Midwestern State moved ahead one spot to No. 17 in the latest American
Football Coaches' Association Top 25 released Monday afternoon.
The Mustangs extended their current winning streak to six games by improving to 6-1 with a 49-43 win Saturday night at Angelo State.
Midwestern is one of nine teams from a stacked Super Region Four to receive mention in the poll joining No. 3 Colorado State-Pueblo, No. 11 Ohio Dominican, No. 15 West Texas A&M, No. 18 Indianapolis (Ind.) and No. 23 Saginaw Valley State (Mich.).
Chadron State (Neb.), Tarleton State (Texas) and Texas A&M-Commerce are receiving votes.
The Mustangs have received at least one vote in 92 of the last 93 polls dating back to the 2006 season.
MSU takes on NAIA Independent Menlo (Calif.) Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
|AFCA Division II Coaches Poll|
|Oct. 28, 2013|
|Rank||School (1st votes)||Record||Points||Last|
|1||Minnesota State-Mankato (25)||8-0||792||1|
|2||Northwest Missouri State (7)||8-0||774||2|
|4||Henderson State (Ark.)||8-0||691||5|
|7||Pittsburg State (Kan.)||7-1||560||12|
|9||Shepherd (W. Va.)||7-0||550||9|
|10||West Chester (Pa.)||8-0||494||13|
|12||Missouri Western State||7-1||398||4|
|13||Winston-Salem State (N.C.)||7-1||397||15|
|14||Emporia State (Kan.)||7-0||373||17|
|15||West Texas A&M||7-1||372||16|
|17||Midwestern State (Texas)||6-1||292||18t|
|21||St. Cloud State (Minn.)||7-1||167||22|
|23||Saginaw Valley State (Mich.)||7-1||128||25|
|24||Slippery Rock (Pa.)||7-1||69||NR|
|Others Receiving Votes: Valdosta State (Ga.) 35; Tuskegee (Ala.) 29; North Alabama 14; Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 12; Chadron State (Neb.) 11; Virginia State 11; Delta State (Miss.) 9; Stonehill (Mass.) 3; Azusa Pacific ( Calif.) 2; Indiana (Pa.) 2; Tarleton State (Texas) 2; New Haven (Conn.) 1; Texas A&M-Commerce 1.|
Midwestern State's Jake Glover and Taiyon Jackson garnered Lone Star
Conference Player of the Week honors as released by Monday afternoon by
Glover garnered top offensive honors after accounting for five touchdowns in the Mustangs' 49-43 win Saturday at Angelo State becoming just the sixth player in MSU history to account for as many scores in a game.
The 6-4, 225-pound junior from White Settlement completed 7-of-15 passes for 110 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 51 yards and two more scores.
Glover did not take a sack, and with the Rams threatening late in the fourth quarter, he iced the game on a 12-yard option run for a first down which allowed the Mustangs to drain the clock.
Jackson, who earned defensive player of the week honors, recorded one of the biggest plays of the season in Saturday's win over Angelo State.
With the Rams holding a first-and-goal at the MSU 2, Jackson came on a safety blitz as ASU running back Blake Smith couldn't control a low direct snap. The 6-0, 203-pound senior was able to scoop up the ball at the Midwestern 10 and race for a school-record 90-yard return for a touchdown.
The return bettered the previous school record of 86 yards by Henry Johnson set against Hardin-Simmons on Nov. 5, 1994 and gave Jackson MSU records for career and single-season fumble return yardage.
He also recorded four tackles in the contest.
Texas A&M-Commerce wideout Vernon Johnson was also named offensive player of the week recording his fifth 100-yard receiving game of the season with seven catches for 154 yards in a 22-20 win over Tarleton State.
A&M-Commerce's Marcus Fore was named special teams player of the week. The senior converted a bad snap on a point-after attempt racing into the end zone for a 2-point conversion to provide the difference in the Lions' win over Tarleton State.
Midwestern State plays host to NAIA Independent Menlo out of Atherton, Calif. Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
Midwestern State junior Derek Oland fired a 7-under-65 in to claim the
individual lead after the first round of The Classic at The Tribute.
Oland gem helped place the Mustangs in third after the opening round. MSU posted a 280, and is just three strokes off the lead of Cameron at 277 with Incarnate Word third at 279. Host Texas A&M-Commerce is fourth with a 281 in the 15-team field.
"Derek had a great round today," said MSU Coach Jeff Ray. "He was impressive from tee-to-green and really overpowered the golf course and was never in any trouble."
Oland took advantage of the wide, open fairways and soft greens of the par 72, 6,535 yard course at The Tribute at The Colony. The links-style course emulates some holes from the top courses in Scotland.
"There was no wind today and made it a great day to go low," Ray added.
Oland holds a one-stroke lead over A&M-Commerce's C.J. Clem who opened with a 6-under 66. Drew Nelson of Dominican (Calif.), Chase Rowland of Dallas Baptist and Austin Jordan of Incarnate Word are tied for third at 5-under 67.
The Mustangs also have two others in the top 20 individually as both senior Jeremy LeGuen and senior Julio Gonzales-Galvan fired 2-under 70s.
"Jeremy played very well coming off a wrist injury and did a great job of managing his game. Julio stepped up with birdies on two of his last three holes to come in strong," Ray said.
The Mustangs also got a solid fourth score from Jared Baker and Ian Gallagher, as both shot a 3-over 75.
MSU's Cody Rozales, playing as an individual, also carded a 3-over 75 in the first round of play.
"The kids played well today," Ray continued. "We put ourselves in a position to make it fun."
The final round is Tuesday.
|The Classic at The Tribute|
The Tribute Golf Club
The Colony, Texas
Par-72, 6,535 yards
|Place||Team||Round Scores||Total||To Par|
|2||Incarnate Word (Texas)||279||279||-9|
|3||Midwestern State (Texas)||280||280||-8|
|6||Dallas Baptist (Texas)||285||285||-3|
|8||Dallas Baptist JV||288||288||E|
||Texas A&M-Commerce JV||291||291||+4|
||East Central (Okla.)||298||298||+10|
|14||Texas A&M International||302||302||+14|
|Place||Player, Team||Round Scores||Total||To Par|
|1||Derek Oland, Midwestern State||65||65||-7|
|2||C.J. Clem, Texas A&M-Commerce||66||66||-6|
|3||Drew Nelson, Dominican||67||67||-5|
||Chase Rolland, Dallas Baptist||67||67||-5|
||Austin Jordan, Incarnate Word||67||67||-5|
|6||Dylan McClure, Cameron||68||68||-4|
||Charles Mommaerts, Newman||68||68||-4|
||Michael Kelly, Cameron||68||68||-4|
|9||James Bolton, Newman||69||69||-3|
||Austin Wylie, Incarnate Word||69||69||-3|
||Felipe Anzarut, Cameron||69||69||-3|
||Dylan Lovell, Arkansas-Fort Smith||69||69||-3|
||Josh Aguilar, Dallas Baptist JV||69||69||-3|
|Midwestern State Scorecard|
|** -- competing as individual medalist only.|