Sunday, December 5, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
ACU has first serve in set four with the cross country team in town and in attendance cheering on the girls in Warrensburg.
Shawna Hines and Jennie Hutt both had 3 kills to lead ACU, but 8 errors by both teams and a sub .100 hitting percentage allowed Washburn to take an ugly set one.
A few points into set two Lady Blues take 2-1 early lead.
Washburn comes into tonight’s match after picking up a win over Northwest Missouri State 3-1 last night. It will be the first meeting in three years between the teams as the Lady Blues took the match in 2008, 3-0.
All the girls look loose and relaxed after a good morning practice and a movie in the afternoon to get some R & R. We’ll keep you updated again tonight as the Wildcats look for their second trip ever to a regional final.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
An unsuccessful comeback by the Wildcats they fall 25-19. A Lady Bulldog falls off the net and finds an empty spot on the ACU side of the court. Tied 2-2 heading to a 5th and final set in an exciting First Round match.
ACU trails 12-6, but now has the serve in fourth set.
TSU tried to battle back but a nice touch kill from Jennie Hutt extended the ACU lead back 19-15. However the Wildcats went on a 7-3 run closing out the set 25-17.
Good to see ACU go for the kill, no pun intended, keeping the Lady Bulldogs down as they tried to get back into the match. ACU leads 2-0 after taking set two.
Still very noticeable the intensity level on the court with both teams. It’s definitely playoff time!
The Wildcats got a great early practice yesterday morning and are ready for today’s match with Truman. ACU and Truman met earlier in the season at the Washburn Lady Blues Fall Classic in Topeka the first weekend in October. The Lady Bulldogs took the meeting 3-2 in an intense five set match.
Both teams are finishing the last 30 minutes of warm-ups, captains are flipping for serve, and we’ll have more from the NCAA First Round match between the Wildcats and the Lady Bulldogs.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Just wanted to say a quick word of thanks to several of you who read this blog for your emails and phone calls over the last month or so checking on my absence and health since the first part of October. Your thoughts and prayers were and are very much appreciated, and let me assure you that I felt them.
Let me just give you a quick background: for about a year I've been experiencing "sciatica" in my left leg, but it wasn't enough to slow me down. On Oct. 7, I experienced what it was like to be slowed down by this pain. On the Saturday of Homecoming (Oct. 9), I was lying in an MRI tube at Hendrick Medical Center being checked from head to toe to find out where my suddenly debilitating pain was originating from.
Turns out I had two bulging discs in my back (L4 and L5) that would require surgery. For about a month I waited to get in to see a local neurosurgeon (more on him in a minute), but in the meantime I went through two injections into my back that allowed me to return to work a few days in October. However, because of severe pain, my most comfortable position was lying on my stomach on the floor of our living room.
Fortunately, I was still able to do a lot of work, and my fantastic assistant, Phillip Dowden, carried our office the entire month of October and into November. Phillip, can't thank you enough for everything. You've done a great job, and you're going to make a wonderful head SID when your time comes.
I missed five of our last six football games of the regular season, almost every home soccer and volleyball match of the fall and several other events. Missing each killed me; in my 13 years at ACU I had missed exactly one football game and not many more home events during the fall / winter.
Anyway, on Nov. 7, the pain became so severe that my wife took me to the hospital where I was admitted and given the "good stuff" to make me comfortable. Still able to work from my hospital room, I was able to put together football game notes for the ACU-Southwestern Oklahoma State game as well as write a few other things.
Finally, on Nov. 10, Dr. Talmadge Trammell repaired the disc at L4, taking the pressure off my sciatic nerve and helping me to return to a pain-free existence. Let me just make this quick aside: if you EVER have any trouble with your back or spine, run -- don't walk -- to see Dr. Trammell. He is a brilliant doctor and surgeon and the people in Abilene should be grateful that he chose to return to his hometown to open his practice.
Finally went back to work on Monday (Nov. 15) and am excited to be back amongst my friends and colleagues, as well as our teams and student-athletes.
Being down this long makes one appreciate a lot of things, but most importantly it makes me thankful to my Lord and Savior, who provided me with caring family and friends and with a team of doctors and nurses who were able to help me get back to good health (at least physically; never been too sure about the mental aspect).
It also makes one appreciate family that takes care of you and loves on you; friends who support and check in on you; co-workers who are understanding of a terrible situation; a church body that prays over you and makes sure you and your family are thought of each and every day; and a place to work that lifts you up in prayer more than it questions when you're going to return to work.
Can't say enough wonderful things about my beautiful wife, Jill, who took care of me, pushed and prodded doctors to get me earlier appointments and listened to me gripe ... because, shockingly, I'm not the greatest patient. My kids, Rex and Ashley, who never let their disappointment show that their daddy couldn't do much for about five weeks, choosing instead to tell me each day that they loved me and hoped that I would "feel better soon." My parents, who let me stay at their house during the days in the early days of this situation when I literally couldn't do anything for myself.
