Tech’s comeback too much for Austin Peay, Tech wins 27-21
Tech defeated Austin Peay 27-21 on Sunday to begin the 2021 Spring football season in the Ohio Valley Conference after a rocky start and end.
Bailey Fisher passed for 106 yards and one touchdown. Fisher finished 11 of 18 with 0 interceptions and carried it 13 times for the Golden Eagles (1-0, 1-0 Ohio Valley Conference). Metrius Fleming led the team in receiving yards with 52 yards and one touchdown. Justin Oden catches for 27 yards with 0 touchdowns. David Gist rushed 56 yards and scored two touchdowns. Seth Carlisle led his team in tackles with 11 tackles with eight on his own. Marcus McMeans had six total tackles with four on his own.
Draylen Ellis passed for 165 yards and one touchdown. He had the longest pass for 49 yards to DeAngelo Wilson. Ellis finished 11 of 23 with two interceptions and carried it nine times for Austin Peay (0-4, 0-1 Ohio Valley Conference). Bryce Robinson passed 55 yards and 0 touchdowns. He was 5-8 on passing.
Austin Peay rushed for more yards than Tech 153-50 and gained more yards 373-156. Austin Peay threw the most interceptions with 2-0. Austin Peay had the most sacks 7-4. Tech was able to recover more fumbles with 2-1.
Tech (1-0, 1-0) missed their first field goal to begin their first drive. They were able to secure a field goal in the second attempt after capturing an interception by Jack Warwick.
Tech began the game by scoring a field goal giving them a 3-0 lead. Austin Peay fired back by scoring a 22-yard touchdown from Baniko Harley making it 7-3. Austin Peay went from the opposing one-yard line driving up the field to a touchdown with a run by Ellis for 16 yards in their first drive for a 14-3 lead.
Fisher passed a 41-yard pass that allowed them to get back into the game. Tech scored on their drive from Fisher to Fleming for 13 yards which made the game 14-10. Gist ran for a two-yard touchdown with 11:51 left in the fourth quarter that made the score 17-14.
Austin Peay fumbled the kickoff recovered by Carlisle which allowed Tech to get the ball back and score a three-yard touchdown by Gist making the game 24-14 in favor of Tech. Tech secured a field goal making the score 27-14 with 3:40 left in the fourth quarter.
Austin Peay got the football back and scored a touchdown from Robinson to Wilson making the game 27-21 with 12 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Kordell Jackson recovered an onside kick for Austin Peay giving them a chance to comeback. The last throw was incomplete, making the Golden Eagles the leaders in the OVC with 1-0 with a score of 27-21.