Buffs set to host UT Permian Basin in final Homecoming Game at Kimbrough

The WTAMU Buffaloes and their two-game winning streak return to the friendly confines of Kimbrough Memorial Stadium to host UT Permian Basin on Saturday, Oct. 6, for the annual Homecoming Game. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. CT.

West Texas A&M is 44-28-2 all-time in Homecoming games dating back to 1931 when the Buffs defeated New Mexico Military Institute 7-0. The Buffs have won 10 of their last 12 games including a 17-14 victory over Adams State last season.

Tobias Harris continues to do it all for WT as the freshman recorded his fifth interception of the season on Saturday to go along with his 108 all-purpose yards. His first big play of the game come on a 72-yard kickoff return in the second quarter that resulted in WT scoring on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Justin Houghtaling to Duke Carter IV. His interception came in the red zone with 8:13 remaining in the game to maintain the Buffs 28-19 lead.

Duke Carter IV's 259 rushing yards in Saturday's win over Central Washington are the third-most in Division II game this season. Only Notre Dame's Jaleel McLaughlin has more with games of 340 and 302 yards. The junior running back also became the first Buff to eclipse the 200-yard mark since Geremy Alridge-Mitchell ran for 236 yards against Tarleton on Sept. 19 at AT&T Stadium. His 571 total rushing yards are the most in the Lone Star Conference and eighth-most in the nation.

Jordan Johnson made his first start of the season against Central Washington after missing the first three games due to injury. He played sparingly against Western New Mexico before recording a team-high three catches for 36 yards and a touchdown on Saturday. Last season, the Eagle Lake, Texas native had 19 receptions for 267 yards in 10 starts.

Saturday's homecoming game could feature a pair of former Artesia (N.M.) High School stars playing against one another. WT's Justin Houghtaling and UT Permian Basin's Taylor Null both played quarterback for head coach Cooper Henderson. Houghtaling had a historic career behind center throwing for 6,811 yards, 74 touchdowns and 10 interceptions during his two-years as a starter for AHS. Null signed with the Falcons in the spring of 2018 after throwing for 3,792 yards during his senior season while breaking the school record with 52 touchdowns and a 67.0% completion percentage.

UT Permian Basin makes the trip to Canyon 1-4 on the season and 1-2 in Lone Star Conference play after defeating Western New Mexico 21-20 on Saturday. The Falcons scored with less than two minutes remaining to secure their first win of the season.

UTPB has played three different quarterbacks this season with freshman Taylor Null getting the start in the past three games. The Artesian, N.M. native has completed 63 of 123 passes for 704 yards and five touchdowns along with four interceptions. In his collegiate debut, he threw for 300 yards in the Falcons loss to nationally-ranked MSU Texas.

Marquis Simmons has been the featured back for the Falcons with 70 attempts and 344 yards. Both of his touchdowns have come in the past three games including the game-winner against WNMU.

Kristian Brown is one of five Falcons with over 100 yards receiving as the junior has 313 yards on 19 receptions and a team-high three touchdowns. His best game of the year came against MSU Texas where he had five catches for 120 yards and a touchdown.

Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Week Chris Hoad has a team-high 56 tackles this season, 20 more than Marquee Allison. He has recorded 15 tackles in each of the past two games.

Justin Carrigan is in his third season at UT Permian Basin where he has lad the Falcons to a record 5-22. Prior to starting the Falcon program, Carrigan spent five years at Tarleton including the final three as the offensive coordinator. He was a two-time All-Lone Star Conference safety during his playing career at Angelo State.

The Buffs lead the all-time series 2-0 including a 17-6 victory last year on Sept. 16, 2017. WT won the first ever meeting on Sept. 18, 2016 in Odessa in a game at that was delayed until Sunday due to a tornado in the area.

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