Thanks to my good friends the Boones and Bullingtons for constantly "talking me up" to Dr. Trammell on Sundays at Highland Church of Christ, and to another good friend, Dr. Shannon Cooke, for helping alleviate the pain and maybe doing me a favor and helping me get in to see Dr. Trammell almost a month before my scheduled appointment.
To my boss, Jared Mosley, associate AD Vince Jarrett, and most everyone on our coaching / administrative staff, thanks for your understanding, and I hope we don't go through this again. And to Coach Wally Bullington: your thoughts and prayers and daily phone calls to check on me mean more than you'll ever know. NOW I know why your former players are so loyal to you. Thank you for showing us all what it means to be a Godly man.
To my great friend and ACU assistant vice president, Ron Hadfield. We've worked together for 13 years and shared many laughs and good times, but he showed what it's like to be a true friend by doing what he didn't have to do over the last half of the football season when he took over a lot of the writing responsibilities for our football team. Ron is a terrific writer -- one of the best you'll ever read, and I don't care who we're talking about in comparison -- and he wrote every football game story that appeared on our Web site from the Oct. 9 game through the end of the regular season. He made trips to luxurious locales like Portales, N.M., and Canyon to cover games for me, and his willingness to pitch in and help out when he didn't have to shows the character of this great man.
I know I'm forgetting people, and I know this isn't something you usually read in this space, but I felt compelled tonight to let the readers know why Phillip has been carrying our office and to thank the people mentioned above, as well as my great friends Dr. Cheryl Bacon, Michael Bacon, Kate Bacon, Chris Thomsen, Kyle Robarts, Grant Boone, Garner Roberts, Dr. Charlie Marler, Grant Rampy, Lynne Bruton, Pat Agnew, Jimmy Pogue, Mike Miller, Allen Wilson, Danny Barefield, Jim Lowery, Todd and Rebekah Mullins, Jeremy Enlow, Willis Glassgow, Chris Woods, Kellen Mock, Hutton Jones, Britt Bonneau, Brandon Stover, Shawna Lavender, Jason Copeland, Amber Weems, Cory Driskill, Jack Kiser, Roosevelt Lofton, Casey Wilson, Bobby Reeves, Mike Campbell, Lisa Murphy, Karen Warner, Roberta Bender, as well as others I know I'm forgetting.
So, hopefully (knock on wood), I'm ready for the second season in football, basketball season and an exciting upcoming spring season. As we head into a season of Thanksgiving, I know for sure I've got plenty for which to be thankful.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
From Missouri, Central Missouri has knocked off Truman, 3-0. A Wildcat win means they would travel to Warrensburg next weekend while a loss ends the Wildcats season.
While we have a moment the Wildcats have received the No. 1 seed in the South Central Region in Football. Here are the rankings we’ll have more on those later:
2. Texas A&M-Kingsivlle
3. Northwest Missouri
4. Central Missouri
5. West Texas A&m
6. Missouri Western
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Rushing: Charcandrick West, 11 for 113 yards and 2 TDs; Daryl Richardson, 9 for 65 yards and 2 TDs; Josh Morgan, 10 for 41 yards; Mitchell Gale, 2 for 18 yards; and Austin Kessler, 2 for 8 yards; Clark Harrell, 1 for 2 yards
Receiving: Raymond Radway, 1 for 61 yards and 1 TD; Kendrick Johnson, 3 for 59 yards; Edmund Gates, 2 for 34 yards; Harold Jackson, 3 for 26 yards; Brandon Bowles-Delk, 4 for 24 yards; Austin Kessler, 2 for 21 yards, Justin Andrews, 1 for 16 yards; and Daryl Richardson, 1 for 4 yards
Defense: Nate Bailey, 11 tackles; Eric Edwards, 7 tackles and 1 sack; L.B. Suggs, 7 tackles; Bryson Lewis, 6 tackles and 1 sack; Ryan Smith, 6 tackles; Fred Thompson, 5 tackles and 3 sacks; and Darien Williams, 5 tackles
Score: ACU 47, SW Oklahoma 17
First Downs: ACU 22, SW Oklahoma 17
Rushing: ACU 36 for 247 yards; SW Oklahoma 38 for 108 yards
Passing: ACU 17 of 26 for 245 yards, 0 INT, 1 TD; SW Oklahoma 14 of 27 for 176 yards, 0 INT, 2 TDs
Total Yards: ACU 492, SW Oklahoma 284
Third Down Conversions: ACU 6 of 12, SW Oklahoma 3 of 14
Attendance: 7,873 (Shotwell Stadium)
Notes: ACU leading tackler Kevin Washington, a senior linebacker, rested this game after surgery to repair a broken forearm suffered in last week's win over West Texas A&M. Through 11 games, Mitchell Gale’s passing totals include 3,237 yards, 1 TD and only 2 interceptions. ACU defenders tackled Bulldog ball carriers for losses on 14 plays, and sacked SWOSU quarterbacks 5 times. Mark Sprague's only punt was a 70-yarder. Wildcat running backs averaged 6.9 yards per attempt. SWOSU's backs averaged 2.8 per rush. ACU averaged 7.9 yards per offensive play. The win gives ACU a first-round bye in the NCAA Division II playoffs, which begin next Saturday. If they keep winning, the Wildcats are assured a shot at hosting games – starting Nov. 27 – through the national quarterfinals. The Bulldogs also were ACU's opponent when it won its last national championship (1977 NAIA Division I title game in the Apple Bowl in Seattle, Wash.)
