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Breaking Down Austin Peay vs Eastern Illinois

Posted on 18 September 2014 by Allen

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Austin Peay Governors (0-2, 0-0 OVC) at Eastern Illinois Panthers (0-3, 0-0 OVC)
Saturday, Sept. 20 • 1:30 p.m. CT
O’Brien Field (10,000) • Charleston, Ill.
TV: OVC Digital Network
Series Record: Eastern Illinois leads 11-3
Last Meeting: Eastern Illinois won 63-7 (10/10/13)
Austin Peay Last Week: L, 42-6 vs. #14 Chattanooga
Eastern Illinois Last Week: L, 34-15 at Illinois State

Eastern Illinois will host Austin Peay in its second home game of the 2014 season. The teams have played 14 previous times with EIU winning 11 of those meetings, including the last five in a row. Austin Peay’s last victory in the series was a 15-13 victory in 2008. In last year’s meeting the Panthers were ranked No. 4 nationally and built a 42-0 halftime lead on its way to a 63-7 victory in Clarksville. Walter Payton Award winner Jimmy Garoppolo completed 21-of-30 passes for 306 yards and five touchdowns as Erik Lora caught five of those passes for 133 yards and three touchdowns. Eastern also rushed for 192 yards as a team with Taylor Duncan scored two touchdowns and gaining 128 total yards. APSU was led by Tim Phillips who rushed for 83 yards and a touchdown.

Austin Peay opened the newly renovated Governors Stadium on Saturday, falling 42-6 to nationally-ranked Chattanooga. It was the first time the Mocs had played in Clarksville since 1968. It marked the 14th-straight loss for the program dating back to the beginning of the 2013 season. The Govs did record its first points of the season in the first quarter as Darrien Boone completed a 45-yard touchdown pass to Javier Boone to cut the UTC lead to 14-6. It was one of six catches on the day for Booker who finished with 88 total receiving yards. Malik Boynton caught five passes on the afternoon as Boone finished the day 15-of-20 for 124 yards. The Govs finished the game with 42 team rushing yards with Justin Roberson leading the way with 27 yards on 11 carries. Senior punter Ben Campbell punted 10 times for a 36.2 yards/punt average with a long of 49; it marked the second consecutive game Campbell has had double-digit punts.

Playing its third-straight game against a solid opponent, Eastern Illinois fell to 0-3 under head coach Kim Dameron with a 34-15 loss to rival Illinois State. The Panthers trimmed the margin to 21-13 early in the third quarter when quarterback Jalen Whitlow scored on a 14-yard rush but following that play the squad yielded 13 consecutive points to the Redbirds in the remainder of the third quarter. Whitlow finished the contest 10-of-22 for 150 passing yards (and three interceptions) and 30 rushing yards on 11 attempts. Adam Drake caught six passes for 95 yards and in the process became the eighth player in EIU history with 2,000 career receiving yards (2,001). Drake currently ranks second nationally in receptions/game (8.7) and fifth in total receiving yards (343). Running back Taylor Duncan had 87 rushing yards in the game.

After suffering the loss the Panthers dropped out of the Top 25 polls for the first time since November 5, 2012. EIU is still receiving votes in the Sports Network Top 25 poll. EIU, the two-time defending OVC champions, have won 12-straight OVC games, the second-longest active streak in the FCS (behind only North Dakota State’s 13-straight conference wins). EIU’s longest all-time OVC win streak is 13 games done from both 2000-02 and 2004-06. The team has also won eight-straight home OVC contests dating back to the 2011 season.

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