Midwestern State's Hagen Hutchinson accounted for six touchdowns in a 63-46 win over Tarleton State Saturday to earn Lone Star Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors.
The sophomore from Stamford had a hand in each of MSU's first six scores on his way to a career-best 321 yards of total offense.
Hutchinson connected on 19-of-30 passes for 252 yards including scoring strikes to Derek Lockhart (6), Ryan Hyman (35) and Tyrique Edwards (30 while rushing for a team-high 69 yards on six carries with three more TDs in 2 1/2 quarters of action.
Hutchinson played a key role in helping MSU to 676 yards of total offense which are the most ever allowed by a Tarleton State defense and the fifth most in MSU history.
Angelo State's Clayton Callicutt gained top defensive honors accounting for five tackles for loss including three sacks in a 35-17 win at West Texas A&M, while Tarleton State's Daniel McCants grabbed special teams player of the week accolades accounting for a Memorial Stadium record (for Midwestern State games) 296 all-purpose yards.
The Mustangs battle No. 6-ranked Angelo State Saturday night at LeGrand Stadium at First Community Credit Union Field in San Angelo. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Midwestern State moved ahead three places to No. 20 in the American Football Coaches' Association Division II Poll as released Monday morning.
The Mustangs improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2011 by claiming a 63-46 win over rival Tarleton State Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.
MSU, which has earned a national ranking during each of the last seven seasons, spent four consecutive weeks in the poll in 2014 topping out a No. 16.
The Mustangs received votes during the first three reporting periods this season before entering the poll at No. 23 last week.
Midwestern is one of 12 teams from Super Region Four to receive mention in the poll joining No. 4 Ferris State (Mich.), No. 6 Angelo State (Texas), No. 10 Colorado State-Pueblo, No. 11 Colorado Mines, No. 13 Ashland (Ohio), No. 18 Texas A&M-Commerce and No. 18 Michigan Tech.
Grand Valley State (Mich.), West Texas A&M, Colorado Mesa and Indianapolis (Ind.) are receiving votes.
Minnesota State-Mankato maintained its hold on the top spot with a dominating 63-3 win over Minnesota-Crookston on Saturday. The Mavericks received 30 of the 32 first-place votes.
West Georgia (2 first-place votes), Northwest Missouri State, Ferris State (Mich.) and Delta State (Miss.) round out the first five.
Midwestern State hits the road to take on No. 6 Angelo State Saturday at LeGrand Stadium at First Community Credit Union Field in San Angelo. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Midwestern State is off to a rough start at the GolfScrimmages D2 National Championship Preview played at the Par-72, 6,310-yard CommonGround Golf Course.
The Mustangs fired an opening round total of 314 (+26) to head into Tuesday's final round in 14th place or 25 strokes behind tournament leading Tarleton State (289/+1).
"It was a tough day for us. It was a day that no one really played very well," MSU coach Jeff Ray. "We didn't do a very good job of getting the ball to the right part of the green. Some of that was bad decisions and some were just bad starts. Hopefully, we can regroup tonight and come out with a little bit of confidence."
Sophomore Sarah Moore rode the momentum of three birdies to shoot even par through her first 16 holes, but ended the round with consecutive double bogies to card a 4-over 76. Despite the tumble at the end of the round, the Burkburnett product carried MSU's top score to tie for 34th on the individual leader board.
"Sarah played well on a very long golf course until the final two holes," Ray said.
Junior Sierra Campbell carded a 5-over 77 to tie for 41st while junior Hayley Dambold (79/56th) and freshman May Chimsuti (82/74th) provided the final countable scores for the Mustangs.
Junior Kellie Martin fired a 12-over 84 to tie for 84th.
"It's a challenging but fair golf course," Ray said. "This is a great field and you have to play well to compete."
Newman's Courtney Zietsman and Tarleton State Sarah Gee stand as the tournament co-leaders notching 3-under 69s in the opening round.
The final round begins with a shotgun start Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. (Central Time).