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Tarleton earns first Division I national ranking by Stats Perform FCS
STEPHENVILLE – It was a big week for Tarleton Football and Sunday's thrashing of FBS New Mexico State opened the eyes of national voters as the Texans debuted at No. 22 in the Stats Perform FCS Top 25 ranking for the first time in school history.
In addition to the national ranking, Tarleton was named the Stats Perform FCS National Team of the Week and QB Cameron Burston was selected as the National Offensive Player of the Week. Gabe Douglas was an honorable mention selection for the offensive honor.
Burston was a spark plug for the Texans after being elevated to the starting QB position hours before kickoff when five Tarleton offensive starters were held out due to COVID-19 safety protocols. In his first career start, the senior from Vallejo, California wasted no time making his presence felt.
He took a QB keeper around the left side for a 70-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage. On Tarleton's second drive, he connected with Douglas on an 86-yard touchdown pass on the first play again. For the day, Burston threw for 252 yards and two scores while rushing for 79 more with a pair of touchdowns. He accounted for four Tarleton touchdowns in the 43-17 rout.
Meanwhile, Douglas was the primary beneficiary of Burston's career performance.
The junior wide receiver welcomed himself to Texan Nation with a seven-catch, 190-yard afternoon with two touchdowns. All career highs for the junior wideout in his second game at Tarleton.
Tarleton earned their first win as a Division I institution and their first win ever against an FBS-level opponent. The Texans totaled 501 yards of offense while the Texan defense held New Mexico State to 241 yards for the afternoon. Tarleton forced three interceptions – two by Donovan Banks and one from Benjie Franklin on the opening drive of the second half.
In the national rankings, Tarleton joins the ranks of FCS elite – including a familiar foe, McNeese State, who debuted at No. 19.
Texan Volleyball home match vs. TCU to air on ESPN+
STEPHENVILLE – Tarleton Volleyball will host TCU this week for its first matchup against a 'Power Five' program and the match will broadcast live on ESPN+.
The match will take place on Thursday, Feb. 25 in the Wisdom Volleyball Gym at 6 p.m. The Texans will make a return trip to Fort Worth to compete against the Horned Frogs on March 20.
The broadcast on ESPN+ and can be streamed from ESPN.com/watch. John Liddle will serve as the play-by-play voice and Scott Garner is set to handle the color commentating. Tarleton enters the week 5-7 overall and 3-5 in the WAC while TCU is 1-9 having played all Big 12 matches this season.
There will be no general admission tickets sold for home volleyball games this season. Only Tarleton students, Texan Club passes and home and visitor team complimentary tickets will be allowed in the Wisdom Volleyball Gym. The Wisdom Gym ticket office will only open on game day for will call and complimentary ticket pickup. The Wisdom Gym will call ticket window will open one hour before the start of each match.
For more information on Tarleton Volleyball, visit TarletonSports.com or follow on Twitter @TarletonVB.