St. Edward’s broadcast team will stream the second round match against the Wildcats through their website here. The pay-per view event charge is $5 from Stretch Internet.
ACU moved into the second round with their first ever playoff victory a 5-0 shutout of Angelo State on Friday. Andrea Carpenter scored two goals and Ashley Holton added a goal and an assist Friday afternoon in the Wildcat win.
Fans can also follow the action on acusports.blogspot.com and on the ACUSports Facebook page.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Rushing: Daryl Richardson, 19 for 98 yards and 3 TDs; Darrell Cantu-Harkless, 13 for 82 yards; Taylor Gabriel, 1 for 23 yards; Mitchell Gale, 10 for 18 yards; Kendrick Johnson, 1 for 6 yards; and Edmund Gates, 1 for 4 yards
Receiving: Edmund Gates, 4 for 96 yards and 1 TD; Emery Dudensing, 4 for 25 yards; Daryl Richardson, 3 for 41 yards; Tony Gabriel, 3 for 20 yards; Ben Gibbs, 2 for 34 yards; Justin Andrews, 2 for 28 yards; Kendrick Johnson, 2 for 27 yards; Raymond Radway, 1 for 14 yards; and Darrell Cantu-Harkless, 1 for 1 yards
Defense: Kevin Washington, 9 tackles; Fred Thompson, 7 tackles and 1 sack; Darien Williams, 7 tackles; James Williams, 6 tackles and 3 interceptions; Donald Moore, 4 tackles and 1 sack; and Aston Whiteside, 2 tackles and 1 sack
Score: ACU 41, West Texas A&M 34
First Downs: West Texas A&M 30, ACU 27
Rushing: ACU 45 for 231 yards; West Texas A&M 21 for 38 yards
Passing: ACU 22 of 36 for 296 yards, 1 INT, 1 TD; West Texas A&M 39 of 60 for 446 yards 3 INTs, 4 TDs
Total Yards: ACU 527, West Texas A&M 484
Total Plays: ACU 81, West Texas A&M 81
Touchbacks: ACU 6, West Texas A&M 1
Fourth Down Conversions: ACU 1 of 2, West Texas A&M 3 of 3
Time of Possession: ACU 33:30, West Texas A&M 26:30
Notes: Through 10 games, Mitchell Gale’s passing totals include 3,109 yards, 32 TDs and only 2 interceptions. Just 2 of Spencer Covey's 8 kickoffs were returned; he leads the nation in touchbacks. ACU defenders tackled WT ball carriers for losses on 7 plays, and sacked Taylor Harris three times. Attendance was 13,827 in Kimbrough Stadium. The No. 2-ranked Wildcats clinched at least a tie for their second LSC South title in the last three years. ACU scored 21 of its 41 points in the decisive fourth quarter. What home field advantage? … the visiting team has won the last eight games in this regular-season series. ACU benefited from 4 WT turnovers: a fumble and 3 interceptions (DB James Williams had all three interceptions). WT receivers Tyson Williams (13 catches for 171 yards and 2 TDs) and Brittan Golden (8 catches for 126 yards and 2 TDs) had big nights; teammate Jay Tillman added 8 catches or 79 yards. ACU had three players with big all-purpose yardage performances: Daryl Richardson (139), Darrell Cantu-Harkless (122), Edmund Gates (100) and Caleb Withrow (98). For all the passing yardage Taylor Harris accumulated (39 of 60 for 446 yards), ACU's nationally ranked run defense shut down the ground game of the Buffs (21 carries for 38 yards). The teams' two head coaches have a 4-4 record against each other. Among ACU's 10 wins this season are 4 over nationally-ranked opponents. The last Wildcat football team to go 11-0 was the 1950 squad coached by Garvin Beauchamp, although their final win was a victory over Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, Minn.) in the Refrigerator Bowl in Evansville, Ind.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Rushing: Mitchell Gale, 8 for 31 yards; Daryl Richardson, 6 for 16 yards; Darrell Cantu-Harkless, 8 for 12 yards; Emery Dudensing, 5 for 9 yards
Receiving: Edmund Gates, 6 for 124 yards and 1 TD; Raymond Radway, 6 for 82 yards and 1 TD; Taylor Gabriel, 3 for 30 yards; Daryl Richardson, 3 for 25 yards; Darrell Cantu-Harkless, 3 for 12 yards; Kendrick Johnson, 2 for 48 yards; Emery Dudensing 2 for 11 yards and 2 TDs; Ben Gibbs, 1 for 26 yards; and Austin Kessler, 1 for 19 yards
Defense: Kevin Washington, 13 tackles; James Williams an dEric Edwards, 7 tackles each; , T. Battie, Fred Thompson, 5 tackles and 1 sack; Aston Whiteside, 4 tackles, 1 sack and 1 blocked PAT
Score: ACU 33, Angelo 20
First Downs: ACU 20; Angelo 19
Rushing: ACU 29 for 82 yards; Angelo 21 for -23 yards
Passing: ACU 27 of 41, 0 INT, 4 TDs, 377 yards; Angelo 33 of 49, 0 INT, 2 TDs, 327 yards
Total Yards: ACU 459, Angelo 304
Third Down Conversions: ACU 5 of 13; Angelo 5 of 16
Time of Possession: Angelo 31:22, ACU 28:38
