MIAMI — The long trip was worth it for the University of Texas at the Permian Basin.
The Falcons, who had to travel 627 miles for a neutral site game against Quincy (Illinois) University, rolled to a 42-7 victory at Red Robertson Field.
The 42 points were a season best for the Falcons and the second most in a game for the second-year program.
Plus, the Falcons generated 551 yards in total offense — 373 rushing and 178 passing.
Still, head coach Justin Carrigan thought his offense could do better.
“I thought offensively, we left a lot of points on the field,” he said. “We had some dumb penalties, things we need to clean up. But that is part of the maturing process.”
“A lot of things we did, we did play like a second-year program. There is a lot of talent on this team. We are still learning how to play.
Sophomore kicker Bailey Giffen accounted for 11 of the Falcons’ points with three field goals and four extra points.
Giffen hammered home a wind-aided 55-yard field goal five seconds into the second quarter that broke a 7-7 tie and put UTPB on top for good.
That was the second-longest in Red Robertson Field history.
Dalton Witherspoon, now handling placement duties for Houston, nailed a 56-yarder here last season for Northeastern Oklahoma A&M.
The longest in a high school game was 49 yards by Grove’s Matt Reeves in 1994.
“He’s got a really good leg,” Carrigan said. “He’s been good for us. He made a 51-yarder a couple weeks ago. He’s one that can hit it from almost anywhere on the field.”
Giffen also had a 40-yarder and one from 50 out as the Falcons opened up a 23-7 advantage.
He was 4-of-5 on extra points. Geffen’s only miss came on his final try, when Quincy’s Adehkeem Brown blocked it.
“That’s a good day. When you can put points on the board from there, that’s a good day,” Carrigan said.
Brandon Infiesto had 175 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries and Marquis Simmons added 110 yards and a TD on 12 attempts.
Quarterback Kameron Mathis completed 7 of 15 passes for 159 yards and a score.
Quincy (3-5), which had 229 yards in total offense, got its only touchdown three minutes after the Falcons got a 66-yard run from Infiesto on the second play of the game.
Andrew Rund went in from the 7, and then Michael Klotz added the PAT.
The win was just the second of the season for the Falcons.
“With this group, we can be as great as we want to be,” Carrigan said. “It’s just a matter of the maturing process for those guys to understand that the little details through the week are going to show up on game day.”