MSU Roundup: Big Football Win, Volleyball Down In 5

No. 15 Mustangs ram Angelo State, 68-20

No. 15 Midwestern State rolled up over 700 yards of total offense in a 68-20 thrashing of Angelo State in a Lone Star Conference contest Saturday night at San Angelo Stadium.

The Mustangs, who improved to 6-0 for the first time since 1949, prepare for a Homecoming matchup with rival Abilene Christian Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

But MSU certainly didn't overlook the Rams as the game - and most of the Mustangs' starters - were safely tucked away in the wake of a 533-yard first-half explosion as Midwestern led 52-7.

Starting quarterback Brandon Kelsey needed just 30 minutes to set new career marks with 374 yards of total offense including a 12-of-16 passing night for 237 yards and four touchdowns. The junior from Arlington also ate up 134 rushing yards including a 77-yard touchdown jaunt to close the half.

The Mustangs were hot out of the gate as Kelsey hit Edgard Theliar on a post route for a 22-yard touchdown pass five minutes into the contest to start the deluge.

Redshirt-freshman running back Jimmy Pipkin came off of the bench to gash the Rams for scoring runs of 14 and 71 yards to push the advantage to 21-0 with 5:16 to play in the opening quarter.

Pipkin picked up his third 100-yard rushing game of the season running for 141 yards on just five carries with two touchdowns. The 71-yard burst was his third run of 70-or-more yards this season.

The Kelsey-to-Sheldon Galloway connection worked for the next to scores to up the advantage to five touchdowns three minutes into the second quarter before Greg Saladino hit a 43-yard field goal for a 38-0 lead.

Angelo State answered back for its lone touchdown of the first half when Tristan Carter rolled off left tackle for a 24-yard score with 3:16 to go in the opening half.

There was still time for Kelsey to account for two more touchdown as he hit a wide open David Little behind the ASU defense for a 63-yard strike at the 2:27 mark then closed the half with a 77-yard scoring run.

The Mustangs relied solely on reserves in the second half which was highlighted by Jake Glover's 51-yard strike to Thomas Carper in the third quarter while reserve quarterback Joe Sanders rushed for an 11-yard TD to close out scoring in the fourth quarter.

Angelo State, who had limited West Texas A&M to 242 yards of total offense last week, dipped to 3-4 overall and to 0-4 in league play.

Mustangs rally, but falls to Texas Woman's 3-2

Midwestern State battled to force a fifth set then couldn't convert three match points before falling to Texas Woman's University 25-23, 25-27, 25-20, 23-25, 23-21 Saturday afternoon at Kitty Magee Arena.

The Mustangs tasted defeat in a match they controlled at least one match point for the fourth time this season to fall to 12-9 on the season and to 4-8 in Lone Star Conference play.

The teams traded set wins over the first four frames in a match that featured 43 ties and 24 lead changes before slugging it out in the decisive fifth set.

Midwestern fought off the first match point opportunity courtesy of a kill from senior middle blocker Miranda Byrd to knot the match at 14-14 in the fifth set.

Byrd paced a pack of four Mustangs in double-figure kills with 17 while committing a single attack error in 33 attempts good for season high .485 kill rate.

The Mustangs earned their first match point when Byrd combined with freshman Katie Bertling for a block to put MSU up 15-14. TWU answered the call with a Katelyn Barnett kill before Byrd put another ball down to give Midwestern a second shot at match point.

But TWU's Viktorija Jablonska, who finished with a match-high 23 kills, had the an answer for the Pioneers.

The Mustangs scratched for one more match point following back-to-back kill by sophomore Caitlin Wallace before Texas Woman's finally closed out the match.

Wallace added 13 kills and four blocks while Bertling and junior Shelbi Stewart had 10 kills each for the Mustangs who hit .199 as a team.

Senior libero Kiara Jordan led back row efforts with 25 digs and was joined in double figures by Hillary White with 18 while Brandi Flores and Kristan Aduddell notched 14 each.

Midwestern State, which fell to 0-5 on the road, takes on Eastern New Mexico Tuesday night in Portales. First serve is set for 8 p.m.

Texas Woman's improved to 10-12 and 8-5.