Notes: Through nine games, Mitchell Gale’s passing totals include 2,813 yards, 31 TDs and only 1 interception. His 27 pass completions averaged 14 yards each. Angelo State's dangerous special teams were neutralized; none of Mark Sprague's five punts (45-yard average) were returned, and only 2 of Spencer Covey's 7 kickoffs were returned (3 touchbacks and 2 kicked out of bounds). Two different kickers had field goals for ACU: a 49-yarder to open the game's scoring for Morgan Lineberry and a 22-yarder to close the game's scoring by Ryan Owens. ACU defenders tackled Angelo State ball carriers for losses on 17 plays. All four of ACU's TDs came on quick-strike drives of 1:56, 1:36, 1:49 and 1:07. WR Edmund Gates had his fifth consecutive game with more than 100 receiving yards, and his second straight of exactly 124 yards. He moved past former NFL Giants' star Johnny Perkins and into second place for most receiving yards in an ACU career. Attendance was 6,342. The No. 3-ranked Wildcats may move higher in the American Football Coaches Association national rankings this week, as No. 1-ranked Grand Valley State lost 20-17 to Michigan Tech.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Rushing: Darrell Cantu-Harkless, 10 for 56 yards; Josh Morgan, 11 for 52 yards; Daryl Richardson, 10 for 50 yards; Charcandrick West, 6 for 34 yards; Mitchell Gale, 2 for 11 yards; Emery Dudensing, 3 for 10 yards and 1 TD; Austin Kessler, 2 for 7 yards; and Kendrick Johnson, 1 for 3 yards
Receiving: Edmund Gates, 7 for 124 yards and 3 TDs; Taylor Gabriel, 5 for 59 yards; Kendrick Johnson, 3 for 66 yards and 2 TDs; Daryl Richardson, 3 for 44 yards; Darrell Cantu-Harkless, 2 for 32 yards; Ben Gibbs, 2 for 28 yards; Emery Dudensing 1 for 7 yards; and Justin Andrews, 1 for 2 yards
Defense: Marvin Jones and Kevin Washington, 6 tackles each; Fred Thompson, T. Battie, Darien Williams and L.B. Suggs, 4 tackles each; and Shane Baham, 1 tackle, 1 fumble recovery and 1 interception
Score: ACU 53, ENMU 14
First Downs: ACU 29; ENMU 18
Rushing: ACU 47 for 213 yards; ENMU 37 for 141 yards
Passing: ACU 23 of 42, 0 INT, 5 TDs, 362 yards; ENMU 11 of 31, 0 INT, 1 TDs, 126 yards
Total Yards: ACU 575, ENMU 267
Third Down Conversions: ACU 8 of 17; ENMU 3 of 16
Time of Possession: ACU 38:46, ENMU 21:14
Notes: ACU gave up only two more yards of total offense this week (267) than it did in a domination of Incarnate Word (265) last week. ACU averaged 6.5 yards per play; ENMU averaged 3.9. The Wildcats held the ball for nearly all the third quarter (12:37 to ENMU's 2:23), scoring TDs on its two long drives. In the wins this week and last, Edmund Gates has 245 yards in receptions, and five TDs. Through eight games, Mitchell Gale’s passing totals include 2,436 yards, 27 TDs and only 1 interception. Freshman running back Darrel Cantu-Harkless is the Wildcats' leading rusher (417 yards), averaging 6.95 yards per attempt. ACU has outscored its opponents 115-16 in the first quarter, and 96-32 in the second. The Wildcats average scoring 44.75 points per game; its opponents, 16.5.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Regional rankings for volleyball and soccer were released this week as ACU stands in great position in both.
For the volleyball team the regional rankings have been sort-of a sore subject after being left out of the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons despite having a worthy resume. Kellen Mock and her Wildcats finished last season 29-6 and with wins over teams like Pittsburg State and Dallas Baptist who got the automatic invite from the Heartland Conference knocking out ACU.
But so much for last season, this year the Wildcats are on a tear, currently in the midst of a seven game winning streak. They are closing in on their season long 12-game win streak from earlier in the season which included wins over Mesa State, Northwest Missouri State, Nebraska-Omaha, and then No. 11 Emporia State.
The wins over the three MIAA teams may prove big come the end of the season as they hold the strong region records. Currently the four teams ahead of ACU are all teams from the MIAA including top ranked Central Missouri, Truman, Emporia State, and Washburn.
About the regional rankings: The top eight teams earn a bid to the NCAAs which is generally hosted by the top seed. National power West Texas A&M has taken the lone bid from the Lone Star Conference the past two seasons.
