LSC Power Rankings: Midwestern State makes a move to the top

1. Midwestern State (4-0, 3-0): The newly ranked No. 6-ranked Mustangs made a statement earning a huge 47-42 home win over then No. 2-ranked and favored Texas A&M-Commere. The win puts MSU in sole possession atop the Lone Star Conference standings. Head coach Bill Maskill has won 11 of the last 13 meetings against the Lions and continues to prove why he’s one of the top coaches in the country. Quarterback Layton Rabb earned LSC Offensive Player of the Week honors throwing for 256 yards with three touchdowns.

 

2. Texas A&M-Commerce (4-1, 2-1): The No. 11-ranked Lions had costly turnovers that put them in a 40-14 hole against Midwestern State before waking up late in the fourth quarter. Kudos to TAMC for cutting the lead to 47-42 after two amazing onside kick recoveries. The Lions are still one of the top teams in the league and in Super Region Four. Colby Carthel’s team will will be eager to bounce back hosting Western New Mexico on Saturday.

3. Eastern New Mexico (5-1, 4-1): Eastern New Mexico is back in the No. 3-spot in the power rankings as the Greyhounds continue to put together wins. ENMU did have to hold off UT Permian Basin 20-17 in a game I’m sure wasn’t their best coming off an emotional Wagon Wheel win. However, past Greyhound teams may not have gotten that win. Senior Kamal Cass has rushed for a league-high 781 yards so far this year.

4. Tarleton State (4-2, 3-1): The Texans suffered a huge loss to its playoff hopes getting dominated by Western New Mexico in a 38-26 loss in Silver City, N.M. The Texans offense was held to 259 yards of offense. Quarterback Zed Woerner struggled throwing two interceptions. TSU needs has to play with a sense of urgency against a very good ENMU team coming to Stephenville on Saturday.

5. Angelo State (3-2, 1-2): Angelo State got a good look at the week six games from the couch, enjoying a bye week. That’s the good news. The bad news is the Rams pick the season back up hosting red hot Midwestern State. ASU needs a win to keep its playoff and conference hopes in tact.

6. Texas A&M-Kingsville (2-4, 1-3): The offense finally put a full game together and the defense played a great game in a 37-9 win against West Texas A&M. The victory for head coach Daren Wilkinson’s team snapped a nasty three-game losing skid and earned the Javelinas their first LSC win of the year. Quarterback Cade Dyal played his best game of the season going 23-of-29 throwing for 249 yards with three touchdowns. The defense dominated the Buffs, forcing a season-high seven sacks and limiting WT to 187 yards.

7. West Texas A&M (2-4, 1-3): First-year coach Hunter Hughes’ team has lost three in a row after suffering another frustrating defeat 37-9 at the hands of Texas A&M-Kingsville. The offensive woes continued for a Buff team that has been decimated by injury on the offensive line. The Buffs allowed seven sacks, and were held to 12 rushing yards. It’s the second straight game the WT offense was limited to under 200 yards of total offense. WT steps out of LSC play to host Adams State on Saturday for Homecoming.

8. UT Permian Basin (1-5, 1-3): The Falcons are playing hard, showing that they’re much improved from last season though the scoreboard doesn’t reflect it. UTPB rallied from a 17-0 deficit, falling to ENMU late 20-17. Bushland graduate and Falcons sophomore quarterback Kameron Mathis had another solid game throwing for 213 yards with a TD.

9. Western New Mexico (1-5, 1-3): The Mustangs broke through finally putting a full game together in a dominating victory at home against Tarleton State. The upset bid happened behind the play of a Mustang defense that held the Texans to 259 yards with two key interceptions. Linebacker Dominic Barry was named LSC Defensive Player of the Week. Barry reeked havoc on TSU, racking up 14 tackles with 1.5 sacks.

LSC Individual leaders

Leading passer/ yards

Javia Hall, Western New Mexico, 170-299-2,164

Leading rusher

Kamal Cass, Eastern New Mexico, 172-781

Leading receiver

D’Angelo Bowie, Western New Mexico, 43-622

Leading tackler

Chris Hoad, UT Permian Basin, 78

LSC standings

Team;LSC;Overall

Midwestern State 3-0 4-0

Eastern New Mexico 4-1 5-1

Tarleton State 3-1 4-2

Texas A&M-Commerce 2-1 4-1

Angelo State 1-2 3-2

Texas A&M-Kingsville 1-3 2-4

West Texas A&M 1-3 2-4

UT Permian Basin 1-3 1-5

Western New Mexico 1-3 1-5

Saturday’s games

Eastern New Mexico at Tarleton State, 2 p.m.

Western New Mexico at Texas A&M-Commerce, 4 p.m.

Adams State at West Texas A&M, 5 p.m.

Midwestern State at Angelo State, 6 p.m.

Texas A&M-Kingsville at UT Permian Basin, 6 p.m.

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