WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - The Midwestern State Mustangs and the Tarleton State Texans combined for more than 1,100 yards of offense and 12 touchdowns Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.
But it was a pair of defensive plays that made the difference.
MSU's Jacob Sherrill picked off a pass to end the Texans' overtime possession and TSU was flagged for a pass interference penalty in the end zone.
That set the stage for a 21-yard Jaron Imbriani field goal to lift the No. 4 Mustangs to a 45-42 win to stay undefeated for the season and send the Military Appreciation crowd home happy.The Mustangs, who are also third in the Super Region Four Rankings, are now 8-0 for the season and 7-0 in Lone Star Conference play. They will close out the regular season next Saturday at Easstern New Mexico in Portales, N.M.
MSU never trailed in the game and had a 42-28 lead with 9:26 left in regulation.But the Texans took advantage of an excellent kickoff return to get back in the game and scored again late to tie it at 42-42 late in regulation.
Tarleton got the ball first in overtime, but faced a second and 15 from the 30 after a penalty and a run for no gain. QB Zed Woerner threw over the middle and Sherrill, a senior linebacker, picked it off.
The Mustangs completed a short pass on first down before Layton Rabb tried to hit Jerryl Yarbrough in the end zone. The pass fell incomplete but TSU's Devin Hafford was called for pass interference.
MSU moved the ball to the 4 before Imbriani kicked the game-winner.
It appeared the Mustangs had won the game in regulation as Woerner hit Xavier Turner with a short pass, which he fumbled. MSU's Paul Manus recovered the fumble and returned it for a score, only to have the officials rule it an incomplete pass.
Rabb became the Mustangs' all-time single game passing leader as he threw for 433 yards and three touchdowns on 26 of 45 passing. He broke the record of 429 yards set by Phillip Boggs against West Texas A&M in 2002.
The Mustangs opened the scoring on an Adrian Seales 1-yard run and the scoring fest began.
Del'Michael High caught a 3-yard pass for the Texans, only to see D.J. Myers connect with Rabb for a 30-yard score. High would come back with a 5-yard TD catch to tie the game at 14-14.
De'Andre Black gave the Mustangs a 21-14 halftime lead when he made a one-handed catch on a Rabb pass, faked out a defender and raced 50 yards for the score.
The Texans would get a long TD of their own to open the second half, but Rabb connected with Tyler Milliken for a 24-yard TD to take back the lead.
The Mustangs would get back-to-back scoring runs of 3 and 25 yards from Vincent Johnson to open up the 14-point lead in the final period. It was Johnson's 15th and 16th TD's of the season and he finished with 95 yards on the ground. Seales had 50 yards.
Sir'Vell Ford led the MSU defense with 10 tackles, while Steven Rogers and Josh Wydermyer both had six, Jaydon Cunigan had five and Alec DiValerio, Kevin Hayes, Drew Bolin and Travon Ransom each had four. DaMarcus Wilson broke up four passes.
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