MSU Football: Glover Honored, Mustangs Up in Poll

Mustangs Move Up in AFCA Top 25

Midwestern State jumped ahead five spots to No. 18 in the latest American Football Coaches' Association released Monday afternoon.

The Mustangs used the big play to roll to a 42-17 win over defending Lone Star Conference co-champion Eastern New Mexico Saturday in the Lone Star Football Festival at AT&T Stadium.

Midwestern is one of 12 teams from Super Region II to receive mention in the poll joining No. 2 Colorado State-Pueblo, No. 9 Ohio Dominican, No. 14 Ferris State (Mich.), No. 17 Colorado Mines and No. 25 Findlay (Ohio) while Tarleton State, Michigan Tech, Texas A&M-Commerce, Colorado Mesa, Indianapolis (Ind.) and Wayne State (Mich.) are receiving votes.

Northwest Missouri State maintained the top spot claiming 29 of the 31 first-place votes after claiming a 37-15 win over Central Missouri, while No. 2 Colorado State-Pueblo received the other two No. 1 votes after surviving a scare from Western State Colorado, 26-23.

No. 3 Minnesota State-Mankato, No. 4 Minnesota-Duluth and No. 5 North Alabama round out the top five.

Closing out the Top 10 are No. 6 Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.), No. 7 Henderson State (Ark.), No. 8 Pittsburg State (Kan.), No. 9 Ohio Dominican and No. 10 West Chester (Pa.).

Midwestern State hits the road to take on rival Tarleton State Saturday night in Stephenville. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

The Mustangs have received at least one vote in 99 of the last 100 polls dating back to the 2006 season.

AFCA Division II Coaches Poll
Sept. 22, 2014
RankSchool (1st votes)RecordPointsLast
1Northwest Missouri State (29)3-07731
2Colorado State-Pueblo (2)3-07362
3Minnesota State-Mankato3-07063
5North Alabama2-06225
6Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.)3-06036
7Henderson State (Ark.)3-05827
8Pittsburg State (Kan.)3-05678
9Ohio Dominican3-05079
10West Chester (Pa.)3-047910
11Shepherd (W. Va.)3-047011
12Delta State (Miss.)2-043314
13Bloomsburg (Pa.)3-039215
14Ferris State (Mich.)3-038416
15Winston Salem State (N.C.)2-125118
16Harding (Ark.)2-022720
17Colorado Mines3-022222
18Midwestern State (Texas)2-020923
19Carson-Newman (Tenn.)2-119321
20Winona State (Minn.)3-015124
21Valdosta State (Ga.)2-113013
22Slippery Rock (Pa.)3-012925
23West Alabama2-110917
24Sioux Falls (S.D.)3-096NR
25Findlay (Ohio)3-060NR
Others Receiving Votes: Central Oklahoma 57; Tarleton State 53; Michigan Tech 50; West Georgia 45; Florida Tech 39; Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 24; Concord (W. Va.) 22; Humboldt State (Calif.) 14; Missouri Western 13; Texas A&M-Commerce 12; Charleston (W. Va.) 8; Colorado Mesa 7; Indianapolis (Ind.) 5; Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 5; Wayne State (Mich.) 4; American International (Mass.) 3; California (Pa.) 3; St. Joseph's (Ind.) 3; Catawba (N.C.) 2.

Glover Named Offensive Player of the Week

Midwestern State quarterback Jake Glover was selected the Lone Star Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his outstanding performance at last week's Lone Star Football Festival.

Glover led the Mustangs to their second win of the season, defeating defending Lone Star Conference champion Eastern New Mexico 42-17 at the Lone Star Football Festival.

The 6-4, 220 pound senior from White Settlement, Texas/Brewer completed 12-of-22 passes for 303 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions, posting the Mustangs first 300-yard passing performance since 2009 and 20th in school history. He directed the Mustangs to 433 yards of total offense in the victory, the third for MSU in the LSFF.

Glover tossed the fourth and eighth longest passes in a collegiate game at AT&T Stadium with his 74-yard strike to Levi Wilson and 68-yard hookup with Statron Jones. He also had a 52-yard score to Jones.

Joining Glover as LSC Players of the Week are Texas A&M-Commerce linebacker Tu'u Liu on defense and West Texas A&M return specialist Geremy Alridge-Mitchell for special teams.

Liu intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown in leading A&M-C to a 55-20 win against Texas A&M-Kingsville. Alridge-Mitchell returned two kickoffs for 125 yards, including a 93-yard kickoff return for the Buffs first touchdown in a 25-19 win over Shorter (Ga.).

The 18th ranked Mustangs visit Tarleton State on Saturday for a 7 p.m. LSC contest.