WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Midwestern State moved up two spots to No. 10 in the latest American Football Coaches' Association Division II Poll released Monday afternoon.
The Mustangs improved to 3-0 for the fourth consecutive season with a 35-24 win over Western New Mexico Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. MSU has won at least their first three games in nine of the last 11 seasons.
The ranking is the highest for the Mustangs since the team reached No. 4 last season for consecutive releases on Oct. 3 and Oct. 10, 2016.
Midwestern is one of 11 teams from a competitive Super Region Four to receive mention in the poll joining No. 2 Texas A&M-Commerce, No. 5 Minnesota State, No. 6 Sioux Falls (S.D.), No. 13 Central Washington, No. 14 Colorado State-Pueblo, No. 17 Humboldt State (Calif.), No. 21 Colorado Mesa and No. 22 Winona State (Minn.).
Eastern New Mexico and Azusa Pacific (Calif.) are receiving votes.
No. 1 Northwest Missouri State scored with seven seconds remaining to escape with a 24-20 win over Central Missouri to extend its winning streak to 35 games. The Bearcats, who are the unanimous top pick, carry a No. 1 ranking for the 36th consecutive week.
Idle Texas A&M-Commerce remained at No. 2 followed by No. 3 Shepherd (W. Va.), No. 4 Indiana (Pa.) and No. 5 Minnesota State.
Midwestern State welcomes No. 2 Texas A&M-Commerce Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Midwestern State's Layton Rabb earned Lone Star Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors Monday after leading the 10th-ranked Mustangs to a 35-24 win over Western New Mexico last weekend.
The 6-5, 225-pound junior from Llano threw for a career-high 326 yards on 20-of-31 passing including touchdown strikes of 56 yards to D.J. Myers and 26 yards to Jerryl Yarbrough. He also ran for another score in the first half as MSU improved to 3-0 for the fourth consecutive season.
It was Rabb's second consecutive games with at least 200 yards passing and it was the biggest passing day by an MSU quarterback since Zack Eskridge threw for 356 yards at Eastern New Mexico on Oct. 31, 2009.
Rabb ranks 14th in NCAA Division II with a 66.7 pass completion percentage and is 13th nationally with a 165.5 pass efficiency rating.
Eastern New Mexico junior linebacker Brad Hardin made six tackles and intercepted a pass to help the Greyhounds to a 28-14 win over West Texas A&M to claim weekly defensive honors. ENMU held the Buffs to 154 yards of total offense.
Tarleton State junior punter Ron Reid averaged 46 yards on seven punts including a long of 72 yards in a win over UT Permian Basin to earn special teams player of the week accolades.