Date (Time): Nov. 17 (4 p.m.)
Opponent: Austin Peay
Site (Venue): Clarksville, Tenn. (Fortera Stadium)
Audio: Froggy 103.7 FM (PxP: Neal Bradley; Color: Aaron Clayton)
TV: ESPN+
Live Stats:
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Twitter In Game: @RacersFootball 
MUR Record (Streak): 5-5, 5-2 OVC (Won 1)
AP Record (Streak): 4-6, 2-5 OVC (Lost 2)
All-Time Series vs. AP (Streak): MUR leads 36-15 (Lost 1)

All-Time Series in Clarksville (Streak): MUR leads 14-11 (Won 1)
First Meeting: W 34-3 (Nov. 14, 1953, Clarksville, Tenn.)
Last Meeting: L 7-27 (Sept. 23, 2017, Murray, Ky.)
Last Five vs. AP: 3-2 (LWWLW)
MUR Next Game: Aug. 29, 2019 vs. Pikeville
MUR Next Home Game: Aug. 29, 2019 vs. Pikeville

The Game

The Murray State football team looks to end the season on a positive note Saturday when it travels to Clarksville for a Heritage Bank Battle of the Border matchup with Austin Peay.

Saturday’s Weather

Despite low temps and even some snow earlier in the week, Saturday should be close to pleasant in Clarksville. The high for the day will be 59 with little chance for precipitation and moderate winds out of the ESE at 6-8 mph.

Last Time Out

The Murray State football team pulled off one of the most unbelievable comebacks in the near 93 year history of the program Saturday at Roy Stewart Stadium. Out of the gates, little went right for the Racers. Over the first 18 minutes of the game, the Racers missed a close field goal, threw three interceptions and lost a fumble to the which directly resulted in three SEMO touchdowns and a field goal. With just 10 seconds left in the half, Drew Anderson found Tyre Gray in the end zone from two yards out, to give the Racers some life at the break, down 31-7. Down one score in the fourth quarter, the Racers began the frame by driving the ball all the way down to the three-yard line, but could not punch it and had to settle for a field goal, inching closer to the lead at 31-27. The Racers and Redhawks then traded scoreless drives for the rest of the quarter until finally Anderson found LaMartez Brooks in the end zone from seven yards out to put the Racers on top for the first time, 34-31, with just 1:42 second left in the game. However, as quickly as Murray State’s lead arrived, it left just as fast. Southeast Missouri’s Daniel Santacaterina engineered a seven-play, 64-yard drive that was completed with a five-yard touchdown pass to Zack Smith, to give the Redhawks a 38-34 lead with only 20 seconds left. With literally seconds left in the game, Honeycutt received the ensuing kickoff and almost immediately ran into a group of Redhawks near the right sideline. Knowing the game was on the line, Honeycutt bounced off the defenders, rolled out to the left side, found a hole and ran 79 yards for the touchdown, giving Murray State a 40-38 lead with three seconds remaining. 

The Austin Peay Series
Saturday will mark 65 years and three days since the first time Murray State met Austin Peay in football and since then it has developed into one of the most heated rivalries for either team. Despite a win by the Govs last year in Murray, the Racers have a healthy lead in the all-time series, 36-15. The Govs have had the most success against the Racers in Clarksville, but still trail the series there, 14-11.

Scouting The Redhawks

Austin Peay is currently 4-6 on the year and 2-5 in the OVC. The Govs currently average 29.2 yards per game, while giving up 31.4. Of Peay’s 416.2 yards per game, 235.8 comes on the ground, while 180.3 comes through the air. Kentel Williams leads the rushing attack with 89.1 yards per game and six touchdowns, while quarterback Jeremiah Oatsvall also had six rushing touchdowns and 44.9 yards per game. Oatsvall also averages 143.8 yards per game passing and has 16 touchdowns. D.J Montgomery has been his leading target with 74.8 yards per game and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Gunnar Scholato has 99 tackles, 10.0 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks, while Jaison Williams has 40 tackles, 13.0 for loss and 4.5 sacks.

Saturday’s Weather

Despite low temps and even some snow earlier in the week, Saturday should be close to pleasant in Clarksville. The high for the day will be 59 with little chance for precipitation and moderate winds out of the ESE at 6-8 mph.

One For The Ages
The Racers rallied from 31-points down to upset 19th-ranked Southeast Missouri State Saturday. It is the largest comeback in school history and just four points from being the largest ever in collegiate football. The record of 35 points overcome to win a game is currently held by three teams at three different levels of football:

FBS – Michigan def. Northwestern, 41-38 (10/21/06)

Michigan trailed 38-3 with 9:54 left in 3Q

FCS – Nevada def. Weber St., 55-49 (11/2/91)

Nevada trailed 49-14 with 12:16 left in 3Q

DII – Bloomsburg def. West Chester, 55-42 (10/22/11)

Bloomsburg trailed 35-0 with 10:29 left in 2Q

Sack Attack

With 10.5 sacks this season, not only is Kenney Wooten currently 7th in the FCS, but he is also 3rd all-time in MSU history for sacks in a single season. With one game remaining, Wooten needs just 0.5 sacks to tie Austen Lane’s 2009 total for second and just 1.5 to tie Lane’s 2008 total for first.

Battle Of the Border

After capturing the trophy in each of its first two years of existence, the Racers could be well on their way to capturing a third Heritage Bank Battle of the Border title. Already leading 12-3, a win Saturday would give MSU 15 points, just under halfway from the 34 points needed to clinch.

ON Lock

After allowing SEMO to score 31 unanswered to open the game, the MSU defense flipped a switch at halftime. Of the Redhawks’ nine offensive drives in the second half, only the go-ahead scoring drive with 1:33 amassed more than 20 yards. Of the eight drives under 20 yards, seven were 10 yards or less, four were zero or less yards and two went for negative yards. In addition, the Racers held SEMO to the lowest total yards by an opponents this season (297), including just 106 in the second half. The Redhawks’ 13 first downs were also a season-low by a MSU opponent.

OK, What’s Next?
The MSU coaching staff will hit the road to try to shore up the next generation of Racers in advance of early signing day on Dec. 19 and National Signing day on Feb. 6. On Thur., Aug. 29, the Racers will kick off their 94th season of football under the lights of Roy Stewart Stadium against Pikeville.

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