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APSU Governors Football comes up short in 36-34 loss to Southeast Missouri Redhawks

 

Austin Peay State University Governors Sports - APSUClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s bid for its first 2013 football victory came up short, Saturday afternoon, as Southeast Missouri State University held on for a 36-34 decision in Ohio Valley Conference football action at Governors Stadium.

This was the last football game played in Governors Stadium as it is currently configured.

Austin Peay runningback Omar Williams rushed for 108 yards on 18 carries Saturday against SEMO.

Austin Peay runningback Omar Williams rushed for 108 yards on 18 carries Saturday against SEMO.

A ceremonial demolition took place after the game on the 67-year-old stadium’s west side, with actual demolition beginning Wednesday.

Several former and current Governors took turns with sledge hammers outside Gate 1 of the stadium. The new four-level Governors Stadium west side, which will feature suites, locker rooms and offices, will be open for the 2014 season start.

But the Governors were unable to send out the venerable facility on a winning note as they fell to 0-11 on the season, 0-7 in the OVC while Southeast Missouri improved to 3-8, 2-5 in the OVC.

Darryl ClackTrailing 36-34 with 3:23 left in the contest, APSU took over at its own 31 after a Ladarius Chatman punt. Twice during the drive the Governors narrowly converted fourth-down passes on second efforts after the respective catches from Darryl Clack and Rashaan Coleman.

But with no timeouts remaining and 33 seconds left the Governors threw a short pass to Coleman in the middle of the field—Coleman was tackled with time ticking away. Quarterback Andrew Spivey rushed to the line but was unable to find an open receiver, being tackled for a one-yard loss as time ran out.

The contest was without question the Governors best offensive performance, finishing with 441 yards total offense. With redshirt freshman quarterback Timarious Mitchell running the read option, they efficiently moved the ball down field, going 75 yards as Coleman took it in from 13 yards out.

Timarious MitchellBut SEMO responded with a TD of its own before the Govs answered with another drive that ended in a 31-yard Chase Dunlap field goal.

SEMO quarterback Scott Lathrop answered with a 40-yard TD run and then the Redhawks took advantage of the game’s only turnover—Cantrell Andrews’ interception and 38-yard return—to go up 21-10 on a Ron Coleman run. That was the same score taken into halftime.

After holding the Redhawks on their first second-half drive, the Governors began their comeback. Spivey replaced Mitchell to start the second half and his 49-yard pass to Darryl Clack gave APSU first-and-goal at the Redhawks six. The Govs’ Coleman then ran it in to cut the deficit to 21-17.

SEMO bounced back with a field goal before Spivey and Clack again hooked up on a long pass—this one 34 yards—to set up a Rashaan Coleman 20-yard TD run to tie the game at 24. Spivey finished 8-of-11 passing for 122 yards in his half while Clack had a career-high 90 yards receiving on three catches.

DeMichael Jackson then took over for SEMO. The Redhawks drove 85 yards on nine plays, with Jackson, who finished with 140 yard rushing—chewing up 60 of those yards before Ron Coleman punched it in from five yards out. The Redhawks missed the extra point but still led, 30-24.

But that lead was short lived—very short lived. On the ensuing kickoff, senior EnRiques Perry, returning kicks for the first time since he was a freshman, caught the ball on the one, ran straight up field, cut to his right and outran the SEMO defenders for a 99-yard score. That kickoff tied Terrence Holt’s 2009 return against Murray State as the single-season longest. APSU now had the lead 31-30.

Rashaan ColemanAgain SEMO answered in the seesaw battle, going 62 yards in seven plays, with Ron Coleman slamming in from one-yard out for a 36-31 advantage.

On the Governors next drive both Rashaan Coleman (109 yards), who was moved to running back this week after playing wide receiver all season, and Omar Williams (108 yards) each went over the 100-yard rushing mark. But the drive stalled at the SEMO 16, with Govs settling for a Dunlap 33-yard field goal.

The defense gave the Govs one last opportunity, forcing to SEMO to punt with less than 3:40 left. But the Governors offense was unable to take advantage of the opportunity, allowing SEMO to escape the decision.

Austin Peay’s next game is Saturday, November 23rd against the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles in Cookeville, TN. Kickoff is at 1:30pm.

