Saturday, August 30, 2008

Shaky first quarter, but back on track

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.

Other notes:

• 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.

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