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Austin Peay State University Football no match for Memphis Tigers in 63-0 loss

 

APSU Sports Information Office

Austin Peay State University Governors - APSUMemphis, TN – The Memphis Tigers scored on its first six offensive possessions, including five rushing touchdowns, as Austin Peay State University lost its season opener, 63-0, a contest played Saturday night at the Liberty Bowl.

It was APSU’s fourth straight season-opening loss—all to Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams. The Govs last season-opening win was a 38-6 home victory against Cumberland in the 2010 season.

Austin Peay Governors Football loses at Memphis, 63-0. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Governors Football loses at Memphis, 63-0. (APSU Sports Information)

Memphis fashioned impressive drives of 60, 56, 66 and 69 in the first half mixed in with ones of 15 and 24 to command the contest.  Memphis only first-half punt come with five seconds left in the half.

The Govs mustered just three first-half first down and crossed midfield just once. APSU was outgained 329 to 47 in the first 30 minutes and 545 to 146 for the game. The Governors ended with eight first downs on the rainy night.

Memphis sophomore quarterback Paxton Lynch threw for 188 first-half yards and a TD while rushing for two more TDs and 29 yards. He finished 20 of 27 for 242 yards and two TDs. He was the only Tiger to throw a pass on the night.

APSU junior quarterback Trey Taylor, taking his first career snaps, completed just one pass (six attempts) for nine first half yards while freshman Darrien Boone, also making his first college appearance, completed just one of three passes for five yards. For the game, the Govs completed 6-of-16 passes for 30 yards.

The Govs’ lone offensive first-half bright spot was Justin Roberson, who had 50 yards rushing on eight attempts, although it was Boone who had the Govs’ longest offensive play—a 39-yard second-half run.

Defensively, safeties Johnathan Shuler and Damien Whitfield combined for 15 first-half tackles, meaning the secondary was involved in many of the plays. Sophomore corner Rod Owens had an interception, a pass breakup and forced a fumble.

Boone helped engineer APSU deepest penetration into Memphis territory as two Rashaan Coleman runs—plus a 15-yard personal foul penalty—and a Boone 19-yard run helped the Govs get to the Memphis 36. But that is where the drive stalled as APSU was shutout for the second straight game dating back to the 2013 finale.

The Governors now will have a bye week before opening New Governors Stadium against Chattanooga, 6:00pm, September 13th.

Video – Kirby Cannon

 

Video – Justin Roberson

Box Score

Memphis (1-0) vs. Austin Peay (0-1)

1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Austin Peay Governors 0 0 0 0 0
Memphis Tigers 21 21 14 7 63

 


 

Qtr Time Scoring Play APSU MEM
1st 12:11 MEM – CRAFT, Sam 2 yd run (ELLIOTT, Jake kick), 9 plays, 60 yards, TOP 2:49
0
7
1st 09:20 MEM – HAYES, Brandon 3 yd run (ELLIOTT, Jake kick), 4 plays, 15 yards, TOP 1:47
0
14
1st 03:43 MEM – DORCEUS, D. 5 yd run (ELLIOTT, Jake kick), 9 plays, 56 yards, TOP 3:21
0
21
2nd 12:45 MEM – LYNCH, Paxton 5 yd run (ELLIOTT, Jake kick), 5 plays, 24 yards, TOP 1:39
0
28
2nd 09:17 MEM – LYNCH, Paxton 9 yd run (ELLIOTT, Jake kick), 7 plays, 66 yards, TOP 2:05
0
35
2nd 04:34 MEM – CROSS, Alan 9 yd pass from LYNCH, Paxton (ELLIOTT, Jake kick) 10 plays, 69 yards, TOP 3:49
0
42
3rd 09:41 MEM – FRAZIER, Mose 17 yd pass from LYNCH, Paxton (ELLIOTT, Jake kick) 9 plays, 81 yards, TOP 3:13
0
49
3rd 07:39 MEM – DORCEUS, D. 8 yd run (ELLIOTT, Jake kick), 1 plays, 8 yards, TOP 0:05
0
56
4th 05:53 MEM – COOPER, Jarvis 6 yd run (ELLIOTT, Jake kick), 4 plays, 41 yards, TOP 2:17
0
63

 

 

APSU MEM
FIRST DOWNS 8 28
Rushing 6 14
Passing 1 10
Penalty 1 4
NET YARDS RUSHING 116 303
Rushing Attempts 34 55
Average Per Rush 3.4 5.5
Rushing Touchdowns 0 7
Yards Gained Rushing 167 315
Yards Lost Rushing 51 12
NET YARDS PASSING 30 242
Completions-Attempts-Int 6-16-1 20-27-1
Average Per Attempt 1.9 9.0
Average Per Completion 5.0 12.1
Passing Touchdowns 0 2
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS 146 545
Total offense plays 50 82
Average Gain Per Play 2.9 6.6
Fumbles: Number-Lost 2-1 4-1
Penalties: Number-Yards 9-61 6-55
PUNTS-YARDS 11-428 2-102
Average Yards Per Punt 38.9 51.0
Inside 20 3 0
50+ Yards 2 1
Touchbacks 0 1
Fair catch 0 0
KICKOFFS-YARDS 1 – 58 10 – 645
Average Yards Per Kickoff 58.0 64.5
Touchbacks 0 6
Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD 1-2-0 7-112-0
Average Per Return 2.0 16.0
Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD 4-59-0 0-0-0
Average Per Return 14.8 0
Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD 1-0-0 1-29-0
Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD 0-0-0 0-0-0
Miscellaneous Yards 0 0
Possession Time 25:47 34:13
Third-Down Conversions 1 of 13 6 of 12
Fourth-Down Conversions 0 of 0 2 of 2
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 0-0 9-10
Sacks By: Number-Yards 0 – 0 2 – 24
PAT Kicks 0-0 9-9
Field Goals 0-0 0-0

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