SILVER CITY, New Mexico - A pair of streaks ended Saturday afternoon as Tarleton was upset on the road by Western New Mexico, 38-25.
The loss for the Texans (4-2, 3-1) snapped a four-game winning streak, while the Mustangs (1-5, 1-3) pulled off their first win of the season after dropping their first five games.
Western New Mexico was able to capitalize on great field position for its first two touchdowns on the game. The first Mustang score was set up by an 83-yard return on the opening kickoff to the Tarleton 17. Later in the first quarter, the Mustangs intercepted quarterback Zed Woerner and returned it 75 yards to the Texan 9-yard line that led to a touchdown run. Western New Mexico led 14-0 after the first quarter.
The Texan offense struggled through three quarters, with the only points coming off a 49-yard field goal by Sergio Sroka. The Texans faced a 17-3 deficit heading to the fourth quarter.
Another Sroka field goal, a 40-yard attempt, put the Texans down 17-6 on the first play of the fourth quarter. Later trailing 24-6, Daniel McCants gave the Texans some much-needed momentum on a 92-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. It was the second kickoff returned for a touchdown this season by McCants.
With 10 minutes to go in the game and trying to pull off the double-digit comeback, the Texan defense got a quick three-and-out on the ensuing Mustang possession. The Texan offense took over and marched down the field with Woerner finding Del'Michael High for a 19-yard touchdown to cut the score to a one-possession game at 24-19 with 6:31 remaining.
Western New Mexico, however, scored the next 14 points, including a 67-yard interception returned for a touchdown to put the Texans out of reach. Woerner ran in a touchdown from the 1-yard line with four seconds to go for the game's final points.
Woerner finished the game with 232 yards passing with two total touchdowns and two interceptions. High led all receivers with 121 yards on nine receptions to go with the touchdown.
Tarleton managed only 259 yards of total offense, including a season-low 27 rushing yards. The Texan defense held Western New Mexico's offense to only 324 yards, well below the season average of 473 the Mustangs came in averaging. Marquis Lomaxled the defense with 13 tackles, while Elliott Hart hauled in his second interception of the season.
Tarleton returns home to take on Eastern New Mexico on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.