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.