MSU Roundup: Cross Country Wins, Rainy Football

FOOTBALL: No. 18 Midwestern flattens Texans, 44-13

Midwestern State's Jimmy Pipkin rushed for 155 yards and a touchdown to lead the 18th-ranked Mustangs to a 44-13 win over Tarleton State in the driving rain Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.

The Mustangs rolled up 450 yards of offense including 308 on the ground to improve to 5-0 on the season and 4-0 in Lone Star Conference play while the Texans dropped to 1-5 and 1-3.

Tarleton took advantage of a pair of Mustangs' miscues to claim a 13-7 first quarter lead.

Texans quarterback Nick Stephens scored on a 2-yard run after MSU mishandled a punt snap to give Tarleton possession at the Midwestern 8-yard line early in the first quarter.

After Keidrick Jackson, who rushed for 53 yards on 15 carries, burst in for the first of his two rushing scores, Tarleton's Cordell Valentine muffed the ensuing kickoff the burst 74 yards for a touchdown to give the Texans their final lead of the game.

Jackson carried the ball over from 2 yards on the next possession, then Tarleton was flagged for holding in the end zone resulting in a safety to give MSU a 16-13 lead.

MSU quarterback Brandon Kelsey burst 33 yards for another score to give the Mustangs a 23-13 halftime lead.

Then the Mustangs and the rain poured it on the Texans in the second half.

Kelsey connected with David Little for a 27-yard scoring connection on a 4th-and-9 play early in the third quarter before Lester Bush plowed in from 1 yard out after the Texans failed to convert on a 4th-and-1 from its own 36 to give the Mustangs a commanding 37-13 bulge.

Pipkin closed out the scoring with an 83-yard romp to pay dirt with a 11:02 to play.

Kelsey threw for 142 yards on 14-of-19 passing and touchdown while rushing for 56 yards on eight carries.

Tarleton's Courtney Vaughn ran for 90 yards on 26 carries to lead the Texans.

Midwestern State hits the road to battle Angelo State on Saturday, while Tarleton plays host to Texas A&M-Commerce.

VOLLEYBALL: #16 Angelo State snaps Mustangs win streak, 3-1

No. 18 Angelo State used a balanced attack to snap Midwestern State's six-game winning streak taking a 25-22, 25-18, 22-25, 25-22 Lone Star Conference win Saturday afternoon at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

Maddie Huth and Debbie Ohl notched 10 kills each and three more players tallied at least eight kills for the Rambelles, who improved to 20-2 overall and to 9-1 in conference play.

But the Mustangs, who were playing without two starters causing a switch from the 6-2 to the 5-1 alignment, gave Angelo all it could handle.

Midwestern forced the Rambles into 27 attack errors and a .165 team attack percentage led by senior libero Kiara Jordan's 30-dig effort.

The Mustangs scrambled to claim a 25-22 win in the third set keyed by senior Hillary White who put down five of her team-high 12 kills in the set. The Richland Hills High product also pitched in 15 digs to complete her sixth double-double of the season.

The teams stood even at 18-18 in the fourth set before the Rambelles ran off four consecutive on the strength of Ohl's service and led 22-18 after Kaelen Valdez and Maddie Huth combined for a block of White.

The Mustangs rallied to pull within 23-22 on a Miranda Byrd kill before Angelo closed the match out.

Byrd ended the match with 11 kills while sophomore Brandi Flores notched a double-double with 10 kills and 11 digs.

Freshman setter Kristan Aduddell tallied a season-high 44 assists as the Mustangs hit .159 as a team.

Midwestern State hits the road for a pair of LSC matches next week facing Texas A&M-Commerce on Thursday and Texas Woman's University of Saturday.

CROSS COUNTRY: #12 Mustangs dominate field at MSU Cross Country Carnival

No. 12 Midwestern State delivered the dominating performance its coach had demanded by taking the team title at the 2011 MSU Cross Country Carnival Saturday morning at Hawk Ridge Golf Course.

The Mustangs placed six runners in the top 12 and eight of their harriers entered the chute before any of the other seven teams could put four across the finish line to post 32 points well ahead of Dallas Baptist (90), Abilene Christian (95) and Tarleton State (95).

"We were a completely different team this weekend," MSU coach Koby Styles said. "We're rounding into form at the right time and sitting in a really good spot."

MSU senior front runner Brissia Montalvo claimed a second-place finish setting a personal 6K record of 22:06.40 which is the second best 6K time in school history, but was unable to close the gap on the meet's top individual medalist - Abilene Christian's Chloe Susset (22:01.10).

"Brissia is ready (for postseason competition)," Style said. "ACU has an exceptional team and Chloe Susset is a great runner, but Brissia has a great shot at individual titles at conference and regionals."

The Mustangs compete in the LSC Championships on Oct. 22 in San Angelo before hosting the NCAA II South Central Regional meet on Nov. 5 at Hawk Ridge Golf Course.

MSU flexed its depth at the Cross Country Carnival as sophomore Ashley Flores (22:17.7/4th), freshman Michelle Krezonoski (22:30.30/7th), sophomore Janel Campbell (22:32.80/8th) and freshman Kim Krezonoski (23:37.20/12th) rounded out the counters.

The Mustangs also got strong performances from junior Melody Caldwell (23:44.50/13th), junior Heather Owens (23:51.30/16th), senior Lindsey Pate (24:45.10/28th) and freshman Erin Willeford (26:21.80/47th).

No. 9 Eastern New Mexico outdistanced the field in the men's 10K race as the Greyhounds tallied 33 points well ahead second- and third-place contenders Abilene Christian (63 points) and Dallas Baptist (78 points).

ACU's Will Pike claimed top individual honors on the men's side posting a time of 34:33.50.