ACU's Morgan Lineberry booted a 27-yard field goal with 4:49 left in the second quarter, making the new score 10-7. The Wildcats were their own worst enemy on the penalty-filled drive, although once they entered the red zone, ACU receivers found themselves covered well by Texan defenders, leaving Mitchell Gale no one to throw to.
A nice return by TSU's Tad Hill on the ensuing kickoff gave the Texans the ball at ACU's 34-yard line. Nick Stephens threw a 13-yard scoring pass to a wide-open Brandon Lowery, and the PAT by Jose Serraro gave TSU a 14-10 lead with 2:47 left in the first half.
Morgan Lineberry's 55-yard field goal attempt in the last minute of play was short, fielded at the 1-yard line by TSU's Hill, and returned 68 yards to the Wildcat 32. The energized Texans looked ready to score once more, but ACU free safety Darien Williams intercepted a short pass by Stephens at the Wildcat 1-yard line with 22 seconds left. ACU ran out the clock to enter the locker room trailing 14-10, a surprising deficit for ACU fans and an unexpected thrill for TSU.