Falcon football defense on fire, but game loses flight

Kristian Bown scored a touchdown vs. Eastern New Mexico.

Athletics Department

Kristian Bown scored a touchdown vs. Eastern New Mexico.

Aden Kosacz, Sportswriter

The Falcons were on the road for just over three hours before they arrived in Portales, New Mexico, to take on the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds. It was a beautiful night for football. The weather was perfect; not a cloud in the sky, 65 degrees with a slight breeze.

ENMU won the coin toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff. The Falcon defense did not come out as hot as they were hoping, giving up seven points their first time on the field.

Later in the first quarter, the defense forced a fourth down and a punt for the Greyhounds. Alex Parsons was able to break through the protection and block the punt. It was recovered by a flock of Falcons, which allowed the offense to start with great field position.

After this, not much came in the favor of the Falcons. The offense struggled to move the ball, and the defense conceded three more points.

The Falcons received the ball to start the second half and the momentum swung in favor of the Falcons.

The third quarter was some of the best football played by the Falcons this year. The defense was on fire and the offense took flight.

Early in the third quarter, the defense forced and recovered a fumble, setting up the offense in the red zone. Kameron Mathis connected with Kristian Brown for a 14-yard touchdown.

The next defensive drive, the defense made a big stop on fourth down to force a turnover. Mathis was able to find Hunter Kliafas downfield for a 20-yard gain. This led to a Falcon field goal to bring UTPB within one score of ENMU.

Four football minutes later, the offense was back on the march. Mathis was able to find Brown on back to back pass plays, to quickly move 67-yards, and into the red zone. This set up a short touchdown run for Marquee Allison. The Falcons were just a field goal away from tying the game.

There were a couple of big defensive plays early in the fourth quarter, including a blocked field goal and an interception by Clifton Holmes.

The fourth quarter yielded zero points for either team. The Falcons had one last attempt to tie the game with 39 seconds left. Just before a field goal attempt to tie the Greyhounds, the defense called a timeout to ice our kicker, Bailey Giffen. It worked, as Giffen was unable to send the ball through the uprights.

It was a hard-fought game. The Falcons rallied late but was not able to finish. Once UTPB got rolling, they played fantastic football, but the clock was not on their side.

In the end, the Falcons lost 20-17.

The UTPB Falcons are back home next week as they take on the Texas A&M Kingsville. Kickoff is at 6 pm.