Another half, another impressive opening drive for the Wildcats, who capped a 10-play, 92-yard drive when QB Mitchell Gale found FB Justin Andrews over the middle, and the sophomore ran untouched into the end zone for a TD. Morgan Lineberry's PAT opened the ACU lead to 21-0 with 8:52 left in the third quarter.
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.