Midwestern State leaped ahead eight spots to No. 12 in the latest American Football Coaches' Association Top 25 released Monday morning.
The Mustangs upended No. 6-ranked Angelo State 29-20 Saturday night at LeGrand Stadium in San Angelo.
MSU, which has won eight of its last nine games against nationally ranked opponents during the regular season, soared to its highest ranking since landing the No. 8 spot on Nov. 12, 2012.
Super Region Four boasts half of the first 16 teams in the poll as MSU joins No. 4 Ferris State (Mich.), No. 7 Colorado State-Pueblo, No. 8 Colorado Mines, No. 9 Ashland (Ohio), No. 14 Michigan Tech, No. 15 Texas A&M-Commerce and No. 16 Angelo State.
Grand Valley State (Mich.) also received a national ranking coming in at No. 24 while Colorado Mesa, Indianapolis (Ind.), West Texas A&M and Findlay (Ohio) are receiving votes.
Minnesota State-Mankato retained the top spot receiving 30 of the 32 first-place votes followed by West Georgia (2 first-place votes), Northwest Missouri State, Ferris State and Sioux Falls (S.D.).
Midwestern State and West Texas A&M face off in a Highway 287 Challenge Cup game Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Midwestern State's Calvin Stewart garnered Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors as released by league officials Monday afternoon.
The senior from Rialto, Calif. delivered a career performance in his first start of the season while helping the Mustangs upset sixth-ranked Angelo State 29-20 Saturday night at LeGrand Stadium.
Stewart made 12 tackles including 0.5 for loss, scored a defensive touchdown and nearly had another against the top-rated offense in NCAA Division II.
Stepping in for the injured Daniel Laudermilk, Stewart chased down a fumble in the end zone in the first quarter to give MSU the first score of the game.
His interception with 3:33 remaining in the fourth quarter allowed the Mustangs to drain the clock, but he was unable to tightrope the sidelines before stepping out at the Angelo State 27-yard line.
Stewart has accounted for 30 tackles over the last three weeks of the season going for nine tackles in wins over Eastern New Mexico and Tarleton State.