Senior Andy Alkhazshvilly's 28-yard field goal in overtime lifted Midwestern State to a 16-13 win over Colorado Mesa Saturday night Stocker Stadium.
It was third successful field goal of the night for Alkhazshvilly as the Mustangs escaped with a perfect 2-0 record despite not scoring an offensive touchdown.
Midwestern leads off the Lone Star Football Festival by taking on Eastern New Mexico Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Kickoff is set for 11:30 a.m.
Senior safety Tari Jones scored the lone touchdown of the game for the Mustangs scooping up a fumble on a bad punt snap and racing 30 yards for a touchdown with just under 7 minutes to play in the second quarter to stake MSU to a 10-0 lead.
It was also Jones who produced the MSU fourth takeaway of the game intercepting Aric Kaiser's pass on the 2-yard line on the opening possession of overtime.
The Mustangs rushed the ball seven consecutive times to push the ball to the Colorado Mesa 11-yard line before Alkhazshvilly booted the game winner through the uprights from 28 yards out.
Colorado Mesa, who finished game with 362 yards of total offense on 91 plays, rallied to tie the game at 10-10 after junior defensive back Salim Cleghorne intercepted a Hagen Hutchinson pass at the CMU 4-yard line.
The Mavericks used 14 plays in 5:22 to march 96 yards to the game tying 28-yard strike from Kaiser to Marcus Hines with 4:10 to play in the third quarter.
Junior quarterback Quade Coward provided a spark for MSU in the fourth quarter connecting on a pair of strikes to Derek Lockhart (23, 12) before the Mustangs settled on a 30-yard field goal from Alkhazshvilly for a 13-10 lead with 3:23 to play.
But Colorado Mesa answered with a 16-yard, 65-yard drive before sending the game to overtime on a 23-yard field goal by Ryan Sheehan with 25 seconds left in regulation.
MSU senior linebacker Daniel Laudermilk spearheaded a stellar defensive effort with a career-high 18 tackles, while Marqui Christian, Dominique Rouse and Adam Hill made eight stops each.
Colorado Mesa fell to 1-1 on the season.
A trio of first half goals set the stage for another dominant victory for the No. 9 Midwestern State men's soccer team Sunday afternoon as the Mustangs claimed a 5-0 shutout win over Ouachita Baptist at the Richland College Soccer Complex.
The Mustangs (4-0-0) continued to shine on both sides of the ball as the Maroon and Gold totaled a 31-7 shot advantage with a 13-2 edge in shots on goal. With the shutout win, junior goalkeeper Noah Fazekas (4-0-0) posted his first clean sheet of the season after allowing one goal in each of the three previous contests.
Midwestern broke a scoreless match in the 22nd minute as junior midfielder Gabriel Cavalcante delivered a ball to junior forward Christian Okeke, who fired from the right side of the box to find the left corner of the net for a 1-0 Mustangs advantage.
The Mustangs stretched their lead five minutes later as senior forward Albert Rodriguez gave MSU a 2-0 lead with a shot from inside the box for his team-leading fifth score of the season.
Before the half ended, sophomore forward Erick Chapa assisted on a Cavalcante rocket from 35 yards out that found the left side of the net for a 3-0 Mustangs lead at the break.
Midwestern continued to run away from Ouachita Baptist (1-3-0) in the second period as back-to-back goals from junior forward Leon Taylor shut the door on an OBU comeback attempt.
The Mustangs will return to MSU Soccer Field next weekend, facing Texas A&M International to begin the weekend slate Friday at 7 p.m. before a 1 p.m. contest against Newman on Sunday.
The Midwestern State women's soccer team battled Western State for 110 minutes at 7,698 feet elevation before the match ended in a 2-2 draw Sunday afternoon at Gateway Field.
The Mustangs (2-1-1) denied the Mountaineers a chance at victory with an equalizer in the 57th minute from junior forward Aly Wade, scoring from the middle of the box off a pass from freshman midfielder Hayley Rohleder.
Following Wade's goal, both teams attempted to end the contest in regulation with the Mustangs placing three shots on goal in the final 30 minutes while Western (2-1-1) totaled two. However, what was an offensive shootout in the opening minutes ended in a defensive battle as the squads each picked up their first draw of the young season.
In the first half, Midwestern went ahead in the second minute as Rohleder notched her first career goal with a shot from the six-yard box off a cross from junior forward Nicole Coetzer to give the Mustangs a 1-0 lead.
Western responded with its first goal of the match less than two minutes later as senior forward Sadie Stark fired past sophomore goalkeeper Courtney Burnette for a 1-1 match in the fourth minute.
The Mountaineers took the lead in the 27th minute as sophomore forward Paige Massey found sophomore forward Jennifer Kahle, who gave Western a 2-1 advantage with a shot from the top of the box.
In the extra period, the Mustangs placed four shots on goal but were unable to get a shot past senior goalkeeper Meghan Jedrzejewski, who collected 12 saves on the day.
Burnette (2-1-1) earned the decision for Midwestern, playing 91 minutes between the posts with eight saves and two goals against. Redshirt freshman Brooke Bottensek collected one save in her first career action for the Mustangs.
Midwestern led 21-16 in shots and 14-11 in shots on goal including a 6-3 lead in shots during the overtime period.
Senior midfielder Morgan Hannon led the Mustangs with six shots with four on target while junior defender Haley Britton placed all three of her shots on goal.