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Govs pick up third game, will play at Pitt

APSU Athletics Communications

By Cody Bush

APSU Athletics Communications

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay added a third game – completing the fall portion of its 2020-21 football schedule – with the Govs traveling northeast for a Sept. 12 contest at Pittsburgh.

It will be only the second time the Governors football team has traveled to Pennsylvania and its first-ever meeting against Pittsburgh. Austin Peay last traveled to the Keystone State for a Sept. 15, 1990 meeting against Temple.

The Sept. 12 contest will be Pittsburgh’s season-opener with the kickoff time and broadcast station to be announced later. The Panthers went 8-5 in 2019 and defeated Eastern Michigan in the Quick Lane Bowl. The contest against Pittsburgh replaces the Governors contest against East Tennessee that was postponed earlier this month.

“We have maintained an open dialogue with our football colleagues and been open to the idea of adding a game to our schedule since the OVC announced the postponement of the conference schedule,” said Director of Athletics Gerald Harrison. “We saw the opportunity to play an ACC program as a positive one for our student-athletes and our program. We had a discussion with our football student-athletes about their interest in playing and they were excited about the opportunity to play at Heinz Field – home of the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers – against the Panthers.”

Austin Peay opens the 2020-21 football season with the Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff against Central Arkansas, Saturday. That game will be followed by the Pittsburgh game, Sept. 12, with the Governors then traveling to Cincinnati for a Sept. 19 contest.

On August 14, the Ohio Valley Conference elected to postpone fall conference competition in all sports. However, the league allowed football-playing institutions that are able to demonstrate a team’s willingness and readiness to compete based on the NCAA’s Resocialization of Collegiate Sport: Developing Standards for Practice and Competition and the NCAA’s mental health guidance are approved to play up to four nonconference games.

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