With PK Morgan Lineberry back home in Abilene resting a back injury, Ryan Owens, a sophomore from Colleyville, booted a 52-yard field goal on ACU's first drive of the afternoon with 9:50 left in the first quarter. The Wildcats lead 3-0.
Freshman RB Daryl Cantu-Harkless bailed his team out of a 3rd-and-10 hole with a 34-yard catch and run on ACU's second drive. Six plays later, senior FB Emery Dudensing bulled in from 2 yards out for a TD with 5:14 left. Owens' PAT made the score 10-0.
ACU's third possession yielded another score: a pass from sophomore QB Mitchell Gale to senior WR Edmund Gates, who outraced the defense down the sideline for a 50-yard TD play at the 3:46 mark. Owens’ PAT made the score 17-0.
Owens put the Wildcats on the scoreboard again with 1:17 left when he kicked a 35-yard field goal, upping the lead to 20-0, and finishing off ACU's fourth drive of the day.
Drive No. 5 was quick (one play) and a beauty. Senior WR Kendrick Johnson caught a pass from Gale in the left flat and jitterbugged 45 yards for another TD with one second left in the quarter. Another Owens PAT upped the lead to 27-0.
ACU made good use of the opening quarter and the 25-40 mph wind at its back. We'll see how much of an advantage the Wild West wind in Blackwater Draw helps the Greyhounds for the next 15 minutes.
Gale was 11 of 19 for 207 yards and 2 TDs in the quarter.