Bozeman, MT – The Austin Peay State University (APSU) football team’s magical postseason run ended in the NCAA Division I Football Championship’s national quarterfinals, with No. 5 national seed downing the Govs, 24-10, Friday night at Bobcat Stadium.
Austin Peay State University (11-4) could not find a consistent offensive rhythm in the contest, but when they did, they showed what helped them reach this historic point.
The drive stalled deep in Montana State territory, but Logan Birchfield got APSU on the board with a 38-yard field goal, but the Govs trailed 10-3 at halftime.
Montana State (11-3) opened the second half with back-to-back touchdown drives. The Bobcats forced a turnover on the half’s opening drive and converted a key 4th-and-1 opportunity to set up their offense in the red zone. Three plays later, they capitalized on the takeaway when Tucker Rovig found Kevin Kassis for a five-yard score.
The Bobcats forced a three-and-out on the ensuing APSU Govs possession. They then marched 63 yards in 11 plays, with running back Isaiah Ifanse rushing on seven of the 11 plays then connecting on a jump pass to Jason Scrempos for MSU’s third touchdown and a 24-3 lead.
Austin Peay State University’s defense would stop the Bobcats on their next drive, forcing a missed field goal. The ensuing Govs possession lasted one play as Craig found Wilson again for a 76-yard touchdown, closing the gap to 24-10 with 13:11 left in the game.
However, the Govs offense could not break through on its final three drives despite the defense forcing Montana State into a second missed field goal and a turnover on downs in its final three possessions.
Wilson surpassed the 2,000-career yard receiving mark with six catches for 118 yards – his eighth 100-yard receiving outing in 2019. Craig completed 18-of-37 passes for 173 yards but was sacked four times.
Ifanse finished with 196 rushing yards on 26 carries, rushing for a touchdown and passing for another.