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Penalty-prone Govs fall to Skyhawks | Governors


CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Derek Carr threw for 266 yards and two first-half touchdowns to lead UT Martin to a 31-6 victory, Saturday night, in Ohio Valley Conference action in Governors Stadium.

The Govs remain winless at 0-4, including 0-2 in OVC play. They also are 0-2 in Sergeant York Trophy contests.

UT Martin improved to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in OVC play and Sergeant York Trophy games.

Penalties again proved to be the Governors nemesis. They finished with 274 yards total offense but constantly found plays negated by 15 penalties for 144 yards. The Governors have been slapped with 25 penalties for more than 250 yards over the last two weeks. It also helped counteract another Wes Kitts rushing effort. He finished with 118 yards rushing on 23 carries, his third 100-yard rushing effort in four career starts.

The penalties certainly affected the Govs in the first half but not as much as Carr. He dominated the first 20 minutes by completing 17 of 26 passes for 209 and two TDs.

After Austin Peay missed a chance to score first when Stephen Stansell failed on a 30-yard field goal attempt, the Skyhawks needed 10 plays to go 80 yards, with Carr completing six passes on the drive, the final a 21 yarder to Jeremy Butler for the game’s first TD.

Carr hooked up with preseason All-American Quentin Sims for the second,m a 24 yarder midway through the second half.

A 40-yard Carr to Kevin Barfield set up the third TD just 3 ½ minutes later to give the Skyhawks a 21-0 lead.

APSU’s only highlight came when Stephen Stansell booted 35-yard field goal with nine seconds left in the half. It was his 33rd career field goal, tying him with Tom McMillan (1986-89) for the career mark.

The Govs ended the first half with 150 yards in total offense while UTM had 257 and 14 first downs.

The second half became one of field goals. Stansell became APSU’s all-time career leader by connecting on a 35 yarder with 8:59 remaining while Cody Sandlin answered with one from 32 yards.

The only score in the fourth period came when APSU quarterback Jake Ryan was sacked by Deantae Glover, forcing a fumble, It was picked up by Fred Flenorl, who returned it 11 yards for a touchdown.

The Skyhawks finished with 384 yards in total offense. Sims finished with seven catches for 86 yards while Butler had five for 90.

Defensively, linebacker Ben Johnson led UTM with 11 stops while defensive back Montez Carlton, Johnathan Shuler and Steven Rich each had seven stops and an interception.


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