Austin Peay Governors (1-9, 1-5 OVC) at Southeast Missouri State Redhawks (4-6, 2-4 OVC)
Saturday, Nov. 15 • 1:00 p.m. CT
Houck Stadium (10,000) • Cape Girardeau, Mo.
TV: OVC Digital Network
Series Record: Southeast Missouri leads 12-6
Last Meeting: Southeast Missouri won 36-34 (11/16/13)
Austin Peay Last Week:…….. L, 31-27 vs. Tennessee State
Southeast Missouri Last Week: L, 27-26 at Tennessee Tech
GAME NOTES: Southeast Missouri and Austin Peay will both be looking to snap losing streaks when they play Saturday in Cape Girardeau. Saturday’s game marks the 19th all-time meeting between the schools; Southeast Missouri has won four in a row and 11 of the past 13 against Austin Peay. Last season the teams played an exciting game that saw the lead change hands three times in the fourth quarter. The Govs went ahead 31-30 on a 99-yard kickoff return by EnRiques Perry but four minutes later Ron Coleman capped a seven-play drive with a one-yard score to give Southeast the lead for good. DeMichael Jackson had 140 rushing yards for Southeast in the victory while Rashaan Coleman had 109 yards and three scores and Omar Williams added 108 rushing yards for the Govs.
SCOUTING AUSTIN PEAY: Wearing special camouflage uniforms to honor the military for Veterans Day, Austin Peay nearly topped rival Tennessee State as the team took a 20-9 lead into the fourth quarter before eventually losing 31-27. Austin Peay got rushing touchdowns from Otis Gerron and Trey Thomas as the team combined to rush for 155 yards; the two rushing scores in one game was a season-high for the Govs. Quarterback Trey Thomas passed for 104 yards and a touchdown while Darrien Boone completed 6-of-7 passes for 85 yards.
After not attempting a field goal for the first 10 games of the season, Dakota Vincil attempted and made two field goals in the game; he connected from 30 yards at the halftime horn and added a 22-yard field goal in the third quarter. Ben Campbell punted just four times in the game and now has 83 punts on the season, the second-straight season he has punted 80 or more times. He is just 10 punts shy of tying the OVC single-season punts record set in 1982. Defensively Antonio Turner led the way with 14 tackles, including 1.5 tackles-for-loss, while Adam Noble added 12 stops.
SCOUTING SOUTHEAST MISSOURI: Southeast Missouri led most of the way at Tennessee Tech, including 26-20 with 6:15 to play before seeing the Golden Eagles score with 4:16 to play to pull off the one-point victory. It marked the fourth-straight loss for the team since being 4-2 and nationally-ranked after its Oct. 4 win over No. 20 Tennessee State. DeMichael Jackson led the way with 172 rushing yards (7.8 ypc), marking his second 100-yard game of the season. Overall the Redhawks had 348 rushing yards on the day as quarterback Kyle Snyder had 64 rushing yards and a score to go along with 132 passing yards. Snyder now has 2,043 passing yards this season, which ranks third in the OVC. Snyder completed seven passes to Paul McRoberts who made his return from injury after being hurt in Sept. 20’s win over nationally-ranked Southeastern Louisiana.
Kicker Ryan McCrum connected on field goals from 43, 32, 40 and 19 yards before seeing a desperation field goal of 62 yards blocked at the end of the game. McCrum, the only FCS kicker to make four field goals of 50 yards or longer this season, is 17-of-21 on the season (81.0%) with nine makes from 40 yards or longer (all of his misses have been from 43 or longer). McCrum currently ranks third nationally in field goals made/game (1.70).