Midwestern State announced its 10-game schedule which includes a third consecutive appearance in the Lone Star Football Festival at Cowboys Stadium, six Lone Star Conference contests, five home games a pair of games in the LSC/GSC First and Ten Challenge.
The two-time defending LSC champion Mustangs open the season against rival Tarleton State in the Third Annual Lone Star Football Festival in Arlington. The Mustangs and Texans kickoff at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sep. 14 at 4 p.m.
Midwestern won in its previous two trips to Cowboys Stadium claiming wins over Texas A&M-Commerce by scores of 63-17 in 2011 and 65-14 in 2012.
The Mustangs had won two consecutive games over Tarleton State before falling to the Texans 20-17 in the season opener. MSU went on to win its final nine games of the regular season to advance to the NCAA Division II postseason for the second straight year before bowing out at Indianapolis (Ind.).
Midwestern then heads to West Georgia for one of the longest road trips in program history on Sat., Sep. 21. The kickoff off time is yet to be set at University Stadium in Carrollton, Ga. The Mustangs defeated UWG in the final game of the 2012 season by a 35-17 margin.
MSU continues on the road the following week taking on Texas A&M-Commerce. It will be the Mustangs' first appearance at A&M-C Memorial Stadium since falling 27-25 in 2005. Midwestern has won six of its last seven against the Lions dating back to the 2001 season.
The Mustangs end the season by playing five of their last seven games at Memorial Stadium beginning with Oct. 5th showdown with LSC rival Texas A&M-Kingsville. Midwestern has won seven of the last eight against the Javelinas and remain the only team with a winning record against TAMUK with more than 10 games played in a series at 8-6.
MSU resumes its series with McMurry the following week at Memorial Stadium for the first time since taking a 20-14 win at the end of the 1994 campaign in Abilene. The Mustangs lead the series against the Division II reclassifying Warhawks by a 10-9-1 count.
Midwestern welcomes 2012 postseason qualifier West Alabama to town for a third consecutive game on Oct. 19. The Mustangs outscored the Tigers 28-3 in the second half to roll to a 42-27 victory in Livingston, Ala.
MSU returns to LSC play on Oct. 26 at Angelo State. The Mustangs edged the Rams 35-28 last season in Wichita Falls, but have won nine of the last 11 games against ASU dating back to the 2002 season.
Midwestern welcomes the Oaks of Menlo College to Memorial Stadium on Nov. 2. The NAIA program out of Atherton, Calif. in the Silicon Valley posted a 4-6 mark last season.
The Mustangs wrap up the road portion of the regular season at Eastern New Mexico on Nov. 9. MSU has claimed wins in each of its last 11 games against the Greyhounds.
Midwestern closes the regular season with an LSC showdown with rival West Texas A&M on Nov. 16 at Memorial Stadium. The Mustangs have won three of the last four meetings with the Buffs including the last two played on their home turf.
Midwestern State has posted winning ledgers in each of the last 13 seasons -- a feat no other Lone Star Conference team can claim. The Mustangs claimed conference titles in 2009, 2011 and 2012 while advancing to the postseason in 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Date Opponent Location Time
9/14 Tarleton State Arlington 4 p.m.
9/21 at West Georgia Carrollton, Ga. TBA
9/28 at Texas A&M-Commerce Commerce 6 p.m.
10/5 Texas A&M-Kingsville Memorial Stadium 7 p.m.
10/12 McMurry Memorial Stadium 7 p.m.
10/19 West Alabama Memorial Stadium 8 p.m.
10/26 at Angelo State San Angelo 6 p.m.
11/2 Menlo College (Calif.) Memorial Stadium 1 p.m.
11/9 at Eastern New Mexico Portales, N.M. 2 p.m.
11/16 West Texas A&M Memorial Stadium 1 p.m.
Midwestern State University senior Luke Joyce was presented with one of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's top honors on Tuesday evening, the Arthur Ashe, Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship.
Joyce, ranked 43rd nationally in singles and half of the 14th ranked doubles duo in Division II, was selected from the eight regional award winners.
The senior from Johannesburg, South Africa was cited for "being a leader by example through his patience, commitment and passion for the Midwestern State men's tennis program."
Joyce, a three-time All-Lone Star Conference singles player and two-time All-LSC doubles performer, helped lead the Mustangs to their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2007. MSU then advanced to their first Sweet 16 since 2006 with a 5-3 win over Western New Mexico at the MSU Tennis Center last week.
The 2013 MSU Marie Morgan Award winning senior has been active in the community by working with the Boys and Girls Club of Wichita Falls. He also has participated in the university's Great Day of Service, an initiative in which students volunteer their time at local charities and organizations.
He's has also earned spots on the Provost's Honor Roll and the Tri Beta Biology Honor Society.
Joyce leads the No. 17 Mustangs against No. 37 Southwest Baptist in the round of 16 on Wednesday at Noon Texas time.
Midwestern State once again turned in a team score of 1-over-par 289, but slipped a spot after two rounds of the NCAA Division II South Central/West Super Regional in DuPont, Wash.
MSU's 2-over total of 578 for two rounds has them tied with Cal State-Stanislaus, 13 shots behind leader Cal State-Monterey Bay at 11-under 565, with Western Washington second at 7-under 569, while Grand Canyon (Ariz.) and Colorado-Colorado Springs are tied for third at 5-under 571. Chico State (Calif.) is in the all-important fifth position at 4-under 572, and Hawaii-Hilo finished strong to move into sixth at 1-over 577.
MSU is currently six strokes out of fifth.
The Mustangs posted a trio of even-par 72 from senior Antonio Herran, junior Jeremy LeGuen and sophomore Derek Oland, while freshman Santiago Gomez added a 1-over 73 on the par 72, 7073-yard Home Course. Freshman Ian Gallagher added a 74.
The top five teams from this super regional and the top two individuals not a part of the those teams advance to the NCAA Division II Championships at the Hershey Country Club in Hershey, Pa., May 20-24.
Gomez fell from a tie for second to a five-way tie for sixth after two rounds with his 4-under total of 140. The lead was taken over by Colorado-Colorado Springs' Kevin Witte who fired a 5-under 67 in the second round to stand at 8-under 136, a stroke ahead of Dallas Baptist's Kyle Beard and Hawaii-Hilo's Dalen Yamauchi who are second at 7-under 137.
In all, nine golfers are within four strokes of the lead heading into the final round.
The final round of the tournament is Wednesday, with Midwestern State starting at 2:50 Texas time as the final groups off the 10th tee.