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Mustangs Get the Win

October 31st, 2016 Leave a comment Go to comments

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it was not pretty by any means but a win is a win and at this point we will take all that we can.. The Mustangs were able to defeat a pretty good program from Angelo State University, albeit a team that is definitely experiencing a down year.

Initially, this was shaping up to be a bit of a different game in the first half and we have seen over the last few weeks. First of all, Western did not give up a big play early in the game, like a kickoff or punch return. Secondly they grabbed the lead first rather than falling behind. What was concerning was despite dominating the time of possession and running up many more plays than their opponent, Western New Mexico was only up 10 to nothing at the half.

In fact it looked to be a dominating performance early for Western New Mexico as they got an interception and fumble on Angelo State University’s first couple of possessions after forcing a three and out on their first possession. Western New Mexico’s offense was also moving the ball at will. But then things seem to take a step backwards. I will tell you one thing, if Tyler Vargas did not get the game ball and is not the special teams player of the week in the conference it is a tragedy. Tyler and the Rams inside their 10 yard line 4 times in the first half. this allowed the defense to pin their years back and get aggressive.

Angelo State University is predominantly a running team and you would think that despite being deepened their own territory it would not have bothered them; especially because Western New Mexico is one of the worst run defenses in the conference giving up 220+ yards a game to their opponents. But the Mustangs did not give up a big run or a big pass play for that matter. This might be the first time in six years that they have not given up a long run or backbreaking play in the game. Give them credit for that.

I don’t think that having to use three quarterbacks hurt Angelo State University. Having a new quarterback run the offense when you are a running team is not as big of an adjustment as if you are a passing team. I do think when the starting quarterback Carson Cook left the game, his replacement Jesse Drummer was able to throw the ball effectively right out of the gate. But the coaching staff for ASU went right back to the run and did not build upon that momentum. I know Drummer ended up 3-7 for a total of 12 yards but it seemed like he had caught the Mustang defense off guard. He was replaced Jake Faber, who throws a very pretty spiral but the Mustang quarterbacks were all over his receivers and did not give him many open targets.

The Mustang offense was inconsistent but was able to do just enough to come away with the win. Rodney Lawson had a big day receiving while Henry Norman caught his first two touchdown passes of the season. As I said during the broadcast, it’s no doubt because I brought up that point during the pregame show. Not really but; he is a big target and are lined run blocking is not very good.

With the win, Western New Mexico holds out hope for a winning record in the conference should they be victorious in their last two games. It will be a tall order that the defense doesn’t give up big plays, anything can happen. They cannot get above or to .500 overall book and match their best record of the last few years at 5-6.

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