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Austin Peay Governors Football loses to Murray State Racers 52-14

APSU Sports: Austin Peay Football

Austin Peay State University GovernorsClarksville, TN – Casey Brockman completed 38 of 43 passes for 455 and five touchdowns to lead Murray State to a 52-14 win against Austin Peay State University, Saturday night, in Ohio Valley Conference action played at Governors Stadium.

Reco Williams heading in to score for APSU
Reco Williams heading in to score for APSU

The victory boosted Murray State to 3-3 overall and 2-1 in Ohio Valley Conference play while Austin Peay remains winless, slipping to 0-6 overall and 0-4 in OVC play.

The Governors cut a 17-7 deficit to three points right before halftime when Jake Ryan hooked up with Terrence Oliver for an eight-yard TD pass with 59 seconds left in the half. But that momentum was thwarted when Murray State, taking advantage of a personal foul penalty, scored when Brockman connected with Ja-Von Trotter for a 12-yard score with 21 seconds left.  As a result, instead of trailing 17-14 heading to half, the Govs were down 24-14.

Jake RyanThat started a string of 35 unanswered points by the Racers, with Brockman accounting for two TD passes during the stretch.

Brockman, a preseason All-American and on the Walter Payton Award watch list, ran his record to 4-0 against the Govs as Racers quarterback. He was 14-of-14 in the first half and 22 of 24 at halftime. But it was his third-quarter play that elevated the Racers to their fifth straight series win.

Brockman was the second straight quarterback to pass for more than 400 yards and toss five TDs against the Govs-Jimmy Garappolo threw for 453 yards and five TDs last week.

His favorite target was Walter Powell, who had nine catches for 179 yards and two TDs, the same number of TD receptions by Dontel Watkins.

Reco WilliamsFor the Governors, freshman running back Reco Williams rushed 21 times for 110 yards, making it four times this season the Governors have had a rusher gain more than 100 yards.

Wide receiver Devin Stark set a personal best in both receptions (10) and receiving yards (125).

Quarterback Jake Ryan, despite being victimized by several drops, still completed 25 of 40 passes for 241 yards.

Defensively, linebacker Josh Carroll was credited with 15 tackles, including two for loss.

Game Notes

  • Senior Jake Ryan threw for 241 yards and one touchdown, hitting on 25 of his 40 pass attempts.
  • The 41 pass attempts by the Govs were the most since Austin Peay attempted 41 passes against Tennessee State (10/1/11).
  • Sophomore Ben Campbell had 6 punts, averaging 42.2 yards. He also kicked his career long, a 68-yarder in the fourth quarter. It was the longest punt by a Governor since Ryan Key’s 70-yarder against Middle Tennessee (9/11/2010).
  • Freshman Reco Williams set a new career high for rushing yards for the second week in a row, this time rushing for 110 yards on 21 carries. It was the first 100-yard performance of his Austin Peay career.
  • Williams also scored his first college touchdown on a 32-yard second-quarter run.
  • Senior wide receiver Devin Stark totaled 100 yards in a game for the second time this season and the third time in his career, finishing with 125 yards on 10 catches.
  • Stark’s 10 receptions were also a career high. His old high was nine catches, set at Memphis in 2011 and equaled against Tennessee State earlier this fall.
  • The 10 receptions were also the most catches by a Governor since Paul Derrick caught 10 against Morehead State on 10/9/04.
  • Murray State quarterback Casey Brockman was 14-of-14 in passing attempts in the first quarter and 22-of-24 in the first half. He ended the game 38-of-43 and 455 yards.
  • APSU held Murray State to just 18 yards rushing on 14 carries in the first half.
  • Govs junior Terrence Oliver had an eight-yard touchdown catch, the first touchdown catch of his career.
  • For the second straight week, Austin Peay gave up more than 400 yards passing.

Game Quotes

APSU Head Coach Rick Christophel

Coach, any positive thoughts on tonight’s game?
“Our offense did well, but we haven’t stopped anyone in two weeks. We’ve given up over 100 points in the last two games. To be able to compete, we are going to have to change that. Our kick return game wasn’t bad, and our punter [Ben Campbell] did a great job out there tonight. We missed two crucial field goals. There were positives, but we didn’t score any points in the second half and we can’t overlook that.”

The passing game has been our Achilles Heel these last two weeks.
“We allowed them to run down the middle of the field wide open and make big plays. Stopping those was a big focus of our practices this week, but we didn’t get it done tonight. We need to look over the film and see who is doing what and decide who needs to be playing more and who needs to be on the bench. We have to evaluate that and get it together these next couple of weeks.”

The second quarter has been good for us, but outside of the second quarter we aren’t doing much. Why do you think this is?
“We had to start our first drive of the third quarter on our own 12 yard line. When you have to go 88 yards, play calling has to be different and a little strange. We frequently had to make drives of around 70 or 80 yards. Jake Ryan, for the second week in a row played a great game. He should have had about 35 completed passes, but he had quite a few guys with drops. Those plays were at crucial times. If we could make those plays it could be a completely different game.”

