MSU Roundup: #25 Mustang FB Crushes McMurry

FOOTBALL: 25th Ranked Mustangs Dismiss McMurry, 66-20

No. 25 Midwestern State pounded McMurry for 476 rushing yards en route to a 66-20 win Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.

Senior running back Keidrick Jackson topped the century mark for the fourth straight week running for 168 yards on 14 carries including scoring runs from 66 and 58 yards to lead the rushing onslaught.

Jackson was just one of five players to run for touchdowns for the Mustangs who delivered the second best team rushing performance in school history. Now, the top two games have come against McMurry as MSU rolled up 522 yards in a 31-27 win on Oct. 26, 1991.

Midwestern's quarterback trio of Jake Glover, Shavodrick Beaver and Quade Coward also proved efficient in the passing game combining to complete 14-of-17 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns.

The Mustangs found the end zone three times in each of the first three quarters to pull away for their fourth consecutive victory.

MSU also produced its first special teams score of the season when Dominique Williams returned a punt 68 yards for a score with 32 seconds remaining in the opening quarter.

Coward, a true freshman making his first collegiate appearance, rushed for 80 yards on seven second half carries while Brandon Gordon and Beaver each ran for 69 yards. Redshirt freshman Dante Taylor added 65 yards on nine totes for the Mustangs.

Freshman quarterback Gabe Rodriguez threw for 248 yards and three touchdowns on 27-of-47 passing to lead the Warhawks, who fell to 1-5 on the season.

Midwestern State takes on No. 12-ranked West Alabama Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.

The Tigers claimed a 49-30 win over top-ranked Valdosta State (Ga.) Thursday night in Livingston.

VOLLEYBALL: Wallace Leads Mustangs to 3rd Straight Win

Caitlin Wallace slammed down 16 kills to lead Midwestern State to its third straight win taking a 17-25, 28-26, 25-21, 25-21 decision over Texas A&M-Kingsville Saturday afternoon at Hampton Inn Court.

The senior middle blocker from Amarillo committed just three errors in 32 attacks to post a .406 kill rate as the Mustangs shook off a host start by the Javelinas, who fell to 11-10 overall and 4-4 in Lone Star Conference play.

Texas A&M-Kingsville teed off to hit .481 as a team in the opening set before the Mustangs clamped down with some stellar net play led by Wallace's five total blocks.

Senior Marija Jovanovic also turned in a solid performance with 10 kills while committing a single error in 21 attempts for a .429 attack percentage.

Junior middle blocker Kaitlyn Molloy added eight kills and eight digs, freshman Sarah Garfield had seven kills and three blocks and freshman Cody Moore notched six kills and three total blocks to key a Mustangs' attack.

Freshman setter Sarah Rosinke finished with a match-high 29 assists, while Alyssa Fulgium pitched in 17 assists of her own to lead MSU to a .221 team attack percentage.

Junior libero Casey Fletcher spurred the back row effort with 17 digs, while redshirt-freshman Madelyn Johnson had 15 digs.

Dedra Brown had 13 kills while Kelsey Washington and Stephanie Johns had 12 kills each for the Javelinas.

Midwestern State (10-7, 2-6) hits the road to face West Texas A&M Friday night in Canyon before completing the swing against Eastern New Mexico Saturday in Portales.

CROSS COUNTRY: Mustangs Post Perfect Score & Claim MSU XC Carnival Title

Seven of the first runners to cross the finish line donned Midwestern State uniforms Saturday morning at the former Hawk Ridge Golf Course as the 17th-ranked Mustangs posted a perfect score of 15 in claiming the MSU Cross Country Carnival team title.

"Regardless of the meet or the size of the meet any time you can do that, it's pretty neat," MSU coach Koby Styles said. "That doesn't happen very often. I couldn't more proud."

Senior Ashley Flores and junior Gabby Ruiz finished the race hand-in-hand each covering the 6K course in 23:12.60 while junior Emma Ramirez (23:27.80), senior Janel Campbell (23:43.60) and junior Danielle Chavarria (23:46.20) completed the official perfect score of 15 rounding out the top five.

"We had a shorter gap time than we've ever had. I thought 37 seconds at Oklahoma State was pretty good, but today was 34," Styles said. "We're getting closer and closer."

MSU's Abigail Gonzalez, who was running unattached, claimed fifth overall with a time of 23:44.20 finishing before the first non-Midwestern runner as Central Oklahoma Katie Kerns took 7th overall with a time of 23:49.20.

Sophomore Brittany Adams enjoyed a solid outing with a time of 23:53.00 as MSU's No. 6 runner.

"We had some runners step up today that I am very proud," Styles said specifically pointing out Ramirez and Adams. "It was a great day."

Rounding out the MSU efforts were junior Michelle Krezonoski (24:13.70/11th), junior Kim Krezonoski (24:20.10/12th), junior Lucia Trejo (24:40.40/15th), sophomore Ana Lopez (24:49.00/16th), senior Melody Caldwell (24:56.40/17th), sophomore Maira Salinas (26:03.20/22nd), redshirt freshman C.J. Frizzell (26:50.50/26th), sophomore Carrie Finson (27:42.70/27th) and freshman Maranda Rodriguez (32:42.90/32nd).

Central Oklahoma took second with a total of 46 followed by Southwestern Oklahoma State with 85 points in the three-team meet.

Midwestern State begins the postseason on Sat., Oct. 26 in the Lone Star Conference Championships in Portales, N.M.