On the first play of the ensuing drive, WOU quarterback Evan Mozzochi threw a 73-yard TD pass to a wide-open Josh McFarland. Sixteen seconds after ACU's score, the Wolves closed the gap to 24-21.
The Wildcats fired right back 75 seconds later, when Mitchell Gale completed a 47-yard TD pass to a leaping Darian Hogg in the right corner of the end zone. Lineberry's PAT made the new score 31-21, capping a 4-play, 59-yard drive.
ACU wide receiver Taylor Gabriel turned in his second breathtaking punt return of the night with 5:56 left when he went 55 yards for a TD. Lineberry's PAT put ACU further ahead, 38-21.
Western Oregon answered with a six-play, 69-yard drive. Running back Adryn Allen sprinted 20 yards for a TD with 3:37 left, and Kelly Morgan's PAT made it a 10-point game, 38-28.
The track meet continued on ACU's next possession when Darrel Cantu-Harkless caught a pass over the middle from Gale and outraced the defense 61 yards for another Wildcat TD with 1:36 left in the quarter. Lineberry's PAT grew the ACU lead back to 45-28.