Incarnate Word did not get off to a great start. Marcus Wright fumbled the opening kickoff, giving ACU the ball at the UIW 12-yard line.
The Wildcats could not convert on a touchdown try, so they settled for a 27-yard field goal by Ryan Owens at the 14:30 mark, and a 3-0 lead.
The Cardinals went on a 17-play drive that concluded with a 43-yard field goal by Saul Meza with 6:25 left, pulling UIW even at 3-3.
Following an ACU punt, UIW went on top 6-3 with a 28-yard field goal by Meza with 42 seconds on the clock.