Hales' pass to Short capped an eight-play, 55-yard drive with 2:47 left in the game. Robert Rochell intercepted Luke Anthony's pass three plays later to secure the win for the Bears (6-5, 5-4 Southland Conference). It was the fourth turnover of the game for the Wildcats (6-5, 5-4). Central Arkansas had none.
Hales finished 23 of 41 for 183 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions. Carlo Blackmon ran 13 times for 85 yards.
Abilene Christian took a 7-3 lead early in the second quarter on Anthony's 36-yard touchdown pass to D.J. Fuller.
Central Arkansas' Matt Cummings had field goals of 20, 37, and 42 yards, the third making it 9-7 with 5:48 left in the third quarter.