SAN ANGELO, Texas — Senior quarterback Steven Hinson’s 31-yard touchdown pass to Derrick Hunter with 1:03 left capped a fourth-quarter rally from a 23-point deficit, lifting Eastern New Mexico University to a 38-35 win over Angelo State Saturday night in a Lone Star Conference South Division football game.
The play completed a seven-play, 77-yard march that took just 57 seconds after the Greyhounds (3-3, 2-0 South) forced a Rams punt.
Hinson rushed for 181 yards on 19 carries and completed 13-of-33 passes for 227 yards, including seven for 133 yards and two touchdowns to Hunter. The Hounds outgained Angelo for the game 480-414.
The winless Rams (0-6, 0-2) opened a 35-12 lead when sophomore quarterback Sol Southall, who had previously thrown three touchdown passes, scored on a 1-yard run on the first play of the final period.
Hinson countered with TD runs of 5 and 14 yards only 13 seconds apart, pulling the Hounds to 35-18.
The latter score came on the first play after ASU’s Brandon Covington fumbled on a kickoff return, with ENMU’s Will Smith recovering the ball.
The Hounds then got field goals of 34 and 26 yards from sophomore Lee Price, who kicked four in the game and tied the school record he already shared with Bob Gilbreath.
Eastern then forced another punt and took over at its own 23 with two minutes to go.
Price field goals of 36 and 44 yards, the latter on the final play of the first quarter, staked the Hounds to a 6-0 lead. But the Rams went ahead 14-6 in the final 5 1/2 minutes of the half when Wesley Lambert returned a fumble 25 yards for a score and Southall threw a 35-yard TD strike to sophomore wide receiver Lamar Hickey.
Southall tossed two more scoring passes late in the third quarter before the Hounds closed to 28-12 in the final minute of the period on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Hinson to Hunter.
On the second play following ENMU’s kickoff, ASU senior running back Alexis Cooper rambled 67 yards to the ENMU 1, setting up Southall’s short scoring run to start the final quarter.