ACU's first possession ended on the second play when quarterback Mitchell Gale's pass to tight end Ben Gibbs bounced off his hands and into those of Texas A&M-Commerce's Marcus Fore.
One play after a Lion punt, running back Daryl Richardson got ACU on the scoreboard when he ran 78 yards around right end for a TD with 11:57 remaining. Morgan Lineberry's successful PAT put the Wildcats on top, 7-0.
ACU's next possession ended on the second play when Gale was sacked and fumbled at the Wildcat 38. But six plays later, the Wildcats returned the favor, sacking Lion quarterback J.J. Harp and causing him to fumble at the ACU 30.
Three plays later, Richardson set sail again on a long TD run, this one 46 yards. Lineberry's PAT made the score 14-0.
With 2:19 remaining, Harp was intercepted by ACU's L.B. Suggs at the Wildcat 15, and the junior from Cedar Hill returned it to the Wildcat 40-yard line.
At the end of the quarter, ACU had zero passing yards: Gale was 0 for 2 for 0 yards and 1 interception. However, Richardson had five carries for 146 yards and two TDs. The Lions had 6 first downs to ACU's 3, but trailed 14-0.