With one not-so-pleasant streak behind it, Austin Peay's football team will seek to put an end to a couple other negative streaks this week when the Govs play at Jacksonville State, 3 p.m., Saturday.
The Governors snapped a 10-game losing streak when it defeated Culver Stockton, 56-0, last Saturday. They enter this contest having lost 12 straight Ohio Valley Conference games, including 10 straight league road encounters. In total, the Govs have lost 15 straight road contests, dating back to Sept. 18, 2010, when APSU downed Tennessee State, 26-23, in Nashville.
With a victory under their collective belts, the Governors now will face a JSU team reeling from a 49-47 loss at UT Martin, a game that saw the Gamecocks nearly make an epic comeback. The visitors trailed 28-7 in the first quarter and actually tied the score at 35 all.
However, UT Martin regained the lead twice more and then with 41 seconds left in the game, JSU scored on Washaun Ealey's short TD run, slicing the deficit to 49-47. But the two-point conversion failed and the first-place Skyhawks were able to hold on.
In that game, senior receiver Alan Bonner tied an OVC record and set the JSU school record with a five-TD performance against UT Martin. He finished with 10 catches for a career-high 235 receiving yards
Quarterback Marques Ivory threw six TD passes against UT Martin and has completed 128 of 226 passes for 1801 yards on the season.
Former Georgia running back Washaun Ealey has rushed for 638 yards. Fellow back DaMarcus James has 688 yards rushing, averaging 5.9 yards per carry.
On the flip side, sophomore defensive back Rashod Byers finished with a career-high 15 tackles, including seven solo stops, and one tackle for loss against UT Martin. However, it is linebackers Ben Endress and Rashad Smith who lead the team in tackles for the season with 70 stops each.
Defensive tackle DiMetrio Tyson has 6.5 tackles for loss, including three quarterback sacks.
The Governors, meanwhile, finished with 447 yards total offense against Culver-Stocktom, with 378 of it coming on the ground. Sophomore running back Ean Pemberton became the third Gov to rush for more than 100 yards a 112-yard performance on eight carries.
The overmatched Wildcats were held to just 41 yards total offense.