It was a Homecoming celebration for Midwestern State Keidrick Jackson as the sophomore running back rushed for four touchdowns to lead the Mustangs to a 63-17 throttling of Texas A&M-Commerce Saturday afternoon at Cowboys Stadium.
"I can't even remember what was even here before they built this place," the Arlington Bowie High School product said. "But now its the greatest stadium in the world."
Jackson scored the first three touchdowns as the Mustangs rolled up 592 yards of total offense including 392 on the ground as MSU overcame a sluggish start to overwhelm the Lions.
"We weren't effective early on," MSU coach Bill Maskill said. "The great thing about this team is that there wasn't a lot of panic on the sideline. We were just going to methodical and comeback."
Texas A&M-Commerce got off to a quick start using a double pass which resulted in a 38-yard completion from Adam Jones to Tyler Rawlings on the Lions' first play from scrimmage.
A&M-Commerce quarterback Yogi Gallegos finished off the seven-play, 73-yard drive with a 1-play TD pass to Adorian Arthur to give the Lions a 7-0 lead five minutes into the game.
The Mustangs answered with a 12-play, 71-yard drive to knot the game at 7-7 on Jackson's first score of the game - a 6-yard burst off of right tackle with 5:39 to play.
Texas A&M-Commerce benefited from great field position on its next possession after MSU punter Gunter Elenburg was unable to recover from a bad snap giving the Lions possession at the MSU 19-yard line.
But the Mustangs limited A&M-Commerce to a 19-yard field goal to allow the Lions to retake a 10-7 lead with 12:46 to go until halftime. They would never lead again.
After A&M-Commerce bungled a punt snap of its own, the Mustangs took full advantage from the Lions' 16-yard line.
Four plays later, Jackson scored from a yard out to give Midwestern its first lead of the game at 14-10 before taking full control with two more touchdowns before halftime on 1- and 4-yard runs by Jackson and Lester Bush to give the Mustangs a 28-10 advantage.
The Mustangs continued to roll in the second half as Jackson and Bush scored on two more touchdown runs from 20 and 7 yards out respectively in the third quarter.
Midwestern tacked on three more TDs in the fourth quarter including a 37-yard scoring strike from Jake Glover to Matt Tanner at the 13:31 mark, a 16-yard touchdown run by Peter Smith at the 4:59 mark and an 87-yard run by Jimmy Pipkin in the closing seconds.
Pipkin paced the Mustangs with 106 rushing yards on six totes while Smith added 76 on seven carries, Brandon Kelsey added 70 yards on six carries, Bush had 63 yards on 11 carries and Jackson finished with 62 yards on 15 totes.
Kelsey completed 14-of-20 passes for 163 yards as the Mustangs passed for 223 team yards.
Senior wideout Edgard Theliar paced the receiving corps with 67 yards on four receptions.
Senior safety Tyler Maner led the defensive effort with eight tackles including three solo stops.
Midwestern State takes on No. 5 Texas A&M-Kingsville in its home opening Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.