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Austin Peay State University Governors Football loses 49-12 at Mercer

 

APSU Sports Information Office

Austin Peay State University Governors - APSUMacon, GA – Austin Peay State University’s football team could not overcome a 28-0 first-quarter deficit and fell to Mercer, 49-21, Saturday, in a non-conference football game played at Mercer University Stadium.

The loss dropped APSU to 0-6 on the season while Mercer improved to 5-2. The Governors losing streak now stands at 18 games.

Austin Peay freshman walk-on Otis Gerron rushed for 196 yards, including an 89-yard TD run in the Govs loss. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay freshman walk-on Otis Gerron rushed for 196 yards, including an 89-yard TD run in the Govs loss. (APSU Sports Information)

Mercer scored the first four times it touched the football, including a 61-yard punt return by Chandler Curtis and an 80-yard John Russ to Tee Mitchell toss, and the shell-shocked Governors could not respond.

APSU finally scored with 9:25 left in the second quarter on a Mickey Macius seven-yard TD pass to Malik Boynton. But any momentum was short-lived when quarterback Russ, who completed 10-of-13 passes for 179 yards, threw a TD strike to JT Palmer.

APSU's Mickey MaciusThe freshman Macius, who came off the bench for an injured Darrien Boone in the second quarter, threw his second TD pass with a little help from the defense. Macius’ pass was a little short but it was tipped to Jared Beard, who caught his first career TD pass, this one from 32 yards out to open the second half and cut the deficit to 35-13.

But the Govs could not maintain that momentum. APSU other score came late when freshman Otis Gerron, maintaining his balance after seemingly being stopped at the line, broke free for an 89-yard run with 4:16 left. It was the APSU’s longest TD runs since Jay Bailey scampered 99 yards against Valparaiso, September 23rd, 2000.

APSU's Otis GerronGerron finished the night with 196 yards rushing on 15 carries–it was the most rushing yards by a Gov since Ryan White had 228 against Southeast Missouri, October 10th, 2009.

APSU finished the night with a season-high 362 yards total, including 245 on the ground—thanks to Gerron.

Macius ended 6-of-11 for 86 yards, with Rashaan Coleman leading the way with three catches for 40 yards.

Defensively, sophomore linebacker Antonio Turner led the way with eight tackles, including 1.5 for loss.

APSU's Antonio TurnerFreshman defensive end Tyler Schneider had the Govs only sack and finished with 1.5 tackles for loss.

Lakes finished with 99 yards rushing for Mercer.

The Governors were hampered by penalties much of the night, especially in the first half. The Governors were charged with 13 penalties, nine in the first half, for 116 yards.

Mercer was charged with just three penalties the entire game by the Southern Conference officiating crew.

Box Score

Mercer (5-2) vs. Austin Peay (0-6)

Score by Quarters 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Austin Peay 0 6 7 8 21
Mercer 28 7 0 14 49

 

 

Qtr Time Scoring Play APSU MER
1st 13:12 MER – Alex Lakes 12 yd run (Jagger Lieb kick ), 5 plays, 75 yards, TOP 1:48
0
7
1st 09:33 MER – Chandler Curtis 61 yd punt return (Jagger Lieb kick )
0
14
1st 05:38 MER – Tee Mitchell 80 yd pass from John Russ (Jagger Lieb kick ) 1 plays, 80 yards, TOP 0:11
0
21
1st 02:07 MER – Avery Ward 11 yd pass from John Russ (Jagger Lieb kick ) 5 plays, 38 yards, TOP 1:31
0
28
2nd 09:25 APSU – BOYNTON, Malik 7 yd pass from MACIUS, Mickey (VINCIL, Dakota kick ) 7 plays, 60 yards, TOP 3:50
6
28
2nd 06:27 MER – JT Palmer 12 yd pass from John Russ (Jagger Lieb kick ) 6 plays, 65 yards, TOP 2:56
6
35
3rd 12:24 APSU – BEARD, Jared 32 yd pass from MACIUS, Mickey (VINCIL, Dakota kick ) 5 plays, 65 yards, TOP 2:24
13
35
4th 12:47 MER – Alex Lakes 17 yd run (Jagger Lieb kick ), 3 plays, 47 yards, TOP 1:03
13
42
4th 04:36 MER – Derek Owings 5 yd pass from Michael Haynes (Jagger Lieb kick ) 14 plays, 70 yards, TOP 6:05
13
49
4th 04:16 APSU – GERRON, Otis 89 yd run (COLEMAN, Rashaa pass ), 1 plays, 89 yards, TOP 0:15
21
49

 

 

APSU MER
FIRST DOWNS 10 21
Rushing 5 11
Passing 5 8
Penalty 0 2
NET YARDS RUSHING 245 242
Rushing Attempts 41 40
Average Per Rush 6.0 6.1
Rushing Touchdowns 1 2
Yards Gained Rushing 270 265
Yards Lost Rushing 25 23
NET YARDS PASSING 117 209
Completions-Attempts-Int 10-17-1 14-20-0
Average Per Attempt 6.9 10.5
Average Per Completion 11.7 14.9
Passing Touchdowns 2 4
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS 362 451
Total offense plays 58 60
Average Gain Per Play 6.2 7.5
Fumbles: Number-Lost 0-0 1-0
Penalties: Number-Yards 13-116 3-22
PUNTS-YARDS 8-332 6-244
Average Yards Per Punt 41.5 40.7
Inside 20 1 3
50+ Yards 1 1
Touchbacks 0 0
Fair catch 2 2
KICKOFFS-YARDS 3 – 152 8 – 498
Average Yards Per Kickoff 50.7 62.3
Touchbacks 1 2
Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD 1-5-0 3-60-1
Average Per Return 5.0 20.0
Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD 6-114-0 1-7-0
Average Per Return 19.0 7.0
Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD 0-0-0 1-20-0
Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD 0-0-0 0-0-0
Miscellaneous Yards 0 0
Possession Time 31:12 28:48
Third-Down Conversions 7 of 16 4 of 12
Fourth-Down Conversions 0 of 1 2 of 2
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 1-1 5-5
Sacks By: Number-Yards 1 – 3 0 – 0
PAT Kicks 1-2 7-7
Field Goals 0-0 0-0

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