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      WT Buffs finish school best in AFCA poll

      The West Texas A&M football team finished fourth in the final American Football Coaches Association final poll released Monday, capping one of the most successful seasons in school history. It is the highest end-of-the-season ranking in school history for the Buffs.

      WT, which finished 12-3 on the year and earned a share of the Lone Star Conference championship, had a remarkable run through the NCAA Division II Super Four Regional entering the tournament as the six-seed. The Buffs, who entered the tournament ranked 16th, upset third-seeded and No. 20 Chadron State (38-30), fourth-ranked and second-seeded Ashland University (Ohio) 33-28 and toppled No. 1-ranked Colorado State-Pueblo 34-13, before falling in the NCAA Semifinal to No. 2 Winston-Salem State. The amazing part of the run is all of the postseason games came on the road as the team traveled over 8,000 miles during the postseason.

      For the season, WT played in a school-record ten road games as the team went 8-2 in those games and 11 games away from Canyon with a neutral site game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington earlier in the season with a 40-10 win over then-No. 14 Texas A&M Kingsville.

      Valdosta State downed Winston-Salem State in the National Championship game last weekend 35-7 as the Blazers finished first, followed by WSSU. Minnesota State Mankato, who lost to Valdosta State in the other NCAA semifinal, finished third, followed by the Buffs and Missouri Western was fifth to round out the top five.

      The Buffs previous best finish in the final AFCA poll was eighth in 2007 as the team went 12-1 with the lone loss coming in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Northwest Missouri State.

      Colorado State-Pueblo fell to sixth following the loss to the Buffaloes. Indiana (Pa.) was seventh following its loss to Winston-Salem State in the quarterfinals, while New Haven (Conn.) was eighth, followed by Ashland and Northwest Missouri State finished tenth.

      WT has finished in the AFCA Top 25 or others receiving votes in each of head coach Don Carthelâ??s eight years at the helm of the program. The Buffs registered three wins in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history and also advanced to their first NCAA semifinal in program history.




      2012 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coachesâ?? Poll


      December 17, 2012






      Rank





      School (1st votes)





      Rec.





      Pts.





      Prev.





      Post-season





      Head Coach






      1.




      Valdosta St. (Ga.) (30)




      12-2




      750




      17




      D. No. 2 Winston-Salem St. (N.C.), 35-7, in national championship




      David Dean






      2.




      Winston-Salem St. (N.C.)




      14-1




      719




      2




      Lost to No. 17 Valdosta St. (Ga.), 35-7, in national championship




      Connell Maynor






      3.




      Minnesota St.-Mankato




      13-1




      674




      5




      Lost to No. 17 Valdosta St. (Ga.), 35-19, in semi-finals




      Aaron Keen







      4.





      West Texas A&M





      12-3





      596





      16





      Lost to No. 2 Winston-Salem St. (N.C.), 41-18, in semi-finals





      Don Carthel






      5.




      Missouri Western St.




      12-2




      578




      9




      Lost to No. 5 Minnesota St.-Mankato, 17-10, in quarterfinals




      Jerry Partridge






      6.




      Colorado St.-Pueblo




      12-1




      575




      1




      Lost to No. 16 West Texas A&M, 34-13, in quarterfinals




      John Wristen






      7.




      Indiana (Pa.)




      12-2




      545




      11




      Lost to No. 2 Winston-Salem St. (N.C.), 21-17, in quarterfinals




      Curt Cignetti






      8.




      New Haven (Conn.)




      10-1




      496




      3




      Lost to No. 11 Indiana (Pa.), 17-14, in second round




      Peter Rossomando






      9.




      Ashland (Ohio)




      11-1




      480




      4




      Lost to No. 16 West Texas A&M, 33-28, in second round




      Lee Owens






      10.




      Northwest Missouri St.




      10-3




      446




      13




      Lost to No. 5 Minnesota St.-Mankato, 38-35 2OT, in second round




      Adam Dorrel






      11.




      Henderson St. (Ark.)




      10-1




      408




      6




      Lost to No. 9 Missouri Western St., 45-21, in second round




      Scott Maxfield






      12.




      Minnesota-Duluth




      10-2




      407




      7




      Lost to No. 9 Missouri Western St., 57-55 3OT, in first round




      Bob Nielson






      13.




      Carson-Newman (Tenn.)




      9-3




      406




      22




      Lost to No. 17 Valdosta St. (Ga.), 48-26, in quarterfinals




      Ken Sparks






      14.




      Shippensburg (Pa.)




      11-2




      349




      15




      Lost to No. 2 Winston-Salem St. (N.C.), 37-14, in second round




      Mark Maciejewski






      15.




      Indianapolis (Ind.)




      10-3




      288




      18




      Lost to No. 1 Colorado St.-Pueblo, 28-7, in second round




      Bob Bartolomeo






      16.




      Midwestern St. (Texas)




      9-2




      284




      8




      Lost to No. 18 Indianapolis (Ind.), 31-14, in first round




      Bill Maskill






      17.




      Bloomsburg (Pa.)




      10-2




      263




      10




      Lost to No. 15 Shippensburg (Pa.), 58-20, in first round




      Danny Hale






      18.




      Chadron St. (Neb.)




      9-3




      231




      20




      Lost to No. 16 West Texas A&M, 38-30, in first round




      Jay Long






      19.




      Harding (Ark.)




      9-2




      219




      12




      Lost to No. 13 Northwest Missouri St., 35-0, in first round




      Ronnie Huckeba






      20.




      Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.)




      9-3




      195




      NR




      Lost to No. 22 Carson-Newman (Tenn.), 38-35, in second round




      Mike Houston






      21.




      West Alabama




      9-4




      189




      NR




      Lost to No. 17 Valdosta St. (Ga.), 49-21, in second round




      Will Hall






      22.




      Emporia St. (Kan.)




      10-2




      110




      24




      D. Texas A&M-Kingsville, 45-38, in Lower Kanza Bowl




      Garin Higgins






      23.




      Tuskegee (Ala.)




      10-2




      97




      14




      Lost to Elizabeth City St. (N.C.), 28-13, in Pioneer Bowl




      Willie Slater






      24.




      Missouri S&T




      10-1




      95




      19




      DNQ Playoffs




      David Brown






      25.




      Shepherd (W.Va.)




      8-3




      84




      25t




      Lost to No. 11 Indiana (Pa.), 27-17, in first round




      Monte Cater





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