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Brockman passes Racers past Governors
Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information
Release: 10/06/2012
Courtesy: Robert Smith/The Leaf-Chronicle

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -  Casey Brockman completed 38 of 43 passes for 455 and five touchdowns to lead Murray State to a 52-14 win against Austin Peay State University, Saturday night, in Ohio Valley Conference action played at Governors Stadium.

The victory boosted Murray State to 3-3 overall and 2-1 in Ohio Valley Conference play while Austin Peay remains winless, slipping to 0-6 overall and 0-4 in OVC play.

The Governors cut a 17-7 deficit to three points right before halftime when Jake Ryan hooked up with Terrence Oliver for an eight-yard TD pass with 59 seconds left in the half. But that momentum was thwarted when Murray State, taking advantage of a personal foul penalty, scored when Brockman connected with Ja-Von Trotter for a 12-yard score with 21 seconds left.  As a result, instead of trailing 17-14 heading to half, the Govs were down 24-14.

That started a string of 35 unanswered points by the Racers, with Brockman accounting for two TD passes during the stretch.

Brockman, a preseason All-American and on the Walter Payton Award watch list, ran his record to 4-0 against the Govs as Racers quarterback. He was 14-of-14 in the first half and 22 of 24 at halftime. But it was his third-quarter play that elevated the Racers to their fifth straight series win.

Brockman was the second straight quarterback to pass for more than 400 yards and toss five TDs against the Govs-Jimmy Garappolo threw for 453 yards and five TDs last week.

His favorite target was Walter Powell, who had nine catches for 179 yards and two TDs, the same number of TD receptions by Dontel Watkins.

For the Governors, freshman running back Reco Williams rushed 21 times for 110 yards, making it four times this season the Governors have had a rusher gain more than 100 yards.

Wide receiver Devin Stark set a personal best in both receptions (10) and receiving yards (125).

Quarterback Jake Ryan, despite being victimized by several drops, still completed 25 of 40 passes for 241 yards.

Defensively, linebacker Josh Carroll was credited with 15 tackles, including two for loss.


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