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SAN ANGELO, Texas — Senior quarterback Josh Neiswander threw his fifth touchdown pass of the game, a 9-yarder to Tristan Carter with 32 seconds left, and Angelo State outlasted Eastern New Mexico University 41-38 Saturday night in a Lone Star Conference crossover game.
ENMU (1-1) erased a 14-point, second quarter deficit, taking its first lead since the first quarter when redshirt freshman running back Melvis Hawkins capped an eight-play, 78-yard drive on a three-yard TD run with 2:30 left in the game. The drive began after the Greyhounds’ defense stopped a fourth-down pass attempt by Neiswander with 3:55 left at the ENMU 22.
Sophomore quarterback Wes Wood threw for four touchdowns for the Hounds, giving him 11 TD tosses in two games. He threw touchdown passes to four different receivers.
Because of a computer problem, official game statistics were not immediately available after the game.
ENMU’s other points came on a 28-yard field goal by sophomore Taylor Cannon following the second-half kickoff, pulling the Hounds to 21-17.
The Rams, playing their season opener, scored in less than two minutes, with Neiswander connecting with receiver V’Keon Lacey on a 4-yard scoring play.
Ryan Smith’s PAT kick was wide, though, and the Hounds moved in front 7-6 on a 6-yard pass from Wood to Carl Bouldin with 8:24 left in the quarter, capping a five-play, 65-yard drive.
The Rams opened a 21-7 lead in the second period when Neiswander found Nate Bayless on a 17-yard TD pass — that same combination hooked up for the 2-point conversion — and then hit John Norcutt on a 10-yard score with 3:54 to go. ENMU countered with a nine-play, 69-yard march ending in a three-yard pass from Wood to Chase Kyser with 1:43 left in the half.
The teams traded scores from that point into the fourth quarter. After Cannon’s field goal, Tristan Carter scored on a 16-yard run to make it 27-17 as Smith’s PAT failed again.
The Hounds pulled to within three points again less than two minutes later when Wood found Jessie Poku on a 54-yard scoring pass.
Down 34-24, the Hounds pulled close when Wood hit Arvin Jackson from 11-yard out with 7:27 to go.
On the Hounds’ next possession, Wood had a pass intercepted by the Rams’ Austin Benson at the ENMU 20, but Carter was thrown for a two-yard loss on the first play, Neiswander’s pass to Norcutt was stopped for no gain and the next two passes fell incomplete to give ENMU possession.
Wood completed a 14-yard pass to Jackson, Tony Valenzuela ran for 27 yards to the Angelo 33 and Hawkins then broke off a 30-yard run to the 3 to set up the go-ahead score.