Urias kicks WT to victory over UT Permian Basin

West Texas A&M's Gage Urias proved to be the hero on Saturday night in front of 9,414 fans at Bain-Schaeffer Buffalo Stadium as the senior from Lubbock set a new school record with five made field goals including a 32-yarder with four seconds left to give the Buffs a 28-27 Homecoming victory over UT Permian Basin.

The Buffs used a big special teams play to get on the board in the first quarter as Ty Dillon blocked a UTPB punt on the opening possession of the game that led to a Urias 33-yard field goal for the 3-0 advantage. WT forced another Falcon punt and the Buffs marched down the field with Urias connected on his second of the game, this time from 49-yards out for the 6-0 lead.
The Falcons made their first big play of the game on special teams as they forced a WT fumble on a long punt return but the Buffs took the ball right back on Preston Steszewski's fourth interception of the season, Urias added to the WT lead with a 20-yard chip shot to make it 9-0.
UTPB started off the second quarter with some trickery on a fourth and one with a fake punt but (#35) made a play behind the line of scrimmage for the stop, WT turned that into points as a Noah Bogardus sliding catch on a fourth down conversion led to an 18-yard touchdown by Jarrod Compton to extend the lead to 16-0. 
The Falcons responded on their next drive as Dylan Graham connected with MJ Link on a 47-yard bomb down the middle of the field to make it 16-7. UTPB marched down the field late in the second quarter as they capped off a nine-play drive with a trick play as Antonio Malone took a quick pitch and threw a six yard touchdown pass to Link to cut the lead to 16-14 headed into the locker room.
WT looked to add to their lead on the first drive of the second half but a fumble deep in UTPB territory switched the momentum, the Falcons would convert a fourth and short on their way to a 34-yard field goal from Carson Roberts for the 17-16 lead. The Buffs responded as Urias connected on his fourth field goal of the night, this one from 45 yards out to give WT the 19-17 lead.
The back-and-forth battle continued as the Falcons capped off a 12-play drive with a six yard touchdown pass from Graham to Jeremiah Venson for the 24-19 advantage. The Buffs marched down the field on their next drive as a pass interference call on the goal line negated a UTPB interception, Nick Gerber called his own number as the senior took it in from two yards out for the 25-24 lead.
The Falcons retook the lead again on their next possession as the WT defense held on fourth and long to force a 33-yard field goal by Roberts for the 27-24 UTPB lead. WT would drive down the field on their next drive but a missed field goal kept the Falcons in the lead. 
The Buffs managed the clock to perfection as they forced a UTPB punt to regain possession with 2:07 remaining. WT would move their way into field goal range as a Gerber 18-yard scramble setup a 32-yard game-winner by Urias with just four seconds left for the 28-27 victory.
Gerber finished the night completing 27-of-43 passes for 271 yards to go along with a team-high 105 yards on the ground with a touchdown. Noah Bogardus led the receiving core with 195 yards on 11 catches followed by Tyler Sweet with four catches and 42 yards.
Defensively, Christopher Thomas led the way with 12 total tackles (11 solo, two assisted) with two sacks and a hurry followed by Sign Shuva and Antonio Iwuagwu with six tackles each. 

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