After a devastating last second defeat at the hands of the Big Blue Tigers a year ago in Clarksville, the Governors of this great volunteer state got a little sweet revenge this past Saturday night at Nissan Stadium. Austin Peay State University pulled out a 21-17 victory, surviving against TSU and spoiling their happy homecoming.
With a little more than two minutes to go in the game, Governor quarterback Jeremiah Oatsvall took an option keeper 34 yards to set up Ahmaad Tanner, who capped off the go-ahead scoring drive with a two-yard touchdown run.
This was Austin Peay’s first win versus the Big Blue since 2011. Oatsvall finished the game with 85 yards passing and 82 yards rushing for the Governors.
The Governors (4-3, 3-1) led 14-3 early in the third quarter, but the Tigers (4-3, 1-3) would rally. After being bottled up all game long by the Governor secondary, Patrick Smith and the Tigers became a little creative—with some trickery. On fourth down, Smith’s 2-yard TD pass to long-snapper Thomas Newberg pulled Tennessee State to within four points toward the end of the third quarter. The Tigers then, took the lead on Michael Hughes¹ 66-yard touchdown pass to DeVon Johnson at the top of the fourth quarter. The score was now 17-14
Even after freshman kicker Coby Weiss missed two field goals—one wide right, then, one wide left, both in the second quarter, the Tigers now had control of the game. Weiss was substituting for All-OVC kicker Lane Clark.
Here comes another week of drama at the very end. A very crucial false start penalty followed by an illegal hands to the face call by the officials, pushed the Tigers back deep into their own territory—this after a 44-yard strike from Hughes to wide receiver Steven Newbold down to the Austin Peay14-yard line with a minute left to go in the game.
Following the penalties, Jaison Williams ended the game as he began it for the Governors, sacking Hughes on the game’s final play to prevent any kind of miracle for the Big Blue. Williams opened the game with a strip-sack on Hughes that led to the first score of the game by the Governors.
The Tigers of Tennessee State University are off this week with a bye.