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MSU and A&M Commerce Selected to D-II Field
Updated: November 16, 2015
Midwestern State and Texas A&M-Commerce were selected to represent the Lone Star Conference in the 2015 NCAA Division II Football Championship. The Mustangs earned the No. 1 seed in Super Region Four, while the Lions are the seventh seed.
MSU received a first-round bye as the top seed and makes its sixth NCAA postseason appearance and first since 2012. The Mustangs also earned the top seed after rolling to a 10-0 mark in 2011.
A&M-C will make its first appearance in the NCAA Playoffs since the 1995 season.
The Mustangs face the winner of the No. 4/5 game as Indianapolis travels to meet Colorado State-Pueblo Nov. 14 in Pueblo. The second round game is set for 1 p.m. on Nov. 28 at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls.
The Lions play at Ferris State in the first round Nov. 14 at 11 a.m. (CT).
LSC FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS
Midwestern State rallied to defeat Texas A&M-Commerce 37-33 and claim the 2015 Lone Star Conference Football Playoffs Championship.
Angelo State topped Eastern New Mexico 63-20 in the third place game, and West Texas A&M prevailed over Texas A&M-Kingsville in the fifth-place contest.
LSC football teams are 42-33 overall this season. The squads are 9-1 combined versus the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Great Lakes Valley Conference and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference teams, which are also in NCAA Super Regional Four.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Kyle Washington, Angelo State University, SR, QB, Humble, Texas, Humble HS
Washington ended his ASU career with a bang as the senior quarterback accounted for 457 yards of total offense, four passing touchdowns, two rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown in a 63-20 blowout win over Eastern New Mexico. Washington recorded his second career game with at least 400 yards passing with 403 yards on 23-of-40 passing. He rushed for 51 yards and two scores and caught his first career pass. The Humble native caught a three-yard touchdown pass, the first receiving touchdown of his career, from Jacob Burtch in the second quarter. Washington leads the nation in total offense with 411.1 yards per game.
Harold Wills, Midwestern State University, SR, DE, Gainesville, Texas, Gainesville HS
Wills intercepted a swing pass and returned it four yards for a touchdown with 6:14 to play Saturday to lift Midwestern State to a 37-33 win over Texas A&M-Commerce in the Lone Star Conference Playoff Championship Game. The senior from Gainesville finished the game with four tackles including two for loss, a sack and an interception. The Mustangs forced a team that had committed nine turnovers all season into three miscues in the final quarter while holding the Lions to more than 100 yards under their season average output.
Herb Whitehurst, Midwestern State University, SR, Coverage, Modesto, Calif., Enochs HS (Modesto HS)
Whitehurst came through cleanly to block a Chase Thrasher’s punt and returned it for a touchdown with 8:06 to play in the first half as Midwestern State scored a 37-33 win over Texas A&M-Commerce in the Lone Star Conference Playoff Championship Saturday night. The senior from Modesto came around right end made the block, scooped it up and scored to give the Mustangs a 17-10 lead. It was the Mustangs’ sixth punt block of the season as MSU scored a defensive and special teams touchdown in the same game for the second time this season.
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