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APSU notes: Govs hold Skyhawks to minus 25-yards

By Cody Bush

APSU Athletics Communications

  • Austin Peay ended the night tied for first place in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Govs are tied with Southeast Missouri, who they defeated earlier this season, with two regular-season games remaining.
  • The Governors defense held UT Martin to minus-25 yards rushing and 261 total offensive yards. It is the fewest rushing yards UTM has finished with this season and the second fewest total yards (194 at Florida).
  • Austin Peay surpassed 4,000 offensive yards for the fourth consecutive season – fifth time in program history – and its 4,361 yards is 286 yards shy of breaking the program record (4,646 yards in 2017).

CAPTAINS AND COIN TOSS

  • Kyle Anderton, Juantarius Bryant, Kadeem Goulbourne, and Pat Walker.
  • Austin Peay won the toss and deferred to the second half.
  • UT Martin elected to receive the opening kickoff.

SERIES UPDATE

  • Austin Peay defeated UT Martin in Clarksville for the second consecutive year and 14th time overall.
  • UTM leads the all-time series, which started in 1930, 39-27-2.
  • Austin Peay’s 38 points scored are its most against the Skyhawks dating back to a 38-48 loss in 2009.
  • It is the most points the Govs have scored in a win against the Skyhawks since 1996.

SGT. YORK TROPHY UPDATE

  • Austin Peay finished its 2019 Sgt. York Trophy schedule with a 2-1 record. However, it must wait to see if it will retain the trophy.
  • Tennessee State, which defeated the Govs earlier this season, will face Tennessee Tech and UT Martin in its final two regular season games.

OFFENSIVE SPARKS

  • DeAngelo Wilson eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards on the season, making him only the third player in program history to reach that single-season mark. He has 1,092 receiving yards this season and needs only 10 yards to break the APSU record held by Lanis Frederick (1,101 yards in 2006).
  • Austin Peay won thanks to five rushing touchdowns, tying its five-touchdown day against Jacksonville State for most rushing TDs in a game this season.
  • The Governors did not throw a touchdown pass against the Skyhawks, it is the first time APSU has not thrown for a TD this season and snapped an 11 game streak with at least one touchdown strike.
  • JaVaughn Craig posted his eighth-consecutive 200-yard passing day, finishing with 255 yards. He finished the night with 2,196 passing yards this season – third most in program history – and became the fifth Govs passer to throw for 2,000 yards in a season.
  • It is the second time in 2019 the Govs had a 100-yard receiver (DeAngelo Wilson, 126 yards) and a 100-yard rusher (Kentel Williams (118 yards) in the same game, joining the North Carolina Central game.
  • With two rushing touchdowns today, and 23 in his career, Kentel Williams moved into a tie with Terrence Holt for fourth all-time in career touchdowns.
  • DeAngelo Wilson amassed 126 receiving yards for his third consecutive 100-yard receiving day and sixth this season.
  • Kentel Williams’ 118-yard rushing day was his third 100-yard outing of 2019.
  • Craig also finished the night with 2,639 total offensive yards this season, 57 yards shy of breaking the record held by Brian Baker (2,695 yards in 1999).

DEFENSIVE STANDS

  • Josephus Smith’s 2.5 tackles for a loss today gives him 15 on the season, the seventh-best single-season mark in program history – he is only four TFL away from matching the single-season program record of 19. He has recorded a tackle for loss in six consecutive games.
  • Smith recorded a team-best two sacks against the Skyhawks. It is his fifth game in the last six with at least a half sack.
  • Kordell Jackson’s seventh interception of the season moves him into sole possession of second place on the Govs single-season interception list. He trails only Howell Flatt, who recorded nine picks in 1966.
  • The Governors six sacks as a team tied the program’s single-game record, matching the six-sack performance the Governors posted against Valparaiso, Sep. 23, 2000.
  • Shaun Whittinghill recorded a sack for the fourth time in his last five games.
  • Austin Peay was credited with eight pass breakups, including two by Whittinghill, for the fifth most in program history.

SPECIAL TEAMS SPRINTS

  • Logan Birchfield’s five point-after attempts and made field goal gives him 207 career points. Making him only the third player, and second kicker, in program history to record 200 career points.
  • Austin Peay used a fake field goal in the second quarter to convert a first down on 4th-and-3 at the UT Martin 13-yard line and it ultimately led to their first touchdown.

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