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Box Score

Southeast Missouri (3-8,2-5) vs. Austin Peay (0-11,0-7)
November 16th, 2013 | Clarksville, TN | Governors Stadium | Attendance: 4267

Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score
Southeast Missouri Redhawks 7 14 3 12 36
Austin Peay Governors 7 3 14 10 34

 

SCORING SUMMARY SEMO -APSU
1st 12:20 APSU COLEMAN, Rashaan 13 yd run (DUNLAP, Chase kick)
6 plays, 75 yards, TOP 2:40 0 – 7
07:56 SEMO COLEMAN, Ron 5 yd run (KNIGHT, Alex kick)
11 plays, 44 yards, TOP 4:18 7 – 7
2nd 14:50 APSU DUNLAP, Chase 31 yd field goal
16 plays, 61 yards, TOP 8:06 7 – 10
12:34 SEMO LATHROP, Scott 40 yd run (KNIGHT, Alex kick)
6 plays, 75 yards, TOP 2:16 14 – 10
10:29 SEMO COLEMAN, Ron 1 yd run (KNIGHT, Alex kick)
5 plays, 22 yards, TOP 1:48 21 – 10
3rd 09:56 APSU COLEMAN, Rashaan 6 yd run (DUNLAP, Chase kick)
7 plays, 71 yards, TOP 3:55 21 – 17
05:53 SEMO McCRUM, Ryan 27 yd field goal
9 plays, 53 yards, TOP 3:57 24 – 17
03:22 APSU COLEMAN, Rashaan 20 yd run (DUNLAP, Chase kick)
5 plays, 68 yards, TOP 2:31 24 – 24
4th 14:37 SEMO COLEMAN, Ron 5 yd run (KNIGHT, Alex kick failed)
9 plays, 85 yards, TOP 3:40 30 – 24
14:22 APSU PERRY, EnRiques 99 yd kickoff return (DUNLAP, Chase kick)
30 – 31
10:41 SEMO COLEMAN, Ron 1 yd run (LATHROP, Scott pass failed)
7 plays, 62 yards, TOP 3:36 36 – 31
05:53 APSU DUNLAP, Chase 33 yd field goal
9 plays, 61 yards, TOP 4:40 36 – 34

 

 

Kickoff time: 1:00 pm • End of Game: 4:01 • Total elapsed time: 3:01
Referee: Ken Stovall • Umpire: John Graham • Linesman: David Seewer • Line judge: Jeff Irwin • Back judge: W. Kirk Walker • Field judge: Randy Jackson • Side judge: Al Studstill •
Temperature: 63 • Wind: S15 G22 • Weather: Overcast
Final game at the current Governors Stadium.

Team Statistics

Team Totals SEMO APSU
FIRST DOWNS 20 24
Rushing 16 18
Passing 3 5
Penalty 1 1
NET YARDS RUSHING 315 314
Rushing Attempts 48 53
Average Per Rush 6.6 5.9
Rushing Touchdowns 5 3
Yards Gained Rushing 326 319
Yards Lost Rushing 11 5
NET YARDS PASSING 79 127
Completions-Attempts-Int 6-11-0 9-19-1
Average Per Attempt 7.2 6.7
Average Per Completion 13.2 14.1
Passing Touchdowns 0 0
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS 394 441
Total offense plays 59 72
Average Gain Per Play 6.7 6.1
Fumbles: Number-Lost 1-0 0-0
Penalties: Number-Yards 4-40 5-71
PUNTS-YARDS 2-78 1-49
Average Yards Per Punt 39.0 49.0
Net Yards Per Punt 29.5 41.0
Inside 20 0 0
50+ Yards 0 0
Touchbacks 0 0
Fair catch 0 0
KICKOFFS-YARDS 7-360 7-362
Average Yards Per Kickoff 51.4 51.7
Net Yards Per Kickoff 29.0 34.7
Touchbacks 2 1
Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD 1-8-0 1-19-0
Average Per Return 8.0 19.0
Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD 5-94-0 3-107-1
Average Per Return 18.8 35.7
Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD 1-38-0 0-0-0
Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD 0-0-0 0-0-0
Miscellaneous Yards 0 0
Possession Time 26:22 33:38
1st Quarter 4:24 10:36
2nd Quarter 6:50 8:10
3rd Quarter 8:34 6:26
4th Quarter 6:34 8:26
Third-Down Conversions 3 of 9 9 of 15
Fourth-Down Conversions 2 of 2 2 of 2
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 5-5 5-5
Touchdowns 4-5 3-5
Field goals 1-5 2-5
Sacks By: Number-Yards 0-0 0-0
PAT Kicks 3-4 4-4
Field Goals 1-2 2-3

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