The Wildcats followed up a record-setting performance last week with another dominant offense showing, scoring 60 points in a 60-17 victory against McMurry Univeristy.
ACU was led by senior running back Charcandrick West, who ran for 139 yards and four scores against the War Hawks. West also led the team in receiving yards with 59 yards on four catches.
“I was just trying to go out and give my team my best effort,” West said. “I did not come out planning on scoring four touchdowns, I just wanted to win.”
The Wildcat offensive line pounded the McMurry front seven for the entire night, which allowed a big night on the ground for quarterback John David Baker as well. Baker finished with more than 100 yards rushing and a touchdown.
“The offensive line has done major things for us,” West said. “Without an offensive line, you can’t really have an offense. They worked their butt off this spring and summer and have come together.”
Baker became the first quarterback to rush for over 100 yards in an ACU uniform since 1965. The Wildcats potent rushing attack allowed them to own the time of possession battle Saturday night, keeping the ball for 38 minutes.
Baker also tossed his eighth and ninth touchdown of the young season in the win. Baker finished 17-23 for 212 yards and backup quarterback Malcolm Ruben also threw a touchdown pass in the second half.
The ACU tight ends also shone bright in the win, with Noah Chessier catching two touchdowns and Jamie Walker catching his third touchdown of the season.
“Those were my first two touchdowns in college football,” Chessier said. “Just to have success with the team I have now, I have never been happier playing football in college. It has been a great experience here so far.”
Darian Hogg had 54 yards receiving and Jeremiah Williams had 65 yards on the ground. The Wildcat defense also put together a solid game. Although ACU gave up 406 yards of total offense, they made plays in the clutch to keep the War Hawks off the board.
Seniors Thor Woerner and Angel Lopez led the team in tackles with 8.5 each. Woerner also intercepted his second pass of the season after the ball was deflected into the air by another ACU defender.Linebacker Blake Rudd also scooped up a fumble caused by safety Justin Stephens. The ACU defense has caused seven turnovers in the first two games.
One of the only negatives of the game came in the third quarter when the Wildcats failed to field a kick off that resulted in a War Hawk touchdown.
The score narrowed the gap to 32-17 before the Wildcats pulled away, scoring 28 unanswered points to finish the game.
The Wildcats will play their third straight home game next Saturday when they host New Mexico Highlands at 6 p.m. in Shotwell Stadium.