HOW TO CATCH THE GAME - The game will be televised nationally on CBS College Sports Network. CBS College Sports Network will have Brent Stover calling the game with Corey Chavous and Lisa Byington will be on the sidelines. Radio coverage can be heard throughout the Texas Panhandle on KGNC-AM NewsTalk 710 with Neil Horn and Brice Edwards. Live stats, audio and video of the game can be accessed by going to the WT football schedule page and clicking on the appropriate link.
THE RECORDS - Both teams enter with a 1-0 record as WT won 48-21 at Western State on Saturday and Chadron State won a double overtime thriller at Missouri S&T 40-36 last Thursday.
THE SERIES - The series is tied 1-1 as this is the first regular season meeting between the two teams. WT won 38-30 last season in Chadron, Neb., in the first round of the NCAA Playoffs, while Chadron State won the first meeting, also in the NCAA Playoffs, 43-17 on Nov. 25, 2006 in Chardon, Neb.
THE COACHES - West Texas A&M interim head coach Mike Nesbitt took over the reigns of the program on Aug. 22 after former head coach Don Carthel was relieved of his duties. Nesbitt is no stranger to WT as he was on Carthelâ??s staff from 2007-2010 prior to stints at Stephen F. Austin and University of Houston before returning to Canyon for the 2013 season. Before taking over the interim duties, Nesbitt was assistant head coach and coached the offensive line.
Chadron State head coach Jay Long is in his second year at the helm of the Eagles. He guided the team to a 9-3 record and the first round of the NCAA Playoffs last season. He was the head coach at Black Hills State for three years and an assistant there from 2003-2009, prior to returning to Chadron State. Long graduated from Chadron State in 2001. He is the 25th head coach in school history and the third to have graduated from CSC.
A WIN OVER CHADRON STATE WOULD. . .
· Give WT a 2-0 record for the first time since 2008 (11-2, NCAA Second Round)· Be the third win in the Lone Star Football Festival for WT in three appearances· Be the 32nd win in school history over a team from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (31-9)· Be the third win over a ranked team in the Lone Star Football Festival in as many seasons· Give WT a 2-1 lead in the series versus Chadron State· Be the 480th win in school history (479-483-22)
VAUGHAN NAMED LSC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Dustin Vaughan set a career-high with six touchdown passes and 472 yards passing Saturday as he earned the first Lone Star Conference Offensive Player of the Week honor this season. Vaughan was 38 of 58 passing with no interceptions in the 48-21 win at Western State.
BEYOND SPORTS NETWORK HONORS VAUGHAN - Dustin Vaughan was named one of seven Division II Offensive Players of the Week after his six touchdowns and 472 yards passing against Western State Saturday. He was one of three quarterbacks chosen for the award.
LAST WEEK AT WESTERN STATE - A career-high 472 yards passing and six touchdowns by senior quarterback Dustin Vaughan highlighted the season opener with a 48-21 win at Western State last Saturday. Vaughan threw 13 balls to senior wide receiver Torrence Allen who had a career-high 208 yards receiving and two touchdowns. WT jumped out to a 34-0 lead at intermission and extended the lead to 41-0 before Western State got on the board. The Buffs racked up 562 yards of total offense and allowed just 266. The defense held Western State to just 18 yards rushing on 24 carries and forced four fumbles while recovering three.
A LOOK AT CHADRON STATE - The Eagles enter with a 1-0 record after their thrilling, double overtime win at Missouri S&T last Thursday. In the game, Chadron State was down 27-20 with three minutes remaining, tailback Glen Clinton, who rushed for 140 yards and three scores in the game, ran a 55-yarder on the Statue of Liberty play to set up the Eagles deep in Miner territory. Quarterback John McLain, who went 37 of 58 for 341 yards and two touchdowns in the game, hit Cody Roes for a 12-yard score to tie the game at 27 with 44 seconds left in regulation. Both teams scored quickly on their opening possessions of overtime and then on the Minersâ?? second possession on third down, CSCâ??s Lance Haller intercepted the pass and returned it 79 yards for the game-winner and a 40-34 score.
