No. 13 Midwestern State rallied for a 35-28 win over Angelo State in front of a Homecoming crowd of 7,743 Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.
The win was the fifth straight for the Mustangs, who improved to 5-1 on the season and to 4-1 in league, but erased a second-half deficit for the second time in as many weeks.
Angelo State punter Joseph Pickett lined the ball off of one his personal protectors with 3:02 remaining in the fourth quarter to all MSU to regain a 35-28 lead on Keidrick Jackson's second rushing touchdown of the night on a 10-yard run.
The Rams took advantage of a pair of pass interference calls to tie the game at 21-21 when Blake Hamblin connected with C.J. Akins for a 2-yard score at the end of the third quarter.
Angelo State then benefited from three-straight interceptions with the last one falling in the hands of Rush Seaver before Hamblin found Dakarai Pecikonis on a 41-yard strike to give the Rams a 28-21 lead with 11:07 to play.
The Mustangs responded with an 8-play, 65-yard drive capped by a 10-yard TD run by senior quarterback Brandon Kelsey to tie the game at 28-28 preceding ASU's punting mishap.
Kelsey delivered his second-straight 100-yard rushing performance finishing with a game-high 153 yards on 20 carries, while Jackson rushed for 90 yards on 17 carries.
Hamblin passed for 183 yards and three touchdowns, while C.J. Akins led the Angelo State receiving corps with five catches for 90 yards and two scores.
The Rams fell to 3-4 on the season and to 2-2 in league play.
The ball finally bounced the Mustangs' way Sunday afternoon at the MSU Soccer Field.
Junior midfielder Emily Saville tallied the lone goal of the match when she followed Katy Catney's free kick off of the cross bar in the 32nd minute to give Midwestern State its first home win of the season.
No. 23 Midwestern State cruised to a 3-1 win over Ouachita Baptist Sunday afternoon at the OBU Soccer Field.
The result extended the Mustangs' most current unbeaten streak to six matches and improved their season record to 8-1-3.
"We played better overall, but we still had a few breakdowns that we could have avoided," MSU coach Doug Elder. "I was proud of the way we responded after they scored their goal. Any win is a good win on the road."
MSU's striker combo of junior VcMor Eligwe and sophomore Len Smith continued to carry the scoring load for the Mustangs.
Eligwe took a feed from senior Fernando Garza in the 5th minute and deposited for his seventh tally of the season. The McKinney product has scored a goal in each of his last four outings and has accounted for six goals in the past six games.
Smith bumped his scoring streak to five consecutive matches by converting an assist from Ben Clarvis in the 52nd minute to give the Mustangs a 2-0 advantage. It was the Frisco native team leading eighth goal of the season.
Ouachita Baptist answered with a Rizvan Ceka goal in the 79th minute to pull to within 2-1.
But MSU senior midfielder Aaron Douthit capped all scoring with an unassisted tally in the 89th minute.
Midwestern State continues on the road next weekend with a pair of pivotal Lone Star Conference contests. The Mustangs take on Eastern New Mexico Friday afternoon in Portales before playing rival West Texas A&M Sunday in Canyon.
Ouachita Baptist dropped to 7-8 on the season.
Tarleton State's Katie Covell and Nikki McNorton combined for 20 kills to lead the TexAnns to a 25-18, 25-15, 26-24 win over Midwestern State in Lone Star Conference play Saturday afternoon at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
The loss was the fifth straight for the Mustangs who fell to 4-17 on the season and to 2-9 in conference play.
Junior middle blocker Caitlin Wallace led the MSU attack with nine kills while senior outside hitter Shelbi Stewart and junior middle blocker Michelle Blount added eight kills each.
Behind Covell's 10-kill effort, Tarleton State blitzed through the opening two sets with a .321 team attack percentage while forcing the Mustangs into 14 team attack errors and a.099 team attack percentage.
Midwestern rallied to battle the TexAnns in a tight third set and managed a set point at 24-23 when Villalba blasted her eighth and final kill of the contest.
But Tarleton claimed the next three points culminated by an Emily Klein service ace to close out the match.
Blount led the Mustangs at the net with three total blocks while Villalba and Decker joined Wallace with two blocks each, while sophomore libero Casey Fletcher had 18 digs to lead back row efforts.
McNorton finished with nine kills and three total blocks while Kelsey Raglan eight kills and seven digs for the TexAnns.
Midwestern State begins a six-match, three-week road swing with matches at Texas A&M-Kingsville and Incarnate Word next weekend.
The 11th ranked Angelo State Rambelles spoiled the start of a huge weekend of Homecoming sports activities with a straight sets 25-23, 25-21, 25-21 win over Midwestern State on Friday afternoon at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
The Mustangs (4-16, 2-8) stayed with the Belles (17-3, 10-1) in all three sets before the Lone Star Conference leaders extened the MSU slide to four straight. ASU picked up it's fifth straight win.
Midwestern senior Shelbi Stewart led the way for the Mustangs, just missing a double-double with 12 kills and nine digs.
Junior Caitlin Wallace tallied 11 kills on the afternoon and led the Mustangs attack with a .370 hitting percentage, with a block and two digs.
Angelo State was paced by the play of Kaelen Valdez who tallied 15 kills with a block and Maddie Huth who hit .435 with 12 kills and seven digs.