Kats Football Drops Season Opener on Road in New Mexico

Photographer: Tyler Josefsen

The Sam Houston State University football team traveled to Albuquerque as they opened the 2019 season with a 39-31 loss to the New Mexico Lobos.

Key Plays

1Q 1:57 | After forcing a three-and-out to open the game, the Bearkats surrendered a couple of field goals. The Lobos found some tempo late in the first quarter with a 43-yard touchdown run to jump out to a 13-0 lead.

2Q 12:56 | Sophomore quarterback Ty Brock connected with sophomore receiver Dee Bowens for a 65-yard touchdown to get on the board: UNM 16- SHSU 6.

2Q 9:21 | Redshirt freshman Alex Williams broke off a 19-yard run that set up a rushing touchdown by sophomore quarterback Eric Schmid from four yards out to close the gap to 16-13.

2Q 3:19 | UNM found the end zone with a 1-yard touchdown run after starting the drive deep in its own territory thanks to a 60-yard punt by junior Matt McRobert.

2Q 0:59 | Brock led the Kats down the field to set up a 46-yard field goal by Connor Crow.


3Q 12:40| Schmid helped SHSU grab the momentum out of the locker room with a 13-yard touchdown pass to sophomore transfer Toneil Carter. The aerial strike gave the Kats their first lead of the day as they jumped on top 23-22.

3Q 1:02 | After a UNM field goal with 5:12 on the clock, SHSU took a gamble on 4th down and failed to convert. The Bearkats defense gave up a touchdown four plays later and the Lobos had a 32-23 lead at the end of the third quarter.

4Q 13:41 | UNM’s ground game tacked on another touchdown, and the lead swells to 39-23.

4Q 3:01 | Sophomore Donovan Williams punched his way into the end zone with a rushing touchdown for the Kats. Brock connected with Woody Brandom for the two-point conversion to make it a one-possession game down 39-31.

4Q 2:48 | After SHSU recovered an onside kick, Brock and the Bearkats used a little trickery as a flea-flicker to Brandom went for 32 yards. UNM’s defense held strong after that, shutting down SHSU and holding on for a 39-31 victory.

Standout Stats

Ty Brock: 21/38, 258 yards  – TD

Eric Schmid: 14/21, 185 yards  – TD

Leading Receiver: Dee Bowens: 9 receptions  – 130 yards – TD

Leading Rusher: Kyran Jackson: 15 carries  – 74 yards


SHSU: 12 (104 yards)

UNM: 9 (90 yards)

SHSU will have its first home game of the year Sept. 7 against the Oklahoma Panhandle Aggies. Kickoff will be at 6 p.m. at Bowers Stadium in Huntsville.

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