ACU went on a long – 12-play, 96-yard – drive late in the first half, with Mitchell Gale tossing a 17-yard pass over the middle to sophomore wide receiver Tony Gabriel with 4:46 left. Morgan Lineberry's PAT was successful, cutting the UNA lead to 16-7.
With senior running back Daryl Richardson doing his best impersonation of his brother, Cincinnati Bengals RB Bernard Scott, ACU moved smartly down the field (10 plays, 55 yards) for another score. Lineberry booted a 27-yard field goal with 16 seconds remaining.
It took two quarters for these two nationally ranked teams (ACU No. 3, UNA No. 4) to look evenly matched.