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LSC week 6 power rankings: ENMU’s Terry lifts Hounds

Eastern New Mexico’s Paul Terry (5) celebrates with teammates after a touchdown against Texas A&M-Kingsville earlier this season. [Photo by ENMU athletics]

1. Tarleton (5-0, 3-0): It was a tougher test than some thought, but No. 4 Tarleton stayed undefeated pulling away from feisty Angelo State 30-13. The Texans keep a firm grip on the top spot in the conference, and have now won 11 straight Lone Star Conference games dating back to last season.

2. Angelo State (4-1, 2-1): The Rams proved they are for real despite a 30-13 loss at No. 4 Tarleton. ASU’s defense held the Texans to a season-low 423 yards of offense. The Rams host Western New Mexico on Saturday.

3. A&M-Commerce (4-1, 2-0): It was a ninth straight win for No. 20 Texas A&M-Commerce against rival Texas A&M-Kingsville in a 33-6 rout. The Lions broke open a close game at half thanks to a 21-point third quarter. TAMC plays host to struggling MSU-Texas on Saturday.

4. E. New Mexico (4-1, 2-1): Coach Kelley Lee and the Greyhounds scored 10 fourth quarter points to rally past MSU-Texas 27-24 to earn a key LSC road win. Running back Paul Terry, the league’s leading rusher with 887 yards, earned LSC Offensive Player of the Week honors rushing for 225 yards and a score.

5. MSU-Texas (3-2, 1-2): The Mustangs dropped their second straight conference game in heartbreaking fashion to ENMU. MSU-Texas rallied from a 17-3 deficit to take a 24-17 lead, but couldn’t hang on, falling 27-24. The Mustangs try and avoid their first three-game losing skid since 2005 at Texas A&M-Commerce on Saturday.

West Texas A&M tight end Jordan Johnson dashes for big yards against Central Washington last Saturday. [Mackenzie Teal/ Press Pass Sports]

6. W. Texas A&M (4-1, 1-1): WT had to hold on late but won its Homecoming game 48-41 over Central Washington. The Buffs offense has come a long way from a year ago. WT ranks second in the LSC, averaging 41 points a game. The Buffs jump back into conference play when they travel to UT Permian Basin on Saturday.

7. W. New Mexico (1-4, 1-1): The Mustangs snapped a 14-game losing streak dating back to 2017 with a stunning 47-28 home win against UTPB. A victory like that moves WNM two spots up in the power rankings. Tip of the cap to first-year coach Frank Tristan on his first win with the Mustangs.

8. UTPB (2–3, 0-3): It was a rough trip to Silver City for the Falcons, falling to Western New Mexico, 47-28. UTPB was devastated by seven turnovers in the loss.

9. A&M Kingsville (1-4, 0-3): Struggles continue for the Javelinas as the offense sputtered against Texas A&M-Commerce. TAMK mustered 32 yards on the ground and 233 total yards for the contest. The Javelinas steps out of LSC play to host Western Oregon on Saturday.

LSC Standings

Team   LSC   Overall

Tarleton   3-0    5-0

A&M-Commerce    2-0  4-1

Angelo State 2-1    4-1

E. New Mexico.   2-1   4-1

West Texas A&M   1-1  4-1

W. New Mexico    1-1    1-4

MSU-Texas 1-2    3-2

UT Permian Basin    0-2   2-2

A&M-Kingsville  0-3  1-4

Week 6

Saturday’s games

W. New Mexico at Angelo State, 4 p.m.

W. Texas A&M at UT Permian Basin, 6 p.m.

MSU-Texas at A&M-Commerce, 6 p.m.

Tarleton at E. New Mexico, 7 p.m.

W. Oregon at A&M-Kingsville, 7 p.m.

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