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Buffs roll past William Jewell 49-21


West Texas A&M scored 35 unanswered points in the second half to defeat William Jewell 49-21 on Saturday afternoon at Greene Stadium in Liberty, Mo. After trailing by seven at halftime, the Buffs scored on the first five possessions of the second half to improve to 2-0 for the first time since 2013.

Nick Gerber completed 14 of 23 passes for 187 yards with a touchdown and interception while Duke Carter IV went over 100 yards rushing for the fourth time in his career. The senior rushed for 103 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. Jamaal Hamilton pulled in a career-high five passes for 45 yards and a touchdown.

Frank Honang reached double digit tackles for the second straight game with 11 including his first sack of the season. Eric Collins, LaDarian Hudson and Christopher Thomas chipped in nine tackles with Amorama Noel and Joseph Radke registering their first sacks of the season.

The Cardinals scored on the first possession of the game on a 13-play, 75-yard drive capped off with a 3-yard rush by Will Schneider. WT made it 7-all on the ensuing kickoff with Tobias Harris going 90 yards for his first career kickoff return touchdown and first for WT since Sept. 20, 2014 against Shorter.

The visitors saw themselves trailing 14-7 on WJC's second possession of the game after Schneider connected with Ishmi Mitchell for a 19-yard touchdown. WT responded with a touchdown drive on their first offensive possession on Maxwell Perez's 1-yard run on fourth-and goal. Carter IV's 16-yard run put the Buffs in the red zone before the redshirt freshman smashed his way into the end zone for his first career touchdown to make it 14-all with 13:14 remaining in the second quarter.

WJC would score for the third consecutive drive to make it 21-14 for the Cardinals on Schneider's second rushing touchdown, this time for 1-yard out. The Cardinals had a chance to add to their lead in the final minutes of the first half following the first turnover of the game but the Buffs held their own inside the red zone forcing a 20-yard field goal that was missed by Dalton Dye to keep it 21-14 after 30 minutes.

The Buffs comeback began with the first drive of the second half where they drove 75 yards on 10 plays with Logan Vallo scoring his second career touchdown. Carter IV rushed for 34 yards on three carries but it was Vallo that rushed for 10 yards to extend the drive on a third-and-six inside WJC's 35-yard line before scoring his first touchdown of the season. The defense would force a Cardinal punt that was returned 80 yards by Tobias Harris to the Cardinal 8-yard line. A pass interference call on third down extended the drive for WT allowing J. Johnson to score the first of two touchdowns with a 2-yard run on first-and-goal.

WT would get the ball back on the ensuing kickoff with JewMonte Lewis recovering Aaron Coash's kick at the WJC 30-yard line. After consecutive completions from Gerber to Semaj Mitchell, Carter IV scored his first touchdown of the season to extend the Buffs' lead to 35-21.

The Buffs would score on their next drive thanks in large part to a 67-yard reception for Markel Stephens-Peppers. After opening the drive with three runs, Gerber connected with the sophomore for the longest reception of the season for the Buffs putting them at the WJC 7-yard line. J. Johnson would punch it in from 3 yards out for his second of the season and third on the season, matching a career-high.

WT's defense continued to dominate the Cardinals forcing in another punt that lead to another Buff touchdown making it 49-21. Jarrod Compton opened the drive with runs of 1, 7 and 15 yards before the Buffs struck from the air with a 35-yard pass from Gerber to Hamilton. Honang would put the icing on the cake for WT with 5:09 remaining in the contest with his first forced fumble of the season that was recovered by Hayden Dennis.

The Buffs finish their two-game road trip on Saturday, Sept. 21, at No. 5 Tarleton.

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