The Midwestern State Mustang football team has payback on its mind.
They'll head down to San Angelo to face the Rams of ASU Saturday night at LeGrand Stadium, looking to advance to the Lone Star Conference championship game.
MSU hosted ASU in early October and led that game 17-7 late in the second quarter, before the Rams went on a 28-7 run and wound up winning 45-31. That win wound up earning Angelo the head-to-head tiebreaker over Midwestern when both teams finished 5-2 in LSC regular-season play.
In that October game, ASU quarterback Kyle Washington dominated the Mustang defense, rushing for 250 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries, while passing for 169 yards and three touchdowns.
Speaking on Thursday, MSU Defensive Coordinator Rich Renner said he needed to take away at least one of Washington's tools in this rematch, acknowledging the difficulty of the task against a player like Washington.
"With an athlete that only runs the ball, or just throws the ball, it's easy to just really pick on one side or the other," Renner said. "But when you've got a great athlete like Kyle that can do both, it is very tough. And that's what makes him such a great quarterback. So what we have to do is take away what he does best which, in my opinion, is run the football. If he beats us with his arm, then he beats us with his arm. But ultimately we've got to take away his run game."