Mustangs Rush Past Rams, 68-20

SAN ANGELO – The Midwestern State Mustangs gained 704 yards of total offense and scored the most points against an Angelo State team in the 47-year history of the football program in a 68-20 Lone Star Conference win over the Rams on Saturday at San Angelo Stadium.

The Mustangs (6-0, 5-0 LSC) led 52-7 at halftime and had already accumulated 533 yards in that time. Angelo State (3-4, 0-4 LSC) was limited to 330 yards of offense, which is the lowest this season, and dropped its fourth straight game of the season.

“I thought more than anything, they were more physical than we were on both sides of the ball,” ASU head coach Will Wagner said. “Their offensive line took it to us and so did their defensive line. That’s disappointing for us.”

Tristan Carter led the Rams with 108 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Carter’s second 100-yard rushing game of the season included running for two touchdowns on 11 carries, while Blake Smith ran for 59 yards on 14 carries. Jake Strickler, starting for the first time this season at quarterback for an injured Blake Hamblin, threw for 96 yards and a 7-yard touchdown pass to Joey Knight.

“I thought that we were moving the ball well but we had two huge costly fumbles for turnovers and then had a pick,” Wagner said. “Hopefully we’ll learn sooner than later.”

Brandon Kelsey led Midwestern State with 237 yards passing and touchdowns against the Rams’ defense. Jimmy Pipkin ran for 141 yards and two touchdowns on five carries, while Brandon Kelsey ran for 134 yards and another touchdown. Sheldon Galloway led the MSU receivers with two touchdowns.

The Rams are on the road next weekend to play at 2 p.m. at Texas A&M-Commerce.

“I told our guys that we still have four games left and that we can still go out with a winning record,” Wagner said. “But we are going to have to play a lot better and have more fight to do that.”

Submitted by

Tommy Schield
Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant


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