Thoughts on our receiving game
“Devin (Stark) is a great player, but when he got dinged at the beginning of the fourth quarter, that hurts us because we don’t have a whole lot of depth at wide receiver. We need some other guys to step up and make some catches. We can’t move the ball up and down the field efficiently with all these drops we’re having.”

Thoughts on running game
“Reco Williams and Terrence Oliver both did exactly what they were supposed to do. They both played great. Terrence was really impressive considering he played almost every down, either in the backfield or in the slot.”

Thoughts on next week
“Between EKU’s loss last week and us beating them last year, they will really be coming for us. They have a really good defense and they are running the football well. We will have to play much better next week”

Final Thoughts
“There’s not much to say, we just gave up too many points. We have to get more points on the board and be able to stop them.”

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Box Score

Murray State (3-3,2-1) vs. Austin Peay (0-6,0-4)
Date: Oct 6th, 2012 • Site: Clarksville,TN. • Stadium: Governors Stadium • Attendance: 3818

Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score
Murray State 14 10 7 21 52
Austin Peay 0 14 0 0 14



1st 13:04 MUR POWELL, Walter 16 yd pass from BROCKMAN, Casey (BENTON, Jordan kick)
6 plays, 56 yards, TOP 1:56 7 – 0
09:43 MUR BRADY, Duane 38 yd pass from BROCKMAN, Casey (BENTON, Jordan kick)
7 plays, 70 yards, TOP 2:14 14 – 0
2nd 10:27 APSU WILLIAMS, Reco 32 yd run (STANSELL, Stephen kick)
11 plays, 89 yards, TOP 5:17 14 – 7
05:05 MUR BENTON, Jordan 21 yd field goal
7 plays, 41 yards, TOP 2:43 17 – 7
00:59 APSU OLIVER, Terrence 8 yd pass from RYAN, Jake (STANSELL, Stephen kick)
11 plays, 80 yards, TOP 4:06 17 – 14
00:21 MUR TROTTER, Ja-Von 12 yd pass from BROCKMAN, Casey (BENTON, Jordan kick)
5 plays, 45 yards, TOP 0:34 24 – 14
3rd 11:55 MUR BRADY, Duane 11 yd run (BENTON, Jordan kick)
6 plays, 46 yards, TOP 1:24 31 – 14
4th 14:55 MUR WATKINS, Dontel 8 yd pass from BROCKMAN, Casey (BENTON, Jordan kick)
8 plays, 52 yards, TOP 2:02 38 – 14
09:32 MUR POWELL, Walter 71 yd pass from BROCKMAN, Casey (BENTON, Jordan kick)
4 plays, 86 yards, TOP 1:09 45 – 14
06:03 MUR WATKINS, Dontel 9 yd pass from HUMPHRIES, KD (WYNSTRA, Marc kick)
6 plays, 80 yards, TOP 2:04 52 – 14


Kickoff time: 6:03pm • End of Game: 8:48pm • Total elapsed time: 2:45 Referee: Ken Switzer • Umpire: Thomas Floyd • Linesman: Chris Flatt • Line judge: Phillip DeWitt • Back judge: Tom Hahs • Field judge: Rod Whittier • Side judge: Tim Fetsch • Scorer: APSU Stat Crew •
Temperature: 57 • Wind: NNW10 • Weather: Overcast

Team Statistics

MUR vs Austin Peay (Oct 6th, 2012 at Clarksville, TN)

Rushing 6 9
Passing 22 13
Penalty 1 0
Rushing Attempts 27 38
Average Per Rush 2.4 4.0
Rushing Touchdowns 1 1
Yards Gained Rushing 105 172
Yards Lost Rushing 41 20
Completions-Attempts-Int 40-45-0 25-41-0
Average Per Attempt 10.8 6.0
Average Per Completion 12.1 9.8
Passing Touchdowns 6 1
Total offense plays 72 79
Average Gain Per Play 7.6 5.0
Fumbles: Number-Lost 2-0 1-0
Penalties: Number-Yards 3-24 2-30
PUNTS-YARDS 4-142 6-253
Average Yards Per Punt 35.5 42.2
Net Yards Per Punt 35.5 38.5
Inside 20 4 1
50+ Yards 0 2
Touchbacks 0 1
Fair catch 2 1
KICKOFFS-YARDS 9-506 3-150
Average Yards Per Kickoff 56.2 50.0
Net Yards Per Kickoff 40.2 26.7
Touchbacks 1 0
Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD 3-2-0 0-0-0
Average Per Return 0.7 0.0
Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD 3-70-0 8-124-0
Average Per Return 23.3 15.5
Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD 0-0-0 0-0-0
Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD 0-0-0 0-0-0
Miscellaneous Yards 0 0
Possession Time 24:36 35:24
1st Quarter 7:49 7:11
2nd Quarter 5:16 9:44
3rd Quarter 4:58 10:02
4th Quarter 6:33 8:27
Third-Down Conversions 6 of 11 7 of 18
Fourth-Down Conversions 0 of 0 1 of 3
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 6-6 1-1
Touchdowns 5-6 1-1
Field goals 1-6 0-1
Sacks By: Number-Yards 1-6 2-17
PAT Kicks 7-7 2-2
Field Goals 1-1 0-2

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