MSU Football Beats Tarleton State

No. 18 Midwestern State certainly didn't do itself any favors Saturday night at Tarleton Memorial Stadium.

The Mustangs fumbled once in the red zone and had a pass intercepted in the end zone, but found a way to come away with a 27-23 win over Tarleton State.

It was the first win for MSU in Stephenville since 2000 and the first for coach Bill Maskill, who had lost in each of his first four excursions to the Land of Wisdom.

Senior quarterback Jake Glover found Mark Strange for a 9-yard touchdown on a play action pass with 1:05 to play to lift the Mustangs to their third consecutive come-from-behind victory.

MSU came back from 14 points down in its opener against Missouri S&T, then rallied from 10 points down last week against Eastern New Mexico to move to 3-0 on the season and go to 2-0 in Lone Star Conference play.

The Mustangs trailed just twice against Tarleton State as the Texans struck first on a Colin Strahan to Dominique Martin 13-yard scoring hookup at the 8:31 mark of the first quarter.

The Mustangs finished the night with 507 yards of total offense, but struggled out of the gate with 87 first quarter yards.

MSU broke through with an 8-play, 41-yard drive in the second quarter culminated by the first of two touchdowns by sophomore running back Dante Taylor, who finished with a game-high 105 yards.

Taylor tacked on his second his TD on an 11-yard run with 43 seconds to go in the second quarter to allow MSU to carry a slim 14-13 halftime advantage.

MSU's Andy Alkhazshvilly connected on field goals from 32 and 33 yards out to give the Mustangs a 20-16 lead with 11:32 to play.

But the Texans stormed back on a six-play, 69-yard drive to retake the advantage on a 12-yard hookup from Strahan to Clifton Rhodes III fora 23-20 lead with 6:29 to play.

Tarleton forced the Mustangs into a three-and-out, but a 56-yard punt by MSU's Mitchell Henton rolled out of bounds at the Tarleton 11-yard line.

The punt allowed Midwestern to force the Texans into a three-and-out.

Dominique Williams returned the ensuing punt 15 yards to give the Mustangs possession at the Tarleton State 28-yard line.

Five consecutive rushes by freshman running back Adrian Seales set up Glover's play action completion to Strange for the winning touchdown.

Glover, the reigning LSC Offensive Player of the Week, completed 18-of-36 passes for 242 yards and a touchdown while running for 77 yards on 12 totes.

Seales finished the night with 67 yards on 16 carries, while sophomore Breion Evans led the receiving corps with 91 yards on five receptions.

Midwestern State plays host to Angelo State Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.