Keidrick Jackson rushed for 136 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 24 Midwestern State to a 45-21 rout of No. 8 West Alabama Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.
The win was the fifth consecutive for the Mustangs, who improved to 5-1 on the season while sending UWA to its first Division II loss of the campaign and to 5-2 overall.
In the process, the senior running back from Arlington surpassed former All-American Daniel Polk as the school's all-time leading rusher finishing the game with 3,596 yards. Polk ran for 3,590 from 2004-07.
Midwestern jumped all over the Tigers bouncing out to a 14-0 lead as junior quarterback Jake Glover hit Derek Lockhart in stride for a 46-yard touchdown in the opening quarter.
The Lockhart set the next MSU scoring drive up with a strip and a recovery on a punt as Glover polished off a 3-play, 46-yard drive with a 3-yard scoring run to put the Mustangs up 14-0.
The Mustangs piled on two more scores in the second quarter as Glover hit Lockhart on a 12-yard slant with 7:41 to go before halftime and Jackson scored the first of his three TDs of the game with a 2-yard plunge in the final minute of the half go give MSU a 28-7 edge at the break.
Midwestern and Jackson stayed on a roll to open the second half. The senior exploded for 41 yards on the opening drive of the second half to push the advantage to 35-7.
Redshirt freshman Dante Taylor added 68 yards on 16 carries to help the Mustangs roll up 241 yards on the ground, while Glover completed 8-of-15 passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns.
The Mustangs limited West Alabama's high-powered attack to 293 yards of total offense led by the efforts of sophomore Marqui Christian (10 tackles) and senior Lynn Williams (seven tackles).
Junior quarterback Kyle Caldwell ran for 62 yards to pace West Alabama's 203-yard ground attack while also completing 8-of-15 passes for 90 yards.
Midwestern State returns to Lone Star Conference play Saturday at Angelo State. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.
Another match against a nationally ranked opponent, another win for a resilient Midwestern State side.
Sophomore Ben Clarvis and Len Smith tallied second-half goals to carry the Mustangs to a 2-1 win over No. 4 St. Edward's Saturday afternoon at Chan-Lewis Field.
"I like the fact that our guys just keep coming back," MSU coach Doug Elder said. "We bounced back, we persevered and played with a bit of an attitude. I'm so proud of the guys and am very happy for it."
Midwestern faced more adversity when junior defender Kalen Ryden was whistled for a hand ball in the box in the 40th minute after a ball bounded back through the box on a blocked shot.
"He turned his head and the ball hit his arm," Elder said. "His arm was against his body and the assistant referee said he was in the 18."
SEU's Jack Blanton converted the penalty kick for his second goal of the season to send the Hilltoppers into the intermission with a goal lead.
Midwestern State answered quickly with the equalizer less than two minutes into the second half.
Clarvis collected a loose ball in the box and drove it into the net for his first goal of the season.
Smith then finished a cross from sophomore Idrissa Camara for his seventh goal of the campaign to provide the difference in the match in the 73rd minute.
Sophomore goalkeeper Nick Petolick was credited with two saves on his way to improving to 7-0-1 since taking over starter duties.
"Nick made a great one-on-one save when (SEU defender Matt McLaughlin) got behind us," Elder said. "He saved our butts because he was behind our defense. It was because of that that we won the game."
Midwestern State plays host to Texas A&M International Friday night at the MSU Soccer Field. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.