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AUSTIN PEAY (3-7/2-5 OVC) 
at Tennessee Tech (6-3/5-2 OVC) 

November 19, 2011 | 1:30 p.m. CT Tucker Stadium | Cookeville, Tenn.

AUSTIN PEAY | Game Notes | OVC Notes TENNESSEE TECH | Game Notes

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COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - In its season finale, Austin Peay's football team still has something to play for - the coveted Sgt. York Trophy.

The Govs remain in contention for the in-state trophy, needing a win against Tennessee Tech, 1 p.m., Saturday, in order to bring the trophy to Clarksville for the first time.

The Golden Eagles, meanwhile, are in a similar situation. Heading into the final regular-season weekend,  Tennessee Tech is on the verge of their first Ohio Valley Conference football championship since 1975.

Austin Peay is coming off a 56-24 loss at Murray State which saw the Govs unable to recover from a pair of first-half fumbles that allowed the Racers to build a 26-0 lead. Govs receiver Devin Stark turned in a pair of touchdowns on passes from junior quarterback Jake Ryan and freshman signal caller Landon Curtis.

Ryan, who did not start for the second-straight game, threw for two touchdowns on 10-of-18 passing, but left the game after taking a hit in the third quarter. Curtis, meanwhile, completed 11-of-16 for 69 yards and a touchdown.

Senior running back Ryan White continues to be the Govs bread-and-butter, rushing for 92 yards on 20 carries at Murray State. White continues to climb the Govs all-time record books - needing 146 all-purpose yards to finish third all-time in the category. Stark has reached a single-season mark with seven touchdown receptions (t-6th), with the second-best mark of nine TD catches still in reach.

Tennessee Tech defeated then-No. 25 Eastern Kentucky, last week, putting itself in position to play for the OVC regular-season championship. Not only was it the Golden Eagles first win against EKU under head coach Watson Brown, it also was just the second home loss for the Colonels under head coach Dean Hood.

Junior quarterback Tre Lamb has been tough to solve during Tennessee Tech's climb atop the OVC. Lamb threw for 126 yards and two TDs, while also rushing for 70 yards and a touchdown at Eastern Kentucky. Lamb has one of the league's premier receivers in Tim Benford, who happens to be TTU's all-time leader in career receptions and receiving yards.

Running back Dontey Gay, meanwhile, is the school's eighth all-time leading rusher, standing less the 100 yards from becoming sixth all time.



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