Scoring in the fourth quarter opened with a 33-yard field goal by Morgan Lineberry, giving ACU a 27-19 lead. Washburn threatened on its next drive, but ACU preseason all-America defensive end Aston Whiteside partially blocked a 32-yard field goal attempt by Stev Ivanisevic with 7:22 left in the game.
Edmund Gates’ second long TD pass reception of the game – 41 yards from Mitchell Gale with 4:23 left – and a PAT by Lineberry, padded ACU's lead to 34-19.
Undeterred, Washburn moved sharply back down the field, powered by big pass completions from Dane Simoneau to Travis Mosby (31 yards) and Joe Hastings (28 yards). Vershon Moore dashed around end for a 1-yard TD with 2:41 left, and the successful PAT closed the ACU lead to 34-26.
ACU's Austin Kessler recovered WU's onside kick at the Wildcat 48-yard line. With :07 remaining, WU fumbled a punt from ACU's Mark Sprague at its own 24-yard line. The Wildcats ran out the clock and again began a season – for the third straight year – with a big win over a nationally ranked team from the MIAA conference.