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Austin Peay vs. Tennessee Tech
Saturday, November 14th, 2015 | 1:30pm CT
Clarksville, TN – For the final time in 2015, Austin Peay State University football team takes the field Saturday, traveling to Tennessee Tech for a 1:30pm kickoff at Tucker Stadium.
Austin Peay hopes to end 2015 on a high note against a two-win Tennessee Tech squad that has lost five straight (average deficit: 25.2 points) since a two-game winning streak in late September.But it will be a tall order for APSU to end the nation’s longest road losing streak (36 games)—the Govs have not beaten Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, TN since 2007.
The Governors trailed by six with under a minute to go in the first half of the home finale against Southeast Missouri last week, but a Ryan McCrum field goal as the first-half clock ran out was the first of 23 unanswered points for the visitors in a 44-15 victory.
When starting quarterback Timarious Mitchell was knocked out of the game, Austin Peay’s offense had a hard time moving the football, accruing just 37 total yards after his departure.
As Austin Peay’s defense has improved in recent weeks, Devon Jones‘ role in it has developed as well. A stalwart in the lineup since the Vanderbilt game, Jones has four games with eight or more tackles in his last seven outings, including a career-best 12 tackles (2.5 for loss) and a sack last week against Southeast Missouri.
For the first time in a month, Tennessee Tech finds itself at home, fresh off a bye week, for Homecoming. In that time, the Golden Eagles appear a little healthier—healthy enough, at least, to where wide receiver Brock McCoin won’t have to line up under center again.
With Jared Davis and Colby Brown unavailable due to injury, McCoin stepped up as the quarterback two weeks ago against Southeast Missouri, going 13-for-27 for 192 yards and rushing 27 times for 96 more. He’ll line up out wide against the Govs needing seven catches and 176 receiving yards to break the school single-season record in both categories.
Aside from the lack of experienced quarterback play, three turnovers didn’t help the Golden Eagles in their last outing against Southeast Missouri, October 31st. Tennessee Tech actually outgained the Redhawks (374 yards to 360), but Southeast Missouri enjoyed a 6.3 yards per play advantage and sacked McCoin seven times on the day.
Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles
Davis looks to shake off the rust under center—the Manchester, Tennessee native has thrown for 1132 yards in six games this season, but injuries and ineffectiveness limited him to a 9-for-40 showing against UT Martin (October 3rd) and Eastern Illinois (October 24th).
On the other side of the ball, Tra’Darius Goff leads the conference with 106 tackles—the only OVC defender to reach triple digits with two weeks to go in the regular season—while Maleek Hall (1 INT, 14 pass break-ups) leads the OVC with 15 passes defended.
Last Time Out Against Tennessee Tech
In his final appearance as a Governor, Nii Lartey posted a dozen tackles (3.0 for loss). Roderick Owens broke up two passes in last season’s edition—if he repeats that performance against the Golden Eagles, he would reach double-digits in pass break-ups for the first time in his career.
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