No. 3 Lions set Memorial Stadium attendance record, roll to 59-point offensive explosion to defeat William Jewell – LINK
COMMERCE– The No. 3 Texas A&M University-Commerce football team got a 59-6 win over William Jewell College on Saturday night. The Lions had more than 450 yards of offense in front of a record-breaking crowd.
The win brings the Lions to 2-0 on the season. WJC falls to 0-2 on the year.
The Lions will now enter their conference season, hosting Eastern New Mexico on Saturday, September 16, at 6 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. It will be the Hall of Fame Game as part of Letterwinners' Weekend.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Luis Perez moved into sixth all-time in school history for touchdown passes after throwing for four touchdowns. He now has 36 career touchdown passes. He was 20-for-29 with 236 yards.
- Kristov Martinez moved into fifth place all-time in scoring after a field goal and eight PAT conversions.
- Vincent Hobbs had a career day with seven catches for a career-high 105 yards.
- The Lions had 456 yards of total offense, averaging more than seven yards per play. Eight different Lions had receptions.
- Buck Wilson had two touchdown catches. Shawn Hooks had a touchdown grab. Darrion Landry also had a touchdown catch.
- Carandal Hale and E.J. Thompson both scored their first career rushing touchdowns in the game. Hale scored on a seven-yard carry and Thompson on an 11-yard carry. Gabriel Rodriguez also had a rushing touchdown. Thompson led the team with 69 yards rushing.
- Alex Shillow had an interception and a forced fumble on the defensive end.
- Garrett Blubaugh had an interception return for a touchdown. Danny Huckaby also had an interception.
- With 10,108 attendees on CommUniverCity Day, it was a record-breaking crowd at Memorial Stadium, breaking the record set last season during the homecoming game against West Texas A&M.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Lions wasted no time in scoring, getting a touchdown on their first possession. After an onside kick attempt by William Jewell was unsuccessful, the Lions started inside the 40-yard line of WJC. After a first down, the Lions faced a fourth down. Rodriguez came in at quarterback and rushed through the right side, waltzing in for a 13-yard touchdown. The kick was good and the Lions led 7-0.
After forcing a three-and-out by the Cardinals, Hooks fielded a punt and returned the ball 31 yards. The Lions were unable to move down the field, also punting. However, it was the Lion defense that made the next play. On second down, Huckaby jumped in front of the receiver and intercepted the pass. After two rushing plays, Perez aired it out to Landry for a six-yard touchdown. The Lions led 14-0 with seven minutes to play in the first quarter.
After a Lion punt on their next possession was downed inside the ten, the Lion defense again got an interception. This time, it was Blubaugh, who returned it 11 yards for a touchdown. At the end of the first quarter, the Lions led 21-0.
A&M-Commerce scored again on its first possession of the second quarter. Perez completed passes of 24 and 19 yards to Hobbs before he completed a 16-yard touchdown pass to Wilson to give the Lions a 28-0 lead.
The Cardinals had their best drive of the half on their next possession, an 11-play drive that ate up six minutes of the clock. However, the Lion defense stopped WJC on a fourth-and-4 attempt to force a turnover on downs.
The Lions scored another long touchdown pass on their next possession, as Perez found Hooks for a 39-yard score. Shillow intercepted WJC on its final possession of the half and A&M-Commerce took a 35-0 lead into halftime.
The Lion defense forced a punt on WJC's first possession of the second half. The Lion offense drove down to the two-yard line before a pair of incomplete passes stalled the drive. Martinez connected on a 19-yard field goal to bring the Lion lead to 38-0.
The Lion defense again came up big on their next opportunity. It was Shillow again in the middle of the action. He forced a fumble that was recovered by Dominique Ramsey. He returned the ball to the two yard-line. However, the Lions could not convert the turnover into points as a Lion fumble near the goal line was recovered in the end zone by the Cardinals.
William Jewell turned the ball over on downs on their next possession, leaving the Lions with a short field once again. Perez hit Hobbs on the first play from scrimmage for 22 yards, then found Wilson for an 18-yard touchdown pass to give the Lions a 45-0 lead.
The Lions again forced a turnover on downs on WJC's next possession, as a fake punt pass fell incomplete. Hale scored on a seven-yard rush on the second play of the drive to give the Lions a 52-0 lead going into the fourth quarter. It was Hale's first career touchdown carry.
The Lions scored again in the second minute of the fourth quarter. Rodriguez rushed for a 14-yard gain, then followed that up with a handoff to Thompson, who stiff-armed two Cardinal tacklers on his way to an 11-yard touchdown rush. It was his first career touchdown. The Lions led 59-0 with 13 minutes to go.
The Cardinals got on the board on the last possession of the game with a touchdown pass as time expired. The Lions won the game 59-6.
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