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There must be something about the Buckeye State that the West Texas A&M football team likes. For the second consecutive season, the Buffaloes pulled the upset in the State of Ohio. The Buffs downed No. 2-seed Ashland University last season 33-28. This time, WT down No. 2-seed Ohio Dominican 34-27 in the second round Saturday to advance to the NCAA quarterfinals for the second consecutive season. The Buffs will travel to Grand Valley State next Saturday as GVSU upset top-seeded Colorado State-Pueblo, 34-30 in Pueblo, Colo.
In a very physical game, the Buffs racked up 530 yards of offense against ODU on Saturday, with 416 passing yards and 114 rushing yards as they held the high-powered ODU offense to 392 yards, but just 143 on the ground, which was well below their average coming in, and 249 through the air.
Senior quarterback Dustin Vaughn really enhanced his Harlon Hill chances as he threw for 416 yards and four touchdowns on 39 of 53 with one interception.
Sophomore running back Geremy Aldrige and senior running back Aaron Harris each had strong games with 76 and 65 yards rushing, respectively, which allowed Vaughan time to throw the ball. Senior receiver Torrence Allen continued to have strong outings in the playoffs with 11 catches for 145 yards and a score, while junior receiver Anthony Johnson had 10 catches for 168 yards and two scores.
Defensively, the Buffs came up big once again against a strong running team as the 1,000-yard tandem of Brandon Schoen and Mark Nichols had a combined 110 yards and no touchdowns as each entered the game averaging over 100 yards a piece. Senior linebacker Taylor McCuller had a team-high 13 total tackles, while senior linebacker Kyle Voss added 10 tackles and two tackles for loss.
The biggest play(s) defensively came from the secondary as sophomore Chris Ceazer picked off a pass in the end zone and senior Curtis Slater forced his seventh fumble of the season with the Buffs recovering.
REGIONAL PLAYOFF RESULTS
Denton Guyer 63, Amarillo 21
Birdville 26, Frenship 22
Aledo 54, Canyon 14
Stephenville 47, Big Spring 36
Cooper 41, Burnet 34
Graham 42, Estacado 6
Shallowater 35, Vernon 26
Wall 42, Bushland 14
Canadian 28, Sonora 14
Cisco 41, Abernathy 14
New Deal 24, Stratford 20
Wellington 50, Farwell 14
Seagraves 61, Booker 39
Valley 66, Happy 20
Follett 68, Motley County 18