The Texans had a packed crowd in their home opener against Southwest Baptist Saturday, but couldn't manage a timely defensive stop as the Bearcats hit a late game winning field goal.
With 2:10 remaining in the game following a Tarleton touchdown to tie the game at 28, Southwest Baptist quarterback TJ Edwards led the Bearcats on a 11-play, 68 yard drive which set up the game winning field goal.
Southwest Baptist received some help from the Texans on the drive after senior safety Treston Ridge was called for a targeting penalty resulting in a 15-yard gift to the Bearcats and his ejection.
Several plays later, the Bearcats, who had already used all three timeouts, ran a third-down play and then attempted to rush their field goal unit onto the field. Tarleton then called timeout to prevent the unit from attempting the field goal without a time stoppage.
On the first attempt of the field goal it appeared that the Bearcats' snap was wild and possibly would have resulted in a turnover on downs, but the Texans tried to freeze the kicker and called their final timeout resulting in another attempt. The next attempt was clinical as the Southwest Baptist kicker split the uprights to give the Bearcats a three-point lead with nine seconds remaining.
After getting the ball back after the kick off, the Texans attempted to lateral themselves into the end zone, but couldn't manage any real scoring threat.
Early in the game the Texan offense came out firing with quarterback Zed Woerner leading the attack under center. The team's first drive went 10 plays for 88 yards and was capped off by a 22-yard touchdown pass from Woerner to running back Joseph Sadler.
After Southwest Baptist responded with a touchdown drive of their own, the Texans once again took the lead with Woerner's second touchdown pass of the night, this time to receiver Del'Michael High from 35-yards out.
The Bearcats didn't take their first lead of the game until 12:25 mark of the third quarter when quarterback TJ Edwards hit Kendrick Payne for a seven-yard score.
Tarleton quarterback Zed Woerner took every snap Saturday night after splitting time last weekend with Garrett Simpson. Woerner finished the night 24-35 for 257 yards and three touchdowns.
Running back Joseph Sadler concluded the night with 101 yards on the ground off of 18 carrier, while Bubba Tandy led the Texan receivers with seven receptions for 89 yards and a touchdown.
The Texans (0-2) will be back in action next Saturday night when they host Lone Star Conference foe Angelo State. Kick off is scheduled for 7 p.m