Buffs roll past UT Permian Basin 42-21

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Duke Carter IV ran for four touchdowns, three of those in the second half, as the Buffaloes of West Texas A&M defeated UT Permian Basin, 42-21, in front of 6,399 fans at the final Homecoming game played at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium.  The Buffs win their third straight game to improve to 4-2 on the season after producing a season-high 367 total yards.

The Falcons jumped out to a 7-0 lead on an 82-yard touchdown pass from Taylor Null to Kyle McBride on their second play of their opening drive. The Buffs would tie it at 7-all with 4:18 remaining in the first quarter with a three play, 17-yard drive capped with a one-yard touchdown run from Carter IV. It was the Buffs special team unit that gave the home team such great field position when Marcel Paige blocked punt that was picked up by Brandon Blair and returned inside the red zone.

They would take their first lead of the game, 14-7, in the second quarter with a  7-play, 49-yard drive capped off with Justin Houghtaling finding a streaking Jordan Johnson in the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown. Houghtaling was a perfect 4 for 4 on the drive with completions of 17, 14, 2 and 14 yards. It would be 21-7 before the Buff Faithful could return to their seats when Tobias Harris returned a punt 66 yards after the WT defense stopped the Falcons offense on the ensuing drive. The Falcons would not go away as they scored on two of their final positions of the first half to tie the game at 21-21 going into halftime.

The Buffs forced a UTPB three-and-out to start the second half before retaking the lead on Carter IV's second rushing touchdown of the game. Carter IV's one-yard touchdown run was set up by a 20-yard run from Houghtaling on the first play before completing a 35-yard pass to J. Johnson to put the Buffs in the red zone.

WT would make it a two-score game early in the fourth quarter with another lengthy drive, which resulted in Carter IV finding the end zone. Houghtaling started the drive with three completions before Carter ran three of the next four plays including the 7-yard touchdown run. Carter IV continued to punish the Falcon defense on WT's next drive with his fourth and final touchdown on a 31-yard run where he broke seven tackles including hurdling a defender. It marked the first time a WT player had rushed for four touchdowns since Khiry Robinson on Oct. 20, 2012 against Eastern New Mexico.

Houghtaling had a career-night completing 17 of 21 passes for 187 and a touchdown while rushing for 27 yards. Carter IV eclipsed the 100-yard for the third straight game with 143 yards on 29 carriers and a career-high four touchdowns.  J. Johnson had a team-high four receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown with Markel Steward chipping in three receptions and 38 yards.

Christopher Thomas continued to lead the Buff defense with 12 tackles including a tackle for loss. Keimone Davis had seven of tackles of his own with a pass breakups while Eric Collins, Kevon Thomas and Gerred Johnson all had four tackles a piece.

The Buffs head to San Angelo, Texas on Saturday, Oct. 13, for a matchup against Angelo State. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m.

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