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SAN ANGELO–In a battle of unbeatens, rarely does a lower ranked team, Midwestern, beat a high profiled ranked team, Angelo State University, much less in the confines of LeGrand Stadium. When the 6th ranked team, ASU Rams commit five turnovers, it's only matter of time, four quarters to be precise, that a team like 20th ranked Midwestern State Mustangs cashes in on those miscues. A Mustangs defense stonewalled the Rams' No. 1 ranked offense to come away with an upset road victory, 29-20.

The Rams, who entered Lone Star Conference play averaging nearly 50 points a game, took the opening kick-off and drove down the field getting in the red zone fairly quickly. Quarterback Kyle Washington on third down and goal from the Mustangs' 10-yard line throws to one his receivers. Washington's pass bounces off his receiver's hands falling into linebacker Adam Hill's hands as he runs it back 70 yards to the 18. The Mustangs aren't able to cash in any points as their field goal kicker misses a 30-yard field goal attempt.

After the Rams field a punt at the four, with first and 10, a disastrous fumble exchange happens that has the ball go into the end zone where the Mustangs recover to go up 6-0 (PAT failed.) That's how the first quarter ends.

 The Rams' high-scoring offense, particularly quarterback Washington, were sporadic all evening.  Two of the three phases of the team: offense, and special teams committed errors.  From the moment that Washington threw the interception, to the defense not being able to stop back-up quarter back Quade Coward who filled in for Hagen Hutchinson who got injured during the game. Coward was extremely effective both running and passing bringing a balance to the Mustangs offense.

 In the second quarter, the Rams scored as Washington threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Pierson. After the PAT, ASU takes the lead 7-6, which turns out to be the half-time score. 

In the opening third quarter, Midwestern gets the ball and on the first play Mustangs quarterback, Coward, is intercepted by Johnathan Shannon who runs in from 18 yards out to put the Rams ahead, 13-6. 

 The Mustangs come back late in the third quarter, going the length of the field to tie the score, 13 all. In the first quarter, the Rams only committed one error; the second half turned out to be their downfall. Right after Midwestern ties the score, ASU immediately fumbles the kick-off and the tide turns against them as the Mustangs muster out a field goal out of it to make 16-13, Midwestern.

 On the Rams next possession, after a 3 and out series, the Rams are forced to punt and on cue, or rather a miscue on the Rams' part, the Mustangs block the punt and return it for 18 yards with barely 11 seconds left in the third quarter. Just like that Midwestern goes from being down in the first half, 7-6, to being up by ten points, 23-13.

The Rams come right back and score quickly to cut the deficit to 23-20, with plenty of time still left, (14:03) remaining in the fourth quarter.

Unfortunately, the Rams defense was unable to hold the Mustangs who came up with another field goal to make the score 26-20. The Rams offense had one more opportunity to win the game but Washington ended up throwing his second interception of the night.  In all, the Rams' turnovers consisted of two fumbles, two interceptions by Washington and a blocked punt for a total of five costly errors.

The Mustangs put the game away with 11 seconds left with another field goal; the final low-scoring game ends 29-20, Midwestern over ASU.

The Rams now 1-1 in LSC play and 4-1 on the season, next weekend (Oct. 10) play the 18th ranked, Texas A&M Commerce Lions in  Commerce, Texas. Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. from Memorial Stadium.