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Govs’ schedule includes opener in FCS Kickoff

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By Colby Wilson

APSU Athletic Communications

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay, the defending Ohio Valley Conference champion, will play five home games during an 11-game schedule in 2020, the athletics department announced today.

The Governors begin the season with the 2020 Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff against Central Arkansas, August 29, released Tuesday. Austin Peay then travels to Cincinnati for the seventh meeting between the two teams, Sept. 5. The Govs pushed the Bearcats to the limit in their last meeting, before falling 26-14 in 2017.

Austin Peay opens its home schedule with its OVC-opening affair against UT Martin, Sept. 12. It will be the Govs earliest conference opener since a Sept. 10, 2016 contest against Tennessee Tech. Austin Peay and UT Martin have split the last four meetings in the series with the home team winning each time, including APSU’s 38-24 victory in Clarksville last season.

After the first of two bye weeks in the 2020 schedule, the Governors host East Tennessee in a Sept. 26 contest. It will be the Buccaneers’ first trip to Clarksville since 1977 – their final year ETSU was a member of the OVC. The Govs will seek to exact a measure of revenge against the Bucs, who won a 20-14 contest in Johnson City last season.

An Oct. 3 contest at Eastern Illinois begins a closing stretch of seven consecutive OVC games. Austin Peay will look for its first win in Charleston since 2008 after posting a dominating victory against the Panthers in Clarksville last season.

Austin Peay then hosts Eastern Kentucky, Oct. 10, and will look to snap the Colonels hold at Fortera Stadium. The Govs have not defeated the Colonels in two tries since the opening of Fortera Stadium and are seeking their first home win against EKU since 2011.

A tough stretch of OVC tests continues the following week when the Governors head to Jacksonville State for an Oct. 17 matchup. Austin Peay manhandled Jacksonville State in their 2019 meeting at Fortera Stadium and will seek to build on that victory in their trip to Burgess-Snow Field. A win in Jacksonville would be the Govs first since 1979.

The Govs’ second off week falls before their Oct. 31 game at Southeast Missouri. The matchup between the OVC’s two 2019 FCS Playoff participants falls on Halloween and promises to be a close affair with the last three games decided by a touchdown or less – Austin Peay won a 28-24 contest last season.

The Govs’ 2020 Homecoming game will feature a visit from Tennessee State, Nov. 7. It is another revenge game for Austin Peay, which suffered its lone OVC loss at the hands of the Tigers last season. Austin Peay is 6-5 at home against Tennessee State all time, including an impressive 49-34 win in the 2018 meeting between the teams.

Austin Peay closes the road portion of its schedule with a Nov. 14 trip to Tennessee Tech. The Govs steamrolled the Golden Eagles, 58-21, in Cookeville last season in the first of seven consecutive victories that carried APSU into the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division I Football Championship.

An old rival will visit Clarksville to close out the 2019 regular-season schedule – as Murray State returns to Fortera Stadium Nov. 21 for the First Financial Battle of the Border. The Govs have dominated the series with the Racers recently, winning each of the last three games by at least a two-touchdown margin.

The 2020 NCAA Division I Football Championship begins the following weekend, Nov. 28, with opening-round action at eight campus sites.

Austin Peay Football Schedule
Sat., Aug. 29at Central Arkansas
Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff
Montgomery, Ala.TBA
Sat., Sept. 5at CincinnatiCincinnati, OhioTBA
Sat., Sept. 12UT MartinClarksville7 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 19Off Week
Sat., Sept. 26East TennesseeClarksville3 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 3at Eastern IllinoisCharleston, Ill.TBA
Sat., Oct. 10Eastern KentuckyClarksville3 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 17at Jacksonville StateJacksonville, Ala.TBA
Sat., Oct. 24Off Week
Sat., Oct. 31at Southeast MissouriCape Girardeau, Mo.TBA
Sat., Nov. 7Tennessee StateClarksville3 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 14at Tennessee TechCookeville, Tenn.TBA
Sat., Nov. 21Murray StateClarksville3 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 28FCS Playoffs Opening RoundTBATBA

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