The Lady Buffs, have been the Wildcats main antagonist, and sit tied with ACU at 16-8 and 8-0 in the LSC. However, WT has lost more than the normal matches including a sweep from junior college Arkansas-Fort Smith, but the Lady Buffs still hold a 74 consecutive match win streak over conference opponents.
With all that, it makes a Nov. 4 match up with the Wildcats and Lady Buffs just as important. A win would almost assuredly seal the LSC Championships in Abilene, a berth in the NCAA Tournament, and snap their 74-match win streak. However, a loss would send the LSC tournament to Canyon and could again put the Wildcats on the bubble.
Before all the excitement ACU still needs to take care of business which includes matches with East Central and Southeastern Oklahoma this weekend. The Wildcats will be on the road next week at Incarnate Word and Texas A&M Kingsville. Hopefully the Wildcats can recover in time for this weekend’s matches after a 3 hour “lay-over” from Odessa where the Wildcats encountered “bus trouble” for the second time on the road this season.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Words don’t do the sight and sound of it justice, but the turnover created Saturday night by ACU linebacker L.B. Suggs when he de-cleated and de-helmeted Incarnate Word tight end Andrew Mocio was memorable. Wildcat fans with a closeup view of the collision near the sideline had to catch their collective breath before cheering the TD it helped create.
With less than a minute left in the first quarter, Mocio caught a pass near the ACU sideline, turned to run and was rudely greeted by Suggs, a sophomore linebacker from Cedar Park, Texas. The impact caused Mocio’s helmet to fly several feet up in the air – farther than the ball, which was picked up by opportunistic linebacker Eric Edwards and returned 25 yards for an ACU touchdown.
This photo by J Michael Short shows Mocio on the ground, sans helmet, and Edwards about to pick up the loose ball and run with it.
“It dazed me a little bit, and then everything went bright,” Mocio told San Antonio Express News reporter Blake Hurtik in its Sunday edition.
Correction: everything went purple.
ACU led 24-0 after the turnover-induced TD, rolled to a 37-7 halftime lead, rested its starters in the third and fourth quarters, and eventually registered a 57-17 win to move to 7-0 on the season.
Mocio walked off the field without assistance, albeit a little dazed-looking after the dramatic hit.
Rushing: Josh Morgan, 6 for 28 yards; Daryl Richardson, 5 for 26 yards; Charcandrick West, 8 for 22 yards; Emery Dudensing, 2 for 20 yards; Taylor Gabriel, 1 for 13 yards; and Darrell Cantu-Harkless, 2 for 7 yards
Receiving: Raymond Radway, 5 for 85 yards and 2 TDs; Chris Fowler, 4 for 56 yards; Edmund Gates, 3 for 121 yards and 2 TDs; Charcandrick West, 3 for 82 yards and 1 TD; Darrell Cantu-Harkless, 2 for 31 yards; Taylor Gabriel, 1 for 18 yards; Ben Gibbs, 1 for 9 yards; David Pillen, 1 for 9 yards; Daryl Richardson, 1 for 5 yards; and Kendrick Johnson, 1 for 3 yards
Defense: L.B. Suggs, 9 tackles and 1 forced fumble; Eric Edwards, 7 tackles and 1 fumble return for a TD; and Kevin Washington, 6 tackles
Score: ACU 57, UIW 17
First Downs: ACU 20; UIW 15
Rushing: ACU 28 for 107 yards; UIW 32 for 89 yards
Passing: ACU 22 of 32, 1 INT, 5 TDs, 419 yards; UIW 17 of 31, 0 INT, 2 TDs, 176 yards
Total Yards: ACU 526, UIW 265
Third Down Conversions: ACU 4 of 9; UIW 2 of 14
Time of Possession: ACU 27:43, UIW 32:17
Notes: Seven games into the season, Mitchell Gale was charged with his first interception, although the ball bounced off the hands of an intended receiver and into the hands of UIW player. UIW quarterbacks were only sacked once, but ACU defenders threw UIW ball-carriers for a loss on 11 plays, and broke up four passes. The quick-strike Wildcat offense overwhelmed the Cardinals: only three of ACU's nine scoring drives took more than five plays, and took little time off the clock. Other than Eric Edwards' fumble return for a TD and a 16-play drive, 9-minute march that led to the game's final field goal, ACU's scoring drives consumed, in order, 1:01, 00:42, 2:38, 00:46, 0:26, 1:09 and 2:21.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
ACU, ranked No. 5 in the nation, moved to 7-0 overall with the 54-17 win, and 4-0 in the LSC. The Cardinals, who are competing in only their second season of intercollegiate football, fell to 2-5 and 0-3 in the LSC.
UIW scored its second TD of the night when Dominc Hamilton caught a 25-yard pass from UIW QB Thomas Specia with 8:30 left in the quarter.
Raymond Radway caught a pass in the right flat from Gale and showed the crowd his speed – he's a former NCAA Division II track and field sprint champion – by flashing 23 yards for another Wildcat TD with 6:09 left. Lineberry's PAT increased the ACU lead to 51-14.
PK Morgan Lineberry missed a 21-yard field goal at the 7:56 mark of the quarter.
