ARLINGTON– This game seemed all too familiar for the Hogs.
In a situation similar to last year’s, the Texas A&M University—Kingsville (TAMUK) Javelinas had their streak snapped by the West Texas A&M Buffaloes with a 10-40 defeat in Cowboys Stadium.
The Javelinas’ turnovers set the tone for the rest of the game, as the Buffaloes put up 368 overall yards.
The Hogs put up 285 yards, but only found themselves in the red zone twice all night.
Running back Randall Toney had a big second quarter, picking up 54 yards, but he was only given the ball twice in the second half.
“It’s kind of frustrating. Any player wants to get the ball in hands,” said Toney. “All I could do is make the most of my opportunities.”
Things only went from bad to worse for the lowly Hogs, as the Buffaloes were able to take advantage of penalties, turnovers and a tired defense to connect on five touchdowns.
The Javelinas could not stop Buffalo running back Khiry Robinson, who ran for 110 yards and a touchdown.
West Texas wide receivers Lance Ratliff and Trevor Hammargren also found gaps in the Javelina defense, as combined for 220 yards and three touchdowns.
Things only went from bad to worse for the Hogs when the Buffaloes forced a safety near the end of the game.
Wide receiver Sherman Baptiste scored the only Javelina touchdown, off a 6 yard pass from quarterback Nate Poppell.
Poppell threw for 188 yards and an interception, while running back Jonathon Woodson put up 36 yards.
The Javelinas’ head coach Bo Atterberry acknowledged the team’s shortfalls.
“We…dug ourselves in a hole and couldn’t dig ourselves out of it,” he said. “There were several areas we could have capitalized on but we didn’t.”
Atterberry hopes the Javelinas can bounce back when they host Midwestern State next Saturday at 7 p.m.
“It’s just one of those days. We got beat every phase of the game,” he said. “We got to get back to work.”