WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - No. 13 Midwestern State didn't leave any suspense in another Homecoming blowout rolling UT-Permian Basin 76-21 in front of 8,772 fans Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.
The Mustangs' scoring output was the second most in school history falling just shy of the record mark of 82 set at Western New Mexico during the 2001 season.
It was also the second biggest Homecoming stuffing plaing only to a 73-6 rout of Texas A&M-Kingsville on Oct. 20, 2007. It's also MSU's eighth consecutive victory on Homecoming as the Mustangs improved to 7-1 on the season and 6-1 in league play.
MSU can clinch a share of its fourth Lone Star Conference championship with wins in the final two weeks beginning Saturday at Tarleton State and the following week in its regular season finale against Eastern New Mexico at Memorial Stadium.
Midwestern rolled up 610 yards of total offense which were the most since posting 676 last season against Tarleton State, while the 351 rushing yards were a season high.
The Mustangs scored in a mulitude of ways early on as sophomore running back Vincent Johnson, who needed five carries to rush for 82 yards with two first quarter touchdowns of 2 and 51 yards.
Junior DeAndre Black returned a punt 67 yards for a touchdown before Jordan Meyers scooped and scored on a 26-yard fumble return to give the Mustangs a 28-0 lead with 5:11 to go in the first quarter.
Midwestern came up just a point shy of scoring its most points in a quarter as Quade Coward hit Gary Farquhar for a 10-yard score with 25 seconds to go in the first to go up 35-0.
Coward connected with Brandon Sampson for a 20-yard score three minutes into the second quarter before departing the game going 5-for-9 for 145 yards with two touchdowns.
Sophomore Layton Rabb hit on 7-of-8 passes for 101 yards and two more scoring strikes to Quinton Childs (11) and Breion Evans (5) while rushing for another TD.
Sophomore running back Nicholas Gabriel ran for a a career-high 121 yards on 17 carries incluidng an 11-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, while Childs added a second touchdown on a 58-yard run to close out scoring in the fourth quarter.
UT-Permian Basin dropped its seventh straight game to fall to 2-7 and 0-7.