By Marc Trevino
LOGOS STAFF WRITER
The University of the Incarnate Word Cardinals suffered their third straight loss Saturday at the hands of the West Texas A&M Buffaloes 49-10 at the home team’s second homecoming game.
The Cardinals had no answer to the Buffalo offense as the visitors scored the first 42 points of the game. West Texas A&M’s high-powered offense features the nation’s second-best passing average of 410 yards a game.
But UIW suffered more than just a game in the loss column, as two of the home team’s star players came up limping, finishing the game in street clothes. After facing a string of the nation’s top teams, running back Trent Rios and linebacker Dakota Mawyer both fell victim to ankle injuries, causing them to finish the game on the sidelines.
“You hope you can get through four of the best teams in the nation,” Head Coach Mike Santiago said. “But the reality is injuries are going to happen.”
Quarterback Paden Lynch got the start for the Cardinals, throwing 18-31 for 126 yards, one interception and one touchdown. Lynch was also the top rusher of the game with 84 yards despite being sacked twice. The lone Cardinal touchdown came when Lynch connected with fullback Donald Gies on an eight-yard pass.
The Buffaloes’ offense was powered by senior quarterback Taylor Harris who was 20-33-0 for 227 yards. UIW held the Buffaloes to 236 passing yards which is well below their average, giving the Cardinals something to hold their heads up for toward the end of the team’s first year in the Lone Star Conference.