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Eagles Come Up Short To West Texas A and M

Story By: Jeff Alan

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 11/24/2012

With 10:47 remaining in the third quarter, the Ashland University Eagles had taken the third quarter kickoff and gone 62 yards in seven plays with Taylor Housewright (20-43-166, 2 TD's, 3 int's) finding Anthony Capasso with a 14 yard scoring pass giving the Eagles a 28-19 lead to start the second half.  But that would be all the scoring for Ashland U., as West Texas A and M would come right back with 14 unanswered points to end the Eagles season by a final of 33-28 in the NCAA Division II playoffs at Jack Miller Stadium/Martinelli Field. 

WTAMU behind quarterback Dustin Vaughn (35-50-398 yards, 4-TD's, 1 int) jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter, only to have Ashland answer back with a 51 yard run by Anthony Taylor (22-158 yards, 1 TD) and a blocked punt returned for a touchdown of 12 yards by Alex Winters as AU grabbed a 14-10 lead.  The Buffaloes responded with a 38 yard field goal by Sergio Castillo and a three yard touchdown pass to Trevor Hammargren from Vaughn.  Ashland would score with just ten second left in the half when Anthony Taylor grabbed a ten yard scoring pass from Housewright giving AU a 21-19 lead at the break.

After the Eagles had pushed the lead to 28-19 to start the third quarter, Vaughn and the West texas A and M offense went to work with big play receiver Torrence Allen (13-185 yards, 3 TD's) cathing two touchdown passes on the Buffaloes next two drives one of 62 yards and the next 80.  The second drive coming after Ashland had driven down to the Buffalo nine yard line missing a 26 yard field goal after an incomplete pass on third and two the play before.

WTAMU had a chance to salt the game away in the fourth quarter but Buffalo running back Khiry Robinson (21-62 yards) was stopped twice from the 1 yard line on third and fourth and goal with 7:25 left.  Ashland would get the ball back driving from their own one yard line up to the 41, where on third and five Housewright was sacked for a loss of ten yards forcing a punt.  West Texas A and M took over with 2:43 remaining at their own 35.  Unable to get a first down, the Buffaloes ran the clock down to :48 and punted back to Ashland where the Eagles took over at their own 12 with :38 remaining.

On three of his next four passes, Housewright connected with Brian Gamble for 25, 15 and 22 yards giving AU a first and ten at the Buffalo 26 with :12 remaining.  But on the next play, Housewright went back to pass, stepped up in pocket, was hit fumbled the ball and it was recovered by WTAMU's Tyrell Higgins sealing the win for the Buffaloes, 33-28 the final.

WTAMU outgained Ashland in total yards with 451 on 77 plays to the Eagles 366 on 74.  The loss also ends AU's season at 11-1, while the Buffaloes who were playing their eighth road game of the season improve to 11-2 and will move on to the NCAA Division II quarterfinals next Saturday.        

   
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