Lions win streak snapped, not looking back

Tyler McDonough, Senior Sports Reporter

The Lions offense readies to clash against the Thunderwolves defense. Photo Courtesy | Ashley Tuppen

By Tyler McDonough | Senior Sports Reporter

No.1 A&M-Commerce saw their 13-game winning streak come to an end as the Lions fell to No. 22 Colorado State-Pueblo 23-13 on Saturday evening.

With the loss, the Lions fall to 3-1 on the season, and CSU-Pueblo improves to 3-1. A&M-Commerce will fall to No. 9 in the upcoming polls.

The loss marks the first time since 2016 that the Lions fell at Memorial Stadium and the first time since 2015 that the Lions lost a non-conference home game.

Both teams struggled to throw the ball in the rainy conditions as the Lions only completed 11 passes for 139 yards, while CSU-Pueblo completed 11 passes for only 84 yards.

The Lions did have some success in the run game as the total yardage reached 92 yards, but it was no match for the CSU-Pueblo rushing attack as the Thunderwolves ran for 233 yards.

The Lions started off hot after Dominique Ramsey electrified the crowd with a 72-yard punt return in the first quarter. Kristov Martinez added a 25-yard field goal to end the first quarter.

CSU-Pueblo added two more field goals in the second quarter to cut the Lions lead to 10-6 at the half.

The Lions started off slow in the second half, surrendering an early touchdown in the 3rd after a fumbled snap costed the Lions. CSU-Pueblo took a 16-10 lead going into the fourth quarter.

The fourth quarter did not go the Lions way as CSU-Pueblo scored another touchdown and the Lions only converted a field goal in the quarter. The rainy conditions hindered the passing game as the Lions attempted to throw their way back in the game. Nonetheless on the A&M-Commerce attempted comeback the Lions fell to the Thunderwolves 23-13.

The Lions will not have time to dwell on the loss as the Lone Star Conference will not be a cakewalk. Midwestern State is ranked No. 5 nationally with strong play from quarterback Layton Rabb. The Lions will have to travel to Wichita Falls in two weeks to take on the Mustangs.

In addition to Midwestern State, Tarleton State has had a fine start to the season as the Texans are ranked No. 25. The Lions will host the Texans on Oct. 13.

While conference play may be right around the corner, the Lions will have one more non-conference game as the Lions host the Bald Eagles of Lock Haven (Pennsylvania) this Saturday at Memorial Stadium at 6 p.m.