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Govs Football vs. Eastern Illinois: Postgame Notes & Quotes
Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information
Release: 10/29/2011
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AUSTIN PEAY HEAD COACH RICK CHRISTOPHEL'S QUOTES:

General thoughts on the game

"Landon Curtis played a good football game. He had four or five drops; if those are caught he has a couple TDs and goes around 18-30 with no fumbles or interceptions. Ryan White and Wes Kitts rushed the ball well. This game came down to field position. With a freshman quarterback throwing the ball 30 times we ran into trouble. He had a good football game, but we didn't help him out enough.

 "We started out with the ball most of the first quarter and had them on their heels. But then we didn't get it in the second quarter and didn't have those opportunities."

"We really did run the ball well; field position is what killed us. Starting at the 20-yard line, we get three or four first downs and then still have to punt the ball. And then we couldn't keep the ball away from them in the second quarter. They scored on two of three drives and had the ball around 10 minutes."

Running game

"Both Kitts and White ran the ball well. We knew we had to run, coming in they were giving up 240 rushing yards per game. It really fit into our game plan because we had a freshman quarterback starting. When it came down to it, we just didn't make enough big plays."

Our defensive strategy

"We knew they could throw the ball, but we didn't think they could run the ball. They proved us wrong and ran the ball down our throats.

"The passing game was deceiving. When they were forced to throw we weren't getting enough pressure on the ball. The one time we did get enough pressure on him to flush him out of the pocket he threw an interception. We have to go back and see what really put us behind. We gave up big kickoff return at the start of the second half, but we didn't turn the ball over and only had two penalties."

POSTGAME NOTES:

  • Austin Peay has lost four straight games-all OVC games-after starting out league play 2-0.
  • APSU has allowed only 36 points over the last two games after permitting 105 in the previous two. Unfortunately, offensively the Govs have scored just 23 points over the same two games.
  • Austin Peay dominated the first quarter both in yards and time of possession. The Govs held the ball for 12:41 and 124 offensive yards. The Govs totaled just 202 yards the game's remainder.
  • Eastern Illinois had nine total yards in the first quarter but then exploded in the second quarter for 225 yards. Eastern Illinois finished the night with 382 totals yards to the Governors 326.
  • After converting two fourth downs in the first quarter, Freshman quarterback Landon Curtis would be sacked on both fourth-down attempts in the fourth quarter.
  • Ryan White went for over 100 yards for the 13th time in his career with and for the second-straight game. Three times in his career White has ran for over 100 yards against Eastern Illinois. On the night White had 23 carries for 115 yards.
  • Wesley Kitts ran for 86 yards on 11 carries, his 37 yard run in the third quarter was the season's longest run from scrimmage.
  • Stephen Stansell attempted a 60 yard field goal to end the first half. It had the distance but missed slightly wide right.
  • After committing turnovers in the previous four games, the Govs had zero turnovers against Eastern Illinois.
  • Eastern Illinois who came into the game averaging 68.2 yards per game on the ground, rushed for a season high 181 yards on the ground.
  • The Governors ran the ball 51 times for 215 yards. It was the most rushing attempts for the Governors in a game since Oct. 24, 2009 against Eastern Kentucky.
  • Terrence Oliver led the Governors in receiving with five catches for 36 yards. His five catches was a career game high.
  • After having at least 50 yards receiving in the Governors first five games Devin Stark failed to gain over 40 yards receiving for the third-straight game. On the night Stark had three catches for 16 yards.
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