Wildcats focused on depth after impressive week 1 performance


ABILENE, Texas - It wasn't the result the Wildcats were looking for week 1 of the season, but the Adam Dorrel era got started off on an impressive note Saturday at New Mexico.

And now, it's about building on that effort.

ACU trailed just 14-7 at the break, following an impressive 4th and 1 goal line stop by the defense which was followed by a 99 yard touchdown drive led by quarterback Dallas Sealey.

I mean, I think, we came out and hit them in the mouth," said Sealey on Wednesday. "We gave tremendous effort, but we didn't execute as we wanted to and I mean we made some mental mistakes."

But the difference in the end result? Fatigue in the second half. The Lobos scored 10 third-quarter points and finished off the Wildcats with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns ­- including a 91-yard interception return for a score by Jake Rothschiller - to turn a close game into a 24-point finish.

"It's just about sustaining that energy in the second half", said Sealey. "We hit a lull in the third quarter, so if we can just say on the gas the whole game, it will work for us."

But from the Wildcat sideline, that finish not indicative of the way the team came out to play, believing that they could win the game inside the locker room at halftime.

"To see our guys truly believe they could win it there was huge," said head coach Adam Dorrel. "We never quit when we did get down, and it just felt like our guys never got overwhelmed with an opponent."

But it's the failure to sustain that first-half momentum that has become a focal point for the Wildcats, as they try and work up the teams' depth as they prepare for Colorado State this week.

"Honestly it's execution and making plays when we get opportunities to, but we need to have fresher bodies in there to get some of those guys rest so they can be more productive in the 3rd and fourth quarter," said Dorrel.

"We have to develop our depth more," he added. "We have to have guys, from walk-on's to scholarship freshman that can have better awareness to be better than they are right now and to be more competitive so that we can establish depth on our team."

ACU hits the road Saturday once again to face Colorado State at 2:30 p.m, (CT).

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