Saturday, October 1, 2011

End of Q1: ACU 7, Western Oregon 7

ACU linebacker Thor Woerner recovered a fumble by Western Oregon wide receiver Josh McFarland on the Wildcat 44 to give his team a turnover just three plays into the first quarter. Linebacker Richard Havins forced the fumble after McFarland had caught a pass from quarterback Evan Mozzochi, one of two signal-callers the Wolves rotate in their offensive scheme. Both are big ol' boys: Mozzochi is 6-4, 230 and Cory Bean is 6-5, 245.

On fourth and one from the 1-yard line, running back Reggie Brown ran untouched into the end zone for ACU's opening score. Morgan Lineberry's successful PAT gave the Wildcats a 7-0 lead with 9:19 left.

After the teams traded punts, UWO went on a seven-play, 90-yard drive, capped by a 2-yard run by Kenneth Haynes with 1:19 left in the quarter. Kelly Morgan's PAT evened the score at 7-7.

The Wolves' attempt at an onside kick on the next play went awry when the ball bounced out of bounds, giving ACU possession at the UWO 45-yard line. Penalties, however, pushed the Wildcats back into their own territory, ending the drive.

Thus far, it's an evenly played game between two one-loss teams, as the scoreboard indicates.

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