Midwestern State bumped ahead one spot to No. 15 in the latest American Football Coaches' Association Division II Poll released Monday afternoon.
The Mustangs blew out Texas A&M-Commerce 65-14 in the Lone Star Football Festival opener Thursday night at Cowboys Stadium to even their season record at 1-1.
MSU is one of 18 teams in newly formed Super Region Four which now includes the Lone Star Conference, Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) to receive mention in the poll.
Colorado State-Pueblo leads the way at No. 3 followed by No. 4 Grand Valley State (Mich.), No. 15 MSU, No. 17 Ashland (Ohio), No. 18 Colorado Mines, No. 19 Abilene Christian (Texas), No. 20 Saginaw Valley State (Mich.), No. 21 Wayne State (Mich.) and No. 25 West Texas A&M.
Texas A&M-Kingsville, Sioux Falls (S.D.), Hillsdale (Mich.), Michigan Tech, Wayne State (Neb.), Findlay (Ohio), Adams State (Colo.), Missouri S&T and Tarleton State (Texas) are receiving votes.
The Mustangs take on Texas A&M-Kingsville, which suffered a 40-10 defeat to West Texas A&M Saturday at the Lone Star Football Festival, Saturday night on the road. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
The game will be Web streamed live on FoxSportsSouthwest.com and can be heard over the air in Wichita Falls on 100.9 BOB-FM. The audio broadcast will be simulcast on BOBradio.fm.
Midwestern State has received mention in 74 of the last 75 AFCA polls dating back to the 2006 season.
Midwestern State junior Neiko Conway was named the Lone Star Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Week for his play on Thursday in the Mustangs 65-14 nationally televised win over Texas A&M-Commerce at the Lone Star Football Festival.
Conway collected three of the seven turnovers taken by Midwestern. He recovered two fumbles and intercepted a pass on the first play of the second half, returning it 32-yards for a touchdown that started a 35-point third quarter for MSU.
It was MSU's first interception return for a touchdown since Oct. 23, 2010 when Zak Bracken had a 20-yard scoring return at West Texas A&M. The interception return moved him to 182 career interception return yardage to set a new MSU record. Conway moved to fifth on the MSU career interception list with his seventh career pickoff.
He also chalked up two tackles and a pass breakup as well in the Mustangs win.
Conway was joined by West Texas A&M linebacker Taylor McCuller who chalked up 15 tackles in the Buffaloes 40-13 win over then No. 14 Texas A&M-Kingsville.
The LSC Offensive Player of the Week was Abilene Christian receiver Taylor Gabriel who had five receptions for 50 yards, including a pair of touchdowns.
The LSC Special Teams Player of the Week was Incarnate Word's Marcus Wright who returned the opening kickoff 83 yards for UIW's first-ever kickoff return for a touchdown.
MSU, now ranked 15th nationally, visits Texas A&M-Kingsville on Saturday for a 7 p.m. contest.