Austin Peay State University Football plays Eastern Kentucky at Fortera Stadium for Homecoming – Clarksville Online

Austin Peay (3-1) vs. Eastern Kentucky (2-1)
Saturday, September 24th, 2022 | 3:00 p.m. CT
Clarksville, TN | Fortera Stadium

Austin Peay State University boasts one of the FCS ‘top defenses, allowing just 10.2 points and 252.8 yards per game. Those two marks lead the ASUN and rank fifth and eighth, respectively, in the country. The Colonels are averaging 44.3 points per game and 460.7 yards of total offense, they lead the ASUN and rank sixth and 12th in the FCS, respectively.

Offensively, the Govs rank 13th in the FCS and second in the ASUN, averaging 39.8 points per game. APSU’s 438.8 yards of total offense also is second in the league and ranks 18th nationally.

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In the past six seasons, Austin Peay State University’s 37 victories are the 13th most in the FCS and the most in a five-year stretch in program history.

Awaiting the Governors in the ASUN Conference are three other teams that rank in the top 16 in FCS wins during the past five seasons – Kennesaw State (49, 4th), Jacksonville State (43, 7th), and Central Arkansas (36, 14th) .

Rankings, Homecoming, and History

Austin Peay State University’s 76th Homecoming game will be the first between two nationally ranked FCS teams. The Governors have been ranked on Homecoming three times and have played a ranked opponent on Homecoming six times.

The APSU Govs are 29-45-1 on Homecoming and have lost their last two Homecoming contests. Austin Peay State University is 0-1 against Eastern Kentucky on Homecoming after falling to the Colonels, 27-13, on October 22nd, 1960.

ASUN Rises

Austin Peay State University and Eastern Kentucky are set to play the first-ever ASUN Conference football game. The Colonels joined the league in 2021 and the Governors joined in 2022, the two nationally ranked teams will kick off the league’s inaugural football season at Fortera Stadium, Saturday.

Endzone Embargo

Austin Peay State University football’s consecutive shutout streak came to an end at Alabama A&M, but the Governors’ defense still has yet to allow a touchdown against an FCS opponent after holding AAMU to just a single field goal.

The Governors haven’t allowed a touchdown in three-straight games or 191: 34 of game time. Before this streak, the last time the APSU Govs held their opponent out of the endzone was when they beat Furman, 42-6, in the opening round of the 2019 FCS Playoffs.

That’s Stone Cold’s Music

Demetries Ford and Shamari Simmons each intercepted a pass in Austin Peay State University’s 28-3 win against Alabama A&M. APSU leads the ASUN, and is tied for seventh in the FCS, with five interceptions this season. The Governors have intercepted a pass in nine of their last ten games and have recorded 20 picks during that stretch – Simmons leads the way with six of those interceptions.

Scotty Walden; Or, Life At Austin Peay State University

In his first 390 days at Austin Peay State University, Scotty Walden coached the Govs through 17 games in a 273-day span. His ten wins during that time are tied with Watson Brown (10-7, 1979-80). Only College Football Hall of Fame coach Boots Donnelly (11-6, 1977-78) had more wins through his first 17 games at Austin Peay State University.

In his 21st game at APSU, Walden picked up his 13th win against Alabama A&M and is now one win away from matching Brown for the most wins by an Austin Peay head coach in their first 22 games.

Preseason Propaganda

In the inaugural ASUN Football Preseason Coaches Poll, Austin Peay State University received a first-place vote but was tabbed to finish fifth in the league with 15 points.

Kennesaw State was picked atop the league with four first-place votes and 34 points, while Central Arkansas – who received a single first-place vote – and Eastern Kentucky were tied for second with 25 points. Fourth-place Jacksonville State received 19 points and North Alabama rounded out the poll with 8 points.

Last Time Out

Austin Peay State University won its third-straight game and its sixth-straight game against FCS opponents when it beat Alabama A&M, 28-3. Mike DiLiello threw for 100 yards and a pair of touchdowns and ran for 72 yards and a touchdown.

Josh Rudolph led the defense with 10 tackles and Antoine Williams sealed the victory with a 60-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

About the Eastern Kentucky Colonels

This is the 54th meeting between Austin Peay State University and Eastern Kentucky.

It is the 48th conference game between the Governors and Colonels but is the first as members of the ASUN Conference.

After going 7-4 overall and leading the ASUN with a 4-2 mark in the AQ7, Eastern Kentucky was picked to finish tied for second with Central Arkansas in the inaugural ASUN Football Preseason Poll. The 16th-ranked Colonels are off to a 2-1 start, including a seven-overtime win at FBS Bowling Green.

Through three games, Eastern Kentucky leads the ASUN in total offense and passing yards. Quarterback Parker McKinney leads the ASUN and ranks third in the FCS with 1,050 passing yards, he also ranks second in the league and fourth nationally with 10 passing touchdowns. McKinney is protected by Preseason All-ASUN offensive lineman Payton Collins at left tackle.

Defensive lineman Kelton Dawson, linebackers Matthew Jackson and Eli Hairston, and defensive back Joseph Sayles gave EKU a league-leading four Preseason All-ASUN selections on defense.

But through three games, EKU ranks fourth in the ASUN in total defense and passing yards allowed. Defensive lineman TK McLendon leads the Colonels with 4.5 tackles for loss and three sacks this season while Hairston leads the team with 21 total tackles.

The first-ever ASUN Football Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, Matthew Jackson is coming off a season where he ranked 31st in the FCS with 9.2 tackles per game. This year, Jackson is tied for 12th in the ASUN with 5.3 tackles per game. Jackson has also recorded a half tackle for loss, two pass breakups, and a fumble recovery in two games played. Last year, Jackson had 12 tackles, an interception, and two tackles for loss against the Govs.

Next Up For APSU Football

ASUN Conference play continues when the Austin Peay State University football team travels to Central Arkansas for an October 1st, 4:00 pm contest at Estes Stadium in Conway, Arkansas – it will be the first-ever ASUN game for the Bears. The Governors and Bears last met at the 2020 FCS Kickoff in Montgomery, Alabama, with UCA picking up a 24-17 win.

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