Midwestern State slipped nine spots to No. 25, but remains the only Lone Star Conference member in the latest American Football Coaches' Association Division II Coaches' Poll released Monday morning.
The Mustangs suffered their first loss of the 2014 campaign by taking a 45-31 setback to Angelo State Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. It was the Rams' first win in Wichita Falls since 1999.
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. 16 Colorado Mines and No. 22 Michigan Tech, while Texas A&M-Commerce, Ashland (Ohio), Angelo State (Texas), Indianapolis (Ind.) and Truman State (Mo.) are receiving votes.
Northwest Missouri retained its hold on No. 1 claiming 30 of the 31 first-place votes after blasting Northeastern State (Okla.) 49-7 last weekend.
No. 2 Colorado State-Pueblo received the other first-place vote as the Thunderwolves moved to 5-0 with a 17-7 win over Adams State (Colo.).
The top eight remained the same with Minnesota State-Mankato at No. 3, Minnesota-Duluth at No. 4, North Alabama at No. 5, Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) at No. 6, Henderson State (Ark.) at No. 7 and Ohio Dominican at No. 8.
No. 9 Shepherd (W. Va.) jumped over No. 10 West Chester (Pa.) to round out the Top 10.
Midwestern State hits the road to take on rival West Texas A&M Saturday night at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium in Canyon. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
The Mustangs have received at least one vote in 101 of the last 102 polls dating back to the 2006 season.
No. 18 Midwestern State was unable to inspire the effort it needed to claim a win Monday night at the Dallas Baptist Soccer Field.
DBU, on the other hand, did what it took to earn a result in fight the Mustangs to a 1-1 draw.
"It's pretty disappointing," MSU coach Doug Elder said. "Dallas Baptist played hard and you have to give them a lot of credit. No team has played us this hard the whole game. I have never seen someone work so hard in my life and that's what kept them in it."
Sophomore midfielder Kyle Baccus struck for his second goal of the season in spectacular form right before the half to give the Mustangs a 1-0 lead.
"The ball was bouncing and he took it off of a half volley from 40 yards out. It was incredible," Elder said. "But instead of putting it away, we let them stay in the game. This is a game we needed to win and let it get it away from us."
The Mustangs won every category on the stat page claiming a 25-15 edge in shots, 13-5 in shots on goal and an 8-5 advantage on corner kicks.
But Dallas Baptist hustled back into position and always seemed to have a body in the way to stymie the Mustangs' opportunities.
"The defense played solid and strong, but other than that no one played well today," Elder said. "Midfield was average and our forwards were average. I know we can do better and we will have to do better this weekend against West Texas A&M."
The Patriots cracked the score line on a drive from 25 yards out by Riley Alvey at the top of the box which squirted through MSU goalkeeper Nick Petolick's grasp for the equalizer in the 72nd minute.
"In the end, we didn't finish our chances and they outworked us," Elder said.
Midwestern State (7-1-2) plays host to rival West Texas A&M Saturday night at the MSU Soccer Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.