For the first time in program history, Tarleton is the outright champion of the Lone Star Conference.
The team who was picked to finish fifth in the preseason league polls completed the programs first undefeated regular season in Tarleton's NCAA history by shutting out the Mustangs 58-0 at Memorial Stadium Saturday afternoon. The Texans celebrated with the presentation of the LSC Championship trophy.
Tarleton came out swinging with three scores in the opening quarter, including two from Xavier Turner who topped 100 rushing yards in the first 15 minutes alone. Turner broke off touchdown runs of 46 and 55 yards in the opening quarter with a 31-yard touchdown pass from Ben Holmes to Baxter Kirven in between.
Turner completed the touchdown hat trick with a 10-yard run in the second quarter to send Tarleton into halftime with a 28-0 lead.
Immediately out of the break, Prince Robinson found the end zone twice in the opening five minutes of the new half as the junior corner back took the opening kickoff of the second half 92 yards to the house. Then followed up with an 82-yard punt return for a touchdown less than five minutes later. It was Tarleton's first punt return for a touchdown since Devin Guinn took one back against Abilene Christian in 2009.
Tarleton tacked on three more scores the rest of the way as DeShun Qualls and Bowie Franks found the end zone for the first time as Texans and Michael Knoboloch had a sack for a safety.
The Tarleton defense recorded the programs first shutout since 2006 by holding the Mustangs to 239 total yards of offense. E.J. Speed led the team with 11 tackles while 11 different Texans had at least a half-tackle for a loss. Ed Hayes also forced and recovered a fumble.
Turner finished the game with 172 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries while Adam Berryman (67), Franks (55), Holmes (45), Daniel McCants (30), Skyler Wetzel (24), and D'Anthony Hopkins(11) rounded out Tarleton's 402-yard rushing performance.
Holmes threw for 122 yards and two touchdowns with Qualls (39) and Kirven (49) leading the way through the air.