Gale redeemed himself with 4:38 left in the second quarter when he hit RB Charcandrick West on a screen pass, and the freshman from Austin sprinted downfield for a 67-yard TD. Lineberry's PAT made the scoreboard read 31-7.
ACU marched quickly down the field on its last drive of the quarter, scoring again when WR Raymond Radway caught a 9-yard pass from Gale, and Lineberry's PAT made the score 37-7.
Besides the score, ACU leads the Cardinals in first downs (8 to 6), passing (248 yards to 86) and total offense (297 yards to 128). UIW has outrushed the Wildcats, 42 yards (on 21 carries) to 13 yards (on 8 carries). Mitchell Gale has completed 13 of 21 passes for 284 yards and 3 TDs. Radway has 3 catches for 57 yards and a 1 TD, and two Wildcats have 80 yards of catches each (Edmund Gates and Charcandrick West on 2 catches each). RB Daryl Richardson has 18 yards on 3 carries. On defense, L.B. Suggs has 7 tackles and Eric Edwards has 6.
UIW has had the ball nearly twice as long as ACU (19:27 to 10:33), but the Wildcats' quick-scoring drives have the visitors dominating the scoreboard.
Morgan Lineberry kicked a 27-yard field goal with 2:45 left in the quarter when ACU's third drive stalled, building the Wildcat lead to 21-0.
L.B. Suggs de-cleated and de-helmeted a Cardinal player nearly two minutes later. The helmet traveled farther than the ball, but alert ACU LB Eric Edwards sorted out the two quickly, and returned the fumble 25 yards for another Wildcat TD. Lineberry's third PAT of the quarter made the score 24-0 with 00:48 left.
ACU dominated the stat sheet in the first quarter, limiting UIW to 2 first downs and 9 yards of offense (-3 passing and 12 rushing). The Wildcats, meanwhile, picked up 5 first downs and 144 yards of offense in support of its three TDs and a field goal.
Monday, October 11, 2010
If you're part of ACU Nation, you're invited, too! Kickoff is at 7 p.m., but get there early for a pregame tailgate party in the south parking lot at 5. A terrific team of alumni in San Antonio have put together an awesome weekend for ACU fans.
- The La Quinta Inn and Suites North Stone Oak (approx. 10 minutes from the stadium) has discounted rooms if you mention ACU. Call 210-497-0506.
- Ron Booker ('80) and his family are generously providing and preparing the tailgate food and fixin's free of charge!
- ACU is teaming up with Incarnate Word to help feed the hungry of San Antonio. Anyone - regardless of which team you're rooting for - bringing three canned goods to the game will receive one general admission game ticket! (Only one ticket will be given for every three canned goods. Families and other groups need to bring three canned goods for each individual entering the game.)
Map of Incarnate Word campus*
Come on down and cheer on the Wildcats in San Antone!
*Parking space is extremely limited on the UIW campus. It is best to turn off of Hildebrand Ave. onto the Hwy. 281 northbound access road. From there, take an immediate right onto the UIW campus and proceed to the parking garage. There will be UIW personnel available to take you down the hill to the stadium and tailgate area.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Score: ACU 31, Midwestern State 28
First Downs: ACU 26, Midwestern State 24
Rushing: ACU 38 for 198 yards; Midwestern State 32 for 155 yards
Passing: ACU 27 of 39 for 263 yards, 0 INT and 3 TDs; Midwestern State 26 of 42 for 263 yards, 0 INT and 1 TD
Total Yards: ACU 461, Midwestern State 418
Third Down Conversions: ACU 7 of 15, Midwestern State 5 of 13
Time of Possession: ACU 35:27, Midwestern State 24:33
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Score: ACU 31, A&M-Kingsville 24
First Downs: ACU 25; A&M-Kingsville 23
Rushing: ACU 26 for 23 yards; A&M-Kingsville 24 for 107 yards
Passing: ACU 34 of 51, 0 INT, 3 TDs, 417 yards; A&M-Kingsville 24 of 57, 1 INT, 2 TDs, 279 yards
Total Yards: ACU 440, A&M-Kingsville 386
Third Down Conversions: ACU 6 of 17; A&M-Kingsville 7 of 18
Time of Possession: ACU 32:20, A&M-Kingsville 27:40
As it did in the third quarter, A&M-Kingsville answered right back with a five-play, 51-yard drive punctuated by QB Nate Poppell’s 11-yard TD pass to WR Delashaun Dean. A Christian Brom PAT made the new score 31-17.
The rugged Javelina defense forced ACU into a three-and-out on its subsequent possession, then blocked Mark Sprague’s punt and recovered the ball at the Wildcat 29. Two plays later, A&M-Kingsville was in the end zone again, thanks to Poppell’s 12-yard pass to WR Ryan Lincoln. The PAT cut ACU’s lead to 31-24 with 6:06 left in the game.
The Javelinas’ first turnover of the game was a huge one: ACU safety Darien Williams intercepted Poppell’s tipped pass at the Wildcat 25-yard line and returned it to midfield, his fourth INT of the season.
