Greyhounds Clinch Share of LSC Crown With Rare Win at Texas A&M-Commerce

The Eastern New Mexico University football team (7-3; LSC 5-1) faced a 28-21 deficit at halftime, but got two touchdown passes from

Jeremy Buurma
(So., QB, Roswell, N.M./Goddard HS)
and a scoring run from

Christian Long
(Sr., FB, Memphis, Tenn./Dobson HS/Eastern Arizona College)
in the second half, to surge to a 42-35 win over Texas A&M-Commerce (7-4; LSC 2-4) in Lone Star Conference play, Saturday at Lions Memorial Stadium. With the win, the Greyhounds clinch a share of the Lone Star Conference title, marking their first LSC championship since the 1991 season.


Ã? The game marked the Greyhounds fourth road win over the Lions, although ENMU holds an overall lead of 15-12 in the series and has won seven of the last nine meetings. ENMU's last victory in the series came by a 31-21 score, on October 16, 2004. The Lions hold a 10-4 edge over Eastern at home. The Greyhounds shared the LSC South title in 1999 and 2000, but haven't won the overall title since posting a 7-3-1 record with a 5-1 LSC mark in 1991. Eastern has not won seven games in a season, since going 8-3 in the 2002 season. The Hounds six game win streak is the longest current streak in the LSC and the first time for the program since opening the 1998 season at 7-0.


Long staked ENMU to a quick 7-0 lead, with a one-yard plunge, but a pair of touchdown passes from Harrison Stewart gave the Lions a 14-7 edge as the first quarter closed. Buurma capped a 13-play, 75-yard drive, with a one-yard run up the middle, to pull Eastern even. On the ensuing possession, A&M-Commerce drove to the ENMU 43-yard line, before senior defensive end

Bracy McCoy
(Freeport, Texas/Brazosport HS)
intercepted a Stewart pass at the ENMU 32-yard line. The Hounds took advantage of the turnover, marching 62 yards on six plays and taking a 21-14 lead on an 18-yard connection from Buurma to

Jacob Johnson
(Jr., WR, Idalou, Texas/Idalou HS)
. The Lions scored two rapid-fire touchdowns, including a 78-yard reception from Seth Smith, and took a 28-21 lead into the locker room.


The Lions would not put up points again, until 4:49 remained in the game, as Eastern scored the next 21 points.

Aaron Johnson
(Fr., WR, Colorado Springs, Colo./Vista Ridge HS)
hauled in a nine-yard pass from Buurma to tie the contest with 10:11 left in the third quarter, while Long registered his second touchdown of the game, with one minute left in the quarter to give Eastern a lead it would not relinquish.
Jacob Johnson
capped it for the Hounds, scoring on a 14-yard reception with 8:44 left in the game, to put ENMU ahead, 42-28. Smith caught a 33-yard touchdown pass to pull the Lions to within one touchdown with 4:49 remaining, but A&M-Commerce could come no closer than the Eastern 45-yard line on their final possession of the game.


A&M-Commerce outgained Eastern by a 435-422 yard differential in total offense, but the Hounds dominated time of possession, by a 40:58-19:02 margin. The Hounds pounded out 276 rushing yards, while allowing just 43 yards on the ground. The Lions took to the air, with 392 passing yards, while the Hounds finished with 146. For the second time this season, the Hounds had two runners reach the century mark, with D'Majeric Tucker (Fr., RB, Lubbock, Texas/ Frenship HS) and Long going for 107 and 106 yards respectively.
Jacob Johnson
hauled in five passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns, for his second multi-touchdown game of the season. Buurma passed for a career-high three touchdowns along with 146 yards. Connor Brinton (Jr., S, Fountain Hills, Ariz. / Fountain Hills HS / Mesa CC) made a team-high nine tackles, while

Darrelyn McCloud
(Jr., DB, Albuquerque, N.M./Manzano HS/NMMI)
made his third interception of the season, in the Greyhound endzone, on the final play of the game. Stewart passed for 392 yards with five touchdowns, but was held to 122 yards and one score in the second half.


With the win, the Eastern New Mexico University football team has concluded the 2013 regular season and will await notification on potential postseason play.