Tarleton Football beats West Texas A&M 58-28

Dray Robertson and Zamari Manning celebrate a touchdown.
Photo by Makenzie Plusnick.

The Tarleton State University Texans defeated the West Texas A&M University Buffaloes Saturday night in Memorial Stadium. The final score was 58-28.

The Texans came out a little slow to start the game. It was the first time this season they failed to score a touchdown on one of the first two offensive drives.

On the first drive of the game, the Texans achieved just one first down, after which they went for it on fourth-and-4 and failed to gain enough yards to get the first, thus turning the ball over on downs. Fortunately, the Texan defense was able to hold the WT offense to just 10 net yards and forced a punt.

Khalil Banks runs the fall down the field.
Photo by Makenzie Plusnick.

On the next offensive drive for the Texans, they drove down the field but stalled in the red zone and were forced to kick a field goal. Christian Hernandez made the kick and the Texans went up 3-0. The Texan defense once again stood their ground and got the offense the ball back. The offense took off, going on to score 42 more points in the first half alone. Benjie Franklin got the other 6 points on an interception which he returned for a touchdown. Running back Daniel McCants rushed for 101 yards in the first quarter, according to Tarleton Sports. The Texan defense held the Buffalo offense to just 12 yards of total offense in the first half, according to Tarleton Sports.

Daniel McCants carries the ball down the field.
Photo by Makenzie Plusnick.

In the second half, Head Coach Todd Whitten put in the backups. They had an underwhelming performance. On the kickoff to start the half, the Texan return man fumbled the ball at the 10-yard line and WT recovered at the Tarleton 12-yard line. The Buffaloes scored on three plays to make the score 51-7, according to Tarleton Sports. The Texans punted on all three of their offensive drives in the third quarter and gained just 45 yards. The Texans scored just once in the second half on an eight play, 42-yard drive led by starting quarterback Ben Holmes who came back into the game after backup Cameron Burston was sacked for a 6-yard loss, according to Tarleton Sports.

The Texans play the University of Texas Permian Basin Falcons this Saturday, Sept. 28, in Odessa at 7 p.m.

J.F. Thomas runs the ball down the field, flanked by West Texas A&M players.
Photo by Makenzie Plusnick.

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