Racer Football Preview: Austin Peay at Murray State

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#22 Austin Peay Governors (7-3, 5-1 OVC) at Murray State Racers (4-6, 2-4 OVC)
Saturday, November 16 12:00 p.m. CT
Roy Stewart Stadium (16,800) Murray, Ky.
TV:...................................................................... ESPN3
Live Stats: ....................................... http://bit.ly/2PRQnoz
Series Record:........................... Murray State leads 36-16
Last Meeting:................ Austin Peay won 48-23 (11/17/18)
Mark Hudspeth at Austin Peay:.......................... 7-3 (1 yr.)
Mark Hudspeth Overall:............................ 102-62 (15 yrs.)
Mitch Stewart at Murray State:..................... 19-35 (5 yrs.)
Mitch Stewart Overall:.............................................. same
Austin Peay Last Week:................. W, 38-24 vs. UT Martin
Murray State Last Week:............................................ Idle

GAME NOTES: With two games left to play, Austin Peay controls its own destiny to win its first OVC Championship since 1977. Their final two-game stretch begins with rival Murray State on the road. The teams are meeting for the 53rd time with Murray State holding a 36-16 advantage, although Austin Peay has won each of the last two games in the series. A year ago the Govs outscored the Racers 27-6 in the second half to win 48-23. Jeremiah Oatsvall passed for four touchdowns while Kentel Williams rushed for 118 yards for APSU. Drew Anderson tossed a pair of touchdowns for the Racers.

SCOUTING AUSTIN PEAY: Austin Peay won its third game in a row by turning the tables on UT Martin, holding the Skyhawks to -25 net rushing yards and 261 yards of total offense while tallying 491 yards of total offense in the 38-24 win. The Govs tied a team record with six sacks (matched against Valparaiso in 2000), as seven player had at least half a sack in the performance. Josephus Smith was named OVC Defensive Player of the Week after making three tackles for loss, including two sacks, in the victory. Smith has 15 TFL's on the season (a mark that is 28th nationally); he is just four away from tying the school record. He has had a TFL in six-straight games. Kordell Jackson recorded his seventh interception of the season, which is tied for the most of any FCS player this season. Jackson is just two picks away from tying the APSU single-season record. DeAngelo Wilson caught six passes for 126 yards in the win; he currently ranks second nationally in total receiving yards (1,092). He is only the third APSU player in program history to reach 1,000 receiving yards in a season. JaVaughn Craig increased his season passing total to 2,196 yards, third-most in program history. Kentel Williams rushed for 118 yards and three touchdowns, moving his career total to 23 total touchdowns (tied for fourth in school history). During the game Austin Peay went over 4,000 yards of total offense for the season, marking the fourth consecutive season they have hit that mark. The team is just 286 yards shy of breaking the school record (4,646 yards in 2017). The Governors are now ranked No. 22 in both major FCS Top 25 polls.

SCOUTING MURRAY STATE: Murray State is coming off its open date which was proceeded by three consecutive losses. In its last game the Racer led 7-0 over Tennessee Tech after its first possession but would not score again in falling 17-7. The Racers threw a pair of interceptions inside the five-yard line and were limited to 2-for-11 on third time and lost the time of possession battle by a margin of 39:08 to 20:52. LaMartez Brooks caught MSU's lone touchdown of the game, a 11-yarder from Preston Rice. It marked Brooks' sixth touchdown of the season. Rice completed 23 passes for 196 yards in the loss. On defense, Anthony Koclanakis eclipsed the century mark for tackles on the year by racking up 18 against the Golden Eagles to give him 103 total with two games left to play. Koclanakis ranks first in the OVC and 12th nationally in tackles/game (10.3). Freshman Alec Long added seven and a forced fumble. As a team Murray State is fourth nationally in fumbles recovered (13), seventh in defensive touchdowns (3) and 13th in punt returns (14.67 yards/return) and turnovers gained (21).

The Massey Ratings predict a 31-21 Austin Peay victory.

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