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#20/#19 Austin Peay (4-2 | 2-0 OVC) at Tennessee State (1-6 | 0-3 OVC)
Saturday, October 19th, 2019 | 4:30pm CT
Clarksville, TN – After taking down back-to-back nationally-ranked opponents, the 19th-ranked Austin Peay State University (APSU) football team will travel to Nashville to take on Tennessee State in a 4:30pm, Saturday, October 19th contest at Nissan Stadium.
The Govs will be Tennessee State’s Homecoming opponent, as they were in 2017 the last time these teams got together in Nashville. A large crowd is expected to be on hand at the Tigers home away from home.
Saturday’s game will be broadcast via ESPN+, as will all home and Ohio Valley Conference road games with the exception of the November 2nd game at Eastern Kentucky, which will be on ESPN3.
About the Tennessee State Tigers
The Tigers offense will pose the Governors toughest defensive test to date, entering the game ranked 24th among FCS teams with 445.7 yards total offense. TSU’s passing game provides the bulk of that threat, ranking 12th at 304.9 yards per game. Quarterback Cameron Rosendahl is one of two OVC quarterbacks with more than 2,000 passing yards this season.
On the other side of the ball, Tennessee State has allowed 474.3 yards per game and has surrendered more than 500 yards in four of its seven outings. The Tigers run defense has proven particularly vulnerable, allowing more than 200 yards five times in 2019. Last week, TSU surrendered 232 rushing yards to a Murray State squad that had just 167 rushing yards in its two previous OVC games.
Last Time Out Against Tennessee State
Entering the October 6th contest the Govs lost their two previous OVC outings but by the final gun against Tennessee State the Govs were back in the win column thanks to five forced turnovers en route to a 49-34 victory at Fortera Stadium.
The APSU Govs are one of eight FCS teams that have not lost a fumble in 2019 and are seventh nationally in sacks allowed per game (0.67). Only Wofford (6th in fumbles lost, 1st in sacks allowed) and Dartmouth (6th and 1st) are ranked in the FCS Top 10 in both fewest fumbles lost and sacks allowed this season.
When the Govs and Tigers tee it up Saturday, the two of the FCS’ top receivers will be on display. Tennessee State Chris Rowland is the subdivision’s top wide receiver in both receptions (10.0) and receiving yards per game (145.9). The Governors DeAngelo Wilson is ranked 10th in both receiving yards per game (100.7) and touchdown receptions (6).
One 38-yard punt will put Devin Stuart past Grad Wright for eighth in career punt yards.
In his last start against Tennessee State, JaVaughn Craig accounted for a program-record 466 yards total offense against the Tigers in the 2016 meeting. His 322 yards through the air in that game also marked the last time a Governor quarterback broke the 300-yard barrier.
Wilson needs to average 66.0 yards over the next six games to reach the 1,000-yard barrier.
Austin Peay State University will compete in its first Sgt. York Trophy Game of 2019 after winning the trophy in 2017 and 2018.
APSU Govs Online
Be sure to follow all the Austin Peay State University football action at LetsGoPeay.com and the official Facebook page of APSU Athletics. In addition, live play-by-play coverage can be found on Twitter (@GovsFB) and PeayStats.com. Live coverage from this weekend will be provided via streaming (ESPN+).
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