- After five straight games on the road—plus a bye week—Austin Peay finally plays a home game in Week 6 of the 2013 season. The Govs are the last FCS or FBS to play a home game this season.
- Meanwhile, after a week off, #5/#4 Eastern Illinois comes to Clarksville to play its fourth road contest. The Panthers are 2-1 on the road this season.
- Thursday’s matchup features the No. 1 ranked offense in the FCS (EIU, 598.0 yards per game) against the lowest-ranked offense in the FCS (APSU, 193.2 yards per game).
- Austin Peay has scored one touchdown in 2013 while Eastern Illinois has tallied 31.
- EIU quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is Walter Payton Award candidate and has thrown for 88 career TD passes, including 23 in five games this season.
- EIU wide receiver Erik Lora broke APSU legend Red Robert career OVC receiving record (232 receptions) earlier this season. The Walter Payton Award nominee now has 261 catches.
- When Austin Peay ended spring practice the defensive line was considered one of the team strengths, with all four starters returning from 2012. Against Eastern Illinois none of the four—defensive ends Iosua Siliva and Earnest Smith along with defensive tackle Malcolm Goines and nose guard Reese Bulmash—will play. Smith tore his Achilles tendon during a summer workout while Siliva is out with a leg fracture. Bulmash suffered a concussion against UTC and left Saturday’s game against Eastern Kentucky when symptoms returned. Goines has not played since the NCAA declared him ineligible for competition just prior to the UTC game.
- APSU’s offensive troubles can be traced to injuries. When the Govs ended the spring, the offensive line was considered a strong point. However, three-year starting guard Chris Hartman suffered a ruptured disc in his back during offseason weight training. The other projected starting guard, redshirt freshman Tyler Miles, went down with a knee injury during the first summer practice week. Miles has just returned to limited work.
- After winning on the road in Charleston, 15-13, in 2008, APSU has lost the series’ last four meetings.