Saturday, October 2, 2010

Final: ACU 31, A&M-Kingsville 24

ACU opened the fourth quarter with another scoring drive, this one 10 plays and covering 77 yards. It ended with Mitchell Gale’s third TD pass of the game, this one a 10-yarder to his roommate, TE Ben Gibbs. Morgan Lineberry’s PAT made the new score 31-10.

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.

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