MSU Football Reaches AFCA Top 25

Midwestern State jumped into the American Football Coaches' Association Division II Poll at No. 23 as released Monday morning.

The Mustangs improved to 3-0 for the second straight year and for the sixth time in the last eight by claiming a 28-24 come-from-behind win over Eastern New Mexico Saturday in the Lone Star Football Festival at AT&T Stadium.

MSU earns its first national ranking since spending four consecutive weeks in the rankings last season from Sept. 15-Oct. 6 topping out at No. 16.

It marks the seventh consecutive season the Mustangs have earned national ranking dating back to the 2009 campaign.

MSU, which received votes in each of the three previous polls this season, is one of 13 teams from Super Region Four to receive mention in the poll joining No. 4 Ferris State (Mich.), No. 6 Angelo State, No. 10 Colorado State-Pueblo, No. 11 Colorado Mines, No. 13 Ashland (Ohio), No. 20 Texas A&M-Commerce and No. 21 Michigan Tech.

Grand Valley State (Mich.), West Texas A&M, Findlay (Ohio), Ohio Dominican and Colorado Mesa are receiving votes.

Minnesota State-Mankato maintained its grasp on the top spot with a 48-0 win over Mary (N.D.) while West Georgia, Northwest Missouri State, Ferris State and Delta State (Miss.) round out the first five.

Midwestern State takes on rival Tarleton State Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Christian Named LSC Def. Player of the Week, Again

Midwestern State safety Marqui Christian garnered Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors for the second time this season as released by league officials Monday afternoon.

The 6-1, 205-pound senior made 13 tackles to pace a solid MSU defensive effort in a 28-24 win over Eastern New Mexico Saturday afternoon in the Lone Star Football Festival at AT&T Stadium.

The Mustangs limited the Greyhounds to season outputs in points (24), rushing yards (179) and total offense yards (376) while improving to 3-0 for the second consecutive season.

Christian recorded 10-or-more tackles for the 13th time in his career while making six solo stops. He also moved into ninth place on MSU's all-time tackle list with 233.

West Texas A&M senior running back Geremy Aldridge-Mitchell gained top offensive honors running for a career-best 236 yards and scoring three touchdowns in the Buffs' 52-38 win over Tarleton State. WT senior kicker Conner Hollabaugh was named the special teams performer of the week.

Christian, who needs 35 tackles to become MSU's all-time tackle leader, made 18 stops against Eastern New Mexico in last season's Lone Star Football Festival at AT&T Stadium.