Texans remain No. 4 in AFCA poll, receive first-place vote for first time

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By Cheryl Hatton

STEPHENVILLE – Tarleton Football remains No. 4 in the American Football Coaches Association top 25 poll despite receiving a first-place vote and gaining 23 votes total.

The Texans received 701 votes and one vote for first place – up from the 678 votes from last week. It’s the first time in program history that the Texans received a first-place vote in the NCAA Division II rankings. Valdosta State, the defending national champions, are No. 1 with 797 votes and 30 first place votes. Ferris State (2) is at 764 votes and a first, while Minnesota State is third with 723 votes.

The Texans, who are 3-0 on the year, have been ranked 13 straight weeks in the AFCA poll, including ten consecutive weeks in the top 10 and four consecutive weeks in the top 5 – the longest stretches in program history.

Tarleton is one of three Lone Star Conference teams ranked in the AFCA poll, with Texas A&M-Commerce ranked No. 11 and Midwestern State at No. 15. Angelo State and West Texas A&M received votes in the poll, but aren’t ranked.

The Texans are coming off a 58-28 rout over West Texas A&M last week where they led 51-0 at halftime at Memorial Stadium. After putting up 420 yards and holding WT to 117 yards, the Texans now rank No. 2 in the nation in offense at 567 yards a game and No. 3 in defense at 203 yards allowed.

Tarleton has now won 13 straight regular season games, 10 straight home games – the fourth longest streak in NCAA Division II – and nine straight conference games.

The Texans will travel to Odessa to take on UT Permian Basin on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m.

2019 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – September 23, 2019

Rank        School (1st votes)              Rec.     Pts.
1.             Valdosta St. (30)                    3-0       797
2.             Ferris St.  (1)                          3-0       764
3.            Minnesota St.                         3-0       723
4.             Tarleton (1)                            3-0       701
5.             Notre Dame (Ohio)                 3-0       636
6.            Ouachita Baptist                     3-0       631
7.             Northwest Missouri  St.           3-0       617
8.             Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.)                3-0       561
9.             Grand Valley St.                      3-0       542
10.           Slippery Rock (Pa.)                 3-0       481
11.           Texas A&M-Commerce           2-0       468
12.           Indianapolis (Ind.)                   3-0       434
13.           Minnesota-Duluth                   3-0       418
14.           Colorado School of Mines      3-0       408
15.           Midwestern St. (Texas)           3-0       364
16.           West Chester (Pa.)                 3-0       298
17.           Wingate (N.C.)                        3-0       280
18t.         Pittsburg St. (Kan.)                 3-0       221
18t.          Central Missouri                      3-0       221
20.           Colorado St.-Pueblo                2-1      185
21.           Indiana (Pa.)                           3-0      158
22.           Harding (Ark.)                         2-1       137
23.           Bowie St. (Md.)                       3-0       104
24.           West Alabama                         2-1       55
25.           Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.)      3-0       53

Dropped Out: West Georgia (25)

Others Receiving Votes: Kutztown (Pa.), 30; West Georgia, 27; Henderson St. (Ark.), 23; Angelo St. (Texas), 15; Truman St. (Mo.), 11; California (Pa.), 6; Virginia Union, 6; West Florida, 6; West Texas A&M, 6; Delta St. (Miss.), 4; Albany St. (Ga.), 2; Missouri S&T, 2; St. Cloud State (Minn.), 2; Shepherd (W.Va.), 2; Urbana (Ohio), 1.


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