Layton Rabb throws for 326 yards, 2 TDs to lead #12 midwestern St. past WNMU, 35-24

D.J. Myers honors teammate Robert Grays after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter vs. WNMU. / Source: KAUZ
D.J. Myers honors teammate Robert Grays after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter vs. WNMU. / Source: KAUZ

Midwestern State junior quarterback Layton Rabb threw for a career-high 326 yards and two touchdowns to lead the No. 12 Mustangs to a 35-24 win over Western New Mexico Saturday night in Memorial Stadium.

The game was the first for the Mustangs since the tragic loss of sophomore defensive back Robert Grays on Sept. 16 against Texas A&M-Kingsville.

The two teams had a ceremonial play in his honor at the start of the game as the Mustangs went with just 10 players on defense.

Rabb was 20 of 31 passing with touchdown passes of 54 and 26 yards, while also scoring on a 1-yard run of his own.

Western New Mexico (0-5, 0-3 LSC) held the advantage early in the contest as Justin Harris opened things with a 26-yard touchdown run.

The visitors added a 7-yard TD pass to Sean North from Javia Hall as well as a 20-yard field goal by Collin Grady to open up a 17-7 advantage over the Mustangs late in the second period.

But Rabb connected with D.J. Myers on a 54-yard touchdown just before the half to make it a 17-14 game at the intermission.

MSU got a 5-yard touchdown from Adrian Seales to open the third period scoring and give the Mustangs their first lead of the game, 21-17.

Western New Mexico took the lead one more time as Harris and Hall connected for a 4-yard score midway through the third.

But the Mustangs took the lead for good with 3:44 left in the third quarter as Jerryl Yarbrough caught a 26-yard touchdown from Rabb to make it a 28-24 lead.

MSU (3-0, 2-0) would add an 11-yard Vincent Johnson touchdown run in the fourth to account for the final score, while the defense came up with several big plays to clinch the game.

Austan Davis recovered a fumble that was forced by DaMarcus Wilson to stop one WNMU drive and Jaydon Cunigan blocked a 20-yard field goal attempt by Grady.

Seales finished with 86 yards rushing, while Myers caught four passes for 130 yards and DeAndre Black caught four for 40.

Josh Wydermyer led the Mustangs with eight tackles, while Kevin Hayes had seven and Steven Rogers and Sir'Vell Ford both had six. A.J. Gulley, Alec DiValerio and Deandra Stevenson all had sacks for the Mustangs.

The Mustangs will have a showdown with Lone Star Conference preseason favorite Texas A&M-Commerce next Saturday night at 7 p.m. in Memorial Stadium.

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