After a close win against Tarleton and a heartbreaking loss to North Alabama, things were a little tense for the Wildcat nation. But in the third game of the season, the Wildcats look like they have finally found a groove to reach success on the field this year.
A shaky start to the season had many fans worried that this might be the year for a downward slip for the Wildcats, but a win at home against Angelo State was just what the team needed to get come confidence back and find security once more.
The ‘Cats defeated Angelo State Saturday at Shotwell Stadium after a brutally close loss to North Alabama two weeks ago.
There’s no denying that ACU was a different team that showed up last weekend than against the Lions of North Alabama. For starters, they weren’t playing with the burden of errors all night.
It was almost more of a challenge to battle those errors than it was the opposing team with 14 penalties and 3 turnovers, not to mention the 3 touchdowns called back for flags.
But the team came back strong against the Rams, having only 2 penalties and zero turnovers.
What stood out for the third week in a row, however, was the consistency and raw power expressed by the Wildcat defense.
Darien Williams put the hurt on the Rams offense by contributing with 7 sacks and 3 assists and Redshirt Freshman Chris Summers stepped up in his debut with an interception and 4 assists.
Junior Richard Havens was pressuring the run game all night, bottling the offense with 6 solo tackles and 1 assist.
If the defense can continue playing the way they have been, those WT and Midwestern offenses won’t know what hit them.
ACU is currently ranked No. 2 in the Lone Star Conference behind Midwestern, who is undefeated in LSC play, but they also didn’t lose to the fifth ranked team in the nation.
I have no doubt that ACU will continue finding victory in the next several conference games; their resilience has been proven numerous times.