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The Lovers head to San Angelo to take on #4 Angelo State

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 | 18:00 | LeGRAND STADIUM | SAN ANGELO, TEXAS
🖥️: LSC DIGITAL NETWORK | LIVE STATS: LINK | GAME NOTES: (WT | ASU)

CANYON, Texas – The Buffaloes hit the road for Lone Star Conference action Saturday night as they travel to San Angelo, Texas to take on the #4 Angelo State Rams at LeGrand Stadium at 1st Community Credit Union Field with kickoff set for 6:00 p.m.

A LOOK AT THE ARIES
ASU enters the weekend with a 3-0 overall record with a 1-0 mark in LSC action after a 34-21 win on the road last week at UT Permian Basin. The Rams are ranked fourth in this week’s AFCA Top 25 poll.

Zach Bronkhorst leads the ASU offense as the Galveston product has completed 57 of 110 passes for 731 yards and four touchdowns to go along with two picks. Nate Omayebu III leads the way on the ground with 306 yards on 63 carries and five scores, while Micah Flowers anchors the ASU defense with 20 total carries and one interception.

ASU HEAD COACH JEFF GIRSCH
Jeff Gersh is now in his ninth season in San Angelo, having been the head coach of the Rams for the past three full seasons. He led ASU to the third round of the NCAA playoffs a year ago with an 11-3 overall mark.

Girsch took over the ASU program on November 4, 2018 after serving as the team’s defensive coordinator.

THE SERIES
Angelo State holds a 19-15 advantage in the all-time series against the Buffs since WT took last year’s meeting in Canyon. The Buffs are 8-10 all-time in San Angelo as they dropped their last trip to Concho Valley in 2020 with a 21-10 record.

SENIOR COACH HUNTER HUGHES
Hunter Hughes is now in his sixth season at the helm of the Buffaloes as the Nashville, Tennessee native holds a 29-24 overall record during his time in Canyon. A 1991 graduate of Middle Tennessee State, Hughes coached 37 All-Lone Star Conference selections during his time in the Maroon & White.

Hughes came to Canyon in December 2016 after a decade as the defensive coordinator at Colorado State-Pueblo, where the ThunderWolves made five NCAA playoff appearances, including a run to the 2014 NCAA Division II National Title.

THIS IS LSC FOOTBALL
The season begins Thursday, Sept. 1, and the Lone Star Conference has 10 teams that will compete in 2022 with the addition of Central Washington, Simon Fraser and Western Oregon as associate members. Each team will play nine conference games to determine the LSC champion.

THIRD WEEK SUMMARY
The #14 Buffaloes overcame a 14-point deficit in the third quarter to tie the game, but six costly turnovers proved too many as West Texas A&M fell to the Javelinas of Texas A&M-Kingsville, 31-24 in the Lone Star Conference opener in 7,337 fans at Bain-Schaeffer Buffalo Stadium.

Nick Gerber finished the night 12 of 26 for 214 yards and a pair of touchdowns while also throwing a season-high three interceptions. Isaiah Smallud picked up a team-high 50 yards on the ground while Shackle Brown led the receiving corps with 84 yards on three catches with a touchdown.

Defensively, Chris Thomas registered 10 total tackles followed by one sack Carson Otworth with nine tackles, two of which came for a loss. Ty Dillon and Preston Steszewski both recorded interceptions.

WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM
West Texas A&M is home to one of the best college football facilities in the country as Bain-Schaeffer Buffalo Stadium opened on September 7, 2019 with a capacity of 10,145 fans as the Buffs defeated Asuza Pacific 35-16. The state-of-the-art facility featured Hellas Matrix FusionH XP2 artificial turf along with seven ground level suites and the Fairly Group Club.

AFCA DIVISION II TOP-25 POLL
The Buffaloes fell out of the weekly edition of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II Top 25 poll, announced Monday afternoon by the association’s offices in Waco, Texas.

Ferris State collected 29 first-place votes to sit atop the poll after a blank weekend. Northwest Missouri State ranks second with 714 points, followed by Grand Valley State (one first, 693), Angelo State (628), Shepherd (623), West Florida (607), Harding (572), West Georgia ( 528), Ouachita Baptist (490) and Newbury (475).

HOME OF CHAMPIONS
West Texas A&M is home to one of the most successful athletic programs in all of NCAA Division II.

During the 2021-22 campaign, WT won six Lone Star Conference championships, three LSC Tournament crowns, two regional championships and four top-5 finishes in track and field, including the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Women’s National Championship.

ON THIS DAY
The Buffs are 7-4 all-time on September 24th as WT has won its last five games played on that date.

1949 – vs. McMurray (L, 34-7)
1955 – vs. McMurray (W, 6-0)
1960 – vs. Arizona State (L, 14-3)
1966 – in the Pacific (W, 49-7)
1977 – at North Texas (L, 31-20)
1983 – vs. UT Arlington (L, 31-13)
1988 – at Northwest Missouri (W, 65-42)
1994 – vs. NM Highlands (W, 48-16)
2005 – vs. Texas A&M-Kingsville (W, 28-20)
2011 – vs Incarnate Word (W, 52-7)
2016 – vs. Tarleton (W, 37-25)

LIVE COVERAGE
Saturday’s game will be broadcast on the Lone Star Conference Digital Network. For more information, visit the GoBuffsGo.com football schedule page.