Seniors Quade Coward and Breion Evans connected for two touchdowns in the final 3:22 to lift No. 7-ranked Midwestern State to a 26-25 win over No. 4 Texas A&M-Commerce Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.
The Mustangs rolled to 5-0 with the victory taking over sole possession at the top of the Lone Star Conference with a 4-0 mark. A&M-Commerce dropped to 4-1 and 3-1.
For the fourth time this season, Midwestern did it in dramatic fashion after Texas A&M-Commerce stretched the lead to 25-13 with 5:29 to playona 7-yard touchdown pass from Luis Perez to Darby Smith.
That's when Coward and the Mustangs got to work.
The Cleburne product connected on nine of his last 11 passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns after the Mustangs took over down by 12 with 5:22 to play.
Coward hit Evans for a 24-yard gain and Statron Jones on another 29-yard crossing rout to set up an 8-yard toss to Evans to cut the lead to 25-20 with 3:22 to play.
MSU forced a three-and-out to earn a shot a go ahead drive starting from its own 25-yard line with 1:50 to play.
Coward kept the chains moving with a 17-yard connection to Dante Taylor then a 14-yard hookup with Jerryl Yarbrough before hitting DeAndre Black for a 15-yard gain to the A&M-Commerce 12-yard line.
Coward rolled to his right and lofted a ball to the corner of the end zone to a leaping Evans to give the Mustangs another dramatic win.
Coward finished the night with 273 yards on 17-of-25 passing with two touchdowns, while Evans snagged four receptions for 85 yards and both scores. Black had a season-high five catches for 68 yards.
Sophomore running back Vincent Johnson scored muliple touchdowns in his fifth consecutive game going for 86 yards on 14 carries including scorings runs of 4 yards in the first quarter and 21 yards in the third.
Sophomore Adrian Seales added 76 yards on 16 totes as the Mustangs piled up 484 yards of total offense.
Midwestern State plays host to Angelo State Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Gabriel Cavalcante and Jorge DeLeon each tallied two goals to lead No. 18 Midwestern State to a dominant 5-0 win over UT Permian Basin Saturday afternoon at UTPB Turf Field.
Midwestern State (9-2-1, 7-1-0 HC) took little time before grabbing a lead in the opening period with Cavalcante firing a shot from inside the box off a DeLeon pass for a 1-0 MSU advantage in the eighth minute.
DeLeon gave the Mustangs a 2-0 lead heading into the locker room with a shot off a corner kick from Flavio Guzman in the 26th minute of play.
Less than 10 minutes into the second period, Midwestern stretched its lead to 3-0 with Cavalcante gaining control of a loose ball off a Ross Fitzpatrick pass and finding the back of the net. A short time later, the Mustangs added their fourth score of the contest with DeLeon sending a shot into the net off another Guzman corner.
The Mustangs rounded out their scoring in the 80th minute with Antonio Hernandez sending a shot into the top right corner of the net off a pass from Jacob Hernandez for a 5-0 final.
Noah Fazekas collected three saves, all coming in the second period, to keep UT Permian Basin (3-6-2, 3-3-2 HC) from lighting up the scoreboard and earn the shutout.
Junior outside hitter Aerielle Edwards notched her second career double-double with 10 kills and 11 digs but it was not enough for Midwestern State as the Mustangs fell 3-0 to Tarleton State in a Saturday afternoon meeting at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
Midwestern State (8-10, 3-6 LSC) opened the first set with a 4-1 lead with Edwards recording a kill and an ace to help the Mustangs gain some early momentum. After the TexAnns evened up the set, neither team was able to put together a large run as the Mustangs answered every Tarleton State (14-2, 7-1 LSC) push for a majority of the opening frame. After an Addison Semer kill brought the Mustangs to within two at 18-16, Tarleton went ahead by four after kills from Hailey Roberts and Autumn Taylor to pull away down the stretch and record a 25-20 win.
After a close second set early on, Tarleton stretched its lead to as many as four at 15-11 before the Mustangs answered with a Semer kill and a block by Semer and Edwards to cut the MSU deficit in half. Following a Tarleton timeout, the TexAnns put together a quick 3-0 spurt to take a 22-17 lead on the Mustangs before a Roberts ace gave the visitors another 25-20 win in set two.
The TexAnns claimed an 11-5 lead on the Mustangs in the third set to set the stage early and control the momentum throughout the set. A service ace for Kristan Aduddell capped off a 3-0 run for MSU to pull the Mustangs within three before Tarleton went on a 7-1 run to take a comfortable 19-10 lead. The TexAnns then recorded the final six points of the match to earn a 25-14 victory and take the sweep over the Mustangs.
Midwestern State battled to a second-place showing at the 5K Oklahoma Baptist Invitaitonal Saturday morning at the Gordon Cooper Technology Center.
Senior Leticia Shaban stepped in as the front runner pacing a personal best time of 19:09.18 to take 10th overall as the Mustangs carved out a solid team total of 93 points in a tightly packed field.
And they did it by gritting through injuries to deliver a season-best gap time of 26 seconds with many notching personal best times in the process.
Sophomore Sara Smith finished 15th with a PR of 19:17.94, while true frosh Valeska Vitt was just a few paces back in 16th with atime of 19:21.22.
Sophomore Michelle Rieves and senior Brandi Hobson also knocked down PRs turning the final team countable finishes taking 22nd and 30th with times of 19:25.66 and 19:35.06, respectably.
Host school Oklahoma Baptist claimed top honors by placing four in the top 13 to total 48 points, but the Mustangs finished ahead of a solid field which included East Central (97/3rd), Dallas Baptist (119/4th) and Southwestern Oklahoma (127/5th) to round out the top five.
Oklahoma Baptist's Emily Sechrist (18:18.81) and Sydney Lawrence (18:21.15) battled for top finishing honors.
Other finishers for MSU included senior Jasmine Stokes (20:44.56/67th/PR), sophomore Kylee Gorney(20:54.38/74th/PR), junior Angela Dees (20:57.34/77th), sophomore Stefanie Blaine (21:31.97/95th), sophomore Miriam Diaz (21:46.81/98th/PR), junior Maranda Rodriguez (22:49.97/114th), redshirt freshman Brittany Lindemann (23:00.22/118th/PR), sophomore Natalie McLaurin (23:47.00/124th/PR) and sophomore April Pena (24:26.06/128th).
Midwestern State competes in the Lone Star Conference Championships on Saturday, Oct. 22 in Commerce.