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Johnson City, TN – Austin Peay State University (APSU) football junior wide receiver DeAngelo Wilson posted his third 100-yard receiving performance of 2019 to help the Governors build a halftime lead before East Tennessee used a fourth-quarter rally to down the Govs, 20-14, Saturday, at William Green Jr. Stadium.
Austin Peay State University (2-2) scored on its first drive of the contest as Craig led a 5-play, 90-yard drive.
During the opening drive, the Govs unleashed the game’s first big play when on 3rd-and-4 on its own 42, senior quarterback JaVaughn Craig found Wilson down the sideline for a 54-yard completion and a 7-0 lead.
East Tennessee (2-2) would work the ball down the field on the ensuing drive. But got bogged down on the APSU 30-yard line as the Govs defense did not allow a yard on three consecutive plays to force a 48-yard field goal.
Neither team would score again until late in the second quarter with both the Govs and Bucs piecing together drives of 70-plus yards in the final 10 minutes.
ETSU’s scoring drive lasted six minutes and covered 73 yards with Malik McGue dashing in from six yards out to give the hosts a 10-7 lead.
That lead would not survive the Govs next possession. Craig needed just 10 plays and a little more than three minutes to push the Govs 75 yards down the field. Senior running back Kentel Williams finished the drive with a one-yard touchdown dive to give the Govs a 14-10 halftime lead.
The third quarter turned into a defensive battle as neither team could find traction offensively. The two teams combined for just 62 offensive yards – Austin Peay State University mustering six offensive yards while ETSU managed only 56 yards – and seven punts.
ETSU would break the second-half scoring drought midway through the fourth quarter, piecing together a 12-play, 85-yard drive. The Buccaneers converted their second third down of the drive when Quay Holmes scored from two yards out for a 17-14 lead.
ETSU would tack on a 37-yard field goal in the final minutes to set the final score.
Juantarius Bryant led the Govs defense with 13 tackles, including nine solo stops. linebacker Jack McDonald had a first-quarter fumble recovery and a third-quarter interception while also posting five tackles.
Hear It From Mark Hudspeth
On each team scoring on their first drive, then the defenses controlling the game
On the offense
On Devin Stuart pinning ETSU deep
“We’ve been wanting to get him the ball from day one. We’ve got a lot of good receivers, and they are all making plays. Tonight, I felt like we were not patient enough in the passing game to take what they give us, we forced some balls where we could’ve taken some shorter routes and kept the chains moving, and that hurt us in the consistency part. We’ve got to make better decisions in the passing game and I thought our pass protection for the first three quarters was pretty good. We’ve got to be more consistent on first down, we have got to be able to run the football, and they stopped us consistently in the run game in the second half.”
On Jacksonville State
Next Up For APSU Football
Austin Peay returns to Clarksville and opens Ohio Valley Conference play with a two-game homestand. The Govs host nationally-ranked and defending league champion Jacksonville State in a 2:00pm, Saturday contest. Fans can visit LetsGoPeay.com/BuyTickets and use the promo code SELLOUT to purchase discounted tickets for Saturday’s game.
TopicsAPSU, APSU Athletics, APSU Football, APSU Men's Football, APSU Sports, Austin Peay State University, Buccaneers, DeAngelo Wilson, Devin Stuart, East Tennessee, ETSU, Governors, Govs, Jack McDonald, Jacksonville State, JaVaughn Craig, Johnson City TN, Juantarius Bryant, Kentel Williams, Mark Hudspeth, Ohio Valley Conference, OVC, William Green Jr. Stadium
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