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Breaking Down Chattanooga at Austin Peay

Posted on 10 September 2014 by Allen

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#14 Chattanooga Mocs (0-2, 0-0 Southern) at Austin Peay Governors (0-1, 0-0 OVC)
Saturday, Sept. 13 • 4:00 p.m. CT
Governors Stadium (7,000) • Clarksville, Tenn.
TV: OVC Digital Network
Live Stats:
Series Record: Chattanooga leads 5-0
Last Meeting: Chattanooga won 42-10 (9/14/13)
Chattanooga Last Week: L, 26-23 vs. #9 Jacksonville State in OT
Austin Peay Last Week: Idle

After not playing for 45 years, Austin Peay and Chattanooga are meeting on the gridiron for the second consecutive year in 2014. The game is the first in the newly renovated Governor’s Stadium which underwent a $16.9 million dollar renovation that replaced the west side grandstands with a state-of-the art structure that includes skyboxes and club seating among other amenities. Prior to last year the four all-time meetings between the programs occurred between 1958 and 1968. Chattanooga holds a 5-0 lead in the all-time advantage and will be playing its second game against an OVC team this season (they played Jacksonville State last week). In last year’s matchup UTC jumped out to a 35-7 halftime advantage on its way to a 42-10 victory. The Mocs were led by quarterback Jacob Huesman who passed for 142 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 40 yards. Keon Williams added 106 rushing yards and three scores as Chattanooga had 270 total rushing yards on the night. APSU was led by Tim Phillips who rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown.

Nationally-ranked Chattanooga came up just short for the second-straight week in falling 26-23 in overtime to No. 9 ranked Jacksonville State. That came on the heels of a 20-16 loss to FBS foe Central Michigan in week one of the season (a game the team led 16-0 late in the second quarter). Against JSU the Mocs fell behind 17-7 behind an offense that struggled to rack up yards early in the game. It was the team’s defense that kept them in the contest, scoring on a pair of interception returns for touchdowns in the first half, one of 55 yards by Dee Virgin and one of 37 yards by Lucas Webb. The Mocs stayed close and were able to tie the contest at 20 with a Henrique Ribeiro field goal with 12:19 to play in the fourth quarter. A 29-yard field by Ribeiro on the first possession of overtime gave the team its first lead of the game, before JSU scored a touchdown three plays later. Quarterback Jacob Huesman passed for 38 yards while Keon Williams rushed for 62 yards as the team managed just 111 yards of total offense for the game. UTC is ranked No. 14 in the Sports Network poll and No. 17 in the FCS Coaches poll this week.

Austin Peay is coming off an open date after its season-opening loss to FBS Memphis. Last season the Govs had to go through five road games and an open date before playing a home game, but this year’s schedule is much more favorable. Justin Roberson led the team with 50 rushing yards on eight carries (6.2 ypc) as the Govs team had 116 total rushing yards against Memphis. The Govs also played two quarterbacks with Trey Taylor and Darrien Boone each seeing action.

Senior punter Ben Campbell averaged 41.1 yards/punt on 10 attempts against the Tigers. Despite playing in rain and cross winds, Campbell had two punts of 50 or more yards and two that were downed inside the 20-yard line. Campbell now has 205 career punts, fourth place in APSU history; he currently ranks 30th nationally in punting average. Defensively safeties Damien Whitfield and Johnathan Shuler had nine tackles apiece to lead Austin Peay.

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