MSU Football Up to #16 in AFCA Poll

Midwestern State moved up two spots to No. 16 in the American Football Division II Coaches' Poll released Monday morning.

The Mustangs improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2011 by taking a 27-23 win over Tarleton State Saturday night in Stephenville.

Midwestern is one of 11 teams from Super Region Two to receive mention in the poll joining No. 2 Colorado State-Pueblo, No. 8 Ohio Dominican, No. 13 Ferris State (Mich.), No. 17 Colorado Mines and No. 23 Michigan Tech, while Ashland (Ohio), Wayne State (Mich.), Texas A&M-Commerce, St. Joseph's (Ind.) and Indianapolis (Ind.) are receiving votes.

Northwest Missouri State retained the top spot claiming 30 of the 31 first-place votes after rolling to a 36-13 win over Central Oklahoma last weekend.

No. 2 Colorado State-Pueblo received the other first place as the Thunderwolves improved to 4-0 with a 45-7 thumping of Western New Mexico, while Minnesota State-Mankato, Minnesota-Duluth and North Alabama rounded out the first five.

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

Midwestern State plays host to Angelo State Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

The Mustangs have received at least one vote in 100 of the last 101 polls dating back to the 2006 season.

AFCA Division II Coaches Poll
Sept. 29, 2014
RankSchool (1st votes)RecordPointsLast
1Northwest Missouri State (30)4-07741
2Colorado State-Pueblo (1)4-07412
3Minnesota State-Mankato4-06963
4Minnesota-Duluth4-06844
5North Alabama3-06415
6Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.)4-05966
7Henderson State (Ark.)4-05857
8Ohio Dominican4-05549
9West Chester (Pa.)4-050110
10Shepherd (W. Va.)4-046911
11Delta State (Miss.)3-046312
12Bloomsburg (Pa.)4-042513
13Ferris State (MIch.)4-041514
14Winston Salem State (N.C.)3-130315
15Harding (Ark.)3-029216
16Midwestern State (Texas)3-028718
17Colorado Mines4-027817
18Carson-Newman (Tenn.)3-120919
19Pittsburg State (Kan.)3-12078
20Slippery Rock (Pa.)4-019622
21Sioux Falls (S.D.)4-015524
22West Alabama3-112423
23Michigan Tech4-095NR
24West Georgia4-073NR
25Winona State (Minn.)3-141NR
Others Receiving Votes: Concord (W. Va.) 38; Central Oklahoma 32; Humboldt State (Calif.) 32; Florida Tech 25; Missouri Western 20; Charleston (W. Va.) 17; Ashland (Ohio) 16; Wayne State (Mich.) 15; Texas A&M-Commerce 14; Fort Hays State (Kan.) 13; Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 12; Upper Iowa 11; Valdosta State (Ga.) 6; Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 5; Augustana (S.D.) 4; St. Joseph's (Ind.) 4; American International (Mass.) 3; California (Pa.) 3; Indianapolis (Ind.) 1.

Laudermilk Takes LSC Weekly Honors

Midwestern State linebacker Daniel Laudermilk was honored as the Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Week after his outstanding play on Saturday.

Laudermilk led the MSU defense as the Mustangs defeated Tarleton State 27-23 to win in Stephenville for the first time since the Clinton administration.

The 6-1, 225 pound junior from Austin, Texas/Austin High chalked up nine tackles to lead the MSU defenders as the Mustangs held the Texans to 379 yards. Tarleton entered the game with the 17th best offense in Division II averaging 513.5 yards a contest.

MSU leads the LSC in total defense (361.3 ypg) and scoring defense (21.0 ppg). The win for MSU was the first at Tarleton State since Nov. 4, 2000.

The 16th-ranked Mustangs return home to Memorial Stadium to face Angelo State for Family Day on Saturday. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.