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Breaking Down Austin Peay at SEMO

Breaking Down Austin Peay at SEMO

Posted on 13 November 2014 by Allen

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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).

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Breaking Down TSU at Austin Peay

Breaking Down TSU at Austin Peay

Posted on 07 November 2014 by Allen

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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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Breaking Down Austin Peay at UT Martin

Breaking Down Austin Peay at UT Martin

Posted on 24 October 2014 by Allen

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Austin Peay Governors (1-6, 1-2 OVC) at UT Martin Skyhawks (3-5, 2-3 OVC)
Saturday, Oct. 25 • 2:00 p.m. CT
Hardy M. Graham Stadium (7,500) • Martin, Tenn.
TV: OVC Digital Network
Series Record: UT Martin leads 35-25-2
Last Meeting: UT Martin won 38-14 (10/26/13)
Austin Peay Last Week:W, 20-13 vs. Murray State
UT Martin Last Week: W, 21-16 at Tennessee State

GAME NOTES: UT Martin can claim its first Sgt. York Trophy championship since 2010 with a victory over Austin Peay on Saturday. The Skyhawks already have wins over fellow Tennessee schools Tennessee State and Tennessee Tech and will complete play a perfect 3-0 with a win. UTM tied for the title in 2012 but lost the tiebreaker and did not take home the actual trophy (which went to TSU). The meeting is the 63rd all-time between the teams with the Skyhawks having won six in a row and 10 of the last 11 overall. Last season UT Martin jumped out to 35-7 lead on its way to a 38-14 victory in Clarksville. Quarterback Jarod Neal completed 21-of-33 passes for 293 yards and two touchdowns, DJ McNeil had 114 yards and a score on the ground and Jeremy Butler pulled down 11 catches for 171 yards and two touchdowns for the Skyhawks. Austin Peay was led by Omar Williams who had 122 rushing yards while Timarious Mitchell threw two touchdown passes to Darryl Clack.

Saturday’s game marks the annual Homecoming contest for UTM and is the 100th for head coach Jason Simpson as the Skyhawks head coach and the final home game of the season for UTM.

SCOUTING AUSTIN PEAY: Austin Peay snapped an 18-game losing streak (which had been the longest in Division I) with a 20-13 victory over rival Murray State on Saturday. It also snapped a 10-game OVC losing streak for the program. In just his second career start freshman Mickey Macius was named OVC Co-Newcomer of the Week after completing 18-of-22 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns in the victory. All three of his touchdown passes went to fellow freshman Jared Beard who finished the night with seven catches for 88 yards and the three scores. The duo also hooked up on an 11-yard completion with 2:40 left in the game that helped the Governors run out the clock and seal the victory. Beard was the first APSU player to catch three touchdown passes in a game since Devin Stark in 2012. Freshman Otis Gerron had his second big rushing game in a row, as he carried the ball 26 times for 137 yards (5.3 ypc) to pace the APSU rushing attack. Justin Roberson added 61 yards on the ground as the team finished with 148 total rushing yards. Punter Ben Campbell became the school’s all-time leader in punt yardage during the game, breaking the record of 9,773 previously held by J.P. Hogan (2000-03). Campbell, who averaged 43.4 yards/punt on the night, is also now tied with Hogan for most punts in school history (259).

Sophomore Rod Owens picked off two passes, recovered a fumble and had seven tackles for the Austin Peay defense.

SCOUTING UT MARTIN: UT Martin won its second-straight game by knocking off Tennessee State at Hale Stadium in Nashville on Saturday. The Skyhawks won despite tallying only 210 yards of total offense and giving up 367 yards to the Tigers. The defense did make plays when it mattered, forcing two fumbles (recovering one), tallying six tackles-for-loss and returning an interception for a touchdown early in the third quarter. That play came from Keith Jones who returned the interception 42 yards to put the Skyhawks up 14-3. The team led 21-3 later in the quarter when Jarod Neal hit Corey Rogers for a seven-yard touchdown pass. Neal completed 11-of-18 passes in the game and ranks 12th nationally in completion percentage (65.6%) and is 17th in passing efficiency (146.8). Redshirt junior Reuben Duckworth had 59 yards and a touchdown on the ground while Najee Ray added a game-high 60 rushing yards. Punter James Satterfield averaged 38.6 yards/punt with a long punt of 57 yards in the game; he currently ranks third in the OVC in punting (40.8 yards/punt).

