MSU drops back-to-back regular season games for first time since 2014

Published: Oct. 5, 2019 at 10:59 PM CDT
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WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - Midwestern State mounted a furious third-quarter surge, but came up shy in the end in a 27-24 loss to Eastern New Mexico in Lone Star Conference play Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.

Sophomore quarterback Triston Williams connected on 8-of-9 passes for 146 yards in the third quarter leading the Mustangs on three touchdown drives as MSU Texas took a 24-17 lead in the final stanza.

But the Greyhounds got to the signal-caller who was making his first collegiate start to force a fumble on a 13-yard sack early in the fourth quarter to give ENMU the ball on the Mustangs’ 9-yard line.

Three plays later, Johnny Smith rambled in on a pitch toss around the left end to allowing the Greyhounds to tie the game at 24-all.

Eastern New Mexico forced the Mustangs into a three-and-out on the next possession to seize momentum.

The 'Hounds kept the ball for the next 5 minutes on an 11-play, 67-yard drive to regain the advantage courtesy of a 23-yard field by Tyler Vargas with 3:21 to play.

Eastern New Mexico ground out 417 rushing yards paced by Paul Terry's workman-like effort.

The senior pounded out 225 yards on 40 carries, while slotman Johnny Smith had 105 yards on 15 totes.

The Mustangs forced a pair of Wyatt Strand fumbles coming on the 1-yard line in the first half and another with the Greyhounds driving in the third quarter.

Midwestern State senior Quinton Childs turned his third 100-yard rushing performance of the season going for 165 yards on 23 carries, while senior wideout Xavier Land notched his second consecutive game over the century-mark making six catches for 111 yards.

Williams completed 13-of-23 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown in his first start.

The Midwestern State defense made 11 tackles for loss including a sack and was paced by sophomore Matthew Roach’s career-best 14-tackle effort.

Midwestern State hits the road to face Texas A&M-Commerce Saturday night at Memorial Stadium in Commerce. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.

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