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Notes and Quotes: Tennessee Tech
Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information
Release: 11/17/2012
Courtesy: Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information

Game Notes

  • With win, Austin Peay ends 12-game Ohio Valley Conference losing streak.
  • APSU win snaps Tennessee Tech's three-game win streak in the series. TTU still leads all-time in the series 28-18.
  • The 38 points scored by Austin Peay is the most ever scored versus Tennessee Tech in the 46 meetings between the two schools.
  • The 38-yard touchdown reception by Jamaar Embry from Jake Ryan, with 12:30 left in the first quarter extends the Governors streak of consecutive games with a score to 83 straight.
  • Senior kicker Stephen Stansell made all five of his extra-point attempts to finish his career by making 98 of his 101 attempts (97%).
  • Stansell also tied the school record for field goal attempts (62) with his 43-yard make in the second quarter. It was Stansell's first made field goal since Sept. 22 against UT Martin, breaking a string of five misses.
  • With his eight points (5 extra points and 1 field goal) Stansell becomes only the second Governor to record more than 200 points in a career. He finishes with 203.
  • Ryan's 310 yards passing marked the third time this season that the senior passed for over 300 yards in a game.
  • Ryan's four touchdown passes marks the first time a Austin Peay quarterback has accomplished the feat since Trent Caffee threw for four TD's versus Tennessee Tech on Oct. 25, 2008.
  • Senior wide receiver Devin Stark led the Govs with nine catches for 94 yards. It was his fourth game this season with at least nine catches in a game.
  • Stark also moved into fifth place all-time in school history in receptions (141) moving him past Pat Curran (2000-04).
  • Stark's three touchdown receptions marks the first time a Gov scored three touchdowns in a game since Stark scored three against Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 24, 2011.
  • Sophomore defensive end Earnest Smith's 2.5 tackles for loss was a team high this season for the Governors.
  • Ryan finished with 27 completions, giving him 497 completions in his career, moving him past Brian Baker (1998-01) for second place all-time in school history. He also became the third quarterback to pass for over 5,000 in a career - finishing with 5,290.
  • The five forced fumbles by the Governors were the most since forcing five versus Dayton on Oct. 7, 2000.
  • The victory gives the Govs at least one win in Sgt. York Trophy contests since the trophy's inception in 2007.

Head Coach Rick Christophel

Question:  How would you put this contest?

"Our players new they would come back and make a run at us. We lost three "DB's" during the game and we had to put Montez Carlton in there."

Question: It was a tale of two halves. The question is could we play with prosperity?

"We didn't do a lot of things offensively in the second half.  We thought we could maintain the ball.  We got a couple breaks and the one break that we got we scored on. It [the break we scored on] was a great throw and a great catch over there in the end zone."

"Our coaches did an excellent job.  Offensively they have been doing that all week long.  Defensively they had a plan, and to do what they did at the end of the game minus about two or three guys from injuries the next guy stepped up and that's what it's all about."

Next question directed at Ryan's impressive stats and ability this season hat to see him go:

"What a competitor. He is a fifth-year senior. He handles the two minute drill as good as Ben Roethlisberger.  He calls all the plays in the two minute drill."

Question "Last two minutes of the first half Ryan and the two minute drill."

Unbelievable. We ran the first play and he took it over.  We were trying to get a play in to him and he just looked over at us and I said just go ahead."

Season in perspective:

"Coming out of the gate I felt we had some high expectations and we hit some adversity.  I thought the biggest thing we did is we kept hanging together and we got better."

"We made some plays and Defensively we are starting to get there. We were running into the ball better, we made some plays, we had some turnovers today, and that's what it's all about.  I think we are improving towards the end of the season. If our kids will get in the weight room in the offseason, stay in school, and do the things that we are supposed to do I think we'll just keep coming on."



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