The Abilene Christian Wildcats defeated the Lamar Cardinals, 24-17, on Oct. 16, as Matthew Postins of the College Football America Yearbook staff covered the game in Abilene, Texas.
Postins’ photo gallery is on our Facebook page and photos of the game could end up in the 2022 edition of the Yearbook. The photos may also be used by the American Football Coaches Association for its web site, social media and publications.
The game was a rematch of a game played in Beaumont, Texas, a few weeks earlier, a game that ACU won, 56-0. It was a non-conference game for both teams.
ACU quarterback Peyton Mansell had a big day for the Wildcats, rushing for 106 yards and two touchdowns in the Wildcats’ victory, their first official Western Athletic Conference game. Mansell started the game as the backup quarterback but moved into the starting role by the second quarter after an injury to Stone Earle.
Lamar actually held the lead in the contest at the break, 17-14. Mansell scored the go-ahead touchdown for the Wildcats in the third quarter, and the ACU defense made that lead hold up.
The Cardinals started freshman Mike Chandler at quarterback, and in his first career start he threw for 206 yards and a touchdown. Nathan Gaskamp had the touchdown reception, an 80-yarder. Lamar’s other scores were a 46-yard touchdown run by James Jones, along with a field goal.
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