APSU Football loses to #8 Alabama, 34-0 – Clarksville Online

APSU footballTuscaloosa, AL — A week after forcing five turnovers, the Austin Peay State University (APSU) football team had a day of three takeaways against No. 8 Alabama but failed to make it on the scoreboard, falling 34 at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday : 0

Austin Peay (7-4) had two opportunities deep in Alabama territory in the first half thanks to two fumbles at Alabama — one on special teams and a second on offense.

The APSU Govs got to the Crimson Tide three-yard line after the first takeaway, but couldn’t hit the ball in the end zone.

The Govs’ next offensive drive began after Demetries Ford forced and recovered a fumble and Austin Peay State again reached the Alabama 10-yard line. But the drive faltered and the timing on the 25-yard field goal attempt went awry and APSU left without a point again.

Alabama (9-2) won the draw, opting for the opening kickoff. The Crimson Tide made the most of first possession of the game, streaking for 92 yards in 13 games. Jase McClellan capped the drive with a one-yard touchdown run and Alabama led 7-0 early on.

The Crimson Tide would not score another goal until the end of the second quarter, taking advantage of the Govs’ missed field goal. Young led Alabama on an eight-play 80-yard drive that included a 35-yard run by McClelland. Young connected with Jermain Burton on a 4-yard touchdown run and the Alabama lead increased to 14-0. Alabama would lead 17-0 at halftime when Will Reichard hit a 29-yard field goal before the break.

Alabama’s defense controlled the second half, limiting Austin Peay to 77 offensive yards. Alabama would hit touchdowns in both the third and fourth quarters to further extend their lead. McClellan scored his second touchdown on a 9-yard streak midway through the third quarter. Young and Burton reconnected for the game’s final score with 13-20 in the game.

Four Austin Peay State University defensemen finished the game with 10+ tackles for the first time in over a decade. Ethan Caselberry was credited with 13 tackles, Shamari Simmons had 12 tackles, Kory Chapman and Antoine Williams each added 10 tackles.

The APSU Govs’ third snack came in the fourth quarter when Cedarius Doss intercepted a pass inside Austin Peay’s 10-yard line, he also had four tackles and an additional stoppage of the pass.

Drae McCray led Austin Peay State’s offense with a career-high 12 receptions for 92 yards and became the fourth Governors receiver with 1,000 yards in a season. Mike DiLiello completed 20 of 32 passes for 147 yards.

Young completed 12 of 24 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns to fuel Alabama’s offense. Burton caught seven of those passes for 128 yards and both touchdowns. McClellan added 156 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries.

Review Summary

APSU 0, UA 7 – Starting at its own eight-yard line, Alabama streaked the 92 yards in 13 plays on the game’s opening drive to open with a touchdown. The Crimson Tide converted an early 3rd and 5th with a 14-yard pass from Bryce Young to Jermaine Burton. Alabama then connected back-to-back big plays to get into Austin Peay territory — Roydell Williams carried the ball 13 yards, then Jase McClellan went 28 yards. Alabama slowly moved the ball down the field with a 13-yard pass from Young to Ja’Corey Brooks, who got the ball inside the APSU 20-yard line. Young later ran for seven yards with a trio of governors coming together to keep him at the one-yard line out of the end zone. McClelland’s one-yard run earned the game’s first touchdown.

APSU 0, UA 14 – After missing an Austin Peay State University field goal, Alabama started with the ball on their own 20. They covered the 80 yards in eight games to score the game’s second touchdown. The Crimson Tide opened the drive with McClelland’s 35-yard run to quickly break into APSU territory. Four games later, Alabama faced a 4th and 5th at the APSU 40-yard line and converted to Jermaine Burton on Young’s 23-yard pass. Alabama needed just three more plays to score, and Young again found Burton for four-yard touchdown completion.

APSU0, UA17 – An Alabama interception established their offense at Austin Peay’s 45-yard line. A 15-yard completion by Young-to-Burton opened the drive, and three games later, Alabama was inside the Govs’ 20-yard line. Austin Peay State University’s Hosea Knifeley got a key sack in 3rd and 3rd place to force a 29-yard field goal from Alabama.

APSU0, UA24 – Alabama extended their lead with their second drive in the second half. Alabama started at his own 35-yard line and broke out of territory when Young got to Burton after 50 yards and carried the ball to the APSU 15-yard line. Two plays later, McClellan’s nine-yard touchdown run extended the Alabama lead.

APSU0, UA27 – Alabama recovered from an Austin Peay State University fumble to start its next scoring drive at the Govs 29-yard line. An 11-yard young pass to Robbie Ouzts got the drive going, but the APSU Govs defense forced a no-win rush and an incomplete pass to move up to 3rd and 10th. Alabama appeared to get a touchdown when Young ran a play and found a receiver in the end zone, but an ineligible receiver penalty nullified the game. Alabama would hit an 11-yard completion in the following game, but Cedarius Doss stopped the receiver just short of the line to win. Alabama opted for a 30-yard field goal to extend their lead.

APSU0, UA34 – Alabama started at its own 34-yard line after an Austin Peay State University punt and needed eight games to cover the 66 yards for its fourth touchdown. Young found Traeshon Holden as a first down on an 18-yard pass play to open the drive. A 16-yard completion to Williams put the ball inside the APSU 20-yard line. Three games later, Young found Burton on the flat for a 10-yard touchdown completion.

Next for APSU Football

The Austin Peay State University football team is now awaiting news from the NCAA FCS Playoff Committee as to whether it will continue its season. The 2022 FCS Championship Selector Show will air Sunday at 11:30pm CT on ESPNU.