COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- The third annual battle for the Sgt. York
Trophy gets underway Saturday night in the Ohio Valley Conference
when the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles host the Austin Peay
Governors in Tucker Stadium. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
It’s the first of three games for Tech in the quest for the
York Trophy, an award that goes to the Tennessee team in the OVC
which posts the best record againt the other three in-state
Tennessee State has won the York Trophy in each of the first two
years. After the game with Austin Peay on Saturday, Tech visits UT
Martin next week (Oct. 10), then wraps up by hosting Tennessee
State on Homecoming (Oct. 31).
Tech (1-2/0-1 OVC) is coming off a 49-7 loss at Big 12 opponent
Kansas State. Austin Peay (1-3/0-1 OVC) lost a home game to Eastern
Illinois last weekend.
The Govs have won both meetings against Tech during the Watson
Brown era (also the York era), and both in similar fashion and by
nearly identical scores. In 2007, APSU won 30-27 by making a field
goal on the final play of the game. Last year, Tech rallied to pull
within three but missed a field goal on the final play that would
have forced overtime. APSU prevailed, 31-28.
It’s Parent and Family Night for the Golden Eagles, as well
as Football Alumni Reunion. Tech will recognize the 50th
anniversary of the 1959 Golden Eagle team that shared the OVC
TICKETS: Available day of the game at the Tucker
Stadium Ticket Booths, beginning at 6 p.m.
MAGIC 98.5 Tailgate Park: Opens at 4 p.m.
Records in 2009: Tennessee Tech is 1-2 overall
/ 0-1 Ohio Valley Conference
Austin Peay is 1-3 overall / 0-1 Ohio Valley Conference Series Record: Tech leads 25-17-1 Last Meeting: Austin Peay 31, Tennessee Tech 28
(2008 in Clarksville) Radio: Golden Eagle Sports Network (Roger Ealey,
Buddy Pearson, Brandon Goodwin)
also Free Teamline (Call 1-800-846-4675 - team code 0654) Web Streaming: OVCsports.TV (produced by WCTE TV
and TTU) Television: Live WCTE TV Live Stats: TTUsports.com Last Week: Tech lost at K-State, 49-7; Austin
Peay lost to Eastern Illinois, 30-20 Websites:
Tennessee Tech - www.TTUsports.com
Austin Peay - www.apsugovernors.com
FINAL UNDER THE LIGHTS -- The game with Austin
Peay is Tech’s final night game of the year. All seven
remaining games will be daytime starts.
FOOTBALL ALUMNI -- Golden Eagle football players
are invited back to the game as Tech celebrates its annual Football
Alumni Day in Tucker Stadium. In addition, the University will also
recognize the 50th anniversary of the 1959 Tech team that shared
the Ohio Valley Conference championship. The ‘59 Golden
Eagles were unbeaten in the OVC with a 5-0-1 record, tying Middle
Tennessee, 21-21, in the regular season finale.
ONE TO BREAK IT -- Senior quarterback Lee Sweeney
comes into the game with 38 career touchdown passes, tied with
Robert Craft (2001-04) for the school career record. He needs 205
yards to break the total offense school record and 238 passing
yards to snap that school standard.
STARTS WITH AN “A” -- Golden Eagle
junior offensive guard Taylor Askew has been named first-team
Academic All-District each of the past two years. The CoSIDA
Academic-All-America team is sponsored by ESPN The Magazine. Askew
owns a perfect 4.0 grade average, and last season received the OVC
Academic Medal for posting the highest GPA among all football
players in the league.
BLOW OUT THE CANDLES -- Jordan Adams celebrated
his birthday on Wednesday (Sept. 30), and senior co-captain Brendon
Fisher had a birthday Friday (Oct. 2).
SHUTTLE PILOT -- Former Golden Eagle linebacker
Barry Wilmore, a member of the TTU Sports Hall of Fame, will be the
pilot of the next NASA Shuttle, set to launch Nov. 12.
Notes on OFFENSE
WELCOME BACK? -- Sophomore Henry Sailes and
sophomore Tremaine Hudson both missed the K-State game with
injuries, but both are expected to return to action against the
MISSING SCHWEITZER -- Starter tackle Scott
Schweitzer missed the game at K-State with an injury, but is
probable for the game against Austin Peay.
OVER 2,000 -- Henry Sailes has climbed over the
2,000-yard mark in his career for all-purpose yards. He now has
with 2,286. He needs 397 to climb into Tech’s career Top
HITTING 1,000 -- Henry Sailes has surpassed the
1,000-yard mark in kickoff returns for his career. He has 1,014
yards to rank second in school history behind Gerald Bentley with
GRIN AND BLAIR IT -- Sophomore Jimmie Blair made
his Golden Eagle debut against Pikeville and took Tech on a
four-play, 53-yard fourth quarter scoring drive. Blair had all four
carries in the drive, including a 35-yard run and a 15-yard
touchdown. He finished with seven carries for 62 yards.
HOGUE TIED -- Sophomore Jamere Hogue moved from
defense to tight end, and at Kansas State he made his first career
reception --a 19-yard touchdown for the Golden Eagles’ only
score. Hogue had two catches for 26 yards at K-State.
TWO MORE FIRST-TIMERS -- Sophomore fullback Charlie
Stevens and sophomore tight end Cory Powers also recorded their
first career reception in the game at Kansas State. Stevens hauled
in a pass and rambled 16 yards for a first down. Powers had a catch
good for five yards.
CAREER-HIGH -- Sophomore Howard Griffin leads
Tech with 27 tackles to rank fourth in the OVC with 9.0 tackles per
game. He is also 12th in the league in tackles-for-loss. A
sophomore, Griffin had a career-best 11 tackles against Eastern
Kentucky and also caused a fumble. He made eight stops at K-State.
One of the team’s most improved players in the spring,
Griffin is the starter at BULL linebacker. Last season he made a
total of 17 tackles, with a career-high of six.
OH, CHARLIE -- Charlie Seivers had four tackles
and caused a fumble at K-State. Last season, Seivers led Tech and
ranked sixth in the OVC with five quaraterback sacks. He was 27th
in the league in total tackles with 65, and also led Tech with 10.5
tackles-for-loss for 47 yards. He had a career-best 12 tackles
against Eastern Kentucky, along with 2.5 tackles-for-loss and a
quarterback sack. Seivers was voted to the preseason all-OVC squad
IT’S TOOLEY TIME -- Sophomore Richmond
Tooley had his first career interception at Eastern Kentucky,
halting an early Colonel drive with a pick in the end zone. Tooley
also broke up three passes in the contest. He started eight games
last year as a true freshman. Against Jacksonville State, Tooley
had nine tackles. He ranked fifth on the team, finishing with 56
NEW KIDS ON THE TACKLE - Several true freshmen
saw extended playing time at Kansas State, including Jerry King and
Marty Jones, who had five tackles each.