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.