"We probably didn't deserve to win today. They outcoached and they outplayed us today. We didn't make our opportunities to put the ball in the end zone," MSU coach Bill Maskill said. "We don't play hard and we didn't play inspired but they might have had something to do with it. They played very well today."
The Greyhounds won for the fifth consecutive week to improve to 6-3 on the season and will play for a share of the Lone Star Conference title next Saturday at Texas A&M-Commerce. ENMU is 4-1 in league play.
Eastern scored on four straight first-half possessions to construct a 27-0 lead when quarterback Jeremy Buurma hit Jacob Johnson on a 16-yard scoring strike with 4:57 to play in the first half.
Midwestern State rallied to a score twice in the closing minutes of the opening half on a 1-yard plunge by Keidrick Jackson and a 13-yard Jake Glover-to-Statron Jones TD connection with 25 seconds to intermission to pull the Mustangs within 27-14 at the break.
Jackson rushed for 87 yards on 17 carries to become the first back in MSU history to log three 1,000-yard campaigns as the program's all-time leading rusher now has 1,045 yards this season.
But it wasn't enough against the Greyhounds.
Eastern New Mexico regained momentum after stopping the Mustangs on their opening drive of the second half. MSU failed to convert the first of three second-half fourth down conversion attempts on a drive that terminated at the ENMU 32-yard line.
The 'Hounds needed just seven plays to move the ball 68 yards culminating in Rashan Lawrence's 5-yard run to push the lead to 34-14.
Midwestern would pull back to within two scores when Quade Coward kept the ball on an option play to roll 20 yards for a score with a minute remaining in the third quarter.
That would be as close as the Mustangs would get as ENMU turned a 44-yard punt return by Kevin Reaves into a put away TD rush by Jordan Wells with 5:45 to play.
Eastern New Mexico rolled up 428 yards of total offense gashing the Mustangs for 281 yards on the ground led by E'lon Spight who finished with 90 yards on 15 carries with two touchdowns as he was just one of four Greyhound rushers to find pay dirt.
Junior quarterback Jake Glover completed 16-of-32 passes for 188 yards including the scoring strike to Jones, who had six receptions for 100 yards.
The Mustangs, who amassed 356 yards of total offense, close the regular against rival West Texas A&M Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
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