Buffs Drop Wagon Wheel Game

Buffs Drop Wagon Wheel Game

Austin Heinen, Former Associate Editor

It was a tale of halves where the Buffs found themselves on the wrong end of a second half rally. WT could stop the run as they fall to the Greyhounds 39-30.

            The Buffs held a 28-14 lead at halftime but after ENMU scored on its opening 2nd half drive, the Buffaloes couldn’t stop the bleeding. Eastern outscored WT 25-2 in the second half. “The big thing was the momentum in the 3rd quarter,” Head Coach Mike Nesbit said. “We had some opportunities to stay on the field in the 3rd quarter and we just didn’t do it. When you get the opportunities to stay out there and keep playing you got to do and help the defense out by scoring some points and in the second half we didn’t score enough touchdowns to take them out of their game, we got in a bad phase.”

            The Greyhound’s rally was aided by three fumbles. As QB Ethan Brinkley said it just became a snow ball effect. While this loss stings for the Buffaloes Brinkley, who went 31 of 45 for 345 yards and three touchdowns, know along with the rest of the team they have bigger thing to look to as they continue for a playoff berth.

 “There’s a lot of football left for this team,” Brinkley said. “My freshman year we lost the wagon wheel and then we ended up going like three games into the playoffs. Like Nesbit said we have bigger fish to fry, this one hurts but it’s not the end for us. We got a lot of work to do but I’m confident we can get there.”

The Buffaloes will return for homecoming this next week. Running back Devon Paye, who had 12 carries for 41 yards and a touchdown, sees it as a chance for the team to get back on track. “We just got to work hard at practice,” Paye said. “We just got to stay on our game plan and know what we’re doing and go get it next week.”

WT will host Texas A&M Kingsville next week for homecoming. Kickoff time is at 5pm.