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Breaking Down Austin Peay vs Illinois State

Posted on 25 September 2014 by Allen

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Austin Peay Governors (0-3, 0-1 OVC) at #22 Illinois State Redbirds (2-0, 0-0 MVFC)
Saturday, Sept. 27 • 6:30 p.m. CT
Hancock Stadium (13,391) • Normal, Ill.
TV: none
Series Record: Illinois State leads 2-0
Last Meeting: Illinois State won 38-7 (9/19/09)
Austin Peay Last Week: L, 63-7 at Eastern Illinois
Illinois State Last Week:. Idle

GAME NOTES: Austin Peay will travel to Illinois State to take on the undefeated Redbirds on Saturday night. The game marks the first meeting between the schools since the 2009 season and just the third all-time meeting (the first game was played in 1990). In that 2009 meeting Ryan White scored on a 24-yard run in the second quarter to give the Govs their lone points of the night. The ISU defense would sack Austin Peay four times (for 39 yards) and make four interceptions on the night. Illinois State running back Clifton Gordon rushed for four touchdowns to lead the Redbird attack. This game marks the third of four-straight home games for Illinois State.

SCOUTING AUSTIN PEAY: Austin Peay slipped to 0-3 on the season falling 63-7 to two-time defending OVC Champion Eastern Illinois on Saturday. Overall it marked the 15th consecutive loss for the Governors dating back to the beginning of the 2013 season; the team has also lost nine-straight OVC games. The Governors offense got off to a slow start, gaining just nine total yards in the first quarter and 40 in the first half until going on a 6-play, 75-yard drive that was capped by Justin Roberson 1-yard run with 3:27 to play before halftime. That marked the first rushing touchdown of the season for Austin Peay; Roberson ended the game with a team-high 45 yards. APSU ended up with 224 yards of total offense for the game compared to 624 for EIU. Although he was originally expected to redshirt, Mickey Macius made his Austin Peay debut at quarterback in the second quarter and finished the game with 72 passing yards. He had a 27-yard completion to Malik Boynton which set up the team’s lone touchdown of the day. Through three games this season the Governors have used four quarterbacks (Macius, Darrien Boone, Trey Taylor and Timarious Mitchell).

Cornerback Montez Carlton led the team with 11 tackles (9 solo), which marked the first double-digit tackle performance of his career. Malcolm Goines added a career-high nine tackles and Nicholis Maitiere-Bey recorded the first sack of the season by an APSU player. Ben Campbell punted 10 times in the contest and has punted 10 times in each of the first three games; a season ago he set the school record for punts in a season (87).

SCOUTING ILLINOIS STATE: Illinois State has had an unique schedule that has featured two open dates in the first four weeks of the season. ISU started the year with a bye then crushed Mississippi Valley State 62-0 before toppling OVC foe Eastern Illinois 34-15. Those two victories earned the team a spot at No. 24 in the FCS Coaches poll two weeks ago; the team was ranked No. 22 in the FCS Coaches Poll and No. 23 in the Sports Network poll this week. The team currently ranks third nationally in scoring offense (48.0 points/game) and scoring defense (7.5 points/game) and is second in turnover margin (+2.5/game). Running back Marshaun Coprich is averaging 137.0 yards/game and has scored four touchdowns in two games. Quarterback Tre Roberson has completed 59.3 percent of his passes for 363 yards and four touchdowns.

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