West Texas A&M kicker Sergio Castillo connected on a 21-yard field goal with 49 seconds to play and the fourth-ranked Buffaloes won a thrilling 34-31 game over Chadron State to open the Lone Star Conference Football Festival at AT&T Stadium in Dallas. The game was the NCAA Division II Game of the Week and broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network.
The Eagles, ranked 18th, burst out of the gates on the Cowboys’ home turf, scoring 21 consecutive points in the opening quarter and led 31-16 in the fourth quarter, but the Buffs scored 17 unanswered points to escape with the victory.
The game couldn’t have started any better for the Eagles. Glen Clinton scored on a 77-yard run on the Eagles’ first play and defensive end Dillon Breinig recovered a West Texas fumble less than a minute later. On the ensuing play, quarterback Jonn McLain, who completed 28 of 40 passes for 222 yards, found Nathan Ross all alone in the end zone for a 7-yard TD.
Following a Buffs’ punt, the Eagles put together their finest drive of the night, traveling 82 yards in 17 plays. Michael Madkins, who rushed for 89 yards, plunged into the end zone from a yard out to put CSC up, 21-0.
West Texas responded with a long drive of its own – 86 yards in 14 plays – culminating in Castillo’s 21-yard field goal. The Eagles answered with a field goal of their own midway through the second quarter when Randy Wentz boomed a 33 yarder.
The kicking spree ended late in the quarter after Castillo cut the Eagles’ lead to 24-6 with a 29-yard field goal.
The second half belonged to the Buffs as they outscored Chadron State, 28-7. The Eagles’ only score came on a 52-yard run up the middle from Michael Madkins, giving CSC a 31-16 advantage.
However, West Texas A&M’s Aaron Harris scored two TDs in the fourth quarter and Castillo nailed the game-winning field goal following a 10-play, 67-yard drive.
The game was evenly matched. Chadron State finished with 464 yards, West Texas A&M had 462. West Texas quarterback Dustin Vaughn completed 29 of 41 passes for 353 yards and one TD. Torrence Allen had eight receptions for 124 yards and Harris added 103 yards on the ground. Lane Haller led Chadron State’s defense with 15 tackles and Shea Koch had 10.
The Eagles will host Colorado Mesa Saturday at noon for Family Day.
Story by Alex Helmbrecht, Sports Information Director