Despite a slow start, the 24th ranked WTAMU Football team defeated University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio Sept. 22, 24-0. Even though the Cardinals dominated the time of possession, the Buffalo defense held them in check by forcing Incarnate Word into multiple turnovers throughout the game.
The outstanding play of the defense enabled the Buffs to take to the air as junior quarterback Dustin Vaughan completed 19 of 32 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns. Both scores were pulled in by junior wideout Lance Ratliff from 45 and 23 yards respectively as junior Torrence Allen caught nine passes and accumulated 86 yards. As WT provided the highlights through the air, senior running back Khiry Robinson provided balance to the offense by rushing for 58 of the 113 yards the Buffs gained on the ground.
On defense, the Buffs dominated UIW with an interception by senior defensive back Jordan Smith in the first half, and a punt block into a touchdown in the third quarter. Anchoring the Buffs was junior linebacker Kyle Voss with 14 tackles, 3 tackles for a loss of 15 yards, and 2 sacks. Complementing Voss was a swarming defense that allowed only 146 yards of total offense and sacked UIW quarterback Taylor Woods a season-high eight times.
With the victory, the Buffs stay undefeated in Lone Star Conference play and 3-1 overall while Incarnate Word falls to 1-3 overall and winless in league action. Buffalo football returns home to host LSC rival Tarleton State at Kimbrough Stadium Sept. 29 at 6 p.m.