Midwestern State raced ahead six spots to No. 18 in the latest American Football Coaches' Association Top 25 released Monday afternoon.
The Mustangs rolled to their fifth straight win with a 45-21 rout of then-No. 8 West Alabama Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.
The loss sent the Tigers (5-2) tumbling 13 spots to No. 21.
The Mustangs are one of eight teams from a stacked Super Region Four to receive mention in the poll joining No. 3 Colorado State-Pueblo, No. 14 Ohio Dominican, No. 16 West Texas A&M, No. 20 Indianapolis (Ind.), No. 23 Tarleton State (Texas) and No. 25 Saginaw Valley State (Mich.).
Chadron State (Neb.) continues to receive votes.
Midwestern State hits the road to take on Angelo State Saturday night in San Angelo. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.
The Mustangs have received at least one vote in 91 of the last 92 polls dating back to the 2006 season.
Midwestern State senior record-setting running back Keidrick Jackson and sophomore defensive sensation Marqui Christian were selected a Lone Star Conference Co-Offensive and Co-Defensive Player of the Week after their outstanding performances during the Mustangs 45-21 triumph over then-No. 8 West Alabama last Saturday. MSU gave UWA its first loss to a Division II team this season.
Jackson rushed for 136 yards on 23 carries, gaining more yards in the contest than all but one team in a game against the Tigers this season who came into the contest ranked eighth in Division II against the run allowing 83.3 yards a game.
With 96 of his 136 yards coming in the second half, 5-11, 210 pound senior from Arlington, Texas/Bowie set the Midwestern State career rushing record on his final carry of the night to amass 3,597 yards on the ground to pass quarterback Daniel Polk's previous school record of 3,590 yards (2004-07).
The Lone Star Conference's leading rusher averaging 128.3 yards a game, also became the LSC's leading scorer with his three touchdowns against the Tigers to up the scoring output to 12.0 points a game. He also tied the MSU record with his fifth consecutive 100-yard game, matching the five straight of former Indianapolis Colt Dominic Rhodes (1999-2000) and his own stretch of five straight in 2011.
It's Jackson's first LSC Player of the Week award this season.
Christian picked up his second LSC Player of the Week award in leading the MSU defensive attack. The 6-1, 200 pound sophomore from Spring, Texas led MSU with 10 tackles, four unassisted, as the Mustangs held NCAA Division II's fourth-best offense to just 293 yards, 276 yards under their season average of 569.0 before the game.
MSU also held UWA, who was third in NCAA Division II averaging 49.5 points, to a season-low 21 points (half their previous low of 42).
Christian's 10 tackles accounted for 14 percent of the team's accumulated stops in the game as MSU also held the vaunted West Alabama rushing attack to only 203 yards, 105 yards below its average of 308.2 entering the contest.
Joining the Mustangs duo as players of the week were Texas A&M-Commerce quarterback Deric Davis on offense, West Texas A&M linebacker Taylor McCuller on defense and A&M-C's Vernon Johnson kick returner for special teams.
Davis tied the A&M-C record with five touchdown rushes and threw a scoring pass in the Lions 65-43 win over McMurry.
McCuller notched a career-high 27 tackles, including an NCAA Division II record of 22 assisted stops in the Buffaloes 34-30 win against Angelo State.
Johnson returned four kickoffs for 201 yards with non-scoring returns of 76 and 81 yards. He also had seven pass receptions for 147 yards for a total of 348 all-purpose yards.
No. 18 MSU, who has won all four of its games in the last two seasons in the Lone Star Conference-Gulf South Conference First and Ten Challenge, returns to LSC action on Saturday by visiting Angelo State for a 6:00 contest.