Senior All-American Tony Bell had two tackles, a tackle-for-loss, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and three pass breakups in the game. He ranks second nationally in fumbles recovered (3) and 17th nationally in tackles-for-loss (1.7/game).

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Breaking down Austin Peay at Mercer

Breaking down Austin Peay at Mercer

Posted on 10 October 2014 by Allen

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Austin Peay State Governors (0-5 0-2 OVC) at Mercer Bears (4-2, 1-2 Southern)
Saturday, Oct. 11 • 3:00 p.m. CT
Mercer University Stadium (10,000) • Macon, Ga.
TV: ESPN3
Series Record:First meeting
Last Meeting: n/a
Austin Peay Last Week:L, 31-0 vs. #18 Eastern Kentucky
Mercer Last Week: L, 21-18 at Samford

GAME NOTES: Saturday marks the first matchup between Austin Peay and Mercer. Mercer is in just its second year of restarting football after not fielding a team since the 1941 season.

SCOUTING AUSTIN PEAY: Austin Peay fell to 0-5 on the season with a 31-0 home loss to Eastern Kentucky last week, its second shutout loss of the season. It marked the 17th-straight loss for the Governors dating back to last season. The team has also lost 11-straight OVC games and 27-straight road games dating back to the 2010 season. APSU has struggled offensively this season and rank last in the FCS in points/game (3.8) and total offense (182.8 yards/game). Freshman quarterback Mickey Macius completed 11-of-22 passes for 53 yards while fellow freshman Darrien Boone finished 3-of-4 for 32 yards. The duo completed passes to six different receivers while Javier Booker pulling in five catches; Booker leads the team with 13 catches and the team’s lone receiving touchdown on the season. The Govs defense was solid in the first half, forcing EKU to punt five times, the most punts by an opponent this season. But the team gave up a Hail Mary touchdown as the half ended and EKU went on to score 14 points in the first five minutes of the third quarter to run away with the game.

Damien Whitfield and Antonio Turner each had 10 tackles to lead the Govs defense; Whitfield added two pass breakups while Turner had 2.0 tackles-for-loss. Ben Campbell punted 11 times for Austin Peay, marking a new career-high; he has now punted 50 times in five games this season (the second-highest total nationally) and is 43 punts away from tying the OVC single-season record (set by Morehead State’s John Christopher in 1982).

SCOUTING MERCER: Mercer had a football team from 1892 through the 1941 season before the program was dormant until the 2013 year. Football returned to campus and the Bears were 10-2 overall including 8-0 at home (where the team averaged 9,379 fans/game). This season the team is 2-1 at home (suffering a loss to Furman) and 4-2 overall. They are coming off a 21-18 road loss to Samford a week ago but begin a two-game home stand this week. Mercer is coached by Bobby Lamb who was the head coach at Furman for nine years (2002-10) and made four FCS Playoff appearances, including going to the semifinals in 2005. This season the team is averaging 33.5 points and 417.7 yards of total offense per game. Quarterback John Russ has passed for 1,085 yards and 10 touchdowns and rushed for 194 yards and two more scores in six games. Freshman running back Alex Lakes is averaging 100 yards/game and has scored nine touchdowns.

Defensive end Tunde Ayinla has 4.5 tackles-for-loss and two forced fumbles on the season.

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Breaking Down Austin Peay vs Illinois State

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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Breaking Down Austin Peay vs Eastern Illinois

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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Breaking Down Chattanooga at Austin Peay

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: http://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=60268
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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Lipscomb tops Lady Govs

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Lipscomb tops Lady Govs

Posted on 02 September 2014 by Allen

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The Lipscomb women’s soccer team celebrated the holiday weekend by bringing home a 2-0 victory over Austin Peay Monday night.
Lipscomb’s record improves to 2-2-1 on the season while APSU falls to 1-3-0.
“It was a great performance Monday night from the team,” said Lipscomb head coach Kevin O’Brien. “Each player came out with the right focus and commitment….and when we do that, we can play with anybody.”
The Purple and Gold maintained a 2-0 lead going into halftime after drilling two shots early in the game.
Ellen Lundy scored the first goal for the Lady Bisons in the 21st minute after a cross from Anna Lail who was credited with her first assist of the year.
Niamh Rawlins recorded the team’s second goal after booting in a shot near the sidelines in the 27th minute to advance Lipscomb’s lead to 2-0 in the first half.
The Lady Bisons continued to display solid defense in the second half holding the Lady Governors to only two shots while taking five of their own.
“I certainly feel like we are moving in the right direction,” O’Brien said. “With 10 new players this season, it’s taken some time to learn how to play together.
“I wouldn’t say we’ve arrived but boy have we grown in a positive way over the last three weeks.”
Sophomore goalie Anna Buhigas, 2-2-1 so far this season, brought home five saves recording all five in the first half alone.
APSU’s Katie Emig played the first half for the Lady Governors picking up five saves. Making three saves, Lindsey Todd took over for Emig for the final 45 minutes of regulation.
• Sophomores Ellen Lundy and Niamh Rawlins scored their first goals of the season.
• The Lady Bisons placed 10 shots on goal out of a total 14 shots taken.
• Freshman Emily Rogers made her fourth collegiate start while freshman Paige Miller made her third.
• Lundy and Rogers led the team in shots with three each and also in shots on goal each with two.
• Lipscomb possessed seven corner kicks while APSU finished the night with two.
• The Purple and Gold improved their record against APSU to 3-8-1 with all three wins over the Lady Governors being shutouts.
Up next: The Lady Bisons will gear up for another home match Friday Sept. 5 as they host Western Carolina at 7 p.m.
“We will have the day off Tuesday, and then it’s back to work on Wednesday,” O’Brien said. “We’ll play a strong Western Carolina team on Friday, and hopefully we can avenge another loss from last season.”

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Govs return to practice after rain on Monday

Govs return to practice after rain on Monday

Posted on 12 August 2014 by Allen

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After having the misfortunate of missing a day’s practice because of Monday’s heavy rains occurred during each of the scheduled sessions, Austin Peay State University’s football team returned to work Tuesday morning to almost idyllic conditions.

But the results were not perfect from a defensive standpoint in the mid-70s temperatures. About half way through the practice head coach Kirby Cannon, who also is coordinating the defense this season, sent his defense for a pair of laps around Morgan Brothers Soccer Field.

“Whatever it takes to get them to practice right,” APSU coach Kirby Cannon said, “because anything less than game-like speed and game-like intensity and focus is a waste of time.

“It was all about focus or the lack of it. Today was a lot like a game where you get behind 14-0. You rally at the end but you still are going to lose. (It was) just one of those things that will happen every once in a while—as a group they are going to come out a little bit flat.”

Cannon admitted missing a work day—getting his team out of its normal routine–may have created some of Tuesday morning’s problems.

“Sometimes you get too much sleep and you want more—you wake up wanting even more sleep and left a little groggy, not quite focused,” Cannon said. “You kind of lose your rhythm of the day. We talked about it a couple of nights ahead of yesterday we are going to hit a stretch of a regular routine and gets some work done.”

Cannon has heaped praise on his team since it reported for its work ethic and business-like work manner. But Tuesday morning may have been the first time his freshmen may have acted, well, like freshmen.

“The right people (young players) were making the mistakes—that was generally true,” Cannon said. “We are still learning and that is generally an indication of your youth. They don’t really don’t know how to act—the demand of college football is so much more.

“It is a case of where if the older guys can show them the way, then they can pick it up pretty fast. However, if the older guys have a drop off, then the young ones are going to fall in line.”

Twice during practice the Governors went 11-on-11. The offense held the edge in the early session, including a long TD pass, but it was the defense that bounced back during the second go-around.

The Governors will continue with their practices this week culminating with Media Day, 9 a.m., Saturday, and a 3 o’clock scrimmage.

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Former Governor Betran signs to play in Belgium

Former Governor Betran signs to play in Belgium

Posted on 07 August 2014 by Allen

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Former Austin Peay State guard Travis Betran signed to play for the VOO Wolves Verviers-Pepinster in the Basketball League Belgium.

Betran led the Governors in scoring last year averaging almost 16 points a games as a senior. In his last game in the OVC tournament Betran scored a career high 32 points against UT Martin. He left Austin Peay with 1,008 points in only two seasons.

The New York native didn’t start playing basketball until the 10th grade and was invited to a Five-Star camp in Philadelphia where he did well enough to earn a scholarship to Covenant Christian Ministries Academy in Atlanta, GA. After high school he wound up at JUCO Kilgore College where he led the team in scoring as a freshman and sophomore. Betran finished out his eligibility with Austin Peay.

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Robles shines all over the diamond

Robles shines all over the diamond

Posted on 13 July 2014 by Allen

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Alex Robles had a very good freshman year by just about any standard.

