September 22, 2018

FOOTBALL GAME DAY: Sept. 15 Tarleton State at West Texas A&M

THE GAME
Tarleton looks to get back to football action for the first time in over two weeks when the Texans head to Canyon Saturday evening for a 6 p.m. showdown with West Texas A&M to begin Lone Star Conference play. It will be the final game for Tarleton against the Buffs at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium as West Texas A&M will unveil a new home next fall.

GAME COVERAGE
A complete broadcast of the game can be heard on the Tarleton Sports Network presented by the North Texas Ford Dealers. The Tarleton Sports Network team of Byron Anderson, Kyle Masters, Savion Washington, and J.P. Stingley have the call on the flagship station of Tarleton Athletics – KTRL 90.5 FM in Stephenville – and worldwide at TarletonSports.com/ListenLive. A link to live Stats can be found on the football schedule of TarletonSports.com. A video broadcast of the game and links to live stats can be found at gobuffsgo.com.

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TICKET INFORMATION
The West Texas A&M Ticket Office is open by appointment only and can be reached by telephone at 806-651-1400. Cash, check, and cards are all accepted. The football box office will open an hour and a half before kickoff. Online tickets are on sale at gobuffsgo.com.

ABOUT THE TEXANS
Texan Football is still 1-0 after last Saturday’s game in Nacogdoches against FCS Stephen F. Austin was canceled due to weather. The evening included nearly two hours of delays and, with no end in sight, was eventually canceled by administrators at 8 p.m. In the opener, Tarleton boasted 448 yards of total offense, including 285 on the ground, while holding Delta State to just 326 total yards. Daniel McCants led the ground attack with 145 yards on 14 carries while Zimari Manning made noise through the air with 144 yards and two touchdowns on three receptions. Defensively, Jai Edwards made quite the debut for Tarleton with a team-high eight tackles from the safety spot and a 76-yard interception return for a touchdown. Prince Robinson also had a pick-six in the opener.

ABOUT THE BUFFS
West Texas A&M enters year two under the leadership of head coach Hunter Hughes and is 1-1 on the season after falling to Azusa Pacific in the opener and routing Oklahoma Panhandle last weekend. The Buff defense has been the highlight of the young season, holding opponents to just 12.0 points per game. Tobias Harris leads the defense with three interceptions and 11 tackles while Christopher Thomas has 18 tackles, including 1.5 for a loss. Offensively, QB Mitch Hood has thrown for 371 yards in the first two games and Duke Carter leads the team in rushing with 130 yards.

SERIES HISTORY
This is the 28th career meeting between Tarleton and West Texas A&M dating back to 1990. The Buffs lead the all-time series 15-12, but Tarleton won last year’s meeting 30-20 in Stephenville. Tarleton head coach Todd Whitten is 7-1 in his career against West Texas, the most wins by the coach against any LSC opponent.

UP NEXT FOR TARLETON
Tarleton will return home for Family Weekend and the inaugural ‘Legends Game’ in Stephenville next weekend. The Texans will play host to UT Permian Basin Saturday at 7 p.m. and will recognize the 2001 Tarleton Football Team at halftime.

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