MSU Roundup: Football Falls Out of AFCA Top 25

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Midwestern State dropped out of the latest American Football Coaches' Association Division II poll Monday morning, but are still receiving votes.

The Mustangs fell for the second straight week, dropping a 34-13 decision to West Texas A&M on Saturday in Canyon to drop to 3-2 on the season.

Midwestern remains one of 10 teams from Super Region Two to receive mention in the poll joining No. 7 Ohio Dominican, No. 11 Ferris State (Mich.), No. 14 Colorado State-Pueblo, No. 15 Colorado Mines, No. 20 Michigan Tech, No. 23 Texas A&M-Commerce and No. 24 Ashland (Ohio), while West Texas A&M and Indianapolis (Ind.) are also receiving votes.

Northwest Missouri maintained its unanimous hold on No. 1 by defeating Lindenwood, 51-20, on Saturday, while No. 2 Minnesota State-Mankato, No. 3 Minnesota-Duluth, No. 4 North Alabama, No. 5 Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.), No. 6 Henderson State (Ark.), No. 7 Ohio Dominican and No. 8 Shepherd (W. Va.) all shifted up a spot.

Colorado State-Pueblo dropped 12 places to 14th after sustaining a 23-22 upset to Fort Lewis (Colo.).

Delta State (Miss.) and West Chester (Pa.) round out the Top 10.

Midwestern State returns to Memorial Stadium to take on McMurry Saturday night. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.

The Mustangs have received at least one vote in 102 of the last 103 polls dating back to the 2006 season with the lone exception coming in the 2010 final poll.

Women's Golf T-6th After 1st Round in Dallas

Midwestern State sophomore Kellie Martin and freshman Sarah Moore each fired rounds of 3-over-par 75 on Monday to lead the Mustangs in the opening round of the Dallas Baptist Women's Classic.

The golfers all had to battle rain and gusty 30 mph winds over the par 72, 5,851 yard Golf Club of Dallas course.

The Mustangs tallied 310 as a team, for a sixth place tie at 310 with Incarnate Word, heading into the final round. MSU is just nine strokes off the pace of host Dallas Baptist at 301 and second place Tarleton State at 304.

"We battled the conditions as well as this strong field today," said MSU Coach Jeff Ray. Six of the nine teams that competed at last season's West Super Regional are in the 17-team field.

"I'm really pleased of the way Sarah played today," said Ray. "She doesn't hit the ball really far, and with the weather it was tough. But she kept the ball in play and putted really well."

"Kellie played very steady and I'm happy to see her come through with a good round," he added.

Senior Brenna Moore recorded a 77 for the Mustangs, while junior Kynze Mann chipped in an 83 and sophomore Sierra Campbell posted an 84.

"We are close in this great field," Ray continued. "We're right there for Tuesday."

Individually, DBU's Sydney Williams fired a 3-under 69 in the squalid conditions, while St. Mary's Allison Howarth and Newman's Kendall Anderson are tied for second at even-par 72.

The final round is scheduled to start at 8 a.m. on Tuesday.

Men's Golf: The Territory Classic Postponed Due to Weather

Storms moving into Southwest Oklahoma forced the postponement of The Territory Classic Monday afternoon.

The 36-hole event played at the Par-72, 7,077-yard course at The Territory Golf Club is set to begin Tuesday morning.

The Mustangs, who are coming off of a 14th-place showing at the Western New Mexico Fall Intercollegiate, placed 10th at the event last fall.