Western New Mexico football traveled to Buffalo Stadium on the campus of West Texas A&M Saturday night to continue conference play. Despite a surge in the second half, the Mustangs fell to WT 45-21.
CJ Fowler (Mesa, AZ/Desert Ridge HS) - 30-of-49 | 344-yards | 3 TDs
Reggie Colson III (Hollywood, FL/South Borward HS) - 9 receptions | 98-yards | 1 TD
Roosevelt Calhoun Jr. (Reno, NV/Hug HS) - 14 tackles | 10 solo
Oly Taase - 10 carries | 42-yards
HOW IT HAPPENED:
WNMU were forced to punt on their first two drives of the game.
WT got on the board at the 8:35 mark on a 7-yard rush from Logan Vallo. The Buffs would score once more at just before the end of the quarter, on top of a field goal to take a early 17-0 edge.
Threatening to score at the start of the second quarter, a series of penalties gave the Mustangs some breathing room as the Buffs were forced to punt.
Midway through the second quarter, WT would score again though to go up 24-0 going into the break.
The Mustang defense came up big to start the second half. A forced fumble by Thomas Webb (Tucson, AZ/Cienega HS) Jr. would be recovered by Kaleb Gutierrez (El Paso, TX/Franklin HS) at the WT 34-yard line to give the possession to WNMU.
CJ Fowler (Mesa, AZ/Desert Ridge HS) would make the most of the possession finding Josh Powell from 20-yards out to put WNMU on the board.
Short lived, the Buffs would score in the drive immediately following the Mustang score.
With the ball at the end of the third, the Mustangs entered the fourth capping off a 10 play 68-yard drive with a 15-yard pass to Reggie Colson III (Hollywood, FL/South Borward HS) from Fowler to get the Mustangs to double-digits.
The team would each punt in their following drives.
In WT's second drive of the quarter, Izell Price (Detroit, MI/Westlake HS ) would force a WT fumble but it would be recovered by the Buffs in the end zone for a touchdown.
WNMU would answer just under the six minute mark, Fowler found Josh Powell from 11-yards, followed by a successful two-point conversion from Oly Taase to cut into the WT lead, 38-21.
In the red-zone once again on their next drive, WNMU was unable to finish turning over on downs.
WT remained clean at home winning 45-21.
WNMU will return home to defend Ben Altamirano Field, taking on the Falcons of UT - Permian Basin for Homecoming. This will be the Mustangs first game under the lights. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. (MST).