Buffs set to play final home game at Kimbrough


West Texas A&M will wear 'West Texas State' throwback jerseys in their final game at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium when they host Texas A&M-Kingsville on Saturday, Nov. 3. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.

Saturday's game between West Texas A&M and Texas A&M-Kingsville will be the 312nd and final game at Kimbrough Memorial. Next season, WT move to an on-campus stadium, Buffalo Stadium, but not before they try to clinch their first winning season since 2016. A win over the Javelinas would also give Canyon's team their first winning record at home in five years.

West Texas A&M special teams has been one of the top units in the nation with its six blocked punts, five of those coming over the past five games. The six blocks is tied for the most in any division of collegiate football with Division I's Toledo. Ayrton Payne has returned two of those punts for touchdowns, which is the second-most in Division II.

With two games remaining in the regular season, freshman Tobais Harris ranks in the Top-10 nationally in three different categories. The Pfulgerville, Texas native's 777 combined kick return yards are the fourth-most in the nation while he ranks sixth in punt return touchdowns (1/total) and eighth in interceptions per game (0.7/game). He needs four more punt returns to break John Holt's record set back in 1978 while 69 more punt returns yard will break Curley Watters record from 1966.

Paton Gonzales has been one of Justin Houghtaling's favorite targets over the past two games with eight receptions for 123 yards. The Hereford, Texas native had a career-high 79 yards receiving and four receptions against Texas A&M-Commerce on Saturday. He ranks second on the team in receiving yards with 254 while ranking third in receptions (16) and touchdowns (1).

One of the WT's keys to success on Saturday was their execution on third down. The Buffs entered the contest converting 26.0% of their tries on the season but went 6 of 15 (40.0%) against a Texas A&M-Commerce that was ranked sixth in the nation. They did most of the damage through the air with pass plays of 17, 19, 22 and 46 yards.

Fourth-year head coach Darren Wilkinson led Texas A&M-Kingsville to its first Lone Star Conference victory of the season last week against Western New Mexico to improve to 3-6 overall and 1-5 in LSC play.

Koy Detmer Jr. has been the man behind center for the Javelinas in every game this season throwing for 1,779 yards and 15 touchdowns. The BYU transfer threw for a career-high 320 yards and four touchdowns in the season opener double-overtime loss to Texas A&M-Commerce.

Nick Perlean had his best game of the year against WNMU rushing for 153 yards on 24 carriers. For the season, he has a team-high 574 yards and five touchdowns. Jeff Carr has also seen significant time in the backfield with 432 yards and three touchdowns. Aaron Dilworth, Tyler Wilson and Torrey Thomas all have over 20 receptions with Dilworth leading the team with 26. The Corpus Christi, Texas native has caught a touchdown past in consecutive games for the second time this season.

Tre'Michael Tutt is the leading tackler for the Javelinas with 65 including 7.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. Brandon Jones has been the most disruptive force on the defense with 13.5 of his 58 tackles going for a loss including 4.5 sacks.

Saturday's game will be the 34th all-time meeting with Texas A&M-Kingsville holding a 18-14-1 advantage. Prior to dropping the last two games, West Texas A&M had won 10 of 12 from 2005-2015. The teams met for the first time in Kimbrough Memorial Stadium on Sept. 28, 1985 in a 27-17 victory for the Buffs.

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