Austin Peay at UT Martin
Saturday, October 8th, 2016 | 2:00pm CT
Martin, TN | Hardy M. Graham Stadium
Martin, TN – The Austin Peay State University football team opens a two-game road trip, Saturday, at UT Martin with kickoff slated for 2:00pm, in Hardy M. Graham Stadium.
This is the 65th meeting between the two teams with the Skyhawks holding a 36-26-2 advantage in the all-time series, including an 11-4 mark in Ohio Valley Conference games.
The Govs enter the contest at 0-4 on the season and 0-3 in OVC play, while the Skyhawks bring a 2-3 overall record and a 1-1 OVC record into the game.
Austin Peay enters the game at 0-4 on the season and 0-3 in the OVC after suffering a 45-17 loss to rival Murray State in the Battle of the Border in its last game.
Quarterback Tommy Hays broke a school record in the Murray game, completing his first 14 passes. Hays finished the night 14-of-17 for 160 yards. Hays also became the first Govs quarterback to rush for a pair of touchdowns since the 2001 season after crossing the goal line on the ground twice against the Racers.
One week prior, APSU fell 56-35 to then ranked No. 16 EIU on the road. Austin Peay’s 35 points against the Panthers were the most points scored in an OVC game since the 2012 season against Tennessee Tech.
Kyran Moore was honored as the Ohio Valley Specialist of the Week after his 98-yard kickoff return. Moore is the first Gov to earn weekly league recognition since 2012 and the first APSU specialist since 2011.
Wide receiver Jared Beard notched career-highs with 11 catches for 176 yards and two TDs against EIU. He missed matching the APSU school record by one catch. He became just the sixth player to record more than 175 yards through the air in a game in program history.
Beard has caught 93 passes for 1,106 yards and 12 TDs in his career. He moved into ninth all-time in receptions after his seven catches against Murray State. He moved into a tie for 12th in reception yards and held in ninth in reception TDs.
Senior receiver Rashaan Coleman needs just six passes to move into a tie for 10th place on the all-time career reception list. Coleman sits at 85 catches after he hauled in a pass against Murray.
After only eight tackles against Murray State, linebacker Gunnar Scholato slipped to second in the NCAA in tackles per game, averaging 12.8. He leads the OVC in tackles per game and solo stops per game at 5.8.
Freshman linebacker Neonta Alexander averages 6.8 tackles per game, which leads the nation, and is the second ranked OVC freshman linebacker in tackles per game.