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LSC update: Tarleton State ends slide in Canyon

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CANYON, Texas — Playing its season opener, No. 16 Tarleton State posted its first win at Canyon in 10 years by beating No. 22 West Texas A&M 31-27 on Saturday in the Lone Star Conference opener for both teams.

It was the Texans’ first road win over a ranked opponent since beating then-No. 13 Texas A&M-Kingville in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Division II playoffs.

The Texans got an emotional lift when teammate Chance Wallace, who suffered a career-ending injury in March, welcomed them onto the field. Wallace is undergoing rehab to regain the use of his legs.

“It was a very emotional moment for our guys,” Texans coach Cary Fowler told the Tarleton website. “Chance is a teammate, he is a brother and he is a Texan — forever.”

Trailing the Buffaloes 20-17 entering the final quarter, sophomore running back Cody Burtscher scored on runs of 10 and 12 yards, and the Texans ran out the clock with an 81-yard drive that started from their own 5.

WT fell to 0-2.

Angelo State 38, Western State (Colo.) 6: At San Angelo, Texas, the Rams played their first on-campus home game in 69 yards and cruised past the Mountaineers behind an offense that compiled 607 yards.

Quarterback Kyle Washington threw for two touchdowns and a career-high 396 yards for the Rams (1-0), and also rushed for 60 yards and a pair of scores.

Midwestern State 40, Missouri S&T 23: At Wichita Falls, Texas, MSU’s Dante Taylor tied a career high with 128 yards rushing for the Mustangs, who overcame a slow start and piled up 517 total yards.

MSU, which won its first season opener since beating the Miners in 2011, fell behind 14-0 in the first five minutes. The Mustangs gave up a 91-yard touchdown return on the opening kickoff to Missouri S&T’s Spencer Elrod before a blocked punt set up the Miners’ second score.

Texas A&M-Kingsville 17, Colorado Mesa 14: At Kingsville, Texas, the Javelinas rode a strong defensive effort, led by seniors Henry Greathouse and Trevor Pesek, which forced six Mavericks fumbles and compiled five sacks. They also stopped Mesa (1-1) on all four fourth-down opportunities in snapping a nine-game losing streak.

Trey Mitchell, playing after the passing of his grandfather, jump-started the Javs (1-1) with a 67-yard run on the team’s opening drive.

“I felt good tonight, but good play or bad play, you forget about it and move on to the next possession,” Mitchell told the A&M-Kingsville website. “The play definitely boosted the offense and the defense shined out there tonight. The offensive line made it easy for me to find open lanes and pick my spots to run tonight. They worked hard all evening and made it easy for our offense to click.

“I knew my grandfather was on my side tonight and it really felt good to end with a win.”

Stephen F. Austin 38, Texas A&M-Commerce 17: At Nacogdoches, Texas, the Football Championship Subdivision Lumberjacks (2-1) built a 24-3 halftime lead and cruised past the Lions, who were coming off a 98-20 rout of Division III East Texas Baptist in their opener.

The SFA defense applied constant pressure on Lions QB Tyrik Rollison, sacking him five times and keeping him scrambling most of the night.