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Breaking Down TSU at Austin Peay

Posted on 07 November 2014 by Allen


Tennessee State Tigers (4-6, 1-5 OVC) at Austin Peay Governors (1-8, 1-4 OVC)
Saturday, Nov. 8 • 4:00 p.m. CT
Governors Stadium (7,000) • Clarksville, Tenn.
TV: OVC Digital Network
Series Record: Tennessee State leads 10-6
Last Meeting: Tennessee State won 31-6 (11/9/13)
Tennessee State Last Week: L, 56-42 vs. #16 Eastern Kentucky
Austin Peay Last Week: L, 56-0 vs. #5 Jacksonville State

GAME NOTES: Austin Peay will host Tennessee State in its annual Homecoming game on Saturday at Governors Stadium. Tennessee State has won the last two meetings after Austin Peay had a three-game winning streak in the series from 2009-11. In last year’s meeting the tough Tennessee State defense limited Austin Peay to just 92 yards of total offense in winning 31-6 at Hale Stadium. Ronald Butler passed for 167 yards and two touchdowns while Telvin Hooks rushed for 66 yards and two scores to pace the Tigers. Andrew Spivey had 44 passing yards for the Govs but was sacked four times. Overall TSU had 14 tackles-for-loss in the game.

SCOUTING TENNESSEE STATE: Tennessee State lost its fifth-straight game in falling at home to No. 16 Eastern Kentucky by a 56-42 margin. The game featured the top two scoring defenses in the OVC but those two teams ended up combining for 98 total points. The Tigers fell behind 17-0 before storming back to take a 21-17 lead at halftime. But the Tigers would allow EKU to score 17-straight points out of halftime to break the game open for good. Senior Darion Hall returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter, becoming the 10th player in OVC history to accomplish that feat (and first since 2011). Hall finished the day with 174 yards on kickoff returns, 81 rushing yards and seven receiving yards to total 262 all-purpose yards (the third-most by an OVC player this season) and was named National Specialist of the Week by the Sports Network for his play. Senior quarterback Michael German passed for 326 yards and four touchdowns and now ranks sixth in OVC history with 55 career passing touchdowns. German also moved up to seventh in career passing yards (7,811) and completions (597) and eighth in total offense (7,876). German connected with sophomore walk-on Isaiah Freeman seven times, as Freeman racked up 98 yards and three touchdowns in the game.

Senior Nick Thrasher ended the game with a career-high 17 tackles and now ranks seventh nationally in tackles/game (10.9). As a team Tennessee State is first nationally in pass defense (118.4 yards/game) and pass efficiency defense (86.23), second in fourth down conversion defense (15.4%), sixth in total defense (274.6 yards/game), seventh in sacks/game (3.30), ninth in passes intercepted (13) and 10th in third down conversion defense (27.7%).

SCOUTING AUSTIN PEAY: Austin Peay suffered its third shutout of the season in falling to fifth-ranked Jacksonville State 56-0 on Saturday. The team has now been shutout in six of its last 21 games after going 84-straight games without being shutout prior to that. The team has now lost 30-straight overall road games and 18-straight road OVC contests. Justin Roberson had 57 rushing yards to lead the Governors while Darrien Boone had a career-best 40 rushing yards while completing five passes for 18 yards. Defensively Buddy Mitchell had a career-high 13 tackles (9 solo) including 2.0 tackles-for-loss; the 13 tackles were the most by an APSU player this season.

Senior punter Ben Campbell punted eight times and has now punted 79 times this season, just 14 attempts away from tying the OVC single-season record of 93 set in 1982.

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