CLARKSVILLE - Austin Peay State University football team hopes to end the season on a high note when it hosts Tennessee Tech in an 11 a.m., Saturday contest at Governors Stadium.
The Govs won their last home game - a 56-0 spanking of Culver-Stockton - and look to make it two in a row in Clarksville. Saturday also represents Austin Peay's last chance to earn an Ohio Valley Conference victory in 2012.
Austin Peay's passing game has been on fire in recent weeks. Senior quarterback Jake Ryan has thrown for 1,321 yards and 12 touchdown passes while completing 61 percent of his passes over the last seven games. Last week at Jacksonville State, Ryan set Austin Peay records for attempts (61) and completions (40) on his way to a career-best 375 yards through the air.
Ryan's favorite target, senior Devin Stark, has 43 catches for 494 yards and five scores over the last seven games. He needs eight catches in his final game to break into the top-five all-time in Austin Peay history.
Tennessee Tech comes in with a little momentum after upsetting UT Martin 45-44 last weekend, its first victory since Sept. 6; the Golden Eagles saw Sports Network National Offensive Player of the Week Darian Stone threw for 277 yards and three touchdowns and gained 190 yards on the ground.
His favorite target is former Tennessee Vol Da'Rick Rogers, who has 55 catches for 845 yards and nine touchdowns since coming to Cookeville. He broke school records in receptions (18) and yards (303) against Southeast Missouri, Sept. 22.
This contest will be televised by Fox College Sports (UVerse Channel 649, Charter Channel 304-306), with Kevin Ingram and Bob Belvin on the call.
It also will be Senior Day for Austin Peay football, and will conclude the collegiate career of 10 Governor football players.