Gale was intercepted again on ACU's next possession, with Adebayo OLadapo picking off the errant pass and returning it to midfield. The Wildcat defense forced the Icabods' first punt of the day at the 6:47 mark.
Four plays later, Gale connected on his second TD pass of the afternoon, completing a pass to Taylor Gabriel on the right sideline that the fleet wide receiver converted into a 71-yard scoring play. Lineberry's PAT was good, cutting the WU lead to 45-28 with 5:31 left.
Darrell Cantu-Harkless caught a 58-yard pass from Gale to put his team in scoring possession. Gabriel caught his second TD pass of the third quarter on the next play – a 10-yarder that drew the Wildcats to within 11 points with 2:18 remaining. Lineberry's PAT missed. The drive took four plays and covered 82 yards.
As the quarter ended, ACU had the ball 70 yards away from a score that would draw them back into a game that looked essentially over at one point.