The No. 23 WTAMU football team hosted the Tarleton State Texans on Sept. 29 at Kimborough Memorial Stadium in Canyon. The Buffs’ offense erupted after the first quarter in a 41-21 defeat of the Texans.
TSU scored first after a fumble by junior Torrance Allen on a touchdown run to make it 7-0 with 8:19 left in the first quarter. On the ensuing kickoff, redshirt freshman Jarrian Rhone took the kick back 79 yards to the Texans’ 18 yard line before junior Dustin Vaughn hit fellow junior Trevor Hammargren for a 15-yard score that tied the game at 7-7.
After TSU fumbled the ball on the WT 44, Vaughn found Allen for a 56 yard strike that put the Buffs on top 14-7 with 10:32 remaining in the first half. Then, after a WT field goal and a blocked Texans punt, Vaughn connected with senior running back Khiry Robinson for a 14-yard touchdown that gave the Buffs a 24-7 lead going into the half.
The Texans found the end zone just three minutes into the third and cut WT’s lead down to 24-14. Following a Buffs field goal, TSU quarterback Aaron Doyle ran it in from six yards out to bring the Texans within six, at 27-21.
WT would respond with a one yard touchdown run by redshirt freshman Geremy Aldridge to make it 34-21. The Buffs finished the scoring on a 35-yard touchdown pass from Vaughn to Allen.
“I saw two tough teams out there tonight,” Head Coach Don Carthel said. “It was a very physical game and the Buffaloes came through.”
Robinson was the Buffs’ offensive star, carrying the ball 18 times for 125 yards but no touchdowns on the ground. He also had six catches for 90 yards and a score.
“Khiry’s a warrior,” Carthel said. “You better bring everything you got if you’re going to tackle him one-on-one.”
WT is now 4-1 on the season and 3-0 in Lone Star Conference action. The Buffs will travel to Angelo to play Angelo State on Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. and return home to take on Abilene Christian for Homecoming on Oct. 13.