VAUGHAN SETS CAREER-HIGHS - Senior quarterback Dustin Vaughan had quite a game Saturday as he went a career-best 38 of 58 in passing for a career-high 472 yards and a career-high six touchdown passes. He topped his previous best of 409 yards and five touchdowns versus Western State last season.
CLOSING IN ON HARRIS - Dustin Vaughan had a career-high 472 yards passing Saturday as he came into the season third in career passing yards. Vaughan came into the season needed just 1,675 yards to surpass Taylor Harris as the all-time passer in school history. After Vaughanâ??s 472 performance, he is just 1,203 yards away.
ALLEN OVER 200 - Senior Torrence Allen got off to an amazing start this season as he tallied a career-high 208 yards and two touchdowns Saturday. He tied his career-high with 13 receptions and moved to 2,040 yards in his career which places him seventh all-time. He needs just 12 receptions now to move into the top 10 in career receptions.
SERGIO FOR 300 - Senior kicker Sergio Castillo, Jr., tallied 12 points in the season-opener and moved into second in school history in scoring surpassing Keithon Flemming (294). Castillo is just 32 points from breaking the school-record in scoring held by DeWayne Miles (1997-2000). He now is 40 of 51 in field goals and 180 of 183 in extra points.
SPREADING THE WEALTH - Saturday, the quarterback duo of Dustin Vaughan and junior David Lehocky threw passes to 11 different players.
GO GROUND - Heading into the season, the running back position was labeled a question mark with the departure of school-record holder Khiry Robinson who had 1,621 yards last season to the NFL, however on Saturday the Buffs held their ground as they tallied 86 net yards rushing and got production from sophomore Geremy Alridge (11 att., 50 yards), Aaron Harris (7 att., 44 yards) and freshman DaShaun Rawls (2 att., 12 yards).
BIG FOOTED VANVORIS - Senior punter Kevin VanVoris had a nice day at the office punting seven times for 340 yards and a 48.6 average. He had a long punt of 66 yards and put two inside the 20 and tallied three touchbacks.
FORCING THE TURNOVER - The WT defense forced four Western State fumbles and recovered three of them on Saturday. WT didnâ??t have a turnover and had its first clean sheet in the turnover department since Nov. 10, 2012 at Texas A&M-Commerce.
GETTING OFF THE FIELD - The WT defense held Western State to 1 of 11 on third down on Saturday and allowed 14 first downs and 10 true first downs not from penalties. Conversely, the Buffs were 9 of 19 on third down and had 30 first downs and three by way of penalties.
AGAINST THE GROUND - WTâ??s defense stopped Western State dead in its tracks in the ground game as WSCU had just 18 yards rushing on 25 carries. WT held four teams last season under 50 yards rushing, including just three yards against Abilene Christian (10/13/12).
GETTINâ?? IN THE BACKFIELD - WTâ??s defense manhandled the much smaller Western State offensive line as the Buffs tallied four sacks and 12 tackles for loss for 35 yards Saturday. Senior defensive back John McSheffery led the way with two TFLâ??s for six yards.
GOOD START FOR YOUNGMAN - Redshirt freshman linebacker Patric Youngman had a solid debut in a Buff uniform as he tallied five tackles with three solo stops, one sack, 1.5 tackles for loss for four yards and a pass breakup.
JOHNSON STRONG IN DEBUT - Junior wide receiver transfer Anthony Johnson made the most of his three catches Saturday with two touchdowns and 53 yards. Johnson transferred to WT from Northern Illinois.
WATSON RETURNS - Junior wide receiver Jeremy Watson returned to the Buffaloes this season after missing the 2012 season. He had two catches for 20 yards and returned four punts for 31 yards in his first game since 2011.
