APSU football lost their season opener against Troy University in Troy, Alabama. 57-17.
Kickoff started at 5:04 pm and the duration of the game lasted three hours and 14 minutes.
The Govs hyped themselves for a highly anticipated season by cheering and chanting before taking the field. During the first quarter, Troy scored first and second to take a 13-0 lead, missing the extra point after the second touchdown.
With about one minute left in the quarter, junior quarterback Tommy Hays threw a 6-yard pass to junior tight end James Coleman for a 13-6 score. Senior kicker Nick Gauna scored the extra point.
During the second quarter, APSU was the first to score. Coleman received a 14-yard pass from Hays.
However, by the end of the first half, Troy scored two touchdowns and kicked a field goal to lead 30-14.
In the second half, the Govs’ only points came from a 33-yard field goal from Gauna, who went 3 for 3 in the game.
Despite losing 57-17, APSU has already shown improvement from last season.
The Govs start Ohio Valley Conference play on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. against Tennessee Technological University at Fortera Stadium in Clarksville, Tennessee.