74
      Monday
      93 / 66
      Tuesday
      90 / 65
      Wednesday
      93 / 67

      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 Carthel??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 Coaches?? 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