After nine months of preparation, new West Texas A&M football head coach Hunter Hughes presented his work Saturday night at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium, with his Buffs falling to Azusa Pacific 24-13.
Azusa jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter but the physicality of WT on both sides of the ball began to take its toll on the Cougars. Late in the fourth quarter, the Buffs trailed 17-13 with the ball and a chance to take their first lead of the game. However, a fumble by running back Warren Witherspoon fighting for extra yards was picked up by Azusa and returned for a touchdown, sealing the win for AP.
“I like the way we came out and the way we hit them,” Hughes said after the loss. “We responded. We were down 10 points and never gave up. I told them to fight for 60 minutes and they did and I’m very proud of this team. I’m hurting for them.”
Next up for the Buffs, they host CSU-Pueblo on Saturday, the school Hughes helped lead to a national title as a defensive coordinator in 2013.