MSU Football Up to #15 in Latest AFCA Poll

Midwestern State moved up another three places to No. 15 in the latest American Football Coaches' Association Division II Poll released Monday morning.
The Mustangs improved to 5-0 for the second consecutive season and for the fourth time in the last six years with a sound 44-13 thumping of Tarleton State Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.
Midwestern has moved up steadily in the poll after entering the rankings at No. 22 on Sep. 26 before moving to 18th last week.
The Mustangs are one of 10 teams from NCAA Division II's Super Region 4 to receive mention in the poll which includes five teams from the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association, three from the Lone Star Conference, one from the Great Northwest Athletic Conference and an independent.
The region boasts seven ranked squads including No. 5 Washburn (Kan.), No. 7 Pittsburg State (Kan.), No. 8 Northwest Missouri, No. 10 Abilene Christian (Texas), No. 15 MSU, No. 17 West Texas A&M and No. 19 Humboldt State (Calif.) while Central Missouri, Southwest Baptist (Mo.) and Missouri Western are receiving votes.
Midwestern State hits the road to face Angelo State Saturday night at San Angelo Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.

Pipkin Earns LSC Offensive Player of the Week Honors

Midwestern State's Jimmy Pipkin garnered Lone Star Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors Monday morning when the league announced its weekly awards.
The 6-foot, 190-pound redshirt freshman came off of the bench in the second quarter with the Mustangs holding a one-point lead and provided the spark that sent 18th-ranked MSU to a 44-13 victory over Tarleton State Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.
The Dallas Bryan Adams High School product rushed for a career-high 155 yards on 14 carries including an 83-yard touchdown dash in the fourth quarter.
Pipkin's first carry of the game was for 20 yards and he had a total of five carries for 10-or-more yards as he led the nation's third-ranked rushing offense to 308 yards on the ground.
It was Pipkin's second 100-yard rushing game of the season after running for 106 yards against Texas A&M-Commerce. He has delivered two of the five longest rushes in school history this season including an 87-yard burst also against the Lions.
Incarnate Word linebacker Juan Asencio garnered the league's defensive weekly honors returning a blocked for a touchdown and intercepting a pass in the closing moments to set up a game winning field goal for the Cardinals in a 23-22 win at Texas A&M-Commerce.
Tarleton State's Cordell Valentine was named the special teams performer of the week after picking a muffed kickoff and returning it 74 yards for touchdown Saturday night against MSU.