Sunday, October 17, 2010

Out of My Head Over You

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.

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