keeps the ball and runs the ball down to the 1-yard line before being downed. On the next play from the three-yard line, Washington throws the ball to receiver, Mark Munson who beats his man in the far right corner of the end zone for the td. Just like that the Rams make it look easy with two quick strikes; unfortunately ASU's special teams unit on the extra kick can't get it done (for the night, the Rams went 0-6 either on extra point attempts or two-point conversions.) The Rams lead 12-0, still in the first quarter.

It looks like the Rams are on going to have their way with the Javelinas but things turn strangely south after TAMK punts the ball to ASU. After the punt, the Rams are supposedly ready to take over at their 21-yard line, but the officials get together to discuss the spot where the ball is placed and whose ball it actually is. Afterward one of the officials informs Rams' head coach, Will Wagner, that one of his players had the ball touch him in the back of the leg, thus the ball becomes the Javelinas at the Rams' 21-yard line. While the Javelinas get the ball in scoring territory, they squander their opportunity by turning the ball over on an interception.

TAMK finally gets on the scoreboard as running back, Trey Mitchell scores from 34 yards out to cut the lead to 12-7 which is how the first quarter ends.

The Javelinas, appear to have scored again in the second quarter as quarterback Myles Carr scores on a 47-yard run up the middle, out-running the Rams secondary, only to have the touchdown called back for a holding penalty. The Javelinas eventually score on a 1-yard run by Joe Te'o to take the lead. 13-12 with PAT failing.

The Rams on their next possession make it count as Washington finds Anthony Pierson on a 33-yard touchdown pass with 1:48 left before the half. The half time score ends with the Rams ahead 18-13 but again, ASU fails on a two-point conversion.
At halftime, ASU culminated its 2015 Homecoming Week, as the Homecoming Court took center stage on the field with the king and queen winners announcement. Hakeem Regis was named king while Katelyn MacLeay was the 2015 Homecoming queen. Sports/homecoming photos contributed by Conexión San Ángelo's Rubén Cantú-Rodríguez. 

In the first half, The 25th ranked Rams, offensively went up and down the field but could only mange 18 points against a Javelinas team which entered the game with a losing record of 1-6. (0-4 in LSC, includes loss to ASU).  The Javelinas gave the Rams all they could handle as ASU barely won their homecoming game by five points and with only 11 seconds left on the clock in the fourth quarter.

The Rams appeared to be on their way to controlling the game and the outcome when they scored a touchdown to make it 24-13 (PAT no good, again.) However, it was  in the fourth quarter that the Rams had to fight for their LSC lives. But first, in the third quarter, TAMK responds to the Rams score by getting 15 points of their own to take the lead, 28-24; ASU comes back and gets a field goal to make it TAMK 28, Rams 27.

The fourth quarter was the closer for the Rams as they put up 12 points to TAMK's six while also stopping the Javelinas on a key third and six with under two minutes to play to make it an exciting heart-stopper. The Rams had two other crucial key plays along the way with an interception in the first half to keep TAMK points off the board; and the Rams defense stopped the Javelinas on back-to-back downs with about six minutes left before the half to keep them from scoring. 

Win the 39-34 win, the Rams season record is now 5-2 and 2-2 in LSC. ASU is on the road next weekend, Oct. 24 in Portales, New Mexico to play the Eastern NM Greyhounds. Kick-off gets underway at 2 p.m. from Greyhound Stadium.