WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Running backs Chauncey Harris and Keidrick Jackson each rushed for more than 100 yards and two touchdowns Saturday night as No. 11 Midwestern State posted a 51-28 Lone Star Conference football victory over Eastern New Mexico University.
The Mustangs (7-1, 6-1) set up a showdown for first place next week at No. 14 West Texas A&M, but it took them a while to put away the Greyhounds (2-6, 1-5), who lost their fifth in a row.
Senior quarterback Wes Wood threw for three scores for the Hounds, including a 25-yard pass to Dillon Metzger to cap a 13-play, 69-yard drive late in the third quarter that pulled ENMU to 28-21. Midwestern then went on a 23-0 run before Wood hit Jacob Johnson on a 2-yard scoring toss — their second TD connection of the night — with three seconds left.
Harris rushed for 155 yards on 15 carries and Jackson added 125 on 16 totes as the Mustangs piled up 350 yards on the ground and 516 total yards. Senior quarterback Brandon Kelley threw for a pair of touchdowns, a 5-yarder to Jared Freeman in the first period and a 4-yarder to Brad Dittmar in the second.
Wood finished 11-of-18 passing for 181 yards for the game, and also led the Hounds in rushing with 81 yards on 26 attempts.
Jackson's first touchdown, a 2-yard run, made it 14-0 early in the second period. Wood found Corey Thomas on a 60-yard pass to the Mustangs' 9 on the first play following the kickoff, and two plays later fullback Christian Long scored on a 4-yard run.
Kelsey's scoring pass to Dittmar made it 21-7 midway through the period, but the Hounds pulled to 21-14 at halftime when they went 83 yards in 16 plays, capped by a 6-yard TD toss from Wood to Johnson with 45 seconds left in the half.
Senior defensive end Malcolm Butters set the Hounds up to potentially tie the game early in the third quarter, sacking Kelsey for a 16-yard loss and forcing a fumble which was recovered by freshman linbacker Noah Brown. But the Hounds fumbled the ball back three plays later, and MSU went in front 28-14 on a 1-yard run by Jackson.
Junior linebacker Seth Bailey had a game-high 10 tackles for the Hounds, including three solo stops.