2020 Austin Peay Governors football team

The 2020 Austin Peay Governors football team represents Austin Peay State University during the 2020–21 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The Governors are led by interim head coach Marquase Lovings after the sudden resignation of Mark Hudspeth and play their home games at Fortera Stadium. They are competing as a member of the Ohio Valley Conference.

2020 Austin Peay Governors football
Austin Peay Athletics logo.svg
ConferenceOhio Valley Conference
Ranking
STATSNo. 13
2020 record0–3 (0–0 OVC)
Head coachMarquase Lovings (interim)
Offensive coordinatorTim Zetts (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorMark Powell (2nd season)
Home stadiumFortera Stadium
(Capacity: 10,000)
Seasons
← 2019
2021 →
2020 Ohio Valley Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Kentucky           1 3  
Jacksonville State           1 1  
Eastern Illinois            
Murray State            
Southeast Missouri State            
Tennessee State            
Tennessee Tech            
UT Martin            
Austin Peay           0 3  
As of October 20, 2020; Rankings from AP Poll

Previous seasonEdit

The Governors finished the 2019 season ranked No. 8 in the FCS standings and went 11–4, 7–1 in OVC play to finish in a tie for first place.

Though they were co-champions with Southeast Missouri State, the Governors received the Ohio Valley Conference’s automatic bid to the FCS playoffs. They advanced to the Quarterfinals after beating Furman and Sacramento State before they lost 24–10 to Montana State.

ScheduleEdit

Due to COVID-19, the OVC made the decision to postpone conference games to Spring 2021, allowing all member schools to play 3 non-conference games in the fall.

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendanceSource
August 29 8:00 p.m. vs. No. 11 Central Arkansas* No. 13 ESPN L 17–24 2,000 [1]
September 12 3:00 p.m. at Pittsburgh* ACC Network L 0–55
September 19 11:00 a.m. at No. 13 (FBS) Cincinnati* ESPN+ L 20–55

[2]

Game summariesEdit

vs. Central ArkansasEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
0–2 2019 L, 16–24
Game One – No. 13 Austin Peay Governors vs. No. 11 Central Arkansas Bears (Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff)
1 2 34Total
No. 13 Governors 7 3 0717
No. 11 Bears 0 6 71124

at Crampton BowlMontgomery, Alabama

  • Date: Saturday, August 29, 2020
  • Game time: 8:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Cloudy • Temperature: 81 °F (27 °C) • Wind: NE 3 mph
  • Game attendance: 2,000
  • Referee: Bob Johnson
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Matt Barrie (play-by-play), Mike Golic Jr. (analyst), Lauren Sisler (sideline)
  • Pregame line: Central Arkansas by 5 • Odds to win: Central Arkansas 57.4% • Game summary: ESPN NCAA
Game information
First quarter
  • (14:44) APSU – CJ Evans Jr. 75 yard rush, Grant Paulette kick (Drive: 1 play, 75 yards, 0:16; Austin Peay 7–0)
Second quarter
  • (11:38) APSU – Grant Paulette 28 yard field goal (Drive: 6 plays, 42 yards, 3:09; Austin Peay 10–0)
  • (7:37) UCA – Hayden Ray 30 yard field goal (Drive: 12 plays, 63 yards, 4:01; Austin Peay 10–3)
  • (3:51) UCA – Hayden Ray 27 yard field goal (Drive: 4 plays, 2 yards, 1:25; Austin Peay 10–6)
Third quarter
  • (14:00) UCA – Kierre Crossley 34 yard rush, Hayden Ray kick (Drive: 3 plays, 56 yards, 1:00; Central Arkansas 13–10)
Fourth quarter
  • (7:44) UCA – Hayden Ray 32 yard field goal (Drive: 6 plays, 36 yards, 1:13; Central Arkansas 16–10)
  • (1:40) APSU – Jeremiah Oatsvall 1 yard rush, Grant Paulette kick (Drive: 7 plays, 60 yards, 2:36; Austin Peay 17–16)
  • (0:34) UCA – LuJuan Winningham 10 yard pass from Breylin Smith, 2-point pass good (Drive: 6 plays, 78 yards, 1:06; Central Arkansas 24–17)
Statistics APSU UCA
First downs 16 23
Plays–yards 70–333 80–458
Rushes–yards 38–152 31–175
Passing yards 181 283
Passing: Comp–Att–Int 14–33–1 26–49–2
Time of possession 32:06 27:54
Team Category Player Statistics
Austin Peay Passing Jeremiah Oatsvall 14/31, 181 yards, 1 INT
Rushing CJ Evans Jr. 10 carries, 98 yards, 1 TD
Receiving Jay Parker 3 receptions, 55 yards
Central Arkansas Passing Breylin Smith 26/49, 283 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing Kierre Crossley 12 carries, 110 yards, 1 TD
Receiving Tyler Hudson 5 receptions, 82 yards

at PittsburghEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Governors 0 0 0 0 0
Panthers 21 21 0 13 55
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at CincinnatiEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Governors 3 0 3 14 20
No. 13 (FBS) Bearcats 14 14 14 13 55
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–6 2017 L, 16–24

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Central Arkansas tops Austin Peay 24-17 in first game". ESPN.com. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  2. ^ "2020 Austin Peay Football Schedule". FBSchedules.com. Retrieved April 16, 2020.