MSU Roundup: Football Survives, Volleyball Down In 5

MSU FOOTBALL: Jackson's big night powers Mustangs to 44-38 win over No. 16 Texas A&M-Kingsville

Midwestern State's Keidrick Jackson accounted for 228 yards of total offense and four touchdowns to lead Midwestern State to a 44-38 Lone Star Conference win over No. 16 Texas A&M-Kingsville Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.

The Mustangs rolled up 512 yards of total offense and constructed a 23-0 lead in the opening half before Texas A&M-Kingsville roared back to make a game of it.

Jackson took a swing pass 45 yards for a touchdown for the lone score of the first quarter.

MSU's Greg Saladino hit a 43-yard field to open second quarter scoring before Lester Bush rushed for scores from 13 and 1 yard out to push the lead to 23-0.

Then the tide turned as the Javelinas got on the board on Kerry Wheatfall returned a blocked PAT kick for two points with 8:26 to go in the opening half.

Texas A&M-Kingsville rallied to within 23-16 on Rockeem Collins' 49-yard interception return for a TD two minutes into the second half.

The teams exchanged haymakers for the rest of the game as Jackson scoring on runs of 77 and 2 yards to allow MSU to stave off the Javelina rush.

Jackson also paced the Mustangs' receiving corp with four receptions for 68 yards, while Bush finished with 92 yards on 20 carries.

Texas A&M-Kingsville's Randall Toney ran for 111 yards on 10 carries and quarterback Nate Poppell connected on 21-of-39 passes for 219 and two touchdowns but was sacked four times.

Midwestern State takes on Incarnate Word next Saturday in San Antonio. Kickoff is set for 7:08 p.m.

MSU VOLLEYBALL: Heartbreak: Mustangs unable to take advantage of pair match points, fall to TexAnns in five

Senior libero Kiara Jordan led a great Midwestern State defensive effort Saturday afternoon with a season-high 40 digs.

But it wasn't enough to pull the Mustangs out of their current as Tarleton State came away with a hard-fought 25-18, 14-25, 14-25, 27-15, 15-10 Lone Star Conference win at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
MSU dropped its fifth straight match to fall to 6-6 on the season and to 2-5 in LSC play, but not without a fight.
The Mustangs were brilliant on the attack in decisive wins of the second and third sets as they posted nine kills to just one error in the second frame before putting down 11 kills with one miscue in the third set to take a 2-1 leads over the TexAnns, who improved to 8-5 and 4-1.
Midwestern dug its way out of a 6-0 hole to open the fourth set and had a look at match point after sophomore middle blocker Caitlin Wallace put down her ninth kill of the day to give MSU a 24-23 edge - it was their first lead of the fourth set.
But Tarleton survived when Wallace was whistled for coming over the top of the net to deflect Jessie Hartman's set attempt to even the score at 24-24.
The Mustangs earned a second crack at match point after Wallace and junior Shelbi Stewart blocked Tarleton's Flynn Harrell to regain a 25-24 edge, the TexAnns closed out the set by winning the next three points.
Wallace, who led the Mustangs with 14 kills with three blocks, accounted for seven of the team's 10 points of the fifth set with five kills and two blocks but it wasn't enough stave off the defeat.
Senior middle blocker Miranda Byrd added 11 kills and hit .308 with a team-high four total blocks, while Hillary White notched 20 digs followed by Brandi Flores (11 digs) and Kristan Aduddell (10 digs) who all joined Jordan with double-figure digs. MSU forced the TexAnns into 34 attack errors as TSU hit just .102 as a team.
Harrell paced Tarleton with 18 kills, while Emily Klein led back row efforts with 23 digs.
Midwestern State competes in the Pittsburg State Classic next weekend with matches against Northwest Missouri and Newman (Kan.) on Friday before playing St. Mary's (Texas) and Missouri Southern on Saturday.