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Clarksville, TN – Freshman running back Kentel Williams totaled a record-breaking 399 all-purpose yards, including a 97-yard kickoff return touchdown, but his effort wasn’t enough as the Austin Peay State University football team fell 67-30 against Eastern Kentucky, Saturday, in the home finale at Fortera Stadium.Williams finished the night with 176 yards on the ground, 42 receiving and 181 on kick returns to set the APSU new single-game all-purpose school record.
Austin Peay’s 30 points are the most against Eastern Kentucky in the all-time series history.
Despite falling behind 25-0 to begin the contest, Austin Peay trimmed the deficit to 16 points following Nick Gauna‘s 52-yard field goal. However, on the ensuing kickoff, Jared Sanders took it to the house – a 90-yard score to push EKU’s lead back to 23 points.
Inside the Box Score
Williams breaks the school record for most all-purpose yards in a single game, passing Terrence Holt’s 338 yards against Murray in 2010.
In addition, for rushing performance, Williams posted the most rushing yards in a game since Otis Gerron‘s 196 yards at Mercer in 2014.
Following Williams’ kickoff return touchdown, the Govs now have two in 2016. It’s the first time Austin Peay has had two in a single-season since Holt had two in 2007 – from 85 and 75 yards out.
As a team, it’s the most kick return yards in a single-game since 2011.
In the fourth quarter, Nick Gauna connected on a 52-yard field goal, tying Steph Stansell for the longest in program history.
Running back Kendall Morris moved up to 24th all-time in rushing yards.
In his return game, safety James Bond made a team-high 11 tackles, seven of which were solo.
Safety Chris Hopkins recorded 10 tackles, including two break-ups.
Linebacker Gunnar Scholato had eight tackles and two quarterback hits.
Head Coach Will Healy on the team’s slow start
Head Coach Will Healy on the special teams
EKU 11:40 – On 3rd and 10, Tyler Swafford found Devin Borders for a 45-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion try was successful.
EKU 2:23 – Lucas Williams converted on a 31-yard field goal attempt.
EKU 13:19 – Jared Sanders broke free up the middle for a 16-yard rushing score, increasing EKU’s lead to 18-0.
EKU 11:31 – After an APSU turnover, the Colonels capitalized on it with a three-yard rushing touchdown by Daryl McCleskey Jr.
APSU 11:16 – On the ensuing kickoff, Kentel Williams returned the kick 97 yards for a touchdown.
EKU 10:09 – EKU answered back with a 22-yard passing touchdown as Swafford hit Dan Crimmins in the corner of the endzone.
EKU 6:51 – The Colonels added to their lead as Henry Enyenihi crossed the goal line for an eight-yard score.
APSU 2:15 – Austin Peay’s first offensive score of the night came on a nine-yard keeper by quarterback JaVaughn Craig.
APSU 13:38 – Craig’s second touchdown came early in the third quarter – a two-yard rushing score.
EKU 10:52 – EKU pushed its lead back out to 46-20 following a 35-yard burst by McCleskey.
APSU 7:19 – Williams continued his big night with a seven-yard touchdown around right end, ending an 11-play drive.
APSU 14:53 – Nick Gauna split the uprights with a 52-yard field goal, tying the APSU school record.
EKU 14:39 – The special teams onslaught continued as EKU’s Sanders sprinted for a 90-yard kickoff return touchdown.
EKU 9:37 – Eastern Kentucky increased its point total to 60 after a 19-yard touchdown run by McCleskey.
EKU 3:45 – Ralph Patton finished the game with a three-yard rushing touchdown.
Austin Peay concludes the 2016 season at Kentucky, 3:30pm, next Saturday.
The Kentel Williams Show
Prior to the Game
The Govs honored their 2016 senior class prior to kickoff.
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