by KEVIN HARRIS
Asst. sports editor
The Huskies’ football record fell to an even 2-2 after losing to the Abilene Christian Wildcats in a 69-12 rout Oct. 12 at BBVA Compass Stadium.
HBU’s offensive players struggled to finish plays. They only converted 5-of-13 third-down conversions compared to the Wildcats’ 9-of-11 third-down conversions.
The Wildcats were able to claw their way up the field in an eight-play, 66-yard drive that ended with Cantu-Harkless rushing in a 14-yard touchdown, giving his team a 7-0 lead to kick off the first quarter.
Huskies freshman running back B.J. Kelly ran 30 yards to the ACU 42-yard line to start off an eight-play, 67-yard drive. This resulted in a Husky 22-yard field goal by sophomore kicker Travis Shinn, bringing the score to 7-3.
Abilene Christian’s senior quarterback John David Baker led his team on a seven-play, 61-yard drive that ended with Cantu-Harkless running in a one-yard touchdown, giving the Wildcats a 14-3 lead.
The Huskies looked to make their way up the field to shorten their deficit but were stopped as Huskies freshman quarterback Ka’Darius Baker threw an interception to Wildcats’ junior defensive back Justin Stewart with two minutes left in the first quarter.
The Wildcats seized the opportunity as John David Baker threw a final nine-yard pass on the drive to Gabriel, giving his team a 20-3 lead. The Wildcats then failed on a two-point conversion attempt; the ball was fumbled and returned 98 yards by Huskies’ freshman safety Cody Moncure for defensive points after the touchdown, ending the first quarter 20-5.
Huskies freshman running back Craig Bell Jr. ran a game-high 32 yards for the touchdown, bringing the score to 27-12 with five minutes left in the first half. Bell Jr. finished the game with 12 carries for 77 yards and one touchdown.
Abilene Christian continued to score as John David Baker completed a 71-yard touchdown pass to Wildcat senior wide receiver Taylor Gabriel, ending the first half 41-12. The Wildcats were able to score 10 touchdowns out of their 13 total possessions.
The Huskies look to get back on the winning side of the ball when they face future Southland Conference rival Incarnate Word Oct. 26 at Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium in San Antonio, Texas for their final away game of the season.
For full statistics and play-by-plays of the game, visit hbuhuskies.com.