ARLINGTON, Texas – Robert Armstrong scored on an 11-yard run in triple overtime to lift Texas A&M-Kingsville to a thrilling 40-37 exhibition victory over Tec de Monterrey on Saturday at the Lone Star Football Festival at AT&T Stadium.
Armstrong found the end zone four times – also hauling in three TD passes – to lead the Javelinas (2-0) in the first overtime game in the festival’s three-year history. He finished with 177 receiving yards on 18 catches and also totaled 17 yards on the ground. Tec de Monterrey (1-1) battled back after trailing 20-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The Borregos Salvajes led 27-20with just over three minutes to play in regulation before Armstrong hauled in a 15-yard pass from Alex Rios to set up the extra football.
The first two possessions resulted in no points as TAMUK’s Anthony Forker recorded an interception in the end zone and then the Tec de Monterrey front line blocked a game-winning field goal try.
Rios found Armstrong again – this time from 19 yards out – to get the scoring going in the second overtime. Tec de Monterrey responded by Miguel Chen tossing a nine-yard scoring strike to Ignacio Guerra.
Adolfo Lomeli was good on a 22-yard field goal to put the Borregos Salvajes ahead 37-34 to begin the third OT. Rios scampered for eight yards before handing it off to Armstrong two straight times – with the final play resulting in the walk-off victory.
TAMUK’s Anthony Washington started the day off with a bang as he returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown.
The Tec de Monterrey defense kept the Javelinas off the scoreboard in the second and third quarter and allowed only one fourth-quarter score – Armstrong’s 15-yard catch.
Rios finished 18-for-25 for 143 yards passing and 31 yards rushing for TAMUK. Dean Brantley also tossed two TDs, going 11 of 17 for 177 yards. Neither quarterback threw an interception. Mark Severe posted a team-high 11 tackles, while Lamont Hills and Zane Brown added 10 each.
Chen finished 11-for-30 for 261 yards and two TDs for Tec de Monterrey. Diego Betancourt and Manuel Rodriguez each scored on the ground. Mauricio Salazar posted 16 tackles, while Rodolfo Villarreal added 10 stops. Lomeli hit all three of his field goal tries and averaged 43.7 yards on nine punts – including a 75-yard boom that was downed at the 1-yard line.
Texas A&M-Kingsville returns home next week to face McMurry, while Tec de Monterrey welcomes Borregos CEM on Sept. 20.
The three-day, 14-team LSC Football Festival concludes today with two more games: Tarleton State vs. Midwestern State at 4 p.m.; and Colorado State-Pueblo vs. Angelo State at 8 p.m.
2013 Lone Star Football Festival
Arlington, Texas / AT&T Stadium
(All times CT)
Thursday, Sept. 12
West Texas A&M 34, Chadron State 31
Friday, Sept. 13
Eastern New Mexico 55, Sul Ross State 24
Texas A&M-Commerce 45, Delta State 37
Monterrey Tech Puebla 23, Monterrey Tech Mexico City 20
Saturday, Sept. 14
Texas A&M-Kingsville 40, Monterrey Tech 37 (3 OT)
Tarleton State vs. Midwestern State, 4 p.m.
Colorado State-Pueblo vs. Angelo State, 8 p.m.