ACU couldn’t move the ball, and after a Wildcat punt, A&M-Kingsville was looking at 72 yards of field and only 30 seconds of time left to try to tie (or win) the game. However, ACU's defense stiffened and the Javelinas ran out of time, and this wild game ended.
A&M-Kingsville wasted no time (just two plays, actually) getting on the scoreboard, with RB Connell Davis dashing 59 yards around right end for a TD, and with the PAT, cutting ACU's lead to 21-7 just 48 seconds after the Wildcat TD.
The Javelinas failed on a fourth-down fake punt, and the Wildcats took over on the A&M-Kingsville 35-yard line with 6:12 remaining. ACU made the Javs pay for it when Lineberry kicked a 21-yard field goal at the 3:03 mark to stretch its lead to 24-7.
ACU’s first turnover of the game came at 2:01 when Gale fumbled and the Javs recovered at the Wildcat 19. The defense held, however, and A&M-Kingsville had to settle for a 27-yard field goal by Christian Brom with 35 seconds left.
That returned ACU’s lead to 14 points, right where it was at the start of the third quarter.
What happened in between was not so pretty.
QB Mitchell Gale drove the Wildcats 81 yards late in the second quarter, with WR Edmund Gates catching a 26-yard TD pass and Morgan Lineberry's PAT making the ACU lead 14-0 with 1:44 left.
In between, the Javelinas and Wildcats played smash-mouth defense against each other when they weren't watching the officiating crew step off 15 penalties (and 130 yards) against the two teams.
Neither team could move the ball on the ground against each other's nationally ranked defense: ACU had 17 yards rushing and A&M-Kingsville managed 14. But the Wildcats did become the first team to surpass the 200-yard mark in total offense against the Javelinas this year. Mitchell Gale completed 18 of 26 passes for 226 yards and one TD. Two WRs had five catches apiece: Kendrick Johnson (96 yards) and Edmund Gates (70 yards and one score).
ACU RB Darrell Cantu-Harkless has 19 yards of rushing, and has scored the only rushing TD given up by A&M-Kingsville this season.
After one quarter, the Wildcats led in total yards, 116-54. ACU limited the Javelinas to 5 yards rushing and 49 yards passing. Wildcat QB Mitchell Gale completed 10 of 12 passes for 96 yards, three of them to WR Edmund Gates (for 31 yards).
ACU has won the last six straight, a mere espresso break compared to the 21 consecutive victories by the Javs from 1984-2003.
But it's been 33 years since a game between these two teams on the first weekend of October in South Texas has meant as much as this one.
Fifth-ranked ACU and sixth-ranked A&M-Kingsville – both undefeated and tied for first place in the South Division of the born-again (as far as national football reputations go) Lone Star Conference – renew their hard-hitting rivalry tonight at 7 p.m. in Javelina Stadium.
It has the makings of another classic, if the legendary 25-25 tie the two teams played in 1977 has any bearing on the series. Reminisce or learn more about it here.
PICTURED ABOVE: Years before lineman Greg Feasel (70) and quarterback John Mayes (17) ended up in the ACU Sports Hall of Fame, Feasel provided protection for Mayes during the Wildcats' 1977 national championship season.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Score: ACU 65, Tarleton 3
First Downs: ACU 27; Tarleton 15
Rushing: ACU 27 for 169 yards; Tarleton 31 for 60 yards
Passing: ACU 27 of 41, 0 INT, 2 TDs, 357 yards; Tarleton 14 of 29, 2 INT, 136 yards
Total Yards: ACU 526, Tarleton 196
Third Down Conversions: ACU 4 of 11; Tarleton 3 of 13
Time of Possession: ACU 30:53, Tarleton 29:07
Freshman LB Chris Jones recovered a fumble by Tarleton on the opening kickoff return, giving the Wildcats the ball on the Texan 18-yard line. Four plays later, sophomore PK Morgan Lineberry kicked a 38-yard field goal at 13:20 to give ACU the opening lead, 3-0.
On TSU's next possession, the Texans moved the ball down the field with uncharacteristic ease on the Wildcats, advancing as far as the ACU 2-yard line on a pass interference penalty, but the Wildcat defense held, forcing fourth down. Kevin Washington made two critical stops on the defensive stand, including a sack. Tarleton PK Jerry Owens kicked a 29-yard field goal to knot the score at 3-3 with 7:17 left.
ACU junior DE Aston Whiteside tipped a pass from TSU QB Nick Stephens in the Texan backfield, and returned the interception 58 yards for a TD. Lineberry's PAT made the score 10-3 with 1:52 left.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
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Sunday, September 19, 2010
The Cowboys had several chances in the second half to tie or take the lead, but couldn't get out of their own way on offense with penalties, turnovers and poor execution. Defensively, they played a horrific game in the secondary.
Both ACU exes in the game for the Bears – Danieal Manning and Johnny Knox – had nice afternoons. Before the Cowboys' drive that started with 5:15 left in the game, Manning had five tackles (four solo) and Knox had a team-high four catches for 86 yards.
Maybe I spoke too soon, however. The Cowboys are marching inside the Chicago 40 with 4:40 to play.
