â??No we really didnâ??t expect a game like this as we saw them on tape and thought itâ??d be a lot harder fight and take us into the fourth quarter,â?? interim head coach Mike Nesbitt said. â??Once we stopped giving up yardage and the defense settled in (in the second quarter) and stopped making personal fouls and offside penalties, we shut them down at that point.â??
WT senior place-kicker Sergio Castillo, Jr., broke the school-record for career scoring as he tallied 15 points with two field goals and nine extra-points breaking DeWayne Milesâ?? career record of 332 points. Castillo now has 343 career points and remained perfect on the season in both extra-points and field goals.
â??I was nervous at first, but it was good to get that off my shoulders,â?? Castillo said. â??It was great to get it on a field goal, but whatever helps the team first.â??
For the game, WT outgained TAMUK 419 to 188 as WT rushed for 118 yards and passed for 301, while holding one of the top rushing teams in the country to just 96 yards on 43 carries on the ground and the Javelinas passed for just 92 yards.
Senior quarterback Dustin Vaughan went 25 of 33 passing for 227 yards and a score as he is just 115 yards from tying the school record of 9,799 career passing yards set by Taylor Harris.
The Buffs opened the game on defense and held the Javelinas to a punt on their opening drive for the first time since the season opener. Vaughan, a Corpus Christi, Texas, native, went 8 for 8 on the opening drive for the Buffs as he completed passes to five different receivers on the drive as the Buffs went 10 plays and 75 yards in 3:53 for a 7-0 lead on a senior Aaron Harris 1-yard run.
The Javelinas came back with a 15-play 66-yard drive that went 5:28, but TAMUK was stopped on 4th and 2 from the WT nine on an incomplete pass in the end zone. WT had to punt on its next possession as TAMUK took over at its own 42 early in the second quarter. The Javelinas marched down the field helped out by a personal foul penalty on the Buffs and quarterback Aaron Bueno tossed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Derek Tesch for a 7-7 score with 10:38 left in the second.
Thatâ??s when the Buffs took control of the half, scoring the next 28 points for a 31-7 halftime lead. The Buff offense came back out and Vaughan was precise again as he went 5 for 5 on the drive capped with a 7-yard touchdown pass to senior Trevor Hammargren for a 14-7 lead.
Following a three-and-out, WT swelled the lead with a nine play, 50-yard drive capped with a 1-yard run by sophomore Geremy Alridge for a 21-7 lead.
On the ensuing TAMUK possession, the Javelinas had a 3rd and 5 from their 40 as redshirt freshman LaPear Willrich sacked Bueno for a 10-yard loss and a forced fumble. Senior defensive back Curtis Slater alertly picked it up and ran 26-yards for the fumble return and a 28-7 lead. Castillo tied the school scoring record with is fourth extra-point of the game.
The Buff â??Dâ?? again forced a three-and-out and WT regained the ball at its own 36. The Buffs went eight plays as Castillo broke the school scoring record with a 41-yard field goal as he surpassed DeWayne Miles (1997-2000) with 335 career points. Miles had 332 points. WT took the 31-7 lead into intermission.
For the half, WT had 222 yards on 37 plays including 46 yards rushing and 176 yards passing from Vaughan. Alridge had 32 yards and a score, while senior receiver Torrence Allen had 37 yards on five catches. TAMUK had 67 yards rushing on 23 carries and 57 yards passing for 124 yards on 37 plays.
WT, who won the toss and deferred to the second half, had more kickoff magic and senior returner Nathan Slaughter returned the kick for 95 yards and his second kick return for a touchdown in as many games for a 38-7 lead. Slaughter returned a kick 100 yards for a score last week against Texas A&M-Commerce.
â??Mom said she hoped I got another one and I have to please mom,â?? Slaughter said. â??I have great guys on the return team and they sell out for me and say every time in the huddle, letâ??s take it to the house and they are going to block for me like that, I am going to return it every time.â??
The Buffs added to its lead with four more touchdowns in the quarter for a 66-7 lead as the Buffs surpassed their output of 62 points from last week in a 62-28 win over Texas A&M-Commerce.
The Buffs rattled off 62 unanswered points since a 7-7 score in the second quarter and Castillo came out for a 36-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter as both teams emptied their benches and a 69-7 lead.
The Javelinas mustered a late drive, but the Buff defense stood tall as senior Bryan Johnson and senior David Christmas sacked Bueno for a 22-yard loss on a 3rd and goal from the two forcing the Javelinas into a 41-yard field goal which Matt Stoll missed keeping the game at 69-7.
WT returns home for Homecoming 2013 as it hosts Central State (Ohio) Saturday, Oct. 5 at 3 p.m. at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium.