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APSU Governors Football’s Offense sputters in 42-10 loss to the Chattanooga Mocs

 

Austin Peay State University Governors Sports - APSUChattanooga, TN – The return to FCS competition was a rough one for Austin Peay State University’s football team, which allowed Chattanooga to gain 270 yards on the ground on the way to a 42-10 loss to the Mocs at Finley Stadium, Saturday.

Austin Peay Football. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Football. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay (0-3) couldn’t slow a high-octane Mocs offense that came into the game averaging 271.5 yards on the ground. Chattanooga (2-1) picked up 270 yards on 44 carries against Austin Peay, averaging 6.1 yards per effort. The Govs, meanwhile, were limited to just 210 yards total offense.

After Chattanooga carved up the Govs defense with two quick touchdowns, Austin Peay embarked on a 12-play, 79-yard drive that chewed up much of the first quarter’s remainder. Senior Tim Phillips carried five times for 34 yards on the drive, including an eight-yard touchdown run that was the Govs first touchdown on the 2013 season. It broke a 156-minute streak without a touchdown for the Govs.

Tim PhillipsChattanooga countered with a seven-play, 60-yard scoring drive of its own punctuated by a fourth-and-one conversion on the second quarter’s first play. A 24-yard end-around by Tommy Hudson and an offsides penalty on the Govs put the Mocs inside the 10-yard line, where Jacob Huesman completed the drive with an eight-yard touchdown toss to Terrell Robinson.

The Mocs would tack on a one-yard touchdown run by Keon Williams to make the score 28-7 with 3:12 remaining in the half. The Govs would give Chattanooga the ball back at midfield with two minutes remaining, and the Mocs would drive it into the redzone before senior Leron Eaddy picked off a Huesman pass. However, the success would be short-lived when junior Andrew Spivey’s pass attempt on the very next play was deflected and returned 20 yards for a touchdown by Gunner Miller.

Jacob SextonAustin Peay went three-and-out and allowed a Chattanooga touchdown to open the second half, prompting a quarterback switch. Sophomore Jacob Sexton led the Govs on a 15-play, 62-yard drive that culminated in a 26-yard field goal from junior Walter Spears to end the scoring efforts for both squads on the evening.

Phillips finished the day with a team-high 78 yards on 18 carries, including his first touchdown in an Austin Peay uniform. Senior Darryl Clack was the Govs primary target in the passing game, catching three balls for 48 yards.

The Govs defense was challenged time and again Saturday, with cornerback Montez Carlton leading Austin Peay with eight tackles (five solo). Eaddy was one of four Govs, along with seniors Tyreon Clark, Enriques Perry and freshman A.J. Gray, with seven tackles. Freshman Montrieze Lillard found his way into the backfield several times against the Mocs, recording two tackles for loss.

The nomadic Governors continue their season-opening five-game road trip when they visit Mid-American Conference opponent Ohio, Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00pm (CT).

Box Score

Austin Peay (0-3) vs. Chattanooga (2-1)
September 14th, 2013 • Chattanooga, TN • Stadium: Finley Stadium • Attendance: 9189

Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score
Austin Peay 7 0 3 0 10
Chattanooga 14 21 7 0 42

 

SCORING SUMMARY APSU -UTC
1st 12:05 UTC Marquis Green 9 yd run (Nick Pollard kick)
8 plays, 76 yards, TOP 2:55 0 – 7
06:34 UTC Keon Williams 9 yd run (Nick Pollard kick)
8 plays, 61 yards, TOP 3:46 0 – 14
01:41 APSU PHILLIPS, Tim 8 yd run (SPEARS, Walter kick)
12 plays, 79 yards, TOP 4:49 7 – 14
2nd 13:30 UTC T. Robinson 8 yd pass from Jacob Huesman (Nick Pollard kick)
7 plays, 60 yards, TOP 2:58 7 – 21
03:12 UTC Keon Williams 1 yd run (Nick Pollard kick)
7 plays, 38 yards, TOP 2:32 7 – 28
00:24 UTC Gunner Miller 20 yd interception return (Nick Pollard kick)
7 – 35
3rd 11:00 UTC Keon Williams 25 yd run (Nick Pollard kick)
5 plays, 51 yards, TOP 2:18 7 – 42
03:15 APSU SPEARS, Walter 26 yd field goal
15 plays, 62 yards, TOP 7:37 10 – 42

 

Kickoff time: 6:00 pm • End of Game: 8:48 • Total elapsed time: 2:48
Referee: T. Graham • Umpire: J. Golob • Linesman: R. Broome • Line judge: T. Forman • Back judge: J. Tricoli • Field judge: D. Bayag • Side judge: C. Rape • Alternate: J. Cooper •
Temperature: 80 • Wind: 7 E • Weather: Partly Cloudy

 

 

Team Statistics (Final)

Team Totals APSU UTC
FIRST DOWNS 16 23
Rushing 8 16
Passing 5 7
Penalty 3 0
NET YARDS RUSHING 116 270
Rushing Attempts 39 44
Average Per Rush 3.0 6.1
Rushing Touchdowns 1 4
Yards Gained Rushing 129 299
Yards Lost Rushing 13 29
NET YARDS PASSING 94 142
Completions-Attempts-Int 12-24-1 15-20-1
Average Per Attempt 3.9 7.1
Average Per Completion 7.8 9.5
Passing Touchdowns 0 1
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS 210 412
Total offense plays 63 64
Average Gain Per Play 3.3 6.4
Fumbles: Number-Lost 0-0 1-0
Penalties: Number-Yards 4-17 5-49
PUNTS-YARDS 7-277 3-132
Average Yards Per Punt 39.6 44.0
Net Yards Per Punt 36.3 44.3
Inside 20 1 1
50+ Yards 0 0
Touchbacks 0 0
Fair catch 4 1
KICKOFFS-YARDS 3-174 7-444
Average Yards Per Kickoff 58.0 63.4
Net Yards Per Kickoff 32.7 41.0
Touchbacks 0 2
Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD 1–1-0 2-23-0
Average Per Return -1.0 11.5
Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD 5-107-0 3-76-0
Average Per Return 21.4 25.3
Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD 1-0-0 1-20-1
Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD 0-0-0 0-0-0
Miscellaneous Yards 0 0
Possession Time 30:25 29:16
1st Quarter 6:38 8:22
2nd Quarter 7:00 8:00
3rd Quarter 9:42 5:18
4th Quarter 7:05 7:36
Third-Down Conversions 4 of 15 6 of 11
Fourth-Down Conversions 2 of 2 1 of 2
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 2-2 4-5
Touchdowns 1-2 4-5
Field goals 1-2 0-5
Sacks By: Number-Yards 2-10 1-3
PAT Kicks 1-1 6-6
Field Goals 1-1 0-0

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