Clarksville, TN – After recording back-to-back shutouts at home, the Austin Peay State University (APSU) football team hits the road for the first time since its season opener when it takes on Alabama A&M in a Saturday 2:00pm showdown at Louis Crews Stadium in Huntsville, Alabama.
Last week the Governors shut out Mississippi Valley State, 41-0, in their first of two consecutive games against the Southwest Athletic Conference. Mike DiLiello completed 25 passes for 383 yards and five touchdowns and earned ASUN Conference Player of the Week in the rout of the Delta Devils.
DiLiello and the Governors’ offense are averaging 480 yards of total offense per game, which leads the ASUN and ranks seventh in the FCS this season. DiLiello leads the ASUN with 760 passing yards and 11 passing touchdowns this season. Drae McCray and Trey Goodman have combined to catch seven touchdowns this season – more than any other team in the conference.
On defense, Antoine Williams leads the ASUN in total tackles (25) and tackles per game (8.33) this season. Josh Rudolph is tied for third in the league with 21 tackles and his 14 solo stops are the top mark in the conference this season.
Saturday’s game will be streamed on the Alabama A&M Athletics YouTube channel.
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In the past five seasons, Austin Peay State University’s 36 victories are tied for the 13th most in the FCS and are the most in a five-year stretch in program history.
Awaiting the APSU Governors in the ASUN Conference are three other teams that rank in the top 15 in the FCS in wins during the past five seasons – Kennesaw State (49, 3rd), Jacksonville State (43, 7th), and Central Arkansas (35, 16th).
Shut It Down
Austin Peay State University’s defense has posted back-to-back shutout wins against Presbyterian and Mississippi Valley State. It is the first time the Governors have recorded consecutive shutouts since the 1964 season when they beat Tennessee Tech, 29-0, on November 14th and UT Martin, 35-0, on November 21st.
The APSU record for consecutive shutouts is four and was set with three-straight shutout wins against UT Junior College, Bethel, and Cumberland to close the 1946 season and then a shutout win against Tennessee Wesleyan in the 1947 opener.
On All Cylinders
Austin Peay State University has scored 104 points in its last two games, which is the most points in a two-game stretch in program history. The previous record of 103 points was set in 1968 when the Govs beat Findlay, 47-20, on November 2th and then beat Murray State, 56-35, on November 9th.
If Austin Peay State University can score 46 points against Alabama A&M, it will break the record for points scored in a three-game span — a record which includes the two games above and a 46-13 win over Middle Tennessee on October 26th, 1968.
Scotty Walden; Or, Life at Austin Peay State University
In his first 390 days at Austin Peay State University, Scotty Walden coached the Govs through 17 games in a 273-day span. His ten wins during that time are tied with Watson Brown (10-7, 1979-80) and only College Football Hall of Fame coach Boots Donnelly (11-6, 1977-78) has more wins through his first 17 games at APSU.
In his 20th game at Austin Peay State University, Walden picked up his 12th win against Mississippi Valley State and secured his spot with the third-most wins by an APSU head coach in their first 20 games.
In the inaugural ASUN Football Preseason Coaches Poll, Austin Peay State University received a first-place vote but was tabbed to finish fifth in the league with 15 points.
Kennesaw State was picked atop the league with four first-place votes and 34 points, while Central Arkansas – who received a single first-place vote – and Eastern Kentucky were tied for second with 25 points. Fourth-place Jacksonville State received 19 points and North Alabama rounded out the poll with 8 points.
New Kids In Stacheville
50 newcomers and 25 players that redshirted a season ago combine with 40 returning letterwinners to make up the 2022 Austin Peay State University football roster. The 50 newcomers are made up of 23 transfers — with nine players having Group of Five experience and a pair of players having Power Five experience — and 27 true freshmen.
Last Time Out
Austin Peay State University picked up its fourth-straight win at Fortera Stadium and posted its second-straight shutout with a 41-0 win against Mississippi Valley State.
The APSU Govs’ defense intercepted a pair of passes and allowed just 121 yards of total offense, with the Delta Devils running for 71 yards and passing for just 50 yards. APSU only allowed the MVSU offense to cross midfield on two of its 13 drives.
About the Alabama A&M Bulldogs
This is the first-ever meeting between Austin Peay State University and Alabama A&M.
This is Austin Peay State University’s second-ever game against a SWAC opponent after beating Mississippi Valley State last week.
After finishing third in the SWAC’s East Division with a 7-3 record and a 5-3 mark in conference play last season, Alabama A&M was tabbed to finish third in the East this season while receiving one first-place vote in the league’s preseason poll. The Bulldogs’ 87 points in the preseason poll were the fifth most in the league, regardless of division.
Alabama A&M led the SWAC in scoring offense (37.9), total offense (477.1), passing yards (366.0), and passing touchdowns (37) in 2021. QB Aqeel Glass was the SWAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2021, but he has since graduated. AAMU still returns a pair of Preseason First Team All-SWAC selections on offense in running back Gary Quarles and wide receiver Abdul-Fatai Ibrahim and one second-team selection in offensive lineman Carson Vinson.
A First Team All-SWAC selection last season, running back Gary Quarles led the league with 10 rushing touchdowns. Quarles averaged 95.5 rushing yards per game, which led the SWAC and ranked 14th in the FCS. Quarles also caught 21 passes for 224 yards last season. The 5-6 graduate running back was a 2021 BOXTOROW All-America Honorable Mention and earned Phil Steele First Team All-SWAC.
Next Up For APSU Football
The Austin Peay State University football team hosts a September 24th, 3:00pm contest against No. 19 Eastern Kentucky at Fortera Stadium in Clarksville. The game against the Colonels will serve as APSU’s 76th Homecoming Game and will also be the first-ever ASUN Conference football contest. The Governors and Colonels have split their last four meetings, with the EKU picking up a 35-27 win in Richmond, Kentucky last year
Single-game and group tickets for the three remaining home games are available online at LetsGoPeay.com/buytickets or by calling the Austin Peay Sate University ticket office at 931.221.PEAY (7329).