Tarleton fell late to Lone Star Conference foe No. 12 Midwestern State Saturday night in a game that will likely be remembered for missed opportunities by the Texans.
The first half was one of solid and timely play by Tarleton, and also one of missed opportunities.
Midwestern began the game with the ball and immediately the Mustang offense looked poised to find the end zone.
After an 11-play, 57 yard drive, the Mustangs were forced to settle for a 29-yard field goal to give them a brief 3-0 lead.
On Tarleton’s ensuing drive, quarterback Derek Kiser, who was starting his first game of the season, played a part in two huge plays for the Texans. First converting a 3rd and 18 from his own 33-yard line, then hitting Joseph Sadler on a wheel route for a 46-yard touchdown pass.
Following that score, the Texans had several other opportunities to increase their lead, but were unable to convert the majority. Of those opportunities, four of them resulted in Tarleton drives ending either at the Midwestern 28-yard line, or closer. There were two missed field goal attempts, a turnover on downs and one made field goal mid-way through the second quarter which eventually sent the two teams to halftime with the Texans leading 10-3.
The third quarter is where momentum began to shift the Mustang’s way.
After being forced to punt after just six plays on their first drive of the second half, Midwestern capitalized on their next two possessions finding the end zone on both.
Following a Tarleton punt, the Mustangs went 66 yards on 14 plays before running back Vincent Johnson scored on a four-yard rush.
Johnson also scored his second touchdown of the game for Midwestern after a Tarleton fumble set up a two-yard score to give the Mustangs their second lead of the game, 15-10.
After Midwestern’s go-ahead score, the two teams struggled to move the ball over the game’s next nine minutes. Midwestern missed a short field goal and on their next drive a fumble recovered by Cody Burtscher of Tarleton set the Texans up for a chance to retake the lead.
Starting on the Midwestern 43-yard line, quarterback Zed Woerner, who replaced Kiser after leaving with an injury, led the offense to on a seven play scoring drive, capped off by a 15-yard pass to Del’Michael High.
Trailing 16-15, Midwestern’s offense found a second life.
Starting at their own 26-yard line, quarterback Quade Coward led the Mustangs deep into Tarleton territory before Adrian Seales scampered into the end zone from 13-yards out to once again give Midwestern the lead, 21-16 with only 52 seconds remaining in the game.
The Mustangs iced the game on Tarleton’s first play after the score with an interception allowing the offense to kneel out the clock.
Leading the Texans offensively were running backs Joseph Sadler and Jabari Anderson.
Anderson finished with eight carries for 83 yards, while Sadler had 11 rushes for 54 yards and four receptions for 82 yards and a touchdown.
Both of Tarleton’s quarterbacks had rough outings as Kiser finished 8-21 through the air for 141 yards and a score. Zed Woerner didn’t fair much better as he finished 5-12 for 61 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
With the loss, Tarleton falls to 5-5 on the year and 5-3 in LSC play. The Texans will conclude their regular season next Saturday when they travel to take on Texas A&M-Commerce.