Vaughan Sets School Career Passing Mark as Buffs Blank Central State, 72-0

A career-high seven touchdowns by West Texas A&M senior quarterback Dustin Vaughan highlighted a 72-0 win on Homecoming over Central State (Ohio) for the fourth-ranked Buffs Saturday afternoon. With the win, WT improved to 5-0 on the year, while Central State fell to 0-5.

Vaughan, a native of Corpus Christi, Texas, broke the school career passing record of 9,799 yards which was held by Taylor Harris as he threw for 401 yards and a career-high seven touchdowns. Vaughan was 32 of 40 for the game with no interceptions. Vaughan came into the game just 115 yards behind Harris and achieved the feat late in the first quarter.

After Central State won the toss and deferred to the second half, WT took the ball and went just three plays in 1:04 as Vaughan hooked up with senior wide receiver Torrence Allen for a 14-yard score and a 6-0 lead. WT went for two, but failed.

After a great punt by CSU, WT took possession at its 10 and drove the length of the field for a 10 play, 90-yard drive as Vaughan tossed his second touchdown pass, this time to senior Jace Jackson for a 13-0 lead.

Another punt followed for CSU as WT took over at its 31. The Buffs meticulously moved the ball down the field, yet again as Vaughan hooked up with junior Anthony Johnson to break Harrisâ?? record for a 35-yard strike to the CSU four. From there, Vaughan hooked up with senior Trevor Hammargren for a 20-0 lead with 1:32 remaining in the first. Vaughan has 10,085 yards for his career as he is just 2,024 yards behind Abilene Christianâ??s Mitchell Gale (2009-2012).

For the quarter, WT outgained CSU 222-79 and 145 to 51 in passing yards.

The Buffs added 24 points in the second quarter on touchdowns to Hammargren, senior wide receiver Torrence Allen, Johnson and a 28-yard field goal by senior Sergio Castillo as time expired in the first half and a 44-0 lead. It was the largest lead at halftime for the Buffs so far this season.

For the half, Vaughan was 24 of 29 for 305 and six touchdowns, while senior wide receiver Nathan Slaughter had three carries for 46 yards and senior running back Aaron Harris had four rushes for 42 yards.

WT outgained CSU 416-113 in the half, 305-67 in passing yards and 111-46 in rushing yards.

A 19-yard run by Harris for a score gave the Buffs a 51-0 lead with 4:59 remaining in the third quarter.

Early in the fourth quarter, Vaughan broke his career record with his seventh touchdown pass as he hooked up with Jackson once again for a 12-yard strike and a 58-0 lead. Vaughan threw six touchdown passes at Western State in the season-opener.

From there, WT scored two more touchdowns as junior quarterback David Lehocky went 3 for 3 with two scores and 56 yards.

WT preserved the shutout as Central State had a great drive midway through the fourth as it got to the Buff two, but a delay of game and an incomplete pass on fourth down turned the ball back over to WT. Central had another chance to score, but junior defensive back Stormy Butler came up with an interception at the WT 12 as time expired in the game.

For the second consecutive year the Buffs have blanked their Homecoming opponent as they shutout Abilene Christian 36-0 last season. It was the Buffsâ?? first shutout of the season and first since that game on Oct. 13, 2012. With Vaughanâ??s seven touchdown passes, he moves to within three TD passes of the school all-time career record of 92 held by Keith Null (2005-2008). Billy Malone of Abilene Christian holds the LSC record of 114 touchdown passes (2005-2008).

The 72-point margin of victory was the most since a 77-0 win over Montezuma in 1924 and the 72 points are the most since a 75-13 win over Azusa Pacific on Sept. 13, 2008. In addition, WT moved to 483-483-22 all-time in school history and is the first time the Buffs have been .500 or better all-time since 1986.

Defensively, the Buffs forced three turnovers in the game and were led by senior linebacker Taylor McCuller who had a team-high 11 tackles and three tackles for loss. Redshirt freshman Patric Youngman continued to have a nice season as he had seven tackles with one sack and three tackles for loss.

The Buffs return to Lone Star Conference play at Tarleton State next Saturday night in Stephenville. WT then returns home to host Angelo State on Oct. 19.