Saturday, October 31, 2009

Lessons Learned: ACU vs. A&M-Kingsville

  • Now, THAT'S what the No. 1 team in the nation might look like, only the Wildcats answered that bell about two weeks late.  Nevertheless, ACU took care of business, beating Texas A&M-Kingsville in a game that was not as close as the 47-35 score indicated.  The fourth quarter was a flag-fest, with several foolish penalties that gave the Javelinas life and momentum.
  • ACU's run defense, ranked No. 1 in the nation entering this game, held the LSC's top rushing team to 50 yards on the ground. TAMK's junior RB, Fred Wilborn, is a real talent who ran for 263 yards last week, but could only manage 47 today. The Wildcats are a menace to their opponents' running game, and they put heavy pressure on QBs, as well.
  • Four times in the red zone for the Wildcats, and four times they scored.
  • Mitchell Gale played his best game of the season, stepping up when his team really needed a calm and steady presence in the pocket. The offensive line yielded no sacks, and Gale did a fine job of stepping up in the pocket when pressure came from the Javelina defensive ends. 
  • WR Edmund Gates showed his speed on a fine play in the third quarter, catching a Gale pass on the sideline, shucking a tackler and sprinting for a 72-yard TD, ACU's longest of the season.

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