Football - Murray State at Austin Peay Preview

 

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Murray State Racers (0-4, 0-1 OVC)
at Austin Peay Governors (0-3, 0-2 OVC)
Saturday, Oct. 1 - 4:00 p.m. CT
Fortera Stadium (8,000) - Clarksville, Tenn.
TV:.................................................. OVC Digital Network
Live Stats: http://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=137698
Series Record:........................... Murray State leads 35-14
Last Meeting:............... Murray State won 34-18 (10/10/15)
Mitch Stewart at Murray State:....................... 3-12 (2 yrs.)
Mitch Stewart Overall:.............................................. same
Will Healy at Austin Peay:................................. 0-3 (1 yr.)
Will Healy Overall:................................................... same
Murray State Last Week:... L, 17-16 vs. Southeast Missouri
Austin Peay Last Week:...... L, 56-35 at #16 Eastern Illinois
 
GAME NOTES: Rivals Austin Peay and Murray State meet on Saturday with both teams searching for its first victory of the season. Austin Peay's lone OVC victory over the past 24 games (dating back to the 2013 season) came in 2014 at home against Murray State. That game notwithstanding, the Racers have won seven of the last eight against the Governors including 34-18 a season ago. In that game MSU had 526 yards of total offense including 240 yards on the ground. Roman Clay led the rushing attack with 118 yards and two scores while quarterback KD Humphries ran for a pair of schools. Kendall Morris had a game-high 136 rushing yards for Austin Peay.
 
SCOUTING MURRAY STATE: Murray State held a 16-10 lead for most of the fourth quarter on Saturday only to see Southeast Missouri score with 1:05 remaining and pull off the 17-16 victory. The Racers had a final chance in driving 54 yards in five play but saw a 38-yard field goal attempt go wide as time expired. The game featured strong defense from both teams and neither team got a strong advantage and there were 16 combined punts on the night. MSU's Landon Stratton punted nine times, averaging 44.9 yards/punt, with a long of 66 and three that went at least 50 yards. Stratton currently ranks 12th nationally in punting (42.5 yards/punt). KD Humphries returned from injury to complete 22-of-33 passes for 341 yards and a 67-yard touchdown pass to Demetric Johnson; he also had an 81-yard completion to tight end Jesse Blackburn during the game. Humphries currently ranks eighth in career passing yards in OVC history (8,202), just 11 yards away from passing Tony Romo for seventh place; he will also move into sole possession in career touchdowns with his next score. For the game the MSU defense had a pair of takeaway while the defense did not commit a miscue. Dylan Boone led the way with a game-high 10 tackles to go along with an interception.
 
SCOUTING AUSTIN PEAY: Austin Peay is looking to snap a 19-game losing streak dating back to Oct. 18, 2014. A victory would also be the first for first-year head coach Will Healy, who is the second youngest coach in Division I this season. The Govs came up short against No. 16 ranked Eastern Illinois last week but scored 35 points against the Panthers, the most points the program had scored in an OVC contest since 2012 (38 vs. Tennessee Tech in the final game of the season). Junior Kyran Moore was named OVC Co-Specialist of the Week after accounting for 188 yards of total offense including a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to open the third quarter and tie the game at 21. It was the third longest play in the FCS this season and first return touchdown for the team since 2013. Moore's 167 kick return yards in the game were the most by a Gov since 2010. Moore became the first Austin Peay player to earn any OVC weekly award since Nov. 2012. Junior Jared Beard caught a career-high 11 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns against a Panther defense that had not allowed a 100-yard receiving game this season. Beard was the first APSU player to have 10 or more catches in a game since 2012 and he was just the sixth player in program history to have more than 175 receiving yards in a game. Beard ranks 16th nationally in receiving yards/game (98.3) and 29th in receptions/game (6.3). Timarious Mitchell took the majority of the snaps under center and completed 15-of-22 passes for 211 yards while also rushing for 42 yards. Sophomore Gunnar Scholato had 18 tackles in the game, the second-most by a FCS player in a game this season. Scholato currently ranks first nationally in tackles with 14.3/game.