CLARKSVILLE, TN (CLARKSVILLE NOW) – Under a steady downpour Sunday at Fortera Stadium, Austin Peay football held off Tennessee State 27-20 to give Scotty Walden his first victory as Governors head coach.
That would not be the only history made in Austin Peay’s first home game since 2019, as Governor running back Brian Snead set the NCAA Division I FCS record for rushing yards in a quarter with 204.
The redshirt sophomore took each of his first three carries for touchdowns, racking up 186 yards in the process. He finished the day with 227 rushing yards on 23 attempts.
The Tampa Bay, Florida, native initially began his collegiate career at Ohio State before moving to Iowa Western CC and then transferring to Austin Peay.
In an offense that has been less than stellar so far through two spring games, Snead’s performance on the ground was a revelation.
True freshman quarterback Draylen Ellis completed just five of 17 passes for 100 yards.
Governor wide receiver and 2020 OVC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year DeAngelo Wilson torched the Tigers with five grabs for 114 yards.
After falling behind 20-0 to start the contest, TSU battled back to make it a one-possession game with six minutes and 48 seconds left remaining in the fourth quarter.
Austin Peay played a bend-but-don’t-break style of defense throughout that eventually paid off in the end. On the final play of the game, junior linebacker Jack McDonald was credited with a pass breakup to seal the victory.
Up next, the Governors (1-4, 1-1 OVC) will have a bye week before taking on Southeast Missouri State (1-1, 1-0 OVC) Sunday, March 14, at 2 p.m. at Houck Stadium.