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APSU Sports Information
Clarksville, TN – Sophomore quarterback Tommy Hays rushed for two touchdowns and completed over 80 percent of his passes, but the Austin Peay State University football team came up short 45-17 against Murray State, Saturday, at Fortera Stadium.
Following a 15-yard touchdown pass from KD Humphries to Jordon Gandy at the 3:11 mark of the second quarter, Murray State booted a short kickoff that was recovered at the APSU 25. Minutes later, the Racers tacked on another seven points after Humphries completed a 10-yard strike to Jesse Blackburn, increasing their lead to 24-3.
Inside the Box Score
The Governors scored on their first drive for the first time since last season vs. Southeast Missouri (November 7th), a 39-yard field goal by senior Nick Gauna.
Tommy Hays gave APSU its first touchdown 26 seconds before halftime, a 22-yard scamper down the sideline. Late in the third quarter, the signal caller scored his second touchdown of the night after scrambling up the middle for an eight-yard score.
In addition, Hays completed his first 14 passes, finishing with an 82.3 completion percentage. The two rushing touchdowns by Hays was the first time an APSU player rushed for multiple touchdowns in a single-game since Rashaan Coleman had three against SEMO (November 16th, 2013).
In addition, it’s the first Governors quarterback to rush for two or more touchdowns in a contest since Brian Baker totaled two on October 27th, 2001 against Morehead State.
The Govs, who entered the game as one of the top teams in the nation in passing yards per completion at 15.05, recorded 10.7 yards on 16 completions, Saturday.
Coming off his big game at Eastern Illinois, junior Jared Beard totaled seven catches for 60 yards, Saturday, including a 21-yard catch and run. Beard has now caught a pass in 13-straight games.
Zeandre Floyd registered his first catch of the season, a 16-yard reception in the second half.
Junior Malik Boynton had a season-high 10 tackles from his safety position.
For the first time this season, senior Roderick Owens picked off a pass, intercepting Humphries who was targeting a receiver in the corner of the endzone.
Head Coach Will Healy on the team’s mistakes
Healy on the differences tonight
Healy on Hays
APSU 10:22 – Nick Gauna converted on a 39-yard field goal.
MUR 1:00 – Murray State’s Connor Mitchell tied the game with a field goal, also from 39 yards out.
MUR 12:35 – Jordon Gandy made three catches on Murray State’s next drive, capping it off with a nine-yard touchdown reception.
MUR 3:11 – Gandy scored his second touchdown of the day, a 15-yard catch from KD Humphries.
MUR 1:38 – Soon after, Humphries tossed another touchdown, this time to Jesse Blackburn from 10 yards out.
APSU 0:26 – Just before halftime, Tommy Hays gave the Govs a boost, rushing for a 22-yard score.
MUR 10:29 – Despite starting at their own nine, the Racers mounted a 12-play drive, with Humphries ending it with a 10-yard rushing touchdown.
APSU 6:42 – Hays recorded his second rushing touchdown of the night, an eight-yard scamper up the middle.
MUR 7:19 – Mitchell Stults hauled in a nine-yard touchdown pass, Humphries’ fourth of the night.
MUR 3:48 – Humphries tossed his fifth touchdown, this one to Gandy from 12 yards out.
Austin Peay begins a two-game road trip, with an OVC contest at UT Martin coming up next Saturday, October 8th, at 2:00pm.
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