This past Saturday at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, there were two teams. One of which was tied first in their OVC division and coming off two of the biggest wins all season so far. Their opponent was a 1-6 team with their only advantage being that it was their homecoming at a neutral site.
Those teams were Austin Peay State University and Tennessee State University; teams on opposite ends of the success spectrum this season. This ended up having little to no importance when considering the outcome.
How did we lose?Thoughts of Govs Fans
APSU lost to TSU this weekend 26-24 in a game that was no contest until midway of the second quarter. APSU went into half time without the momentum and fire they had from the start and it was apparent when the third quarter started and the TSU defense kept the high-flying Govs to just one touchdown.
TSU made sure to keep the game in reach long enough to capitalize in the fourth quarter and that is exactly what they did; keeping APSU out of the endzone and scoring ten uncontested points to win the game.
The first question asked by most Gov fans was, “How did we lose?” APSU led the game in passing yards which in most games’ correlates with a win, but considering two interceptions were thrown by Ja’Vaughn Graig, as well as the sixty-two penalty yards, and sub-par total rushing yard for the game.
It’s easy to see how APSU let this one slip out of their hands; however, this program has shown mental toughness and resilience all year by having a “next game” mentality and I’m willing to bet Coach Hudspeth will have them squared away both physically and mentally for the next game at Tennessee Tech on October 26th, at 1:30 p.m. in Cookeville, TN.