The game marked the Wildcats’ return to campus – their first on-campus game since Nov. 27, 1958 – and 12,000 eager fans showed up for the housewarming party. The Wildcats made sure they didn’t disappoint.
After a scoreless first quarter, Abilene Christian got on the board first with a 5-yard run by De’Andre Brown. Houston Baptist’s Alec Chadwick responded minutes later with a long 54-yard field goal, but the Wildcats got the final word of the first half when Carl Whitley hauled in a 33-yard pass from Dallas Sealey to extend the lead to 14-3.
That would have been sufficient on a night when the Huskies couldn’t get much going on offense and had to settle for just Chadwick’s 3-pointer. Just to be sure, though, the Wildcats tacked on some insurance with a field goal of their own early in the fourth quarter – a 23-yard chip shot off the foot of Nik Grau to make it 17-3. By the time Josh Fink reeled in a 17-yard pass from Luke Anthony with just 1:38 remaining to make it 24-3, the outcome was already secured in the Wildcats’ favor.
They’ll do it again next week at the beautiful new Wildcat Stadium when Abilene Christian hosts Stephen F. Austin. Houston Baptist will try to get back on the winning track with a road trip to take on McNeese State.
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