ACU drove crisply down the field on the first possession of the game, with the big play a 27-yard run by senior WR Kendrick Johnson. But the Wildcats' movement bogged down at the Northeast State 12-yard line. Sophomore Morgan Lineberry kicked a 29-yard field goal at 10:59 to give ACU a 3-0 lead.
On the Riverhawks' first play from scrimmage, WR Daryn Alves fumbled and ACU CB Drew Cuffee recovered at the NESU 45. ACU's short drive stalled again at the NESU 12, but Lineberry came to the rescue once more with his second field goal of the game, this time a 28-yarder with 8:04 left in the first quarter, extending the Wildcats' lead to 6-0.
Kendrick Johnson, ACU's senior WR and kick returner extraordinare, ended NESU's 2nd drive with an 80-yard punt return for a TD. Lineberry's PAT put the Wildcats up 13-0 with 5:33 left. The Riverhawks' special team woes continued on their next drive when ACU DB Nathan Baggs blocked their punt, and DB Nate Bailey returned the loose ball 20 yards for a TD. Lineberry's PAT gave ACU a 20-0 lead with 2:51 remaining.