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Texas A&M Commerce Lions Football Team Stays Atop National Rankings in AFCA Coaches’ Poll After 2OT win

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Following an exciting 37-36 double overtime victory in the season’s opening game, the Texas A&M University-Commerce football team is ranked No. 1 in the 2018 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll, as released Monday.
 
The Lions held off an upset-minded Texas A&M-Kingsville team in the opening contest of the season for the 37-36 victory, earning a one-point win in the season opener for the second straight year. A&M-Commerce scored the final 16 points of regulation to force the game into overtime on a field goal by Lone Star Conference Special Teams Player of the Week Kristov Martinez (Edinburg). A touchdown pass from Preston Wheeler (Austin – Bowie) to Marquis Wimberly (Duarte, Calif.) tied the game in the second overtime, and Martinez’ extra point won the game

Four Lion opponents for 2018 are in the top 25 or receiving votes. MSU Texas is ranked 1oth, Colorado State-Pueblo is ranked 12th, and Tarleton and Texas A&M-Kingsville are receiving votes.
 
A&M-Commerce has been ranked in 41 consecutive AFCA polls, dating back to the 2015 preseason poll. This is A&M-Commerce’s 47th all-time appearance in the AFCA poll since its inception in 2000.
 
In the polls recognized by Division II as the top rating system, the Lions have been recognized as a nationally ranked team 96 times since joining Division II in 1981. This is the third consecutive poll with a Division II No. 1 ranking for the Lions.

The Lions are on the road for their next two contests, starting with this Saturday’s game at William Jewell (0-0). That game is set to kick off at noon in Liberty, Mo., at WJC’s Greene Stadium.

2018 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll
September 3, 2018

Rank School (1st votes) Rec. Pts. Prev.
1. A&M-COMMERCE (21) 1-0 797 1
2. West Florida (6) 1-0 775 2
3. Minnesota St. (4) 1-0 753 3
4. Indiana (Pa.) (1) 1-0 719 4
5. Fort Hays St. (Kan.) 1-0 676 5t
6. Northwest Missouri St. 1-0 633 5t
7. Harding (Ark.) (1) 1-0 625 7
8. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 1-0 588 10
9. Ferris St. (Mich.) 1-0 551 8
10. MSU Texas 1-0 516 11
11. West Alabama 1-0 466 12
12. Colorado St.-Pueblo 1-0 450 14
13. West Georgia 1-0 412 19
14. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 1-0 312 20
15. Winona St. (Minn.) 1-0 276 21
16. Central Washington 0-1 261 9
17. Ohio Dominican 1-0 229 23
18. Ashland (Ohio) 0-1 216 15
19t. Findlay (Ohio) 1-0 197 25
19t. Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 1-0 197 24
21. Central Missouri 0-1 124 18
22. Indianapolis (Ind.) 0-1 118 13
23. West Chester (Pa.) 1-0 114 NR
24. Minnesota-Duluth 1-0 91 NR
25. Colorado Mesa 1-0 82 NR

 
Dropped Out: Shepherd (W.Va.) (16), Assumption (Mass.) (17), Carson-Newman (Tenn.) (22)
 
Others Receiving Votes: Shepherd (W.Va.), 71; Notre Dame (Ohio), 56; Pittsburg St. (Kan.), 56; Carson-Newman (Tenn.), 50; Colorado Mines, 47; Tarleton (Texas), 41; Azusa Pacific (Calif.), 37; Assumption (Mass.), 36; Florida Tech, 28; Valdosta St. (Ga.), 25; Southern Arkansas, 22; Wingate (N.C.), 17; Emporia St. (Kan.), 8; Shippensburg (Pa.), 8; Fairmont St. (W.Va.), 6; Texas A&M-Kingsville, 6; Washburn (Kan.), 6; Bloomsburg (Pa.), 5; Delta St. (Miss.), 5; Edinboro (Pa.), 4; California (Pa.), 3; Hillsdale (Mich.), 3; Slippery Rock (Pa.), 3; Kutztown (Pa.), 2; Southeastern Oklahoma St., 1.

 

 

 

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