SAN ANGELO, Texas — Quarterback Jay Immel completed 18-of-24 passes for 229 yards and Angelo State scored two first-quarter TDs into a 17-7 Lone Star Conference South Division victory over Eastern New Mexico on Saturday night.
Daniel Thomas added 119 yards rushing for the Rams (2-3, 1-1 South), who nearly doubled the Greyhounds in total offense (365-183). Angelo State clinched the game when J.D. Williams’ 35-yard field goal hit the upright and bounced through with 31 seconds left.
Junior quarterback Michael Benton led the Hounds (1-4, 0-2), rushing for 101 yards on 17 carries. Benton raced 62 yards for ENMU’s only score on the first play of the final period.
The teams exchanged punts to start the game, and ENMU’s Lee Price pinned the Rams back at their 20 with a 62-yard boot into the end zone.
But it took Angelo only five plays to score. Completions of 30 and 11 yards to Drew Peterson set the Rams up at the ENMU 28, and on the next play Immel found Sam Tindol for the score with 4:11 left in the quarter.
After Angelo forced a three-and-out, the Rams covered 69 yards in only five plays again. Immel completed passes of 22 and 16 yards to Earl Tucker, and Thomas finished it off with consecutive 13-yard runs — the latter for a score with five seconds left in the period.
Williams missed on a 39-yard field goal attempt just before halftime, and also came up empty on attempts from 47 and 26 yards in the third stanza to keep the Hounds within striking range.
After his scoring run, Benton had passes intercepted by Tarric Jones and Michael McLeod in the final 8 1/2 minutes as the Rams kept ENMU at bay.
Immel, who replaced injured Angelo starter Trey Weishuhn a couple of weeks ago, completed passes to 10 receivers. Peterson caught five for 76 yards and Tindol grabbed three for 72.
Linebacker Jeremy Mullins was in on a team-leading eight tackles for ENMU.