Cookeville, TN – Austin Peay State University football team suffered its final setback of the 2013 season, falling 34-0 at Tennessee Tech behind three rushing touchdowns from tailback Stephen Bush and 153 yards on the ground by quarterback Darian Stone.
The loss concludes the first season of head coach Kirby Cannon’s regime, and signals an end to the Austin Peay careers of 20 Governors.
Bush punched the ball in from a yard out to cap Tennessee Tech’s opening drive, a 13-play, 80-yard march that chewed up more than six minutes of clock. However, it would be the only points Austin Peay allowed in the opening half, with the Govs putting together a series of stops to keep the Golden Eagles out of the end zone.
Tennessee Tech wasted no time getting on the board to start the second half. Bush broke a 42-yard run on the half’s fifth play, cruising untouched into the end zone to give the home side a 14-0 lead.
Austin Peay’s next drive spanned 11 plays and more than five minutes before stalling in Tennessee Tech territory, whereupon the Golden Eagles took over and marched down the field on a 14-play, 66-yard drive of their own that concluded with Bush’s third touchdown run of the day on a one-yard plunge. Chris Harris’ extra point attempt clanked off the upright, making it 20-0 to Tennessee Tech’s advantage.
Bush may have gotten the touchdowns, but Stone was truly the entity that confounded the Governor defense on the day. The Golden Eagle signal-caller gained 153 yards on 24 carries, including a nine-yard scamper for touchdown early in the fourth quarter. Cody Forbes, who was Tennessee Tech’s second-leading rusher on the day with 64 yards on the ground, capped the scoring with a two-yard touchdown run with under three minutes remaining in the contest.
The Govs offense never reached the heights it enjoyed in last week’s matchup against Southeast Missouri. Austin Peay amassed just 186 yards of total offense on the afternoon, with punter Ben Campbell’s third-quarter fake punt rush attempt for 19 yards standing as the Govs longest play from scrimmage against the Golden Eagles.
Junior quarterback Andrew Spivey finished 9-for-19 for 68 yards in his first start since October 10th. Four of his passes were secured by junior Hunter Branch, who led the Govs with four catches for 33 yards.
A pair of young linebackers stood out on the Govs defense, with A.J. Gray and Antonio Turner both totaling 13 tackles. Freshman safety Jalen Miller was the Govs third-leading tackler with a career-high nine stops.
Campbell cemented his place in Austin Peay lore Saturday, punting six times to end his season with 87 punts, breaking Grad Wright’s 1990 record of 82.
Austin Peay finishes 0-12, the fifth winless season in program history and the first featuring 12 losses. Tennessee Tech moves to 5-7 overall, 2-6 in the Ohio Valley Conference.
Austin Peay (0-12,0-8) vs. Tennessee Tech (5-7,2-6)
November 23rd, 2013 | Cookeville, TN | Tucker Stadium | Attendance: 4110
|SCORING SUMMARY||APSU -TTU|
|1st||02:51||TTU||BUSH, Stephen 1 yd run (HARRIS, Chris kick)|
|13 plays, 80 yards, TOP 6:16||0 – 7|
|3rd||12:57||TTU||BUSH, Stephen 42 yd run (HARRIS, Chris kick)|
|5 plays, 61 yards, TOP 1:53||0 – 14|
|01:13||TTU||BUSH, Stephen 1 yd run (HARRIS, Chris kick failed)|
|14 plays, 66 yards, TOP 6:15||0 – 20|
|4th||11:02||TTU||STONE,Darian 9 yd run (HARRIS, Chris kick)|
|6 plays, 79 yards, TOP 2:59||0 – 27|
|02:56||TTU||FORBES, Cody 2 yd run (HARRIS, Chris kick)|
|11 plays, 71 yards, TOP 6:26||0 – 34|
|Kickoff time: 1:32 pm • End of Game: 4:13 pm • Total elapsed time: 2:41Temperature: mid 40s • Wind: 14 mph • Weather: Cloudy, wet, frigid|
|NET YARDS RUSHING||114||284|
|Average Per Rush||3.0||5.3|
|Yards Gained Rushing||146||300|
|Yards Lost Rushing||32||16|
|NET YARDS PASSING||72||118|
|Average Per Attempt||3.3||7.9|
|Average Per Completion||7.2||13.1|
|TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS||186||402|
|Total offense plays||60||69|
|Average Gain Per Play||3.1||5.8|
|Average Yards Per Punt||40.7||46.0|
|Net Yards Per Punt||41.2||46.0|
|Average Yards Per Kickoff||46.0||53.5|
|Net Yards Per Kickoff||26.0||38.7|
|Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD||0-0-0||1–3-0|
|Average Per Return||0.0||-3.0|
|Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD||4-39-0||1-20-0|
|Average Per Return||9.8||20.0|
|Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD||0-0-0||0-0-0|
|Third-Down Conversions||4 of 15||9 of 15|
|Fourth-Down Conversions||2 of 4||1 of 2|
|Sacks By: Number-Yards||1-4||3-17|