WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Midwestern State moved up four spots to No. 6 in the latest American Football Coaches' Association Top 25 released Monday morning.
The Mustangs knocked off former No. 2 Texas A&M-Commerce 47-42 Saturday night at Memorial Stadium to improve to 4-0 for the third consecutive year and for the eighth time since the start of the 2006 season. MSU improved to 12-2 against nationally ranked opposition during the regular since the start of the 2011 campaign. Eight of the 12 victories came against higher ranked foes.
The win came against the highest ranked opponent in program history as MSU claimed sole possession of first place in the Lone Star Conference standings.
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. 4 Minnesota State, No. 10 Central Washington, No. 11 Texas A&M-Commerce, No. 12 Colorado State-Pueblo, No. 13 Winona State (Minn.), No. 18 Sioux Falls (S.D.), No. 20 Colorado Mesa and No. 25 Humboldt State (Calif.).
Azusa Pacific (Calif.) and Eastern New Mexico are receiving votes.
Northwest Missouri State maintained its unanimous hold on the No. 1 spot by edging Central Oklahoma, 17-10, to extend its winning streak to 36 games. The Bearcats are four wins shy of D2's all-time mark for consecutive wins.
Texas A&M-Commerce, which slipped nine spots to No. 11, was just one of three former No. 10 teams to fall last weekend. Winona State improved nine spots to No. 13 after downing then-No. 6 Sioux Falls 31-13, while West Alabama entered the poll at 23rd after beating No. 9 Delta State (Miss.), 29-26.
No. 2 Shepherd (W. Va.), No. 3 Indiana (Pa.), No. 4 Minnesota State and No. 5 Indianapolis (Ind.) round out the top five.
Midwestern State's Layton Rabb earned Lone Star Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors for the second consecutive week as released by league officials Monday afternoon.
The 6-4, 225-pound junior quarterback accounted for a career-high of 332 yards of total offense leading No. 10 Midwestern State to a 47-42 win over No. 2 Texas A&M-Commerce Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.
The Llano native completed 16-of-28 passes for 265 yards including scoring strikes to Xavier Land (22), Tyrique Edwards (23) and DeAndre Black (56).
He completed passes to seven different receivers as the Mustangs piled up 539 yards of offense and scored 47 points against a Texas A&M-Commerce defense which allowed a total of 42 points in the previous four games. The Lions defense also limited their first four opponents to 269.8 yards per game.
Rabb also kept the sticks moving rushing for a career-high 67 yards on nine carries (7.4 yards per carry). Rabb ranks seventh in NCAA D2 in passing yards per attempt (9.66), 10th in passing yards per completion (15.13), 11th in pass efficiency (167.4).
Western New Mexico's Dominic Berry made 14 tackles with 3.5 stops for loss and 1.5 sacks to earn defensive honors, while teammate Collin Grady averaged 42 yards on six punts with four inside the 20-yard line to gain special teams accolades. WNMU registered a 38-25 upset for Tarleton State Saturday in Silver City, N.M.
Midwestern State hits the road for the first time this season Saturday night as the Mustangs take on Angelo State at LeGrand Stadium at First Community Credit Union Field. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m.