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Austin Peay State University Governors Football loses at No. 5 Jacksonville State Gamecocks

 

APSU Sports Information

Austin Peay State University Governors - APSUJacksonville, AL – Austin Peay State University’s football team has played four ranked Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) teams in 2015.

Prior to Saturday, the Govs faced No. 14/17 Chattanooga, No. 22/23 Illinois State and No. 18/19 Eastern Kentucky earlier this season. But none has been better than No. 5/5 Jacksonville State, the first Top 10 team the Govs faced this year.

Austin Peay Football loses 56-0 to Jacksonville State Saturday. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Football loses 56-0 to Jacksonville State Saturday. (APSU Sports Information)

The Gamecocks more than lived up to their lofty billing, jumping out to a 28-0 first-quarter lead and rolling to a convincing 56-0 win against APSU, Saturday afternoon, in Ohio Valley Conference football action in JSU Stadium.

The loss dropped APSU to 1-8 on the season, 1-4 in the OVC. JSU improved to 7-1 with a perfect 5-0 OVC mark. In fact, no Govs’ opponent proved as dominating as Jacksonville State. The Gamecocks, who entered the contest ranked 12th in FCS for total offense and ninth in rushing, finished with 655 yards, including 416 on the ground. Defensively, they limited APSU to just eight first downs and 144 yards total offense.

The Governors actually had a chance early to gain some early momentum. The Gamecocks’ JD Williams fumbled the opening kickoff, with Montez Carlton recovering at the JSU 30. But the Govs’ offense gained absolutely no offensive traction, gaining zero yards on consecutive Justin Roberson rushes—Roberson started in place of freshman Otis Gerron, who missed Saturday’s game still recovering from a concussion suffered against UT Martin.

Wesley Thomas dropped a third-down pass from Mickey Macius, leaving the Govs facing fourth down. APSU has not attempted a field goal all season and it eschewed the three-point opportunity in this situation. JSU collapsed Macius’ protection and sacked him for a five-yard loss, ending the early Govs’ threat.

In fact, the momentum immediately shifted to Jacksonville State as it took the ball 65 yards in nine plays, using just 1:55 on the clock, to take a 7-0 lead on a Troymaine Pope 7-yard run to the delight of the homecoming crowd. It was the start of a 28-point Gamecock first quarter as JSU never looked back.

Running back DaMarcus James, the OVC Preseason Player of the Year who scored five times against APSU a year ago, had 99 yards rushing and a TD—that coming out of the Wildcat. But it was sophomore quarterback Eli Jenkins who confounded the Govs during the first and third quarters—the only two quarters he played. Jenkins finished the contest 10-of-11 passing for 146 yards and one TD while rushing for another 75 yards and a score on only eight attempts.

APSU finished with just 31 yards passing as Macius and Darrien Boone combined for 8-of-21 passing. Boone did gain 40 rushing yards on nine attempts. Roberson led all Govs rushers with 57 yards on 17 carries.

Defensively, cornerback-turned-safety Buddy Mitchell led all tacklers with a career-high 13 tackles, including two for loss. Freshman David Wall continued his emergence at safety with seven stops, the same number as linebackers Adam Noble and Zach Stuart.

Senior punter Ben Campbell enjoyed perhaps his finest 2014 performance with a 43.1 average on eight punts, including two more than 50 yards and three downed inside the 20.

Box Score

Jacksonville State (7-1 , 5-0) vs. Austin Peay (1-8 , 1-4)

1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Austin Peay 0 0 0 0 0
Jacksonville State 28 7 14 7 56

 

Qtr Time Scoring Play APSU JSU
1st 11:37 JSU – POPE,Troymaine 9 yd run (ROULEAU,Connor kick ), 7 plays, 65 yards, TOP 1:55
0
7
1st 07:16 JSU – BRUMMEL,Bo 0 yd fumble recovery (ROULEAU,Connor kick )
0
14
1st 05:33 JSU – JONES,Miles 4 yd run (ROULEAU,Connor kick ), 5 plays, 31 yards, TOP 1:33
0
21
1st 01:15 JSU – JENKINS,Eli 1 yd run (ROULEAU,Connor kick ), 6 plays, 62 yards, TOP 2:09
0
28
2nd 03:36 JSU – LeMAY,Christian 7 yd run (ROULEAU,Connor kick ), 12 plays, 74 yards, TOP 4:46
0
35
3rd 09:19 JSU – JONES,Miles 21 yd run (ROULEAU,Connor kick ), 9 plays, 82 yards, TOP 2:59
0
42
3rd 02:00 JSU – JONES,Miles 22 yd run (ROULEAU,Connor kick ), 6 plays, 79 yards, TOP 1:48
0
49
4th 12:01 JSU – JAMES,DaMarcus 2 yd run (ROULEAU,Connor kick ), 11 plays, 86 yards, TOP 3:13
0
56

 

 

APSU JSU
FIRST DOWNS 8 36
Rushing 7 23
Passing 1 12
Penalty 0 1
NET YARDS RUSHING 113 416
Rushing Attempts 38 60
Average Per Rush 3.0 6.9
Rushing Touchdowns 0 7
Yards Gained Rushing 143 438
Yards Lost Rushing 30 22
NET YARDS PASSING 31 239
Completions-Attempts-Int 8-21-1 18-28-0
Average Per Attempt 1.5 8.5
Average Per Completion 3.9 13.3
Passing Touchdowns 0 1
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS 144 655
Total offense plays 59 88
Average Gain Per Play 2.4 7.4
Fumbles: Number-Lost 1-1 2-1
Penalties: Number-Yards 4-35 2-10
PUNTS-YARDS 8-345 2-79
Average Yards Per Punt 43.1 39.5
Inside 20 3 0
50+ Yards 2 0
Touchbacks 0 1
Fair catch 1 1
KICKOFFS-YARDS 1 – 65 9 – 477
Average Yards Per Kickoff 65.0 53.0
Touchbacks 0 3
Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD 0-0-0 2-6-0
Average Per Return 0 3.0
Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD 5-106-0 1-30-0
Average Per Return 21.2 30.0
Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD 0-0-0 1-7-0
Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD 0-0-0 0-0-0
Miscellaneous Yards 0 0
Possession Time 29:52 30:08
Third-Down Conversions 3 of 15 8 of 13
Fourth-Down Conversions 0 of 3 1 of 2
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 0-1 6-6
Sacks By: Number-Yards 1 – 14 4 – 23
PAT Kicks 0-0 8-8
Field Goals 0-0 0-0

 


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