The Tucson, Arizona native was among the best two-way players in the nation as a freshman, hitting a team-high .349 with 39 RBI in the field and posting a 6-2 record and 3.63 ERA as Austin Peay’s No. 1 starter. He twirled a one-hitter at Belmont and struck out a career-high 13 against Eastern Kentucky in back-to-back starts in April and his 12-game hitting streak from March 22-April 6 was a team-best.

So it’s no surprise Robles earned postseason accolades far and wide, beginning with the Ohio Valley Conference Rookie of the Year honor, in addition to second-team All-OVC and All-Freshman team honors. He was the second Gov to take Rookie of the Year honors, behind Rowdy Hardy (2004), and joined Ridge Smith as the first Austin Peay teammates to earn all-conference honors as freshmen in program history.

Robles was one of five to earn Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-America honors, the most nationally and an Austin Peay record. He also was tabbed as a First-Team Freshman All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), first-team Freshman All-American by Baseball America and second-team Freshman All-American by PerfectGame.org.

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Stansfield and Siliva earn Academic All-American honors

Posted on 07 July 2014 by Allen

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A pair of senior Austin Peay State University football players – offensive tackle Ben Stansfield and defensive tackle Iosua Siliva – were named Capital One Second-Team Division I Academic All-Americans by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), becoming Austin Peay’s first football Academic All-Americans since 2005.

Stansfield was a December graduate as a pre-law/psychology major, a six-time member of the President’s List (4.0 GPA) during his time at Austin Peay. Siliva graduated in May with an Agricultural-Sustainable Development degree and was the 2012-13 Ohio Valley Conference Medal of Honor recipient for highest GPA (4.0) for football.

On the field, Stansfield was a preseason All-OVC pick prior to his senior year, while Siliva earned a spot on the Senior Bowl Watchlist. Siliva also netted an invite to Indianapolis Colts training camp as an undrafted free agent.

In addition to Academic All-American honors, the duo racked up Academic All-District nods – the second for Stansfield and third for Siliva – FCS Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star honors and were inducted into the National Football Foundation’s Hampshire Honor Society. Siliva also earned a nomination for the 2014 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award.

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5 Governors named to All-Freshman Team

5 Governors named to All-Freshman Team

Posted on 07 June 2014 by Allen

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Austin Peay State University’s baseball team saw a program-record five freshmen named to the 2014 Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American Team, selected by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

First baseman Dre Gleason, shortstop Logan Gray, outfielders Cayce Bredlau and Ridge Smith as well as infielder/pitcher Alex Robles were named to the team. The five selections were the most of any team and no other program had more than three picks. The quintet also easily surpasses the previous Austin Peay record of two set in both 2000 and 2001.

The Louisville Slugger teams are the first of three Freshman All-America squads named during the postseason.

Gleason, of O’Fallon, Missouri, became the Govs everyday first baseman during his first year with the team, appearing in 52 games and making 49 starts. He batted .261 during the season with nine doubles, four home runs and 29 RBI. All four of his home runs came in Ohio Valley Conference action where he batted .276 while starting all 30 games of the league slate at first base.

Gray, of Leawood, Kansas, batted .249 during his freshman campaign with the Govs but saw 22 of his 43 hits go for extra bases – 15 doubles, a triple and six home runs. His six home runs were second most on the team and his 36 RBI were fourth-most among the Govs. In conference play, he had eight doubles, four home runs, 22 RBI and batted .248 while appearing in 29 league outings.

Bredlau, of Clarksville, Tennessee, was a member of the OVC’s All-Freshman team. After failing to record a hit in his first 10 at-bats he finished his rookie campaign with a .331 batting average that was second best on the team. The bulk of Bredlau’s damage came in OVC action where he led the Govs in both batting average (.371) and on-base percentage (.468) during the 30-game campaign.

Smith, of Memphis, Tennessee, became the third Austin Peay freshman to earn first-team All-OVC honors since 2000. He made 55 starts at four different positions – left field, third base, catcher and designated hitter. Smith finished the season batting .310 with 15 doubles, six home runs and a team-best 44 RBI. Defensively, he finished the season with nine outfield assists, ranking fourth nationally in that category at regular season’s end.

Robles of Tucson, Arizona, was the Ohio Valley Conference’s Rookie of the Year, a second-team All-OVC pick as a pitcher and a member of the league’s All-Freshman team. He appeared in 55 games, including 35 infield starts and 14 starts as a pitcher. Robles led the Govs with a .349 batting average and his 39 RBI were second-most on the team. On the mound, Robles was equally dominant with a 6-2 record and 3.63 earned-run average while striking out 56 batters in 84.1 innings.

