By BRAD KEITH
(November 15, 2014) — Tarleton State (5-5) drove 73 yards in six plays, capped by a two-yard scoring burst by Zach Henshaw with only 22 seconds remaining to knock off Midwestern State (6-4) 44-41 in the third place game of the inaugural Lone Star Conference playoff at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls Saturday.
Henshaw’s TD was set up by four straight completions to three different receivers by quarterback Zed Woerner. He hit Bubba Tandy for 41 yards to the Midwestern 32, then Le’Nard Meyers snagged one for a nine-yard gain and went out of bounds with exactly a minute left. Clifton Rhodes was on the receiving end of Woerner’s next two strikes, gaining three and 17 yards to reach the Midwestern three before the Mustangs called a timeout with 31 seconds remaining.
Hensaw ran for one yard to the two before a Tarleton timeout, then took it the final two yards to the house to finish with 81 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
An 18-yard pass moved Midwetern to its own 48 hardline with four seconds remaining, but Glover’s ensuing bomb to Mark Strange fell incomplete with J. Louis defending, and Tarleton held on.
Woerner was 20-33 for 316 yards with a score and an interception for Tarleton. He matched the play of Midwestern’s Jake Glover, who was 21-32 for 280 yards. Midwestern was led on the ground by Adrian Seales….
Midwestern took a 38-31 lead on a two-yard keeper by Glover with 10:54 remaining. Tarleton appeared to tie the game with Jabari Anderson’s 9-yard scoring run, but Blake Barnes missed an extra point kick for the first time all season.
The Mustangs made it a four-point lead on A. Alkhazshvilly’s 38-yard field goal with 6:02 left, the final points before Henshaw’s game-winning run.
The Texans raced out to a 21-0 lead only to surrender 22 consecutive points. Henshaw had a two-yard TD to cap the opening possession of the game, and Louis scored defensively with a six-yard fumble return in the opening seconds of the second quarter. The first of Anderson’s two TDs came from seven yards out and made it 21-0 with 10:41 left in the half.
Levy Wilson rushed for an eight yard score before Glover and Seales each plunged in from a yard out. Joe Sanders ran for a two-point score after the second MSU touchdown, helping the Mustangs to eventually take a 22-21 lead with 4:04 left in the third.
Barnes hit a 48-yard field goal to give Tarleton a two-point lead, but Seales scored from the one again for MSU, and Glover added the conversion to give the Mustangs a 30-24 edge 20 seconds into the fourth.
Woerner and Tandy played long ball for a 50-yard Tarleton touchdown, and Barnes’ PAT gave the Texans a one-point lead that lasted less than two minutes. Glover snuck in from two yards out of a 38-31 MSU advantage before Anderson’s final score began Tarleton’s late surge.
Tandy had six catches for 172 yards for the Texans. Midwestern’s receiving numbers were balanced with Glover hitting 10 different receivers.
Six of the last seven meetings between the schools have been decided by five points or less.