ARLINGTON, Texas — It took Eastern New Mexico University’s football team a while to get untracked on Friday. Once the Greyhounds got rolling, Sul Ross State didn’t have any answers.
Down 12-0 after two Sul Ross touchdowns early in the second quarter, junior running back Jordan Wells broke off a 64-yard touchdown run to start the comeback and the Hounds eventually rolled to a 55-24 victory over the Lobos in the Lone Star Conference’s “Football Festival” at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.
Wells finished with 146 yards on just eight carries while sophomore running back Andrew Lopez added 81 yards and three TDs for the Hounds (1-1). ENMU finished with 477 to 385 advantage in total offense.
Slotback Keyon Lee opened the scoring with a 75-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second quarter. ENMU then lost fumbles on its next two plays from scrimmage, and the Lobos (0-2) went 19 yards on three plays after the second with quarterback Derrick Bernard completing a five-yard TD pass for Cordrick Mobley.
The Lobos’ two-point conversion run failed, though, keeping it a 12-0 game. Wells broke his long run on the second play following the kickoff, and Lopez added scoring runs of 2 and 21 yards to put the Hounds in front 20-12 at halftime.
ENMU added a 6-yard TD run from Lopez and a 39-yard fumble return from Benjamin Langford to build a 34-18 lead through three quarters before finishing it off with three touchdowns in the final period, including a 78-yard pass play from Jeremy Buurma to Aaron Johnson.
The Hounds had six quarterback sacks, including five against Bernard. Langford led the team in tackles with nine while senior linebacker Call Barnard of Melrose had eight (five solos) and two sacks totaling 23 yards. Junior linebacker Seth Bailey of Texico was in on seven tackles.
Lee finished with 90 yards on just four carries for the Lobos, and also had a game-high five receptions for 36 yards.