Mustangs move ahead one spot to No. 11 in AFCA Top 25

Midwestern State moved ahead one spot to No. 11 in the latest American Football Coaches' Association Top 25 released Monday afternoon.
 
The Mustangs improved to 6-0 for just the third time in school history with a 24-17 win over West Texas A&M Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.
 
It's MSU highest ranking since landing the No. 8 spot on Nov. 12, 2012, but No. 10-ranked Humboldt State (Calif.) awaits the Mustangs Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.
 
Midwestern has won eight of its last nine games against nationally ranked opponents during the regular season dating back to the start of the 2011 campaign.
 
Super Region Four boasts nine ranked teams including No. 4 Ferris State (Mich.), No. 6 Colorado State-Pueblo, No. 7 Colorado Mines, No. 8 Ashland (Ohio), No. 11 MSU, No. 12 Michigan Tech, No. 14 Texas A&M-Commerce, No. 18 Texas A&M-Commerce and No. 25 Angelo State (Texas).
 
Colorado Mesa and Indianapolis (Ind.) are also receiving votes.
 
Minnesota State-Mankato retained its grip on the top spot receiving 28 of the 32 first-place votes after edging Augustana (S.D.), 35-27.
 
No. 2 West Georgia received the other four first-place nods as the Wolves are followed by Northwest Missouri State, Ferris State and Sioux Falls (S.D.) to round out the first five.

                                                      AFCA Division II Coaches Poll
                                                                    Oct. 12, 2015
RankSchool (1st votes)RecordPointsLast
1Minnesota State-Mankato (28)6-07951
2West Georgia (4)6-07632
3Northwest Missouri State6-07373
4Ferris State (Mich.)5-07034
5Sioux Falls (S.D.)6-06735
6Colorado State-Pueblo5-15997
7Colorado Mines6-05968
8Ashland (Ohio)6-05749
9Shepherd (W. Va.)5-051810
10Humboldt State (Calif.)5-049611
11Midwestern State (Texas)6-046412
12Michigan Tech5-045714
13Emporia State (Kan.)6-040718
14Texas A&M-Commerce5-136715
15Delta State (Miss.)5-136317
16Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.)5-132319
17North Alabama4-13066
18Grand Valley State (Mich.)5-125624
19Henderson State (Ark.)5-1134NR
20Slippery Rock (Pa.)5-1131NR
21Minnesota-Duluth4-212325
22Pittsburg State (Kan.)4-210013
23Tuskegee (Ala.)5-192NR
24Arkansas Tech5-173NR
25Angelo State (Texas)4-26316
Others Receiving Votes: Colorado Mesa 59; Valdosta State (Ga.) 40; Wingate (N.C.) 40; North Carolina-Pembroke 37; Charleston (W. Va.) 30; Indianapolis (Ind.) 21; Virginia Union 16; Central Missouri 13; Bowie State (Md.) 10; Clarion (Pa.) 6; Concord (W. Va.) 4; Harding (Ark.) 4; Indiana (Pa.) 2; Southwest Minnesota State 2; Assumption (Mass.) 1; East Central (Okla.) 1; Missouri Western 1.

Wills earns LSC Defensive Player of the Week honors

Midwestern State's Harold Wills garnered Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors Monday when league officials announced weekly awards.
 
The senior defensive end from Gainesville made a career-high 11 tackles with two sacks and two forced fumbles to lead the 12th-ranked Mustangs to a 24-17 win over West Texas A&M Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.
 
Wills stripped WT quarterback Ethan Brinkley on the first series of the game then his strip of Buff running back Geremy Aldridge-Mitchell right before the end of the first half resulted in a touchdown to give MSU a 14-3 halftime advantage.
 
The 6-3, 265-pounder has posted a career-high with 20 tackles this season while leading the MSU defense with 5.5 tackles for loss.
 
Midwestern State takes on No. 10-ranked Humboldt State Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.

Johnson's big night nets LSC Offensive Player of the Week honors

Midwestern State's Vincent Johnson earned Lone Star Conference Offensive Player of the Week accolades as announced Monday afternoon by league officials.
 
The true freshman running back from Lubbock rushed for a career-high 190 yards and two touchdowns to lead the 12th-ranked Mustangs to a 24-17 win over West Texas A&M Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.
 
Johnson put the game away with an 84-yard scoring dash with 9:21 to play in the fourth quarter to give the Mustangs a 24-10 edge.
 
His single-game rushing performance was the 11th-best in program history, while his 84-yard touchdown run was the sixth longest.
 
Johnson, who scored on a 9-yard run in the first quarter, leads the Mustangs with 467 yards and five touchdowns on the ground this season.
 
Midwestern State takes on No. 10-ranked Humboldt State Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.