MSU Roundup: Football and Cross Country

Hutchinson leads offensive onslaught in win over Tarleton State

No. 23-ranked Midwestern State poured on the offense in a 63-46 trouncing of Tarleton State Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.

The Mustangs delivered their third most total offense yards with 714 which was the most ever allowed by a Tarleton State team.

MSU, who improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2011, takes on No. 6 Angelo State next Saturday at LeGrand Stadium at First Community Credit Union Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

MSU sophomore quarterback Hagen Hutchinson accounted for each of the Mustangs' first six touchdowns passing for a career high 252 yards and three TDs while rushing six times for 69 yards and three more scores.

Hutchinson scored on runs of 4 and 2 yards then hit Derek Lockhart on a 6-yard slant and connected with Ryan Hyman on a 35-yard seam route as the Mustangs built a 28-7 halftime advantage.

Hyman finished with a career-best seven catches for 105 yards and a touchdown while senior Arsenio Phillips had three catches for 79 yards including a 56-yard score to start the fourth quarter.

Tarleton State clawed back to within 11 points at the start of the second half after Blake Barnes connected on a 44-yard field goal following a long kick return by Daniel McCants then the Texans scored on a blocked punt as Kason Fornes fell on the ball in the end zone to put the MSU advantage to 28-17 just 2 1/2 minutes into the second half.

But MSU quickly answered with a 30-yard strike from Hutchinson to Tyrique Edwards and scored less than a minute later on a 2-yard TD run by Hutchinson to regain control at 42-17.

Freshman Vincent Johnson added 1-yard score later in the quarter put the Mustangs up 49-17.

Redshirt freshman Reggie Gipson paced the MSU rushing attack with 81 yards on eight carries as five different rushers accounted for at least 50 yards including Hutchinson (6-69), Johnson (4-66), Dante Taylor (11-59) and Orlando Haymon (11-54).

Midwestern's 714 yards were only bettered twice in program history as the Mustangs rolled up 740 yards against Abilene Christian on Oct. 22, 2011 and had 737 yards against Southeastern Oklahoma State on Oct. 20, 2001.

The teams combined 1,217 yards which is the fourth most in MSU program history and the most since MSU and Abilene Christian had 1,287 yards in 2011 which stands as the school record.

The Mustangs used a balanced attack going for 358 yards in the air and 356 on the ground.

Senior linebacker Calvin Stewart led the defense with nine tackles while Herb Whitehorse, Tyler Massey and Eric Olson all had sacks for the Mustangs.

Tarleton State dropped to 0-3 for the first time since 2011.

Mustangs finish seventh at OSU Cowboy Jamboree

Midwestern State finished seventh out of eight teams in the university division of the 79th Annual Oklahoma State Cowboy Jamboree here Saturday morning.
"It is humbling to get your tail kicked," MSU coach Koby Styles said. "Sometimes you have to take one step back to take two steps forward."
The Mustangs, who were one of two NCAA Division II teams competing in the big division, finished behind 28th ranked Oklahoma State, who claimed the team win in its home meet for the sixth consecutive year.
Behind the Cowgirls was a quality roll call including Alabama, Northern Arizona, Kentucky and Kansas State.
The Mustangs finished behind Fort Hays State (Kan.), who logged 181 points to 220 for MSU, which finished ahead of Division I Oral Roberts (249).
Junior Leticia Shaban (24:07.10) and Brandi Hobson (25:06.90) ran season-best times in the 6K event placing 40th and 43rd.
Senior Brittany Adams (25:26.30/44th), junior Tia Streeter (25:59.60/46th) and freshman Sara Smith (26:00.20/47th) also turned in team countable finishes for the Mustangs ahead of teammates Michelle Rieves (26:25.80/48th), Maira Salinas (26:46.70/50th), Bridget Reilly (26:58.40/62nd), Stefanie Blaine (27:06.90/63rd) and Angela Dees (27:08.90/64th).
MSU hosts the Midwestern State Invitational (6K) on Oct. 8 and also competes in the Incarnate Word Invitational on Oct. 10 in San Antonio.
The Lone Star Conference Championships are set for Saturday, Oct. 24 in Stephenville.