Saturday, October 15, 2011

End of Q2: ACU 14, West Texas A&M 10

ACU scored when running back Daryl Richardson plowed up the middle for three yards and a touchdown with 10:22 left in the second quarter. Morgan Lineberry's successful PAT gave the Wildcats the lead, 7-3. The six-play, 99-yard drive's big moment was a 75-yard catch and run by tight end Ben Gibbs, who snared a Mitchell Gale throw over the middle and raced downfield on one of the longest pass plays you'll see from a tight end.

The Wildcats forced a WT fumble on the ensuing drive, then took only four plays to move 75 yards downfield and score again. Running back Reggie Brown bulled his way up the middle for 4 yards and the TD. Lineberry's second PAT of the game was good, and ACU led 14-3 with 7:36 remaining.

WT scored its first TD when quarterback Dustin Vaughan threw a 17-yard TD pass to Brittan Golden with 3:04 left. The PAT by Castillo cut the ACU lead to 14-10.

SUMMARY: Although ACU leads 14-10, West Texas A&M is on top in several statistical categories. The Buffs lead in first downs (14 to 5), total yards (256 to 195), passing yards (225 to 169) and possession time (16:29 to 13:31). Both defenses have been hard on the running games; WT has rushed 11 times for 31 yards and ACU has 16 for 27 yards. Mitchell Gale has completed 6 of 10 passes for 169 yards. Ben Gibbs has caught 2 of them for 87 yards. The Wildcats have sacked WT quarterback Dustin Vaughan three times.

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