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.
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.