ACU marched 78 yards in 1:44 to open the game, capping the drive when senior quarterback Mitchell Gale threw 33-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Demarcus Thompson. Morgan Lineberry's PAT missed, leaving the Wildcats on top, 6-0, with 13:16 left.
Thompson was right back at it at the end of the Rams' first drive, blocking a punt by Joseph Pickett. Jaime Walker recovered the ball for ACU. Four plays later, Lineberry put the Wildcats further ahead, 9-0, with a 32-yard field goal with 9:21 remaining.
A 36-yard run by ASU's Dakarai Pecikonis put the Rams in Wildcat territory on their next drive, with quarterback Blake Hamblin scoring on 1-yard run with 6:22 left. Jarred Martin's successful PAT narrowed the ACU lead to 9-7.
With 1:52 left, Thompson caught a 57-yard pass from Gale, but fumbled the ball back to the Rams, setting them up at their 29-yard line. The quarter expired with the Rams at midfield.