MSU: Football Drops Out of Top 25

Midwestern State slipped out of the American Football Coaches' Association Division II rankings for the first time since Sep. 19, 2011 when the most recent rankings were released Monday morning.
MSU claimed its second consecutive road victory by taking a 30-24 decision at Texas A&M-Commerce on Saturday. The Mustangs defeated West Georgia 38-28 the previous week on the road when the Wolves were receiving votes in the poll.
The Mustangs' lone loss came by a 27-24 count to No. 22 Tarleton State in its season opener on Sep. 14.
Carson-Newman (Tenn.) and Grand Valley State (Mich.) were the only other teams to fall in the rankings, but both suffered defeats. C-N went from 10th to 20th after losing 25-22 to unranked Catawba (N.C.) while GVSU slid from No. 9 to No. 25 after taking a 57-14 shellacking from previously unranked Ohio Dominican.
Ohio Dominican is the lone newcomer in the poll jumping in at No. 23.
MSU is one of 12 teams from the stacked Super Region Four to receive mention in the poll joining No. 4 West Texas A&M, No. 5 Colorado State-Pueblo, No. 19 Chadron State (Neb.), No. 21 Indianapolis (Ind.), No. 22 Tarleton State (Texas), No. 23 Ohio Dominican and No. 25 Grand Valley State (Mich.).
Ferris State (Mich.), Michigan Tech, Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) and Texas A&M-Kingsville are also receiving votes.
MSU has received votes in 88 of the last 89 poll dating back to the 2006 season.
The Mustangs play host to Texas A&M-Kingsville in its home opener Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Sophomore Christian Earns National Recognition

The Beyond Sports Network selected Midwestern State sophomore whip safety Marqui Christian as one of its national Division II Defensive Players of the Week.

Christian led the defensive unit in Midwestern State's 30-24 Lone Star Conference win at Texas A&M-Commerce. The 6-1, 200 pound strong safety chalked up his second 13 tackle game of the season, with nine solo stops.

Christian helped the Mustangs hold Texas A&M-Commerce to 325 total yards in the game, the lowest total offensive output for the Lions in 2013. Christian leads MSU in tackles with 32 in three games, an average of 10.7 per contest that is second in the LSC.

He is joined on the Beyond Sports Network list by Colorado Mines linebacker Tyler Denson, Colorado State-Pueblo defensive end Darius Allen, Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) defensive end Will Schwarz, Indiana (Pa.) safety Terrell Holloway and St. Cloud State (Minn.) defensive back Jack Moro.

The Beyond Sports Network honors players from Division I FCS, Division II, Division III and the NAIA weekly in several categories.