MSU Football Cracks AFCA Top 25

Midwestern State entered the American Football Coaches' Association Division II Poll at No. 22 as released Monday morning.
The Mustangs improved to 3-0 by defeating then-No. 16 Texas A&M-Kingsville by a 44-38 margin Saturday night at Memorial Stadium to crash the poll for the first time since claiming the No. 24 position in the final regular season poll in 2010.
Midwestern State were ranked in 12 of 13 polls last season and earned rankings during 22 consecutive reporting periods before the release of the 2010 postseason rankings.
The Mustangs have received mention in 63 of the last 64 reporting periods dating back to the 2006 season.
MSU is one of 11 teams from NCAA Division II's Super Region 4 to receive mention in the poll which includes four teams from the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association, four from the Lone Star Conference, and two from the Great American Conference and one out of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
The region boasts eight ranked squads including No. 1 Northwest Missouri State, No. 8 Washburn (Kan.), No. 11 Abilene Christian (Texas), No. 15 Pittsburg State (Kan.), No. 19 Central Missouri, No. 20 West Texas A&M, No. 22 MSU and No. 25 Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) while Humboldt State (Calif.), Texas A&M-Kingsville and East Central (Okla.) are receiving votes.
Midwestern State hits the road to face Incarnate Word Saturday night at Benson Stadium in San Antonio. Kickoff is set for 7:07 p.m.

Jackson Earns LSC Offensive Player of the Week Honors

Midwestern State's Keidrick Jackson garnered Lone Star Conference Player of the Week honors when the league announced its weekly awards Monday afternoon.
The sophomore running back led the Mustangs to a 44-38 upset of 16th-ranked Texas A&M-Kingsville, accounting for 228 yards of total offense and four touchdowns.
The 5-9, 207-pounder from Arlington piled up 160 yards on 18 carries and three rushing touchdowns as he led MSU to 292 rushing yards against the nation's fourth-best rushing defense.
His 160 yards were the most allowed by the Hoggies since 2007 and his 77-yard touchdown run was the longest against TAMUK since Northeastern State's Brandon Ishem recorded a 68-yard run on Sep. 4, 2004.
Jackson also led the Mustangs' receiving chart with four receptions for 68 yards including MSU's longest pass play of the season taking a 45-yard swing pass in for a touchdown in the first quarter.
He became the first MSU player to score four touchdowns in consecutive games and leads the LSC in rushing (101.3 yards per game) and scoring (18.0 points per game).
West Texas A&M, which swept honors last week, claimed the other two awards with Caleb Randolph gaining defensive player of the week laurels and Michael Odiari taking special teams accolades as the Buffs laid out 1-3 Incarnate Word 52-7 Saturday in Canyon.