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Govs head to Richmond to face OVC powerhouse EKU
Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information
Release: 10/11/2012
Courtesy: APSU Sports Information

RICHMOND, Ky.-Austin Peay will jump back on the road this weekend seeking that elusive first victory when the Govs battle Eastern Kentucky, 2 p.m., Saturday, in Ohio Valley Conference play at Roy Kidd Stadium.

The Governors, 0-6 overall and 0-3 in the OVC, will be battling the preseason choice to win the conference title. Eastern Kentucky already has 21 OVC titles under its belt. The Colonels are coming off a disappointing final-second OVC road loss to Tennessee State.

The Colonels have played three of their last four games on the road and are back at Roy Kidd Stadium for homecoming.  Although the Govs have won two of the last three games against EKU, they have not won in Richmond since 1977.

EKU is led by seniors Matt Denham, T.J. Pryor and Tyrone Goard. A 2012 Walter Payton Award candidate, Denham is the OVC leader with 760 yards rushing and six TDs.

Pryor leads the OVC and ranks seventh nationally in passing effi ciency (161.4)-he has passed for 944 yards while completing 55.4 percent of his passes. He has thrown nine touchdowns to just one interception this season-and that a Hail Mary pass.

Goard has only 20 receptions but six have gone for scores. He is averaged 23.3 yards per catch.

Austin Peay, meanwhile, is not only seeking to gain 2012's first win, but also snap a streak of nine straight OVC games.

Last week, wide receiver Devin Stark posted career highs in receptions (10) and receiving yards (125) in the Govs' 52-14 loss to Murray State. Quarterback Jake Ryan completed 25 of 40 passes-he had seven passes dropped for 246 yards.

Freshman running back Reco Williams stepped in to finish with 110 yards on 21 carries against Murray State for APSU's fourth 100-yard rushing performance.

Defensively, linebacker Josh Carroll recorded a career-best 15 tackles.

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