PRAIRIE VIEW – Two of college football's highest-scoring offenses will hit the field against each other Saturday afternoon when the ACU Wildcats close out their 2013 campaign against the Panthers of Prairie View A&M at Blackshear Field.
Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. from Blackshear Field. The game can be heard locally on 98.1 FM.
The Wildcats have scored 436 points (an average of 43.6 points per game) through 10 games, while the Panthers have posted 380 points (38.0 ppg) through 10 games. Prairie View ranks 15th in FCS football in scoring offense, while the Wildcats would rank fifth in points per game and fourth in total points scored at the FCS level if their statistics counted in their inaugural season as an FCS program.
Saturday's game will mark the final appearance as Wildcats for some of the top play-makers in ACU football history as receivers Taylor Gabriel, Darian Hogg and Darrell Cantu-Harkless and running back Charcandrick West play their final college football games.
Those four players have combined to pile up more than 13,400 career all-purpose yards and have posted a combined 99 touchdowns and 594 points leaving the quartet one touchdown short of 100 career touchdowns and 600 career points.
ACU quarterback John David Baker will also be playing his final game as a Wildcat after posting what already is one of the great seasons by a quarterback in ACU history. Baker needs 109 passing yards to become just the fifth quarterback in Wildcat history to record 3,000 passing yards in a season, and his 31-to-5 touchdown-to-interception ratio is the second-best in program history behind the 38-to-3 ratio that Mitchell Gale posted in 2010.
The high-powered Panthers are led offensively by junior quarterback Jerry Lovelocke (2,394 yards passing, 17 TDs), running back Courtney Brown (82 ypg, 8 TD), running back Johnta' Hebert (55.6 ypg, 5 TDs) and wide receiver Deandre Cooper (70 receptions, 938 yards, 10 TDs).
The Wildcats and Panthers met twice in the mid-1990s with ACU winning both games (35-0 in 1995 and 30-14 in 1996). Those games were played when the Panthers were in the midst of the longest losing streak in college football history: 80 games from 1989-1998.