MSU Football: #8 in the Nation, #1 in the Super Region

Mustangs Roll to #8 in AFCA D-2 Top 25

Midwestern State surged ahead four spots to No. 8 in the latest American Football Coaches' Association Division II Poll released Monday morning.
The ranking is the highest for the program since the Mustangs reached No. 8 in the same poll on Oct. 4, 2010. MSU reached its highest national standing at No. 7 in 2009.
Midwestern is off to its best start in school history at 7-0 after rolling up a program-best 740 yards of total offense in a 70-28 victory over Abilene Christian Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.
MSU is 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. 3 Pittsburg State (Kan.), No. 4 Northwest Missouri, No. 8 MSU, No. 12 Washburn (Kan.), No. 19 Abilene Christian (Texas), No. 20 West Texas A&M and No. 21 Humboldt State (Calif.) while Missouri Western, Central Missouri and Southwest Baptist (Mo.) are receiving votes.
Midwestern State hits the road to take on Eastern New Mexico Saturday at Greyhound Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.

Mustangs Stand Atop First Super-Region 4 Rankings

The best start in school history has netted Midwestern State the top spot in the first Super Region 4 rankings released Monday afternoon by the NCAA Division II Football Committee.
The Mustangs, who rolled to 7-0 with a convincing 70-28 victory over rival Abilene Christian last weekend at Memorial Stadium, take on Eastern New Mexico Saturday afternoon at Blackwater Draw. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.
The top six teams in each super region advance to the NCAA Division II playoffs with the Nos. 1 and 2 seeds receiving a bye into the second round.
Midwestern tops the rankings followed by Pittsburg State (8-0), Northwest Missouri (7-1), Washburn (7-1), Abilene Christian (5-2), West Texas A&M (5-2), Missouri Western (6-2), Ouachita Baptist (5-2), Humboldt State (6-1) and Central Missouri (5-3).
The playoff field will be announced Sunday, Nov. 13 with the first round starting the following weekend.

Kelsey, Blaylock Cop LSC Player of the Week Honors

Midwestern State's Brandon Kelsey and Romie Blaylock garnered Lone Star Conference Player of the Week honors Monday afternoon when the league announced its weekly awards.
Kelsey gained top offensive honors after directing the 12th-ranked Mustangs in their record setting performance in a 70-28 victory over No. 9 Abilene Christian to keep MSU unbeaten at 7-0, a school-record best start.
The senior from Arlington amassed 319 total yards of the Mustangs' program best 740 total offense yards and accounted for four touchdowns.
Kelsey completed 16-of-24 passes for 205 yards and three touchdowns (9, 5, 16) without an interception. He also rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown as part of MSU's 436 rushing yards against the Wildcats who came into the game as the fourth best rushing defense in NCAA Division II allowing 74.3 yards per game.
It was his third 200-100 game of the season and just the eighth in MSU history.
Blaylock garnered top defensive honors after collecting six tackles - five solo - along with a sack of ACU quarterback Mitchell Gale. He also forced a fumble and had a pass breakup.
While the Wildcats collected 28 points and 547 yards, 14 of the points and 211 yards came in the fourth quarter after MSU had posted a 49-14 lead entering the final period.