By MARLON SCOTT | Senior Staff Writer
The rain pelting the turf of the field in Governors Stadium probably drowned out the cheers of the APSU fans wearing plastic ponchos and huddling under umbrellas as senior running back Terrence Holt sprinted down the field in the second quarter.
The rain splashed on helmets, soaked into jerseys and trickled, slowly down players’ faces, but it did not slow Holt down.
It appeared as if Holt weaved through the rain dodging the raindrops like he dodged the Murray defenders as he scrambled 44 yards to the end zone for his first touchdown of the game.
The touchdown brought the Govs within one touchdown of the Racers, 14-21, with 12:50 left in the first half of the game. However, it would be the closest the Govs would get to the Racers for the rest of the game.
The Govs lost their seventh game in a row to the Murray Racers, 61-35, on Saturday, Nov. 13.
It was the last home game for 13 Gov seniors, including Holt. Holt went out with a bang, rushing for 140 yards and three touchdowns.
He added 189 kick return yards for a total of 338 all purpose yards in the game. The total also put Holt’s kick return yards over 1,000 for the fourth year in a row.
Afterwards, Holt explained how the rain, the rivalry and the impact of senior night added excitement to the game.
“It was a big, exciting game. We know Murray is one of our rivals. Everyone was hyped up because it was senior night. We knew it was going to be raining and I am pretty sure every football guy wants to play in the rain one time,” Holt said. “Why not go out and fight against your rival on senior night? We did pretty well, coming out here doing the best that we could, but things didn’t fall our way towards the end of the game.”
The Govs’ 35-point score was their second highest score all season. They produced 443 total yards of offense, 371 yards of it on the ground. In addition to Holt, junior running back Ryan White rushed for 119 yards and a touchdown.
“I don’t like games like this,” said Govs head coach Rick Christophel. “I’m the kind of guy that would rather grind it out in the rain. I like the 21 to 14 games, if you told me we were going to score 35 points, I’d laugh at you.”
As good as the Govs’ running game was, the Murray passing game was better and the Govs’ defense did not have an answer for it.
The Racers scored on 10 of their 14 possessions in the game.
They produced 673 yards of offense, most of it on the arm of their quarterback Casey Brockman.
Brockman completed 38-of-57 passes for 497 yards. He also threw three touchdowns, two interceptions and rushed for one touchdown.
His performance earned him OVC Offensive Player of the Week honors.
The Racers were up 14-0 within the first five minutes of the game. Their first drive went 59 yards on six plays and ended with an eight-yard touchdown run by Marcus Harris.
Next, Dontrell Johnson intercepted a pass thrown by Govs quarterback Trent Caffee and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown.
When Holt made his 44-yard touchdown run to make the score 21-14, it looked as if the Govs were mounting a comeback. However, a Brockman touchdown run and two field goals quickly put the racers back in control 34-14 at halftime.
Holt got the Govs’ fans back into the game when he finished the Govs’ first drive of the second half with a 50-yard dash to the end zone. The Racers countered by hitting the gas and scoring 20 more points.
The Govs’ last score was a 12-yard run by White with 2:35 left in the game.
“We have to do better on the defensive side,” Christophel said. “If we can make them go the distance and not give up big plays, you never know what will happen, and we got two picks from it today.”
The Govs will play their last game of the season on the road at Eastern Kentucky Saturday, Nov. 20. TAS