Vaughan completed 19 of 29 passes and threw scoring passes of 13 yards to Trevor Hammargren and 32 yards and four yards to Lance Ratliff. The win pushes the Buffs to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the Lone Star Conference, while the Javelinas failed to follow up on a big 16-13 road win at Abilene Christian last week, falling to 2-1 and 1-1.
WTAMU head coach Don Carthel won his 69th game at the helm of the Buffaloes as he surpassed Joe Kerbel (1960-1970) for the all-time wins in school history. Carthel now stands at 69-20 in his eighth-year and is 115-66-1 all-time in his 17th season. Kerbel was 68-41-1 during his tenure at WT.
West Texas A&M never trailed, taking a 7-0 lead on the Vaughan-to-Hammargren pass, and then eventually pushed the lead to 24-3 late in the third quarter. Ratliff had a pair of acrobatic catches in the quarter as he finished the game with three catches for 76 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Kingsville appeared to have gotten back into the game momentarily early in the fourth quarter when Sherman Batiste capped a 15-play, 75-yard drive with a 6-yard scoring catch from Nate Poppell to cut the WT lead to 24-10.
But the Buffs answered with a six-play, 83-yard drive that was capped by Khriy Robinson's 7-yard scoring run, pushing the WT lead to 31-10 with 6:36 to play. Less than 45 seconds later, Chris Metcalf picked up a fumble and returned it 25 yards for a score to push the lead to 38-10, and Shane Sobnosky dropped Kingsville backup quarterback Bryan Ehrlich in the end zone for a safety with 1:24 to play to put an end to the scoring.
Poppell finished the game 19 for 32 with one interception, 188 yards and touchdown. Batiste caught six passes for 86 yards and one score, while Randall Toney carried the ball 10 times for 42 yards.