By BRAD KEITH
STEPHENVILLE (Oct. 1, 2016) — Zed Woerner passed for a career-best four touchdowns and Tarleton State rolled to a 48-20 Lone Star Conference victory over Texas-Permian Basin at Memorial Stadium Saturday.
Woerner was 17-24 passing for 289 yards and did not have a turnover. He has seven touchdowns without an interception the last two weeks. He hit Del’Michael High six times for 188 yards and two scores.
It was the first road trip in program history for Texas-Permian Basin, a first-year program that opened its season with four consecutive games at home. The Falcons must have wished they were still at home when Tarleton jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead. The Texans scored on a 42-hared pass from Woerner to High and a two-yard run by Joseph Sadler and were two possessions ahead just more than three minutes into the game.
Brandon Infiesto, who rushed 22 times for 143 yards and two scores, cut it to 14-7 on a 18-yard burst for UTPB midway through the first, but Basil Jackson ended the opening period with a 41-yard interception return for a touchdown and the rout was on.
That was actually the second pick of the opening quarter by Tarleton. Cody Burtscher, who led all defenders with 15 tackles, returned an interception 30 yards to give the Texans first-and-goal before Sadler’s short scoring burst.
Woerner fired his second and third touchdown strikes in the second quarto, covering 24 yards to Jeff Thomas and 15 yards to running back Jabari Anderson, who was playing for the first time since aggravating an ankle injury three weeks ago. That touchdown was set up by a 50-yard Bubba Tandy punt return.
Woerner’s final TD strike covered 31 yards to High with just less than five minutes into the second half, and Sergio Sroka concluded Tarleton’s scoring with a 25 yard field goal less than two minutes later.
Infiesto added a meaningless touchdown midway through the fourth on a 12-yard run.
Tarleton welcomes Western New Mexico to Stephenville next Saturday. WNMU fell Saturday to No. 10 Midwestern State, 44-23.