Tarleton State storms back, then holds off Midwestern State

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More information Lone Star Football Festival • No. 4 West Texas A&M 34, No. 18 Chadron State 31 • Eastern New Mexcio 55, Sul Ross State 24 • Texas A&M Commerce 45, No. 25 Delta State 37 • Texas A&M Kingsville 40, Monterrey Tech 37 (3OT) • Tarleton State 27, No. 13 Midwestern State 24 • Angelo State vs. CSU-Pueblo, late

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Tarleton State held off a late comeback bid to upset No. 13 Midwestern State 27-24 at AT&T Stadium in the Lone Star Conference Football Festival on Saturday.

The Texans (1-0) scored 27 consecutive points after trailing 10-0 to take a 27-10 lead with 14:47 to go in the game.

However, the Mustangs (0-1) battled back to cut the deficit to three points.

“I told the guys to take it a play at a time,” Tarleton State coach Cary Fowler said about the final defensive stand. “We found a way to win it in the end.”

Freshman Jared Thames’ 6-yard sack on fourth down ended any threat from Midwestern State, allowing the Texans to enter the victory formation for the final 13 seconds.

The win marked the second consecutive year that the Texans knocked off a Midwestern State team ranked in NCAA Division II.

Tarleton knocked off then No. 4-ranked MSU 20-17 to open the 2012 season.

The Texans held Midwestern State to just 75 yards rushing overall, a stat to which Midwestern State coach Bill Maskill pointed in assessing the loss.

“When you rush for 75 yards you have to rush for more,” Maskill said. “Our guys worked their butts off, but we needed a spark, and when we got it, we ran out of time.”

Aaron Doyle and Jake Fenske led a two-headed attack from the quarterback position for the Texans and threw for a combined 182 yards and two touchdowns.

Fenske was 11-of-12 passing for 107 yards and two touchdowns, and Doyle was 13-of-17 for 75 yards.

Fenske connected with Bubba Tandy in the third quarter to give the Texans a 14-10 lead and expanded it with an 18-yard pass to Le’Nard Meyers.

Jake Glover, a junior from White Settlement, was 11-for-18 for the Mustangs, throwing for two touchdowns and 174 yards.

Glover threw each of his touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, the first, a 44-yard strike to Jalen Moore after Glover evaded the Tarleton pass rush. Glover hit Joe Sanders for a 12-yard touchdown pass with 7:56 remaining.

Midwestern State had its opportunity when it picked up the ball at its own 24-yard line with 2:39 on the clock.

The Mustangs advanced to Tarleton’s 44-yard line before penalties halted the drive, sending MSU to a fourth-and-11 final chance.

But Glover was sacked on the last play of the game.

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