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Mustangs Up to #9, Earn More LSC Honors

Midwestern State moved ahead one spot to No. 9 in the American Football Coaches' Association's final regular season poll released Monday afternoon.

The Mustangs claimed their 10th win for the first time since 2011 and for the fourth time in program history (1949, 2006, 2011, 2015) with a rousing come-from-behind 37-33 win over Texas A&M-Commerce Saturday night in the Lone Star Conference Playoff Championship game.

It's the highest ranking since MSU reached No.8 on Nov. 8, 2012.

As the No. 1 seed in Super Region Four, the Mustangs earned a bye and play the winner of the Colorado State-Pueblo/Indianapolis on Saturday, Nov. 28 at Memorial Stadium.

Midwestern is one of nine teams out of Super Region Four to receive mention in the poll joining No. 2 Ferris State (Mich.), No. 3 Ashland (Ohio), No. 4 Colorado State-Pueblo, No. 12 Grand Valley State (Mich.), No. 13 Indianapolis (Ind.), No. 20 Texas A&M-Commerce and No. 21 Colorado Mesa while Colorado Mines is receiving votes.

Northwest Missouri maintained its hold on the No. 1 spot taking a 49-13 win over Washburn (Kan.) Saturday in Maryville. The Bearcats received 30 of the 32 first-place votes.

Ferris State garnered their other two first-place votes at No. 2 while Ashland, Colorado State-Pueblo and Shepherd (W. Va.) round out the first five.

Wills Takes Defensive Honors for the Second Time

Midwestern State's Harold Wills garnered Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors for the second time this season Monday afternoon.

The senior defensive end from Gainesville, Texas intercepted a swing pass and returned it four yards for the game winning touchdown to lift the Mustangs to a 37-33 win over Texas A&M-Commerce in the LSC Playoff Championship game Saturday night.

Wills finished the game with four tackles including two for loss, a sack and an interception.

The Mustangs forced a team that had committed nine turnovers all season into three miscues in the final quarter while limiting the Lions to more than 100 yards under their season average.

Wills also earned top defensive honors earlier this season after making a career-high 11 tackles and forcing a pair of fumbles in a win over West Texas A&M.

Whitehurst Earns LSC Special-Teams Award

Midwestern State's Herb Whitehurst earned Lone Star Conference Special Teams Player of the Week honors as released by league officials Monday afternoon.
 
The senior defensive back from Modesto, Calif. came through cleanly to block Chase Thrasher's punt and returned it for a touchdown with 8:06 to go in the first half of the Mustangs' 37-33 win over Texas A&M-Commerce in the LSC Playoff Championship Saturday night.
 
Whitehurst shot around the right side of the A&M-Commerce line, made the block, scooped it up and scored to give MSU a 17-10 lead.
 
It was the Mustangs' sixth blocked punt of the season. It was the third consecutive game and sixth time this season MSU has scored either a special teams or defensive touchdown.
 
MSU notched 10 wins in a season for the first time since 2011 and for the fourth time in school history (1949, 2006, 2011, 2015).
 
The Mustangs earned the No. 1 seed in Super Region Four to earn a bye into a second matchup against the winner of the Colorado State-Pueblo/Indianapolis game on Saturday, Nov. 28 at Memorial Stadium.

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