BLACKWATER DRAW, NM -
Eastern New Mexico had its chance. Trailing 7-3 with just over four minutes to play in the first half, the Greyhounds faced fourth-and-goal at the Tarleton two-yard line.
Greyhound Head Coach Mark Ribaudo decided to try and seize all the momentum by going for the end zone. The plan backfired when Marcus Phillips tackled quarterback Jooo Ramos for a three-yard loss.
From the shadows of its own goalposts, the Tarleton offense exploded for a 95-yard touchdown drive in only 59 seconds.
The quick sprint to the end zone was highlighted by Michael Sampson breaking free for a 65-yard touchdown reception on a screen pass from Scott Grantham, and Tarleton (8-0, 3-0) was well on its way to a 40-10 win in Lone Star Conference South Division play.
With momentum firmly in hand, the Texans moved in for the kill. Sampson scored again on a one yard run to give Tarleton a 21-3 lead at the break.
The Tarleton defense, dominant in holding Eastern New Mexico to only 139 rushing yards and 249 yards of total offense. The Greyhounds entered the game averaging a national-best 360.1 yards per contest.
John Ramos was forced to start at quarterback for Eastern due to an injury this week to Midhael Benton.
The defense even joined in on the scoring for Tarleton