Saturday, September 17, 2011

End of Q1: North Alabama 16, ACU 0

ACU has by far the largest contingent of fans attending the Lone Star Football Festival; they fill the first and second levels of the south sideline, from one end zone to another. Great turnout!

UNA scored first when Michael Schuster kicked a 45-yard field goal with 11:20 left in the first quarter.

ACU quarterback Mitchell Gale's third pass of the ensuing drive was intercepted, with UNA taking over on the Wildcat 33-yard line. The Lions struck again quickly when quarterback Lee Chapple threw a 23-yard TD pass to Tristian Purifoy, and Nathan O’Jibway's PAT was good, making the score 10-0 in favor of UNA.

ACU drove down the field but Gale threw his second interception of the game; Jonathan Byrd caught the ball at the UNA 15 and returned it 46 yards to the ACU 39. It only took the Lions three plays to get in the end zone again when Antwan Ivey ran 9 yards for another TD. The PAT failed, but UNA's lead grew to 16-0 with 5:57 left.

The Lions are big, fast and talented, but the Wildcats have hurt themselves with turnovers. Gale only threw three interceptions all of last season, but has two this afternoon.

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