Midwestern State improved by 25 votes in the latest American Football Coaches' Association Division II Coaches' Poll but continue to on the outside looking into the rankings released Monday afternoon.
The Mustangs improved to 2-0 for the second consecutive season and for the eighth time in the last 10 years by surviving Colorado Mesa 16-13 in overtime last weekend in Grand Junction.
MSU received 60 votes and is one of 14 teams from Super Region Four to receive mention in the poll which was rocked by a pair of upsets last week.
Unranked West Texas A&M stunned defending national champion Colorado State-Pueblo 31-30 last weekend in Canyon to send the Thunderwolves tumbling 11 spots to No. 13 while then-No. 20 Grand Valley State (Mich.) took down No. 7 Ohio Dominican 27-24.
All three programs maintained national rankings joining five other regional teams in the rankings including No. 5 Ferris State (Mich.), No. 8 Angelo State (Texas), No. 13 Colorado State-Pueblo, No. 14 Grand Valley State, No. 15 Colorado Mines, No. 17 Ohio Dominican, No. 19 Ashland and No. 22 Texas A&M-Commerce.
Michigan Tech, MSU, West Texas A&M, Findlay (Ohio), Indianapolis (Ind.) and Tiffin (Ohio) are also receiving votes.
Minnesota State-Mankato maintained its hold at the top spot with a 27-10 win over Northern State (S.D.) while West Georgia, Northwest Missouri State, Pittsburg State (Kan.) and Ferris State rounded out the first five.
Midwestern State opens Lone Star Conference play Saturday against Eastern New Mexico in the opener of the Lone Star Football Festival at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Kickoff is set for 11:30 a.m.
Midwestern State's Andy Alkhazshvilly delivered the game-winning field goal to lift the Mustangs to a 16-13 win in overtime against Colorado Mesa Saturday night at Stocker Field in Grand Junction to earn Lone Star Conference Special Teams Player of the Week honors.
The senior from Mansfield improved to a perfect 4-for-4 in field goal opportunities by splitting the uprights from 30 yards out twice in regulation for booting a 28-yarder from the left hash marks in overtime to help the Mustangs to a 2-0 mark for the second straight year for the eighth time in the last 10.
It was Alkhazshvilly's first game winning field goal for MSU.
The 5-11 senior also averaged 62.5 yards on four kickoffs for the Mustangs.
West Texas A&M senior running back Geremy Aldridge-Mitchell delivered his 11th consecutive 100-yard rushing performance finishing with 105 yards on 30 carries while catching four passes for 37 yards as the Buffs stunned No. 2-ranked Colorado State-Pueblo 31-30 Saturday night in Canyon.
WT sophomore safety Hunter Streuling intercepted two passes against the Thunderwolves to earn top defensive honors.
Midwestern State takes on Eastern New Mexico Saturday as the leadoff game for the Lone Star Football Festival Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Kickoff is set for 11:30 a.m.
It was a strong start to the 2015 fall season for the Midwestern State men's and women's tennis teams with three Mustangs winning flights and five others making finals appearances at the Tyler Invitational last weekend.
For the men, true freshmen Dylan Hall and Dillon Pineda went 4-0 in flights 5 and 6, respectively, to claim titles, while the duo of Hall and freshman Benjamin Neander finished with a perfect 3-0 mark in flight 3 doubles.
After going 3-0 in his pool, Hall advanced to the flight 5 final to face Tyler Junior College's Michael Moore, picking up a 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-5) victory in his first collegiate action.
In flight 6, Pineda earned straight-set wins in each of his four matches, taking down TJC's Sindre Hellesmark, 6-2, 6-3, in the championship.
Hall and Neander cruised through Pool A doubles and set up a championship match against TJC's Jonah Candelario and Hellesmark before coming away with a tight 8-7 victory to win flight 3.
At flight 1 doubles, senior Kyle Davidson and junior Ramon Toyos advanced to the finals, earning wins over UT Tyler, Dallas Baptist and TJC before falling to Ferran Calvo and Enrique Pardo of TJC in an 8-5 title match.
Neander, freshman Martijn Molenkamp and sophomore Daniel Gallivoda finished off the weekend strong with wins in their final matches to improve to 3-1 in singles play.
On the women's side, senior Lindsay Nochowicz advanced to the flight 4 singles championship following straight-set wins over Sam Houston State, UT Tyler and North Central Texas College.
In flight 1 doubles, senior Maddie Schorlemmer and junior Abby White won their first three matches in Pool A before falling to TJC's Gabrielle Andrews and Elizabeth Bagerdash in the championship match by a score of 8-4.