Mustangs finish 9th in final AFCA Division II Top 25

WICHITA FALLS, Tx --

Midwestern State finished at No. 9 in the final American Football Coaches' Association Poll of the 2015 season.

The Mustangs earned their sixth NCAA Division II Playoff appearance while matching a program record with 10 wins on the way to a Lone Star Conference Playoff championship.

It was MSU's 16th consecutive winning season which is the longest streak for any four-year scholarship program in the state of Texas.

The Mustangs are one of 10 teams out of Super Region Four to receive mention in the poll joining No. 4 Grand Valley State (Mich.), No. 5 Colorado State-Pueblo, No. 6 Ferris State (Mich.), No. 10 Ashland (Ohio), No. 18 Indianapolis (Ind.) and No. 23 Texas A&M-Commerce while Colorado Mesa, Colorado Mines and Michigan Tech received votes.

Northwest Missouri State claimed its fifth NCAA Division II championship with a 34-7 win over Shepherd (W. Va.) Saturday in Kansas City.

Shepherd claimed the No. 2 ranking followed by West Georgia, Grand Valley State and CSU-Pueblo to round out the first five.

The final ranking is the highest since Midwestern rated 7th to close the 2011 campaign. The Mustangs also finished 14th in 2009 and 16th in 2012 before receiving votes in the final poll of 2013.

AFCA Division II Coaches Poll
Dec. 21, 2015
Rank School (1st votes) Record Points Last
1 Northwest Missouri State (32) 15-0 800 1
2 Shepherd (W. Va.) 13-1 765 5
3 West Georgia 12-2 718 7
4 Grand Valley State (Mich.) 12-3 687 12
5 Colorado State-Pueblo 12-2 632 4
6 Ferris State (Mich.) 11-1 595 2
7 Slippery Rock (Pa.) 12-2 590 10
8 Emporia State (Kan.) 11-3 539 19
9 Midwestern State (Texas) 10-2 457 9
10 Ashland (Ohio) 10-1 442 3
11 Tuskegee (Ala.) 10-3 438 23
12 Henderson State (Ark.) 11-2 424 8
13 Minnesota State 10-2 416 6
14 Valdosta State (Ga.) 9-3 392 17
15 North Alabama 9-3 388 14
16 Humboldt State (Calif.) 10-2 323 11
17 Assumption (Mass.) 11-2 319 19
18 Indianapolis (Ind.) 10-2 254 13
19 Indiana (Pa.) 9-3 213 NR
20 Charleston (W. Va.) 10-2 193 15
21 Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 9-3 176 22
Sioux Falls (S.D.) 9-3 176 16
23 Texas A&M-Commerce 8-4 157 20
24 Augustana (S.D.) 9-3 87 24
25 Catawba (N.C.) 9-3 85 25

Others Receiving Votes: Colorado Mesa 66; Bowie State (Md.) 22; Virginia Union 12; Winston-Salem (N.C.) 11; Newberry (S.C.) 5; Arkansas Tech 4; Colorado Mines 4; Central Missouri 3; Minnesota-Duluth 3; Michigan Tech 2; New Haven (Conn.) 1; North Greenville (S.C.) 1.

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