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APSU Sports: Austin Peay Football
Richmond, KY – Austin Peay will jump back on the road this weekend seeking that elusive first victory when the Govs battle Eastern Kentucky, 2:00pm, Saturday, in Ohio Valley Conference play at Roy Kidd Stadium.The Governors, 0-6 overall and 0-3 in the OVC, will be battling the preseason choice to win the conference title. Eastern Kentucky already has 21 OVC titles under its belt. The Colonels are coming off a disappointing final-second OVC road loss to Tennessee State.
The Colonels have played three of their last four games on the road and are back at Roy Kidd Stadium for homecoming. Although the Govs have won two of the last three games against EKU, they have not won in Richmond since 1977.
EKU is led by seniors Matt Denham, T.J. Pryor and Tyrone Goard. A 2012 Walter Payton Award candidate, Denham is the OVC leader with 760 yards rushing and six TDs.
Pryor leads the OVC and ranks seventh nationally in passing effi ciency (161.4)-he has passed for 944 yards while completing 55.4 percent of his passes. He has thrown nine touchdowns to just one interception this season-and that a Hail Mary pass.
Goard has only 20 receptions but six have gone for scores. He is averaged 23.3 yards per catch.
Austin Peay, meanwhile, is not only seeking to gain 2012’s first win, but also snap a streak of nine straight OVC games.
Freshman running back Reco Williams stepped in to finish with 110 yards on 21 carries against Murray State for APSU’s fourth 100-yard rushing performance.
Defensively, linebacker Josh Carroll recorded a career-best 15 tackles.
Scouting Eastern Kentucky
Setting the Scene
The Series: Austin Peay trails the series, 5-39
Austin Peay enters the game with a streak of scoring in 78 straight games. The last time APSU was shutout was by Drake, 54-0, September 24th, 2005.
The Govs are tied 20th nationally in sacks allowed this season.
Austin Peay has scored 66 points this season, 39 of them in the second quarter.
Austin Peay has scored just 20 second-half points, being outscored 59-3 in the fourth quarter.
Senior wide receiver Devin Stark set a career best in receptions (10) and yards (125) against Murray State. It was his third career 100-yard game and second this season (he had 124 versus TSU).
Senior quarterback Jake Ryan finished with 241 yards passing (25 of 40) against Murray State. The pass yardage was the second most of of 2012. He had 271 at Tennessee State.
Senior Wesley Kitts is ranked 27th nationally in rushing, averaging 100.40 yards per game.
Senior wide receiver Devin Stark has caught at least two passes in all five games this season. He has 33 receptions for 403 yards on the season.
With a 12-yard first-quarter pass reception against Tennessee State, Devin Stark reached the 1,000-career pass reception yard mark in his career. He became only the 13th receiver in school history with 1,000 receiving yards. Stark followed up his 1,000 receiving yards with a spectacular one-handed 20-yard TD catch in the right corner of the end zone.
When Wesley Kitts rushed for 104 yards against Western Kentucky he became the first Governors to rush for more than 100 yards against a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) program. He then eclipsed that yardage figure with 110 yards on 22 carries at Virginia Tech.
Receiver-turned-running back Terrence Oliver recorded his first career TD with a 10-yard run against Virginia Tech.
Senior wide receiver Devin Stark finished 2011 with 53 receptions on the season, the most by a Gov since Lanis Frederick grabbed 77 in the 2006 season. He also had seven TD catches, most by a Govs receiver since Frederick had seven in 2006.
When wide receiver/running back Terrence Oliver looked up in the second quarter against Western Kentucky, good friend, former prep teammate and now roommate O.C. Brown was blocking for him. In 2009, Brown was the primary subject of the Academy Award-winning documentary “Undefeated” while at Manassas High School with Oliver also make appearances in the production.
Although the Governors defense is more experienced in 2012, the depth chart still reveals much youth. In fact, only three seniors, safety Antwaun Majors, tackle Anthony Marion and linebacker Darrick Dillard were listed on the two-deep entering the season. Majors is out for the year after suffering a torn ACL while Dillard has not played since the opener.
Junior linebacker Josh Carroll was credited with 15 tackles–an APSU season best–against Murray State, including two for a loss.
Junior Tyreon Clark, starting at strong safety, was credited with his first career sack against Murray State on a blitz.
A trio of sophomore defensive backs–Steve Rich, Montez Carlton and Johnathan Shuler–not only led APSU in tackles against UT Martin with seven but also had interceptions
Junior defensive tackle Iosua Siliva was credited with a career-best five tackles against TSU, all solo stops.
Junior defensive end Earnest Smith produced his career’s best performance against Virginia Tech. Smith finished with eight tackles, including a sack of All-America candidate Logan Thomas. He also was credited with another tackle for loss along with forcing a fumble.
Senior safety Antwaun Majors not only was APSU’s tackles leader (88) in 2011, but finished eighth in the OVC, averaging 8.0 per game. A former walk on, Majors had 80 or more tackles in each of the last two years, finishing with 84 tackles in 2010 and 88 in 2011.
Senior safety Antwaun Majors was named preseason first-team All-OVC by Phil Steele Magazine in its Fall 2012 Preview. Majors, who led Austin Peay in tackles last season with 88, was the Governors only first-team selection.
Special Teams Notes
Senior placekicker Stephen Stansell became Austin Peay’s all-time leader in field goals made (34) with a pair of 35-yard field goals against UT Martin. He passed the longtime mark held by Tom McMillan, who had 33 from the 1986-89.
Stansell is ranked second all-time in point-after-touchdowns made with 78.
Stansell was the only OVC kicker to be perfect in point-after-touchdown attempts in 2011. He ended the season 22 of 22. In his career he is 75 of 77 (97.4 percent) in extra-point attempts, ranking No. 1 in career extra-point percentage.
Two seasons after losing All-America kick return specialist Terrence Holt, APSU still is seeking a replacement for kickoff and punt returns. Freshman J.J. Rutledge has handled much of those duties in the season’s first half. Meanwhile, Ean Pemberton returned his first career punts at Virginia Tech.
For a second straight week sophomore punter Ben Campbell averaged better than 40 yards per punt when he boomed six punts for a 42.2 yards per game average against Murray State, including a career-long 68-yard punt.
A week earlier, Campbell averaged a season-best 42.3 yards per punt against Eastern Illinois, including a long of 50 and two downed inside the 10-yard line. As a result, he was recognized the as College Football Performance Award honoree for OVC punting.
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