it took three weeks, but the Texans pieced together a complete 60-minute performance and won their first game of the 2016 season against long time Lone Star Conference foe Angelo State 35-5.
Tarleton used stifling defense throughout the night to capture the victory. The unit finished with five forced turnovers.
The unit also held the Angelo State offense to a total of 222 yards on the evening, including only 120 total yards at halftime.
Tarleton quarterback Zed Woerner and the Texan offense did most of their damage in the game's third quarter. After having a pass intercepted in the end zone on their first possession, Tarleton managed to score touchdowns on three straight drives to give them a 28-5 advantage.
Early in the game, the two LSC teams both began slowly on the offensive side of the ball. In the first 15 minutes, the teams combined for a total 77 total yards on offense and only six first downs.
The longest drive in the game's first quarter only went for seven plays and 35 yards. The quarter's only scoring opportunity came from a missed field goal attempt by Angelo State.
Angelo did eventually manage to start the scoring as they posted the game's first points with six minutes remaining in the half courtesy of a 41-yard field goal.
Shortly after, the Texans followed suit with an almost identical 10-play, 43-yard drive that resulted in a Sergio Sroka 39-yard field goal.
The Texans took their first lead of the night with less than a minute remaining in the first half. Facing a fourth a long, Angelo attempted a punt within their own territory, but freshman Taylor Massey partially blocked the attempt giving Tarleton the ball at the Rams' 48-yard line. Two plays later, Zed Woerner hit Bubba Tandy for a 38-yard touchdown pass which eventually sent Tarleton to halftime with a 9-3 lead.
Tarleton quarterback Zed Woerner finished the evening 11-25 for 145 yards and two touchdowns.
Receiver Bubba Tandy led the Texans with four receptions for 76 yards and two scores. Del'Michael High also hauled in three catches for 42 yards.
Joseph Sadler led the team in rushing with 151 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown, while Curtis McGregor also rushed nine times for 72 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown run.
The win moved Tarleton head coach Todd Whitten to 7-0 all-time in conference openers with the Texans. It also was the first time since October of the 2009 season that the Texans held a conference opponent to less than 10-points.
Tarleton's next game will be on the road when they travel to Canyon to take on West Texas A&M next weekend.