ARLINGTON, Texas — No. 3 Abilene Christian rallied from an early 16-0 deficit but couldn’t quite catch North Alabama, losing to the No. 4 Lions 23-17 in the Lone Star Football Festival at Cowboys Stadium.
North Alabama survived a late drive by the Wildcats, who pulled to within six points with 1:42 left. After a mad scramble, the Lions covered an onside kick and ran out the clock to hand Abilene Christian its first loss of the 2011 season and only its second defeat in its past 14 games.
ACU rolled up nearly 600 yards of offense behind junior quarterback Mitchell Gale’s 390 yards of passing and two touchdowns, and led the Lions (3-0 overall) in first downs 27-19. The two teams’ dominating run defenses limited each other all afternoon. They also were both stymied by penalties – 13 for 125 yards by UNA and 14 for 109 by ACU.
Gale tossed scoring passes of 17 and 5 yards to sophomore wide receiver Taylor Gabriel, and junior Morgan Lineberry added a 27-yard field goal. UNA quarterback Lee Chapple threw a 23-yard TD pass to Tristan Purifoy, Antwan Ivey ran 9 yards for a score and Nathan O’Jibway kicked a 45-yard field goal for the Lions. The winning points came when UNA cornerback Janoris Jenkins returned a Wildcat fumble 49 yards for a TD in the third quarter.
Wayne State 7, No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth 0
WAYNE, Neb. — Wayne State’s Kevin Paulsen picked up a blocked punt and raced 36 yards for the game’s only touchdown to give the Wildcats a 7-0 win against No. 1 and defending NCAA Division II national champion Minnesota-Duluth on Saturday at Bob Cunningham Field.
It was the first win by Wayne State against Minnesota Duluth in 11 all-time meetings and stops a 31-game win streak by the Bulldogs in Northern Sun Conference play since rejoining the league in 2008.
Wayne State took its first drive of the game from its own 27 to the UMD 14, but a Max Martin 31-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Minnesota-Duluth’s Jordan Bauman.
No. 2 Northwest Missouri State 73, Lincoln 7
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Playing in wet and sloppy field conditions the Northwest Missouri State (3-0, 2-0) football Bearcats smashed Lincoln (1-2, 0-2) .
The Bearcats jumped out early on the Blue Tigers, scoring four times in the first quarter to build a 24-0 lead. However, four turnovers from the Bearcats on wet field conditions kept the second quarter scoreless.
Northwest Missouri State came out firing on all cylinders to start the second half as Trevor Adams replaced Blake Christopher and threw four touchdown passes, two in each half.
Northwest Missouri State finished with 577 yards of total offense while holding Lincoln under 150 total yards of offense. The Bearcat defense held the Blue Tigers to 10 first downs in the game compared to 28 for Northwest.
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