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Clarksville, TN – Freshman running back Kentel Williams nabbed his second straight 200 plus all-purpose yard game and his fourth out of the last five games with a rushing touchdown – his score Saturday sparked a 13-0 lead for the Govs – in Austin Peay State’s 49-13 loss on the road at Southeastern Conference opponent Kentucky Saturday in Commonwealth Stadium.Williams, the reigning STATS Inc. FCS Freshman of the Week, accounted for 124 rushing yards and 116 kick return yards to secure his 241 all-purpose yards.
His 17-yard touchdown gave the Govs a 7-0 lead with 1:04 left in the first quarter.
The Govs 13-0 lead on UK, following a Gunnar Scholato interception return for a touchdown with 14:51 left in the second quarter, marked the second time this season APSU has led an FBS opponent. The Govs led Troy 14-13 early in the second quarter of the season opener.
After Scholato’s 25-yard pick six that gave the Govs a 13-0 lead, Kentucky rattled off 49 unanswered points sparked by a Benny Snell Jr. 30-yard touchdown run seven plays later to control of the contest.
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Williams, 1,091 all-purpose yards, joined teammate Kyran Moore as one of two Govs to surpass 1,000 all-purpose yards on the season. Moore’s 1,244 all-purpose yards is the highest all-purpose total since Ryan White accounted for 1,279 yards in 2011. White was one of two players the last time the Govs had two players over 1,000 all-purpose yards back in 2009. Terrence Holt accounted for 2,373 yards while White added 1,167 yards.
As a team, the Govs finished with 5,382 all-purpose yards setting a new APSU team single-season record surpassing the old record of 5,354 yards previously held by the 2002 squad. The 2016 team also set the all-purpose yards per game record averaging 489.3 all-purpose yards per game.
Williams became the second Gov to rush for over 100 yards in back-to-back season in 2016 with his 124 rushing yards on 25 attempts. He had 175 yards against Eastern Kentucky in the Govs’ last game.
Jeremiah Mitchell led the Govs with nine tackles including eight solo stops. He was also one of three Govs with a tackle for loss in the contest.
With is interception for a score to open the second quarter, Scholato became the first Gov to score a defensive touchdown since 2014 when Damien Whitfield ran 12 yards after an interception against Southeast Missouri for a TD.
The Govs also finished the season at a 57 percent completion percentage – the fourth best mark in a single-season in program history. Their 127.5 passing efficiency rating is the third best mark in a single season.
After two touchdowns Saturday, the Govs accounted for 51 scores on the season. It’s the third best in program history and only the fourth time an APSU team has accounted for over 50 touchdowns. The 1999 and 1969 teams hold the record with 58 touchdowns in a season.
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APSU 1:04 – Williams hurdled a defender and scampered 17-yards capping off a nine-play, 63-yard scoring drive giving the Govs a 7-0 lead.
APSU 14:51 – Scholato jumped in front of a Luke Wright pass and ran 25-yards for the touchdown. APSU missed the point after try but led the Wildcats 13-0.
UK 6:51 – UK got on the scoreboard following a 30-yard run by Snell that ended a seven-play, 37-yard drive for the Wildcats.
UK 3:37 – The Wildcats took a 14-13 lead three minutes later when Stephen Johnson connected with C.J. Conrad for 14 yards and the score.
UK 0:59 – UK took a 21-13 lead into the half on Johnson’s second touchdown pass of the frame. This time he hit Garrett Johnson for 40 yards.
UK 13:42 – Stanley Williams scored on a 25-yard touchdown run.
UK 10:25 – Benny Snell Jr. scored on the first play of a UK drive with a 48-yard touchdown run.
UK 6:30 – Jojo Kemp scored on another one-play drive for the Wildcats. Kemp ran for 40 yards and the score.
UK 12:51 – Kemp scored his second rushing touchdown of the game. This time he punched it in from seven yards out ending a 13-play, 72 yard UK drive.
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