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MSU Football ranked 7th in AFCA poll; Johnson honored by LSC

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Midwestern State jumped ahead three spots to No. 7 in the latest American Football Coaches' Association Division II Poll released Monday morning.

The ranking is the highest for MSU since carrying a No. 4 ranking in the first regular season ranking on Sept. 3, 2012. The Mustangs' highest ever ranking of No. 2 came on Nov. 14, 2011 after completing a perfect 10-0 regular season.

Midwestern, which improved to 4-0 for the second consecutive season and for the ninth time in program history with a 43-22 win over Western New Mexico, carries a national ranking for the 15th consecutive reporting period dating back to last season.

MSU is one of seven teams from Super Region Four to receive mention in the poll joining No. 2 Grand Valley State (Mich.), No. 4 Texas A&M-Commerce, No. 13 Colorado Mesa, No. 17 Ashland (Ohio) and No. 20 Southwest Baptist (Mo.) while Colorado Mines is receiving votes.

Johnson named LSC Offensive Player of the Week

Midwestern State's Vincent Johnson garnered Lone Star Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors after leading the 10th-ranked Mustangs to a 43-22 win over Western New Mexico Saturday at Ben Altamirano Field.

The sophomore out of Lubbock Monterey High rushed for three touchdowns for the third time this season as Johnson ranks second in NCAA Division II in scoring at 16.5 points per game and third in total rushing TDs with 11 this season.

The 5-10, 203-pounder also turned his second 100-yard rushing performance of the season going for 103 yards on 18 carries.

Johnson found pay dirt three times in the second half as he culminated an 11-play, 65-yard drive with a 3-yard run in the third quarter before scoring twice in the final stanza on runs of 4 and 25 yards.

His 25-yard touchdown run came on fourth-and-1 and gave MSU a commanding 21-point lead with 7:24 to play.

Angelo State sophomore linebacker Justin Jackson earned top defensive honors with six tackles, four pass breakups and a fumble recovery in a 22-21 win at Texas A&M-Kingsville.

Texas A&M-Commerce junior Ovie Urevbu garnered special teams accolades after scoring on a fake field goal in a win at Oklahoma Panhandle State.

No. 7 Midwestern State hits the road for the fourth time in five games Saturday night at No. 4-ranked Texas A&M-Commerce, in the NCAA Division II Game of the Week airing live on ESPN3. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. 

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