Buffs pick up big conference win on the road


The West Texas A&M Buffaloes went on the road and came away with a big Lone Star Conference victory on Saturday night as they topped the rival Midwestern State Mustangs, 38-26 in front of over 7,000 fans at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls, Texas.

The Buffs forced an MSU punt on the first possession of the game as they turned that into points on a Jarrod Compton three-yard touchdown to cap off an eight-play drive that went 81 yards for the early lead. The Mustangs used a long kickoff return to setup their first touchdown of the night as Trenton Kennedy found the endzone from a yard out to make it 7-7.
 
Isaiah Smallwood gave the Buffs the lead again with a two-yard touchdown run that finished off a 10-play drive, MSU's Ritse Vaes cut into the lead on the next Mustang drive with a 31-yard field goal to make it 14-10. WT's special teams unit came up big as Tyrie Tipton forced an MSU fumble on a punt return that led to a Nick Gerber 39-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Sweet for the 21-10 lead. The Buffs would add to their lead right before halftime as Gerber called his own number from 12 yards out to make it 28-10.
 
The Buffs started off the third quarter with a touchdown as Compton found the endzone for the second time from 10 yards out to extend the lead to 35-10. The Mustangs would cut into the lead later in the quarter as Jay-To Franklin fell on a forced fumble in the endzone at 35-17. The Buffs would miss a field goal on their next possession as MSU drove down the field again with Neiko Hollins finding Quinci Jones from 55 yards out to make it 35-23.
 
MSU started off the fourth quarter with a Vaes 31-yard field goal to cut the lead to 35-26. The Buffs would respond as they marched down the field 71 yards on 14 plays capped off by a Gage Urias 21-yard field goal for the 38-26 victory.
 
Gerber finished the night completing 23-of-28 passes for 308 yards and a touchdown to go along with 27 yards on the ground. Compton led the way in the backfield as the senior from Lubbock carried the ball 24 times for 100 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Noah Bogardus had another big night as the senior caught eight passes for 88 yards in the win.
 
Defensively, Ty Dillon led the way for the Buffs with seven total tackles (six solo) followed by Gage Smith with six to go along with a forced fumble and an interception.

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