Saturday, November 21, 2009
First Quarter Review: ACU-NWMo
Northwest Missouri State took the opening kickoff and drove 77 yards in eight plays, scoring on an 8-yard run by LaRon Council. ACU answered with an 11-play drive of its own, concluded by a 29-yard field goal by freshman Morgan Lineberry. The Bearcats were on a strong drive of their own before being backed up by a series of penalties, then were stopped on an interception by senior Wildcat DB Josh Wise. The first quarter ended with the Wildcats driving deep into Bearcat territory. ACU redshirt freshman QB Mitchell Gale hit 7 of 8 passes for 56 yards and looked comfortable in the pocket, even in the face of a fierce NWMo rush. If the Wildcats are intimidated by the trip into NWMo's backyard, it doesn't show. Keep in mind that ACU is the only team to beat the Bearcats this year, and the only one to defeat them in their last 29 home games. So they know how to do it. If you want to watch this game on your computer, click here and download the free copy of Microsoft Silverlight software, if you don't already have it. CBS College Sports is showing the game with a slight (about one play) delay from the live action.