A few observations:
* Danieal Manning is much more involved in what the Bears are trying to do in stopping the run, and so far his presence seems to have helped as the Bears limited the Cowboys to just 32 yards on the ground in the first half.
* If Mike Martz is trying to build the second coming of the "Greatest Show on Turf" in Chicago, he's got the weapons for the most part, including a pass-catching tight end in Greg Olsen that he didn't really have in St. Louis. Johnny Knox seems to be filling the Isaac Bruce role because he runs a ton of deep routes, just like Bruce used to do in that offense.
* The best player on the field is DeMarcus Ware. Unblockable most of the first half.
One of his stated desires to the Bears during his contract negotiations with the team last spring was to be more involved in the action instead of playing deep at free safety. The Bears have moved him over to strong safety, and you can already tell he's more involved in what's going on near the line of scrimmage than he has been at almost any time during his pro career.
The Bears even have Manning lining up as a standup outside linebacker on some short-yardage plays. On one of those plays just before the Cowboys scored, he dropped Marion Barber for a 1-yard gain as he slid down from that linebacker spot and made the tackle. Then on first-and-goal from the 1-yard line, Manning met Marion Barber head on to keep him out of the end zone as Barber tried to go up and over the Chicago defense.
But Manning -- this time playing back deep at strong safety -- met him in mid-air and dropped him for no gain.
Cowboys' special teams coach Joe DeCamillis said that the Bears' return men could play a pivotal role today, and he just showed that he doesn't want to give them a chance be those kind of players today.
Johnny Knox or Danieal Manning will likely be deep for the Bears on the ensuing kickoff. By the way, I'm sitting next to a couple of guys from the Bears' front office, and they had a stunned expression on their faces, most likely from the fact that they're realizing that their offensive line is about the most inept unit the league will send on the field this season. Quarterback Jay Cutler has absolutely no time to throw against the Cowboys' so-far relentless pass rush.
That means backup Kevin Shaffer will have to block all-pro outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware. Good luck, Kevin.
Of course, ACU fans know about Chicago's Johnny Knox and Danieal Manning, but also on the field from the Lone Star Conference are Chicago starting center Robert Garza (10th year out of Texas A&M-Kingsville) and backup offensive tackle J'Marcus Webb (first year out of West Texas A&M).
For the Cowboys, reserve safety Akwasi Owusu-Ansah (first year out of Indiana, Pa.) and backup quarterback Jon Kitna (14th year out of Central Washington) are on the roster. When Kitna was at UCW the Wildcats were in NCAA Division III, and in fact, were in Abilene his senior season and beat Hardin-Simmons in a playoff game at Shelton Stadium.
And we're off. Can't blog about every play because it's against NFL rules, but I'll be back every so often with updates about how our guys are doing.
The Bears' return trio of Johnny Knox, Danieal Manning and Devin Hester could play a pivotal role in today's game, and if you don't believe me when I say that, listen to the words of Cowboys' special teams coach Joe DeCamillis when talking about them.
"He's a violent, tough returner," DeCamillis told dallascowboys.com when talking about Manning. "He's done a great job. And then they've got a great guy in Knox who was in the Pro Bowl (last year). It's going to be a heck of a challenge for us."
We'll see shortly; kickoff is coming up.
|The view from my seat in the press box at Cowboys Stadium .|
I'm in the press box for the game, Jared is in the stands with an ACU donor and Thomsen and Boone have made their way to a luxury suite – along with ACU president Dr. Phil Schubert and his wife, Jamie – to watch the game with another ACU donor.
If you haven't yet been to Cowboys Stadium, let me just say this ... WOW! No matter what you think of Jerry Jones and his ownership of the Cowboys over the last 21 years, he has built an unbelievable stadium. It's part stadium, part spaceship and part circus attraction, but 100 percent impressive.
Unfortunately we won't have the same field access as we had last year in Cincinnati when the Bears took on the Bengals and Bernard Scott, but the Cowboys have been extremely accommodating to us, and for that we thank them.
On the way, I ran into Midwestern State graduate and former Wichita Falls Times Record-News writer Nick Eatman, who now writes for dallascowboys.com. You might remember Nick from the work he does for the Lone Star Conference at the LSC Post-Season Basketball Tournament and the season previews he writes for each school for the league's Web site.
One thing I've heard from people who have been to games is they believe the Cowboys have lost touch with their past in the new stadium. But I can tell you that I saw plenty of reminders of the franchise's past success, starting with a statue of former head coach Tom Landry near the main entrance. Also spotted quite a few large photos of greats like Bob Lilly, Roger Staubach, Drew Pearson, Harvey Martin, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Randy White, Don Meredith, Don Perkins, Chuck Howley, Tony Hill, Tony Dorsett, Landry, and Tex Schramm lining the walls leading to the press box and luxury suites, as well as those of Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin, Jay Novacek, Charles Haley, Larry Allen, Darren Woodson, and many others.
Should be a fun one this afternoon, and despite the fact that I'm a Cowboys fan, today a large part of me is rooting for the Bears just so that we might see Danieal Manning and Johnny Knox have the chance to shine in their home state.
Back with more later.