West Texas A&M picked up its first win of the Hunter Hughes era in dramatic fashion Saturday night at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium, rallying for 21 unanswered points to knock off 7th ranked CSU-Pueblo 24-21.
The first win for Hughes as a head coach comes against his former team, the team he helped turn into a perennial power and a national champion in 2013.
“It just feels good to get a win,” Hughes said after with what little voice he had left. “You get that monkey off your back, it just happens to be against a top-10 team, a good team. It just shows you what we can do if we play as a team and play as a unit and I thought in the second half we came together and did that.”
In the second half, WT forced four turnovers, including an interception by linebacker Trevor Myklebust with under three minutes left in the game. The pick set up a 28-yard field goal from freshman kicker Alex Schrag with eight seconds left on the clock.
Ben Arbuckle stepped in for starting quarterback Justin Houghtaling who left the game with an injury and threw a touchdown to Ja’Quarius Daniels that tied the game at 21.
Next up for WT, they will host UT Permian Basin Saturday at 3:00.