ARLINGTON, Texas – In the season and Lone Star Conference opener for both teams, it was Tarleton State that prevailed over No. 13-ranked Midwestern State 27-24 on Saturday at the Lone Star Football Festival at AT&T Stadium.
Tarleton State (1-0, 1-0 LSC) erased a 10-0 deficit midway through the second quarter with 27 straight points starting from 53 seconds left before halftime until 14:47 remaining in the game.
Over that stretch Aaron Doyle had a 2-yard touchdown run, Jake Fenske tossed two scores – one to Bubba Tandy and another to Le’Nard Meyers – and Jerome Regal exploded for a 44-yard TD run.
Midwestern State (0-1, 0-1 LSC) rallied back with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown passes from Jake Glover, but came up short on a fourth-down and 11 try from the Tarleton State 45-yard line that sealed the victory for the Texans.
Fenske finished 11 of 12 for 107 yards, while Doyle was 13 of 17 for 75 yards. Zach Henshaw totaled 87 yards on 19 carries for Tarleton State and Regal had 86 yards on 18 totes. Marc Martinez fueled the Texans defense with 13 tackles and Charles Moore added eight stops.
Glover ended up 11 of 18 for 174 yards and two TDs, while Shavodrick Beaver went 6 of 9 for 85 yards and a TD to Dante Taylor. Joe Sanders was Midwestern State’s leading receiver, totaling eight catches for 102 yards and a score. Jalen Moore also caught a TD pass. Taiyon and Marqui Christian finished with 13 tackles. Daniel Laudermilk added 10 take-downs.
Tarleton State now hits the road to take on Angelo State on Sept. 21 in another LSC game, while Midwestern State travels to West Georgia for non-conference action on Sept. 20.
The three-day, 14-team LSC Football Festival concludes at 8 p.m. tonight with Colorado State-Pueblo against Angelo State.
2013 Lone Star Football Festival
Arlington, Texas / AT&T Stadium
(All times CT)
Thursday, Sept. 12
West Texas A&M 34, Chadron State 31
Friday, Sept. 13
Eastern New Mexico 55, Sul Ross State 24
Texas A&M-Commerce 45, Delta State 37
Monterrey Tech Puebla 23, Monterrey Tech Mexico City 20
Saturday, Sept. 14
Texas A&M-Kingsville 40, Monterrey Tech 37 (3 OT)
Tarleton State 27, Midwestern State 24
Colorado State-Pueblo vs. Angelo State, 8 p.m.