LSC Football Recap - Saturday, October 31
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Fourth straight win gives Buffs Golden opportunity
West Texas A&M outside receiver Brittan Golden had his best game as a Buff in a 66-23 victory against Northeastern State on Saturday despite one of the most difficult weeks of his life. Golden's grandfather, Cecil, died Thursday of a heart attack.
"He was here all night, sitting right up there watching the whole game," said Golden, a sophomore from Denver City. "The last few days have been heartbreaking. I didn't know what to do. He has always been there and been the man."
Golden had seven catches for 178 yards and three touchdowns against the RiverHawks.
After early lead, Rams fall to No. 7 Tarleton State
Needing a win to stay in the race for the Lone Star Conference championship, the Angelo State University football team gave No. 7 Tarleton State all it could handle on Senior Day at San Angelo Stadium Saturday night. The Texans rallied from an early 7-0 first quarter deficit with 21 unsanswered points to defeat the Rams 21-14.
With the loss, the Rams fell to 6-4 overall and 5-3 in the LSC. The Texans improved to 9-1 and 7-1. TSU moved into sole possession of first place in the conference thanks to Abilene Christian’s victory over Texas A&M-Kingsville. The Rams were eliminated from the title race.
“We shot ourselves in the foot a lot,” ASU head coach Dale Carr said. “We had several opportunites in the first half and early in the second half.”
ACU offense has monster game against Kingsville
Backed against the wall, facing a must-win game or stay home for the Division II football playoffs, No. 15 Abilene Christian responded Saturday with a big victory. A week after not scoring a touchdown for the first time since 2001 in a 13-6 loss to Tarleton State, the Wildcats found the end zone six times in a 47-35 victory over No. 9 Texas A&M-Kingsville in a Lone Star Conference South Division game at Shotwell Stadium.
Daryl Richardson and Reggie Brown each ran for two touchdowns, and quarterback Mitchell Gale threw for two more as the Wildcats snapped a two-game losing skid to keep their playoff hopes alive.
“We took the approach that we just have a two-game season to get into the playoffs,” said Gale, ACU’s redshirt freshman quarterback. “I mean, our backs are against the wall. What are we going to do? I think we kind of showed our mentality toward that. We just have to keep doing it next week.”
Related: Jaklewicz: Wildcats offense returns from the dead
Buffaloes pummel RiverHawks
Senior night took a sour turn for Northeastern State as West Texas A&M routed the RiverHawks 66-23 in a Lone Star Conference game at Doc Wadley Stadium on Saturday night. The RiverHawks defense could not contain the West Texas attack as the Buffaloes riddled the NSU secondary for 464 yards and added another 165 on the ground for 629 yards in total offense. The loss drops Northeastern State to 2-8 for the season. The Buffaloes are 5-5.
Related: Buffs blast RiverHawks
Mustangs' defense holds its ground
Eastern New Mexico went into Saturday’s game against the No. 13 Midwestern State Mustangs pretty proud of its “Air Raid” offense that was tops nationally in passing and third nationally in total offense, while scoring almost 36 points a game. Apparently, the sirens weren’t working Saturday night or the Mustangs just ignored the noise.
MSU played a bend-but-don’t-break defense and made the plays when it had to, thrashing the Greyhounds 50-17 at Greyhound Stadium in Blackwater Draw, N.M. It was the eighth straight time MSU beat the the Greyhounds and the third straight time it scored more than 50 points. it was the Greyhounds worst loss of the season as they fall to 2-8 overall and finish 0-6 in the Lone Star Conference South.
MSU crushes Greyhounds, 50-17
A late score to close the first half got momentum shifting Midwestern State’s way Saturday night at Greyhound Stadium. A touchdown on the 13th-ranked Mustangs’ first possession of the second half kept it there and they never looked back. MSU held the NCAA D-II’s No. 3 offense in check for most of the second half and outscored the Greyhounds 33-7 over the final 30 minutes on the way to a 50-17 win over Eastern New Mexico in front of 2,729 fans at Greyhound Stadium.
The win is the eight straight over the Greyhounds for the Mustangs as they improve to 8-2 for the season and 3-2 in the Lone Star Conference South. The Greyhounds are now 2-8 and 0-6. MSU closes out the regular season next Saturday with a 1 p.m. game against Abilene Christian at Memorial Stadium.
“This was one of those games where we had a ton of mistakes,” MSU head coach Bill Maskill said. “But somehow we found a way to overcome them. You have to give Eastern New Mexico credit, they played their hearts out and were really aggressive. We let them hang around because we made enough mistakes for four ballgames.
Related: Midwestern routs Hounds in division finale
Football Falls to OPSU
Southwestern Oklahoma State University's string of success against Oklahoma Panhandle State on the football field came to an unexpected end Saturday in a 28-24 loss.
OPSU running back Daryl Brister scored the game-winning touchdown when on a one-yard run to put the Aggies in front 28-24 with 2:51 to play. Brister's score was his third of the day and capped off an amazing game in which he rushed for 227 yards on 35 carries. Brister carried the ball seven of the eight plays on the Aggies scoring drive. The eight-play drive was set up after Clinton native Chris Pearson brought back a SWOSU punt 46 yards to the Bulldog 25 yard line.
Lady Buffs to host LSC v-ball tourney
The West Texas A&M Lady Buffs will host this year's Lone Star Conference volleyball tournament, WT coach Jason Skoch said Sunday. Sixth-ranked WT (29-3 overall, 12-0 in LSC) got the bid by snagging the conference's No. 1 seed with wins last week against Tarleton State and Texas A&M-Kingsville.
Related: COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL: ASU captures LSC playoff spot
Field set for LSC Women's Soccer Championship
West Texas A&M will host the Lone Star Conference Women's Soccer Championship for the second straight year after winning the league's regular season title. The championship is set for November 5-6-8 at The Pitch in Canyon, Texas. WTAMU, 13-2-2 overall and 7-2-1 in the LSC, is the top seed for the six-team, single elimination conference championship. The Lady Buffs won its second consecutive and fifth overall LSC crown in 2008.
Central Oklahoma also earned a first-round bye as the runner-up with a 7-3 league record. The championship begins on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 12 p.m. with No. 3 Texas Woman's playing No. 6 Texas A&M-Commerce. The 2:30 p.m. game matches No. 4 Midwestern State against No. 5 Abilene Christian. The TWU/A&M-C winner advances to play UCO at 12 p.m. on Friday, while the MSU/ACU victor plays WTAMU at 2:30 p.m. The Friday winners get a day off before playing on Sunday at 1 p.m. for the LSC Championship and an automatic bid into the NCAA Division II tournament.
Auditore, No. 10 Mustangs clinch share of LSC title Senior scores twice in 4-1 win over Northeastern St.