The opening looked pretty grim for ACU, Northwestern Missouri State scored on its first three drives while ACU stalled on the first, and then returned to form with two-straight scoring drives.
With a 21-17 halftime score, considering the defensive start for ACU, I think Chris Thomsen would be pleased with only a four-point deficit.
Billy Malone was efficient, 6 for 7 with 152 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Jonathan Ferguson and Ryan Keeling. Bernard Scott wasn’t spectacular but still solid with 10 carries and 57 yards.
Matt Adams becomes ACU’s all-time points leader with two extra points and a 34-yard field goal, Adams has 227 career points through the first half. He passed my good friend Eben Nelson (2001-2004) – ACU’s all-Century team placekicker – who tallied 225 points in four years. Congratulations to Matt.
My feeling is – because the Wildcat defense settled down and began to compete, if ACU can hold NWMSU to 10 points in the second half, the visitors will come out on top.
• Stan Wagnon, the Lone Star Conference commissioner, is in the booth with Grant and Lance for a halftime interview after making the trip from the Dallas area.
• The ACU Volleyball team is 4-0 after sweeping its opponents at the Lady Buffs Classic in Canyon. The Wildcats haven’t begun a season at 4-0 since 1994.