AGAINST THE RMAC - The Buffs are 31-9 all-time against current members of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. This was the third year in a row WT opened the season with a member of the RMAC and the second year in a row playing multiple teams from that conference. The last two seasons WT opened with Colorado State-Pueblo and opened with Western State this season. WT played three RMAC schools a year ago, splitting two meetings with CSU-Pueblo, defeating Western State and Chadron State.
RECAPPING THE SUMMER SCRIMMAGES - The Buffalo offense was strong in the first scrimmage on Aug. 24. Senior quarterback Dustin Vaughan had 18 completions for 196 yards and five scores as the scrimmage was broken up into open plays and goal line situations. Sophomore receiver Word Hudson led the way with 78 yards, while newcomer Anthony Johnson had three receptions for 56 yards and a score. On the ground, senior Aaron Harris had 34 yards on nine carries. The second scrimmage on Aug. 31 saw big hits by the defense as the coaching staff looked at a lot of players. The first and second teams didnâ??t see a whole lot of action, but the younger players got a lot of time. In addition, senior kicker Sergio Castillo, Jr., belted a 55-yard field goal late in the scrimmage. Sophomore Geremy Alridge had six carries for 19 yards on the ground, while senior Aaron Harris had three touches including a 23-yarder. Senior quarterback Dustin Vaughan was 4 of 7 for 33 yards and a touchdown.
2013 TEAM CAPTAINS - The 2013 team captains this season are senior quarterback Dustin Vaughan (#10), senior offensive lineman Craig Watts (#64), senior linebacker Taylor McCuller (#32) and senior defensive back Curtis Slater (#22).
FOUR NAMED TO D2FOOOTBALL.COM PRESEASON TOP 100 - Four West Texas A&M football players were named in the D2Football.com Preseason Top 100. Senior defensive end Ethan Westbrooks was fourth in the poll, senior quarterback Dustin Vaughan was 23rd, while senior wide receiver Torrence Allen was 67th and senior kicker Sergio Castillo, Jr., was 70th. The Buffs had the third-most selections in the poll of 61 teams and the most in the Lone Star Conference.
BROTHERS - This season, the Buffs have two sets of brothers on the team. Senior quarterback Dustin Vaughan has his brother freshman offensive lineman Dillon and senior linebacker Chris Olson has his younger brother redshirt freshman linebacker Alex.
HISTORIC 2012 SEASON - WT is coming off of one of the most successful seasons in school history with a 12-3 record, its fifth Lone Star Conference championship and a berth in the NCAA National Semifinals for the first time in school history. The Buffs finished fourth nationally in the final AFCA Coaches Poll and fifth in the final D2Football.com poll.
â??Newâ?? FACES On staff - The Buffs have a number of new faces on the coaching staff heading into 2013. However, a number of them are technically not new to the program though. Now interim head coach Mike Nesbitt returns to WT for the first time since 2010. He was at the University of Houston in 2012 and Stephen F. Austin in 2011. Also returning is defensive line coach, recruiting coordinator and NFL Liaison Brett Watson. Watson was on staff as both a player and coach as 2013 is his first season back since 2011. Also new this season is linebackers coach Kevin Avey who comes to WT from East Central University, while J.R. Norman will also be coaching the linebackers and Tate Rhodes will be coaching the wide receivers. WT veteran Nick Paremski was promoted to Defensive Coordinator as he begins his eighth season with the program, and third-year man Stephen Lee begins his second year as offensive coordinator.
NFL UPDATE - The Buffs had eight former football players on NFL teams this summer. Five are still with teams through the first week of the NFL season. Khiry Robinson (2011-2012) earned a roster spot as a rookie with the New Orleans Saints, while Eugene Sims (2008-2009) is in St. Louis and Jâ??Marcus Webb (2008-2009) was released by Chicago this summer and picked up by Minnesota right before the season started. Brian Braman (2009) is with Houston and Stephen Burton (2009-2010) was released by Minnesota and picked up by Jacksonville.
