WICHITA FALLS, Texas – Emotions ran high all day for the Midwestern State Mustangs.
When it was all said and done, MSU earned its first playoff win since 2006 by rallying to knock off Sioux Falls, 24-20, in the opening round of the NCAA Division II playoffs at Memorial Stadium.
MSU cornerback Robert Grays died from an injury he sustained in a game earlier this season. His No. 24 jersey was hung behind the bench after the Mustang captains brought it out to midfield for the coin toss. The number was also on MSU’s helmets and coaching shirts, and the hashtag #24Strong perfectly summed up the performance by the Mustangs.
After falling behind, 17-0, MSU rattled off 24 unanswered points while allowing only a Cougar field goal the rest of the way. Quarterback Layton Rabb threw for 239 yards and two touchdowns, while running back Adrian Seales rushed for 70 yards and a touchdown for the Mustangs.
Sir’Vell Ford led the defense with a game-high 20 tackles and a forced fumble.
For Sioux Falls, which finished its season with a 9-3 record, QB Ian Fieber threw for 195 yards and a TD, while Jason Towns rushed for 96 yards. Max Mickey, who tallied 64 yards on 11 carries, also found the end zone.
MSU (10-0) will look to continue its season on Saturday at undefeated Minnesota State.
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