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Mustangs upend Hounds to close out LSC Football Festival

Staff report

ARLINGTON, Texas — Big plays did in Eastern New Mexico University’s football team on Saturday night.

The Greyhounds dominated early against 23rd-ranked Midwestern State, holding the Mustangs without a first down until early in the second quarter in building a 10-0 lead. Then Drew Ashley returned an interception 55 yards for a score and MSU tallied four consecutive touchdowns — all on plays covering more than 50 yards — in notching a 42-17 victory in the Lone Star Conference opener for both teams and the finale of the day-long LSC Football Festival at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.

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ENMU senior linebacker Julian Yearwood wraps up Midwestern State running back Dante Taylor during the first half of Saturday’s Lone Star Conference football game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The game was part of the LSC’s “Football Festival.”

Senior quarterback Jake Glover finished 12-of-22 for 303 yards and three touchdowns as the Mustangs (2-0, 1-0 LSC) avenged a 40-21 loss at Blackwater Draw last season.

ENMU (2-1, 0-1), which saw its eight-game winning streak come to an end, did not score after the first minute of the second quarter except for a 12-yard run by senior D’Maujeric Tucker in the third quarter.

Glover had TD passes of 52 and 68 yard to sophomore wide receiver Statron Jones and a 74-yarder to junior wide-out Levi Wilson as the Mustangs opened a 28-10 lead early in the third quarter.

ENMU answered with a 69-yard,11-play drive ending in Tucker’s scoring run, but MSU iced it with touchdown runs of 356 yards by Chauncey Harris and 46 yards by Adrian Seales in the final period.

Midwestern State, held to minus-4 yards rushing in the first half, eventually finished with 130 yards on the ground and outgained the Hounds 433-394.

Senior running back E’lon Spight, who put together his third consecutive 100-yard rushing performance with 142 yards on 30 attempts, scored on a 31-yard run early in the second quarter to make it 10-0. ENMU scored in the first quarter on a 29-yard field goal by sophomore Mitchell Cox midway through the period.

Jones and Wilson each caught four passes for 127 and 124 yards, respectively. Safety Marqui Christian was in on 18 tackles for the Mustangs, while safety Kevin Reaves led ENMU with nine tackles.