Tarleton's game-opening drive went nowhere, and the Wildcats took over at midfield.
After a short drive that started at midfield, the Wildcats gambled on fourth and 2 from the 4-yard line and made a first down without reaching the end zone. Two plays later, Charcandrick West scored on a 1-yard run and Morgan Lineberry's successful PAT put ACU on top, 7-0 with 8:38 left.
Tarleton moved crisply downfield and got on the board when Jerome Regal caught a 16-yard pass from quarterback Aaron Doyle and scored with 5:26 remaining. Blake Barnes' PAT was good, pulling the Texans even at 7-7.
The Texans scored on their next possession when Vaughn Smith caught a 10-yard pass from Doyle and the PAT made the new score 14-7 with :27 seconds left.