MSU Football Up to #10, Two More Earn LSC Honors

Midwestern State bumped ahead one spot to No. 10 in the latest American Football Coaches' Association Top 25 released Monday morning.

The Mustangs rolled to 7-0 for the second time in school history with a dominating 35-10 win over then-No. 10 Humboldt State (Calif.) Friday night at Memorial Stadium.

The ranking is the highest since MSU was eighth on Nov. 12, 2012.

Midwestern can secure at least a share of its fifth Lone Star Conference championship with a win over No. 11 Texas A&M-Commerce Saturday afternoon in Commerce, while the Lions can clinch a second-straight outright title. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.

MSU has won nine of its last 10 games against nationally ranked opponents during the regular season dating back to the start of the 2011 campaign.

Super Region Four boasts 10 ranked teams including No. 4 Ferris State (Mich.), No. 6 Colorado State-Pueblo, No. 7 Colorado Mines, No. 8 Ashland (Ohio), No. 10 MSU, No. 11 Texas A&M-Commerce, No. 12 Grand Valley State (Mich.), No. 17 Michigan Tech, No. 23 Colorado Mesa and No. 24 Angelo State (Texas) while Indianapolis (Ind.) is receiving votes.

Minnesota State-Mankato maintained its hold on the No. 1 spot with a 51-10 win over Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.). The Mavericks received 27 of the 32 first-place votes.

No. 2 West Georgia, who ripped No. 15-ranked Delta State (Miss.) 28-7 on Saturday, received the other five first-place votes followed by Northwest Missouri State, Ferris State and Sioux Falls (S.D.) to round out the top five.

Coward Earns 2nd LSC Player of the Week Honor

Midwestern State's Quade Coward earned Lone Star Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors for the second time this season Monday afternoon when league officials announced weekly awards.

The senior quarterback from Cleburne accounted for a career-high 358 yards of total offense to lead the 11th-ranked Mustangs to a 35-10 win over No. 10 Humboldt State (Calif.) Saturday night at Memorial Stadium as MSU improved to 7-0 fro the second time in school history.

Coward completed 16-of-28 passes for a career-best 292 yards and four touchdowns including a pair of strikes to Arsenio Phillips (25, 26) and others to Tyrique Edwards (8) and Levy Wilson (24).

He also led the team in rushing for the second time this season going for 66 yards on five carries while leading the Mustangs to 528 yards of total offense - their second highest output this season.

Rouse Earns LSC Defensive Player of the Week

Midwestern State's Dominique Rouse garnered Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors as announced by league officials Monday afternoon.

The senior from Apopka, Fla. led a dominating defensive performance to help the 11th-ranked Mustangs to a 35-10 win over No. 10 Humboldt State (Calif.) Saturday night at Memorial Stadium as MSU improved to 7-0 for the second time in school history.

The 5-10, 180-pound cornerback matched a season high with seven tackles with an interception and three pass breakups.

His second quarter pick was just the second thrown by Humboldt State quarterback Robert Webber, who came in with the 14th-best pass efficiency rating in NCAA Division II.

The Mustangs limited the nation's top scoring offense to 10 points - 40 points below its average and to a single field goal over the last 54:57 while shutting out the Lumberjacks in the second half.