BUFFS RANKED HIGH IN PRESEASON MAGAZINES - WT has been selected second and third nationally in the preseason football magazines by Lindyâ??s College Football Magazine and Sporting News College Football Magazine, respectively. WT senior defensive lineman Ethan Westbrooks was selected to both publications preseason All-America Teams, while senior quarterback Dustin Vaughan was selected to the second team All-America in Lindyâ??s magazine.
VAUGHAN NOMINATED FOR AllSTate Good Works TEAM - Senior quarterback Dustin Vaughan has been nominated for the 2013 Allstate Good Works Team. Vaughan is one of 151 college football athletes from around the country nominated. The 22-member team will be announced later in September.
wt road games to be televised - KAMR-TV (NBC) again will televise all of the Buffsâ?? road contests, live during the 2013 season. The Amarillo-based NBC affiliate, which has televised Buffalo football for the past eight years, aired the season-opener at Western State in Gunnison, Colo., on Sept. 7, will air the CBS College Sports broadcast of the Chadron State game (Sept. 12) and road games at Texas A&M-Kingsville (Sept. 28), Tarleton State (Oct. 12), McMurry (Oct. 26) and Midwestern State (Nov. 16).
BUFFS PICKED FIRST IN LSC PRESEASON POLL - The Buffs were the top pick in the LSC Preseason Poll announced at the annual LSC Media Day on July 30. WT garnered 16 of 21 first-place votes and 141 total points. Midwestern State was picked second with three, first-place votes and 124 total points.
VAUGHAN AND WESTBROOKS TABBED PRESEASON PLAYERS OF THE YEAR - Seniors Dustin Vaughan and Ethan Westbrooks were named LSC Preseason Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively, by the league coaches and media at the annual LSC Media Day.
Vaughan named fred jacoby academic Athlete of the year - Senior-to-be Dustin Vaughan earned the prestigious honor of being named the LSC Fred Jacoby Male Academic Athlete of the Year in 2012-13.
2013 recruiting class - Fresh off one of the best seasons in school history, the Buffs signed 37 players in the 2013 recruiting class on Feb. 6, 2013. The Buffs added 27 players on offense and 10 on defense.
all-americans - The Buffs had six players earn All-America accolades this season with five earning spots on multiple teams. Senior-to-be kicker Sergio Castillo, Jr., was a first team Daktronics selection, first team Little All-America and first team BSN Sports honoree, while being named honorable mention D2Football.com. 2012 senior Manase Foketi earned first team honors on Daktronics, Little All-America, D2Football.com, BSN Sports and AFCA Division II. Graduated senior Tyrell Higgins earned BSN Sports third team honors, while graduated senior Khiry Robinson was a D2Football.com second team selection and BSN Sports second team honoree. Senior-to-be Dustin Vaughan earned second team D2Football.com accolades and third team BSN Sports honors. Senior-to-be Ethan Westbrooks was a first team Daktronics selection and National Defensive Player of the Year, Little All-America first team, D2Football.com first team and BSN Sports first team honoree.
Buffs finish fourth in coaches poll - WT finished a school-best fourth in the final AFCA Coaches Poll which was released Dec. 17, 2012. WT entered the NCAA Playoffs ranked 16th and downed No. 20 Chadron State (38-30), No. 4 Ashland University (33-28) and toppled No. 1 Colorado State-Pueblo 34-13, all on the road. The Buffs fell to No. 2 Winston-Salem State in the NCAA Semifinals.
WT among winningest programs in texas - The Buffs are 71-16 in regular season games from 2005-2012 and ranks second among Division I and Division II programs in Texas in terms of winning percentage. WT also has gone to the postseason all eight years and is just one of two teams to accomplish that feat (TCU). TCU is 78-17 during the past eight years and holds a slim percentage points lead on WT as both have won over 82 percent of their games during that span. Midwestern State is third at 66-19 winning 78 percent of its regular season games.