MSU Roundup: Football Up to #15

Midwestern State bumped ahead one spot to No. 15 in the latest American Football Coaches' Association Division II Poll released Monday afternoon.
The Mustangs blew out Texas A&M-Commerce 65-14 in the Lone Star Football Festival opener Thursday night at Cowboys Stadium to even their season record at 1-1.
MSU is one of 18 teams in newly formed Super Region Four which now includes the Lone Star Conference, Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) to receive mention in the poll.
Colorado State-Pueblo leads the way at No. 3 followed by No. 4 Grand Valley State (Mich.), No. 15 MSU, No. 17 Ashland (Ohio), No. 18 Colorado Mines, No. 19 Abilene Christian (Texas), No. 20 Saginaw Valley State (Mich.), No. 21 Wayne State (Mich.) and No. 25 West Texas A&M.
Texas A&M-Kingsville, Sioux Falls (S.D.), Hillsdale (Mich.), Michigan Tech, Wayne State (Neb.), Findlay (Ohio), Adams State (Colo.), Missouri S&T and Tarleton State (Texas) are receiving votes.
The Mustangs take on Texas A&M-Kingsville, which suffered a 40-10 defeat to West Texas A&M Saturday at the Lone Star Football Festival, Saturday night on the road. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
The game will be Web streamed live on and can be heard over the air in Wichita Falls on 100.9 BOB-FM. The audio broadcast will be simulcast on
Midwestern State has received mention in 74 of the last 75 AFCA polls dating back to the 2006 season.

Conway Wins LSC Defender of the Week

Midwestern State junior Neiko Conway was named the Lone Star Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Week for his play on Thursday in the Mustangs 65-14 nationally televised win over Texas A&M-Commerce at the Lone Star Football Festival.
Conway collected three of the seven turnovers taken by Midwestern.  He recovered two fumbles and intercepted a pass on the first play of the second half, returning it 32-yards for a touchdown that started a 35-point third quarter for MSU.
It was MSU's first interception return for a touchdown since Oct. 23, 2010 when Zak Bracken had a 20-yard scoring return at West Texas A&M.  The interception return moved him to 182 career interception return yardage to set a new MSU record.  Conway moved to fifth on the MSU career interception list with his seventh career pickoff.
He also chalked up two tackles and a pass breakup as well in the Mustangs win.
Conway was joined by West Texas A&M linebacker Taylor McCuller who chalked up 15 tackles in the Buffaloes 40-13 win over then No. 14 Texas A&M-Kingsville.
The LSC Offensive Player of the Week was Abilene Christian receiver Taylor Gabriel who had five receptions for 50 yards, including a pair of touchdowns.
The LSC Special Teams Player of the Week was Incarnate Word's Marcus Wright who returned the opening kickoff 83 yards for UIW's first-ever kickoff return for a touchdown.
MSU, now ranked 15th nationally, visits Texas A&M-Kingsville on Saturday for a 7 p.m. contest.

W. Golf: Burkhart Spurs #16 MSU in San Angelo

The No. 16 Midwestern State Mustangs stand second just three strokes off the lead at the inaugural Angelo State Concho River Classic at the Bentwood Country Club in San Angelo.
The Mustangs posted a team score of 300, and sit just behind No. 4 St. Edward's at 297 and are three shots ahead of No. 5 Tarleton State at 303.
"It was a great day to play," said MSU Coach Jeff Ray.  "The greens are severe with a lot of undulation, and we did a great job of getting in position to putt by hitting a lot of fairways and greens."
The Mustangs were paced by senior Lindsey Burkhart who toured the par 72, 5960 yard course in 1-over 73 in a four-way tie for fourth, three strokes off the lead.
Incarnate Word's Flower Castillo leads the tournament individually, firing a 2-under 70 in the first round, one stroke ahead of Angelo State's Abby Bobo who carded a 1-under 71.  Wallis Spears of St. Ed's is third at even-par 72.
Burkhart was joined by sophomore Brenna Moore who posted a 3-over 75 for 11th, that included a double bogey on the 17th.
"Brenna had a great round going, but slipped up on the back nine," said Ray.  "But she really did play well.  In fact, all five played well."
Seniors Taylor Klutts and Lauren Romines chipped in 4-over 76s, while senior Kendra Whittley added a 5-over 77.
Playing as an individual, freshman Kynze Mann tallied an 84.
The final round of the tournament is Tuesday.