MSU: Gardner Takes LSC Weekly Honors

Football: Gardner Named LSC Defensive Player of the Week

Midwestern State's Pat Gardner has been named the Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in helping the Mustangs in their 45-14 triumph over Incarnate Word.
Gardner, a 6-1, 207 pound junior whip linebacker from Kingwood, recorded six tackles with a tackle for loss and a pass break up in just under three full quarters of action.  When he left the game in the third quarter with the Mustangs up 35-0, MSU had allowed only 107 yards of offense to UIW.
The Mustangs are among the leaders in scoring defense nationally, allowing 17.2 points a game.

Joining Gardner as players of the week are Eastern New Mexico quarterback Wes Wood as offensive player and Abilene Christian kick returner Taylor Gabriel as special teams player.
The 18th-ranked Mustangs host Tarleton State Saturday at Memorial Stadium.  Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Mustangs Surge to #18 in AFCA D2 Coaches' Poll

Midwestern State jumped ahead four spots to No. 18 in latest American Football Coaches' Association Division II Poll released Monday morning.
The Mustangs improved to 4-0 for the sixth straight year on the strength of a dominating 45-14 win over Incarnate Word Saturday night in San Antonio.
The win apparently made an impression on the panel of vote-carrying coaches as Midwestern leaped over Central Missouri and West Texas A&M in the rankings.
The Mustangs are one of 12 teams from NCAA Division II's Super Region 4 to receive mention in the poll which including four teams from the Lone Star Conference and Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association, two from the Great American Conference, one from the Great Northwest Athletic Conference and an independent.
The region boasts eight ranked squads including No. 5 Washburn (Kan.), No. 7 Northwest Missouri State, No. 8 Pittsburg State (Kan.), No. 10 Abilene Christian (Texas), No. 18 MSU, No. 19 Central Missouri, No. 20 West Texas A&M and No. 24 Humboldt State (Calif.) while Texas A&M-Kingsville, Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), Southwest Baptist (Mo.) and Southwestern Oklahoma State are receiving votes.
Midwestern State plays host to Tarleton State Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

W Golf: MSU 5th after Opening Round at UCO Classic

The Midwestern State Mustangs posted a 296 in the first round of the UCO Classic at the Lincoln Park East Golf Course in Oklahoma City, Okla., but that was only good for fifth place.
While Northeastern State shot a blazing two-over 282 in the first round, MSU is just five strokes behind second place St. Edwards at 291.  Host Central Oklahoma is third at 294 and Drury (Mo.) is at 295 in fourth ahead of the Mustangs.
MSU was led by freshman phenom Brenna Moore who fired a one-over 71 on the par 70, 5,951 yard Lincoln Park East course.  Moore was even-par over the front nine, but dropped a shot on the back side to sit tied for fifth after the opening round.
Northeastern's Whitney McAteer blistered the course with a three-under 67 for the halfway lead, but Texas A&M International's Taminie Panich answered with a one-under 69 to stand two back in second, with UCO's Chaney Uhles and Drury's Margaret Alumno three-back at even-par 70 in third.
MSU junior Taylor Klutts posted a three-over 73 in the opening frame, just six strokes off the lead, but sitting in a tie for 14th after the first day.
The Mustangs did not count a score more than six-over as juniors Kendra Whittley and Lauren Romines both shot 76 and are tied for 25th.  Lindsay Burkhart added an 82 for MSU.