In Saturday’s season finale, the Tennessee Tech (4-7, 1-6 OVC) Golden Eagles will host winless in-state rival, Austin Peay (0-11, 0-7 OVC) at 1:30 p.m. in Tucker Stadium. Saturday is Senior Day and marks the last time 11 seniors will take the field.
Tech played in 11 games this season before reaching their much needed bye week.
“I’d love to get some of these guys who didn’t play two Saturdays ago back,” Watson Brown, head coach, said. “Our biggest goal this past week was health.”
The Golden Eagles went to Cape Girardeau, Missouri and trampled SEMO, 41-16, while missing nine key players.
Two weeks ago, starting quarterback Darian Stone had his best game of the season. Stone and the offense plan to keep the momentum rolling this Saturday against the Governors. The Austin Peay defense is ranked in the bottom half of all major defensive statistics in the OVC, setting up the Golden Eagles’ offense well.
Tech defense looks to continue its high level of play Saturday, as the players are currently tied for second place in the conference with 24 forced turnovers for the season. Austin Peay ranks last in the OVC conference in scoring offense, passing offense, rushing offense, total offense, and pass efficiency. Tech’s junior linebacker, Tra’Darius Goff, leads the conference with 96 total tackles. Redshirt junior Marty Jones is tied for second in the conference with 91 total tackles and closely follows Goff. Senior defensive end, Malcolm Mitchell, is tied for third in the conference with 6.5 sacks, as well. Mitchell ranks ninth in the conference with 10 tackles for a loss on the season.
Saturday is not only Senior Day at Tucker Stadium, but it is also Military Appreciation. The Golden Eagles will not be wearing the traditional purple and gold, but new camouflage uniforms to honor the military.