Wayland Baptist ran 92 plays, gained 570 yards of offense, and moved the chains 34 times en route to a 41-30 victory over Texas Wesleyan in Plainview, Texas on Saturday.
The loss, which dropped the Rams to 1-7 on the season, wasn’t Le’Mant Monroe’s doing. The explosive wide receiver caught eight passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns, including a 54-yard TD with 13:59 left in the second quarter that gave the Rams (1-7, 1-5 Sooner Athletic Conference) a 13-10 lead.
Monroe now has 783 receiving yards this season, which is fourth in the SAC. He has at least 150 yards receiving in three of the last four games.
He caught a 75-yard touchdown pass from Erik Richards with 7:39 to go in the fourth, which trimmed Wayland Baptist’s lead to 38-30.
A Kade Dixon 43-yard field goal with 2:34 before the half gave Texas Wesleyan a 16-10 lead. But WBU proceeded to go on an 11-play, 75-yard drive over the next 2:08 to take a 17-16 halftime lead on a De’Sean Johnson 30-yard pass from Nick Quintero.
The Rams would regain the lead early in the third on a Jermarcus Jones 24-yard run before WBU scored the next 21 points to go up 38-23 with 7:50 left.
Josh Phillips led the Rams with 11 tackles, followed by Dylan Pettway (10), Michael Miller (9), and Chance Carroll (8). Miller also had an interception.
Texas Wesleyan was just 3-of-14 on third down and only rushed for 92 yards, where as WBU (4-3, 3-3) was 7-of-16 on third down and had 249 yards rushing.
The Rams won’t have to leave Farrington Field the rest of the season as they begin a two-game homestand on Nov. 3 against Lyon College at 2 p.m.