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#17 Mustangs roll past Menlo, 64-7

No. 17 Midwestern State battered NAIA Menlo (Calif.) with with eight rushing touchdowns to roll to its seventh straight win 64-7 Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.
No. 17 Midwestern State battered NAIA Menlo (Calif.) with with eight rushing touchdowns to roll to its seventh straight win 64-7 Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.

The Mustangs (7-1) return to Lone Star Conference play Saturday against Eastern New Mexico in Blackwater Draw. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. (Central Time).

Six different runners found the end zone for MSU -- all but Harlon Hill candidate Keidrick Jackson, who finished the game with 68 yards on 11 carries.

Redshirt freshman Dante Taylor paced the attack with 128 yards on 10 carries with a pair of touchdowns, while senior Peter Smith also hit pay dirt twice finishing with a season-high 65 yards on 11 totes.

Brandon Gordon tacked on 52 yards on six carries while redshirt freshman Lafrontae Conkleton rushed for 27 yards on six carries as the Mustangs rolled up 412 rushing yards as a team and 543 total yards of offense.

The Mustangs jumped out to a big, early lead as junior quarterback Jake Glover raced 65 yards on a read option on MSU's first snap of the game while Taylor punched the ball into the end zone from 21 and 4 yards out in the opening seven minute of the game to push the lead to 21-0.

Glover hit Joe Sanders for a 5-yard score on the first play of the second quarter and the Mustangs tacked on a safety on a bad punt snap as the advantage grew to 30-0 at halftime.

Menlo College struck for its lone score on the first drive of the second half when Jordan Hakuole found an opening for a 22-yard TD to cap off of a 6-play, 55-yard drive to cut the MSU lead to 30-7 with 11:43 to play in the third quarter.

The Mustangs would score the final 34 points of the contest.

MSU limited the Oaks to 171 yards of offense harassing MC quarterbacks with two sacks, seven quarterback hurries, five pass breakups and interceptions by Bernard Griffin and Donny Walsh to set up a pair of TDs.

Midwestern State extended its regular season home winning streak to 24 games dating back to the 2008 season.
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