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#25 MSU Mustangs Fall To West Texas

  No. 25-ranked Midwestern State yielded 500 yards for the second straight week and came up with zero points in two chances in the red zone Saturday night at Kimbrough Memorial.

It all added up to a second-straight loss as West Texas A&M rolled to a fourth consecutive win, 34-13, to improve to 4-2 on the season.

Junior quarterback Preston Rabb passed for 308 yards and two touchdowns while Geremy Aldridge-Mitchell rushed for 163 yards on 33 carries and two more scores to pace the WT attack.

The opportunistic Buffs immediately cashed in after MSU's Andy Alkhazshvilly's 47-yard field goal attempt sailed left of the uprights five minutes into the opening quarter.

Rabb found Jeremy Watson behind the Mustangs' defense for a 70-yard pitch-and-catch to give WT the early 7-0 edge.

Watson finished the night with 113 yards on five catches and two touchdowns as the Buffs finished with two receivers over the century mark as Anthony Johnson went for 123 yards on six catches.

The Mustangs finally cracked the scoreboard after Connor Hollabaugh connected on a 20-yard field goal to give WT a 10-0 lead near the end of the first quarter.

MSU sophomore running back Dante Taylor burst for 80 yards around left end to pull the Mustangs to within 10-6.

Taylor matched a career high with 159 yards for the second consecutive week while topping 100 yards for the third straight game. He has accounted for at least 105 yards in four of MSU's five games amassing a team-high 579 yards on 81 carries this season.

West Texas A&M used a long kick return by Watson to set up a quick scoring drive to answer the score. Rabb culminated the 7-play, 47-yard series with a second TD strike to Watson -- this one from 22 yards -- to push the Buff lead to 17-6.

The Mustangs put together a 13-play, 72-yard drive but were unable to come up with points after Don Jerry and Jake Glover were stuffed for losses on consecutive plays from 1-yard out.

West Texas A&M pushed the lead to 20-6 after Hollabaugh connected from 34 yards out at the end of a 16-play, 78-yard drive at the start of the second half.

The Mustangs drove to the WT 24-yard on the next possession before turning the ball over on downs, then were stuffed at the 1-yard line on their next drive which subdued comeback efforts.

The Buffs finally broke the game open with a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter to stretch the lead to 34-6 with 2:53 to play before MSU's Quade Coward broke 52 yards for a touchdown in the final minute of the game.

Midwestern State (3-2, 2-2) plays host to McMurry Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.

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