MSU Football Up to #23 in AFCA Poll

Midwestern State moved up to No. 23 in the latest American Football Coaches' Association Division II rankings released Monday afternoon.

The Mustangs (1-1) won on the road at West Georgia, 38-28, in the Lone Star Conference-Gulf South Conference Challenge to give the LSC a 2-0 lead in the nine-game series.

MSU hits the road again this Saturday to face Texas A&M-Commerce in Lone Star Conference action. It's MSU's first visit to Memorial Stadium in Commerce since 2005.

The Lions are coming off of a 62-28 loss at No. 4 West Texas A&M last Saturday in Canyon that dropped their record to 2-1.

MSU is one of 12 teams from a stacked Super Region Four to receive mention in the poll joining No. 4 West Texas A&M, No. 5 Colorado State-Pueblo, No. 9 Grand Valley State (Mich.), No. 21 Chadron State (Neb.), No. 22 Indianapolis (Ind.) and No. 25 Tarleton State (Texas).

Texas A&M-Kingsville, Colorado Mines, Michigan Tech, Ohio Dominican and Ferris State (Mich.) are all receiving votes.

MSU has received votes in 87 of the last 88 polls dating back to the 2006 season including a current of 26 consecutive periods in the Top 25.

Williams Named LSC Defender of the Week

Midwestern State senior Lynn Williams was named the Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his outstanding play in last Saturday's win over West Georgia.

Making his first start of the season, Williams helped lead MSU to a 38-28 win at West Georgia in the Lone Star Conference-Gulf South Conference First and Ten Challenge to give the LSC a 2-0 lead in the nine game series.

The 5-10, 180 pound senior rover helped key the Mustangs defense that limited West Georgia to 350 yards with only 74 rushing. Williams recorded four tackles, including a quarterback sack for a loss of six yards and he made the game clinching interception with 1:38 in the fourth quarter that sealed the win.

The LSC office named West Texas A&M quarterback Dustin Vaughn the LSC Offensive Player of the Week and WT kick returner Nathan Slaughter the Special Teams Player of the Week for their performances in the Buffs 62-28 win over Texas A&M-Commerce.

Vaughn passed for a career-high 508 yards with four touchdowns and picked up his first career rushing touchdown, while Slaughter recorded 133 yards on two kickoff returns including a 100-yard touchdown return.