Kingsville, TX – The Falcons remain undefeated in the Lone Star Conference by knocking off Texas A&M at Kingsville 17-2 on Saturday afternoon at Pepsi Field in Javelina Stadium. UT Permian Basin’s football team collects its fifth consecutive win of the season.
The Falcons utilized a stingy defense to set the tempo for the afternoon, recording four forced turnovers and six sacks. UT Permian Basin would have logged a shutout if not for a botched snap in its own endzone early in the fourth quarter. Offensively, MJ Link produced two touchdowns, including a 99-yard coast to coast effort to put the game away.
UTPB and TAMUK traded jabs in the first half resulting in a 10-0 advantage at the intermission. Brayden Thomas connected with Baylon Ware on a 67-yarder to setup the lone touchdown of the first half. The drive would stall just inside the Javelina redzone and the Falcons were forced to settle with a short field goal for a 3-0 lead. A Kingsville turnover led to another score by UT Permian Basin midway into the second period. On the first play from scrimmage, Thomas found a streaking Link open for a 33-yard TD pass for a 10-point lead.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Orange and Black successfully executed an onside kick to try to put the game away early. Unfortunately, penalties would negate that plan. Facing a fourth down, a field goal attempt sailed wide. Kingsville tried to response as time ticked away on the first half. After collecting a pair of first downs, the Javelinas made their way into Falcon territory. Donta Stuart snuffed out the threat, intercepting a pass at the 9-yard line. Both teams headed into intermission with UTPB up 10-0.
Both offenses struggled through a silent third period, which was greatly dominated by two unyielding defenses. Playing for field position late in the quarter, TAMUK drove deep into the UTPB redzone. The Falcon defense answered the call and denied the Javelinas from scoring. Three plays later, a high snap was mishandled and ended up bouncing out of the back of the endzone for a safety.
After trading another pair of possessions, the UTPB defense snuffed out another scoring threat deep into its own redzone. With under five minutes to play and facing a third down on the 1-yard line, Thomas and Link provided the highlight of the game. Link rambled 99 yards for the final score of the game to secure the 17-2 victory for the Falcons.
Thomas turned in a solid performance and accounted for 291 yards. Link hauled in five receptions for 156 yards, and Kobe Robinson logged 65 yards receiving from 10 catches. Garrett Loudermilk finished with 17 carries for 53 yards.
The Falcons will host Midwestern State at Grande Communications Stadium next Saturday with hopes of preserving their unblemished conference record. Kickoff is slated for 1:00 p.m.
UTPB – Hayde Decossas 25 FG, 9:44
UTPB – MJ Link 33 pass from Brayden Thomas (Decossas kick), 7:16
TAMK – Safety, 12:37
UTPB – Link 99 yd pass from Thomas (Decossas kick), 4:22