Buffs defeat Central Washington 35-16


The West Texas A&M Buffaloes scored a pair of quick touchdowns to start the game and never looked back as they rolled to a 35-16 Lone Star Conference victory over the Central Washington Wildcats in front of over 6,000 fans at Bain-Schaeffer Buffalo Stadium in Canyon.

The Buffs started off fast as Tyler Sweet returned the opening kickoff 91 yards down inside the redzone followed two plays later by a Nick Gerber eight-yard touchdown run for the early 7-0 lead. Sign Shuva gave the Buffs the ball back just one offensive play later as the freshman picked off a Quincy Glasper pass and returned it into WT territory, the Buffs would march down the field as Gerber found Kris Sims from 12 yards out for the 14-0 lead.
 
WT forced their second turnover of the night late in the first quarter as Simote Samate fell on a CWU fumbled snap to give the Buffs the ball back but WT's drive stalled as they were forced to punt. The Buffs would force another Wildcat punt that led to a nine-play drive by WT capped off with an 18-yard Brian Okoye touchdown to make it 21-0.
 
The Buffs would add to their lead on their next possession as Hunter Kaufman made a great catch on a 28-yard pass from Gerber to extend the lead to 28-0 heading into the locker room for halftime. The Wildcats marched down the field on their first drive of the second half as they went 65 yards on 15 plays capped off by a Jude Mullette 27-yard field goal to make it 28-3.
 
WT would add to their lead again late in the third quarter as they finished off a 17-play drive that went 80 yards highlighted by a Shakell Brown one-yard touchdown run to make it 35-3. The Wildcats scored their first touchdown of the night in the fourth quarter as Tre'John Henderson found the endzone from 31 yards out to cut the lead to 35-10. CWU wouldn't go down without a fight as a 73 yard fumble return setup a five yard score by Henderson to make it 35-16.
 
Gerber finished the night completing 12-of-19 passes for 128 yards and a pair of touchdowns while also rushing for 51 yards on eight carries and a score. Okoye led the way on the ground for the Buffs with 83 yards on 24 carries and a score while Sims caught three passes for a team-high 30 yards and a touchdown.
 
Defensively, Christopher Thomas moved into a tie for fourth on WT's all-time tackles list (310, Eric Collins) as he finished the night with seven tackles (five solo) followed by Ty Dillon and Gage Smith with four each. Thomas entered the night ranked sixth as he passed former standout Carter James (307) in the first half.

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