Texas A&M Kingsville proved to be too much for the Clan

(credit: Jalen Jana)

BURNABY, BC — Simon Fraser University scored a on spectacular 91-yard touchdown catch, and kept the game close, but Texas A&M Kingsville ultimately proved to be too much, claiming a 35-7 victory on Saturday afternoon at Terry Fox Field in Burnaby.

A close win was a moral victory for the Clan. A year ago, Simon Fraser lost 68-7 to the Javelinas.

Simon Fraser gave up 21 second quarter points on three straight possessions by Texas A&M Kingsville. A fake field goal fooled the Clan for a 7-yard TD pass. On TAMUK’s next possession less than four minutes later, the Javelinas got the ball back at their own 37 and RB Nick Pelrean broke off a long run for a touchdown. The junior took a handoff up the middle, broke a tackle, and scampered 63 yards to paydirt, pushing the lead to 14-0 with 7:37 to go in the first half.

Texas A&M Kingsville went 55 yards on seven plays in 2:54, with the help of a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty, for a 21-0 edge.

The best scoring opportunity for the Clan came late in the first half after a short punt from the end zone gave them the ball in opposition territory at the 17 with 37 seconds left in the half. Two plays later, however, QB Miles Richardson was sacked and the clock ran out.TAMUK had nine sacks and three turnovers in the game.

The Clan got on the board midway through the third when Richardson dropped back from his own nine and hit Justin Buren in stride for a 91-yard touchdown, slicing Simon Fraser’s deficit to 14 points. Buren had three catches for 114 yards to lead SFU.

That was as close as the Clan would get as TAMUK added two more touchdowns in the third quarter. With less than two minutes to go, the Clan had a first and goal at the six, but an interception ended the drive.

The Javelinas outgained Simon Fraser 426-299.

GNAC Offensive Player of the Week Miles Richardson completed 23 of 48 passes for 267 yards and one touchdown. Texas A&M Kingsville QB Cade Dyal completed 14-of-23 passes for 144 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.

Simon Fraser RB Jalen Jana caught 9 passes for 53 yards and rushed the ball 6 times for 54 yards. SFU wide receiver Gavin Cobb caught 3 passes for 21 yards and was dangerous on kick returns, compiling 105 yards on 6 returns, including a 31-yarder. Cobb entered the week ranked first in the GNAC and 20th in NCAA with 200 all-purpose yards per game.

SFU’s Nathanel Durkan caught 5 passes for 43 yards.

Linebacker Jordan Leech and defensive lineman Brad Lyons made their marks with 7 tackles and 1 assists each. DB Matt Duda went high to pick off a pass thrown over the middle and added 5 solo tackles.

SFU’s next game will be against Humboldt State University On September 16th, with kickoff at 6 PM in Arcata, CA.

The next home game for SFU is Saturday, Sept. 23 at 1PM on Terry Fox Field. It is an Alumni Appreciation game that will honour long-time athletic therapist Al Best and feature a Red Zone 19+ area.



Source: SFU Clan Sports Information



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