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APSU Governors Football lose Home Opener to Eastern Illinois Panthers, 63-7

Austin Peay State University Governors Sports - APSUClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University, playing in its first home game of the 2013 season October 10th at Governors Stadium, saw Ohio Valley Conference opponent Eastern Illinois University score touchdowns on each of its first four drives to help propel the Panthers to a 63-7 victory.

Eastern Illinois (5-1, 2-0 OVC) struck quickly to start the night’s scoring, needing only 80 seconds and five plays to go the 70 yards –with Taylor Duncan taking it the in from 27 yards out for the touchdown and the 7-0 lead.

APSU suffers home loss to Eastern Illinois 63-7.
APSU suffers home loss to Eastern Illinois 63-7.

Austin Peay (0-6, 0-2 OVC) would go three-and-out on its opening drive and had to punt the ball back to the Panthers, who started their second drive at the own 33.

The Panthers would then put together a 10-play drive over the next 3:38 for their second touchdown — with Duncan taking it in from one yard out, with 8:15 left in the first quarter.

The Governors would put together a couple of first downs on it next drive, getting out to midfield, but quarterback Andrew Spivey fumbled the ball, which was recovered by the Panthers Pat Wertz, at the APSU 43.

Eastern Illinois would take advantage of the turnover, two plays later, with the OVC’s leading passer Jimmy Garoppolo connecting with Shepard Little for a 43-yard touchdown and a 21-0 lead, with 5:27 left in the quarter.

Garoppolo finished the night with 306 yards passing and five TD’s.

Austin Peay would have its’ first scoring opportunity of the night on its next drive, going 46 yards on nine plays down to the Panther 19, but a 36 yard field goal attempt by Chase Dunlap was wide right and gave EIU the ball back on its own 20.

The Panthers would once again score quickly, needing only 1:26 to go the 80 yards — on just six plays – including a 35-yard TD pass to the OVC’s all-time leading pass receiver Erik Lora from Garoppolo for a 27-0 lead after the missed extra point.

Lora had five catches for 133 yards and three scores.

The score would remain that way until the final two minutes of the first half, when the Panthers scored two touchdowns in a span of 50 seconds to go up 42-0 at intermission.

The first of the two quick scores came on a one-yard run by Garoppolo that would cap a nine-play, 76-yard drive, while a turnover by the Govs at their own eight set up a Lora six-yard scoring pass from Garoppolo.

In the second half, it would be Austin Peay that would get on the board first, as the Governors held the Panthers on a fake punt attempt from the Eastern Illinois 48.

Quarterback Jacob Sexton would hit wide receiver Darryl Clack for a 39-yard pass play down to the Panther nine, where Tim Phillips would take it into the end zone on the next play for a touchdown, to make it 42-7.

Phillips led the Govs with 83 yards rushing.

But that would be as close as the Governors would get the rest of the night, as the Panthers would score three more touchdowns to close out the game.

Little would score his second TD of the night – a rush from one-yard out – while Garoppolo threw a four-yard touchdown to Adam Drake in the third quarter and a 66-yard TD strike to Lora in the fourth quarter.

Austin Peay returns to action October 19th, as they travel to Murray State University for a 2:00p.m. OVC contest.

Box Score

Austin Peay (0-5,0-1) vs. Eastern Kentucky (3-3,1-1)
October 5th, 2013 | Richmond, KY | Roy Kidd Stadium | Attendance: 7400

Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score
Austin Peay 0 0 0 3 3
Eastern Kentucky 7 10 14 7 38

 

SCORING SUMMARY APSU -EKU
1st 04:17 EKU McCLAIN, Jared 10 yd run (MINOR, Josh kick)
7 plays, 65 yards, TOP 2:28 0 – 7
2nd 12:45 EKU WATKINS, Caleb 3 yd run (MINOR, Josh kick)
10 plays, 65 yards, TOP 4:35 0 – 14
04:26 EKU MINOR, Josh 23 yd field goal
12 plays, 41 yards, TOP 6:29 0 – 17
3rd 12:07 EKU LAWSON, Roman 4 yd pass from McCLAIN, Jared (MINOR, Josh kick)
5 plays, 29 yards, TOP 1:34 0 – 24
03:57 EKU WATKINS, Caleb 2 yd run (MINOR, Josh kick)
6 plays, 70 yards, TOP 3:04 0 – 31
4th 13:36 APSU DUNLAP, Chase 30 yd field goal
10 plays, 56 yards, TOP 5:21 3 – 31
13:15 EKU DE LA CRUZ, Ben 79 yd run (MINOR, Josh kick)
1 play, 79 yards, TOP 0:21 3 – 38
Kickoff time: 6:00 pm • End of Game: 8:35 pm • Total elapsed time: 2:35
Referee: Jeremy Parker • Umpire: Brian Davis • Linesman: Neil Hughes • Line judge: Phillip DeWitt • Back judge: Tom Hahs • Field judge: Brandon Harris • Side judge: Chip Shields • Alternate: www.WLStats.net
Temperature: 82-83 • Wind: 7 S • Weather: cloudy 52% humidity
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Team Totals APSU EKU
FIRST DOWNS 7 20
Rushing 1 12
Passing 3 6
Penalty 3 2
NET YARDS RUSHING 6 321
Rushing Attempts 25 46
Average Per Rush 0.2 7.0
Rushing Touchdowns 0 4
Yards Gained Rushing 28 336
Yards Lost Rushing 22 15
NET YARDS PASSING 102 106
Completions-Attempts-Int 12-22-2 12-19-0
Average Per Attempt 4.6 5.6
Average Per Completion 8.5 8.8
Passing Touchdowns 0 1
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS 108 427
Total offense plays 47 65
Average Gain Per Play 2.3 6.6
Fumbles: Number-Lost 2-1 3-1
Penalties: Number-Yards 5-46 10-82
PUNTS-YARDS 8-352 3-146
Average Yards Per Punt 44.0 48.7
Net Yards Per Punt 38.0 48.7
Inside 20 2 3
50+ Yards 1 1
Touchbacks 0 0
Fair catch 2 0
KICKOFFS-YARDS 2-130 7-428
Average Yards Per Kickoff 65.0 61.1
Net Yards Per Kickoff 42.0 38.6
Touchbacks 1 2
Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD 0-0-0 4-48-0
Average Per Return 0.0 12.0
Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD 5-108-0 1-21-0
Average Per Return 21.6 21.0
Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD 0-0-0 2-26-0
Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD 0-0-0 1-6-0
Miscellaneous Yards 0 0
Possession Time 28:05 31:55
1st Quarter 5:53 9:07
2nd Quarter 5:59 9:01
3rd Quarter 9:14 5:46
4th Quarter 6:59 8:01
Third-Down Conversions 2 of 13 6 of 13
Fourth-Down Conversions 0 of 0 0 of 2
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 1-2 5-6
Touchdowns 0-2 4-6
Field goals 1-2 1-6
Sacks By: Number-Yards 0-0 1-5
PAT Kicks 0-0 5-5
Field Goals 1-1 1-1
Chris Austin
Chris Austinhttp://www.clarksvillesportsnetwork.com
Chris Austin is a graduate of Clarksville High School and Austin Peay State University. Chris is a former Head Softball Coach for APSU, and assistant basketball coach for CHS. Chris has worked at the Leaf-Chronicle, and WJZM News/Talk/Sports radio. Has also worked at the Sports Information Department at APSU, and has covered championship events for the Ohio Valley Conference and NCAA. Chris is an avid sports fan and can be found at most Austin Peay State University sports events.
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