The 2014 Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American team, was headed by Zach Pleasac, a right-handed pitcher from Ball State, who was named the Freshman Pitcher of The Year and Jake Noll, a second baseman from Florida Gulf Coast, who was selected as the Freshman Player of The Year.

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Vols beat Austin Peay in 12 innings

Vols beat Austin Peay in 12 innings

Posted on 19 March 2014 by Allen

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For the second time this season Taylor Smart came up to the plate with a runner in scoring position in extra innings, and for the second time this season Smart delivered.

With runners on first and second and one out in the bottom of the 12th inning against Austin Peay, Smart ripped a shot through the left side scoring pinch runner Will Maddox, who entered the game one at-bat earlier replacing Jordan Rodgers who started off the 12th getting hit by a pitch on the first pitch of the inning.

The Vols put the hit-and-run on the first pitch of the at bat, drawing the short stop out of position and allowing the ball to get through the left side for the win.

With the walk-off victory, the 14th ranked Vols matched the best start in school history improving to 18-2 on the season a feat only achieved three other times in the 105 year history of the program (1951, 1997, 2004). Austin Peay fell to 8-11 on the year.

Smart, the hero once again, was 2-for-5 on the night with a walk, a run scored and the game-winning RBI. Scott Price was 3-for-5 on the night with two doubles and two RBIs for the Vols while Johnny Youngblood (2-for-3, 2 runs) and Nick Senzel (2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI) also had multi-hit games for Tennessee.

Kyle Serrano got the start on the mound for the Vols pitching 5.0 innings, allowing five runs on five hits and striking out six, the most of his young career.

Five Vols came on in relief of Serrano including Josh Peterson who earned the win for UT, his second of the season. Tennessee’s pitching corps combined for 15 strikeouts on the night, a season high and the most since fanning 15 vs. Furman on Feb. 25, 2008.

The Vols put up five runs through the first three innings of the game and have now tallied 57 of their 137 runs this season in the first three stanzas.

The Vols got on top first thanks to the legs of Youngblood. Youngblood, in his second career start, got the first hit of the day for the Vols laying down the bunt to third base. He moved up to second on a stolen base and took off on a hit and run executed by Senzel, coming around to score on an infield single to give UT a 1-0 advantage.

The Vols added to their lead in the second inning. Andrew Lee was the first runner on for UT drawing a walk on seven pitches. He advanced on a ground out by Tyler Schultz and was joined on the basepaths by Smart who forced an eight-pitch walk. With a 2-2 count, Price laced a shot down the right field line and into the corner to score Lee and Smart and give the Vols a 3-0 lead. The runs were the 22nd and 23rd tallied by the Vols in the second inning this season.

Senzel got on the basepaths for the Vols in the third with a single up the middle, his second of the day. While on base he nabbed second and third for his second and third stolen bases on the day, an individual game-high for the Vols. Austin Peay walked the next two batters to load the bases for Schultz. With an 0-2 count on Schultz and two outs, APSU reliever Alex Belew allowed two runs to score on two wild pitches to give the Vols a 5-0 lead.

Austin Peay first rallied from a 5-0 deficit with a five-run fourth inning. First baseman Dre Gleason began the rally with an RBI double. Yet it was with two outs that the Govs did the bulk of the damage. Second baseman Kevin Corey had a RBI double, center fielder Casey Bredlau had a two-run single and right fielder Rolando Gautier tied the game with a RBI triple.

But the Vols got back on track in the bottom half of the frame when Youngblood notched his second infield single of the game coming home on a bomb to right field by Stewart one batter later. The home run was Stewart’s third of the season and first since March 4 vs. La Salle.

Austin Peay once again made it a one run game in the top of the seventh inning scoring on a wild pitch and tied things up in the top of the ninth inning sending a single through the right side with one out to even the score at seven. Andy Cox, in his 12th appearance of the season, registered the first blown save of his career in the ninth inning.

Tennessee brought in Drake Owenby and Peterson during the extra innings in relief as they combined to allow just one hit in three innings.

The Vols are back in action in their SEC home opener this weekend against Auburn. First pitch on Friday, March 21 is scheduled for 6 p.m. Austin Peay continues its five-game road trip with a 6 p.m., Friday contest at Jacksonville State to open a three-game Ohio Valley Conference series.

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