Football Fights Until the Literal End in 59-35 Shootout at No. 19 Austin Peay


 While the Eagles didn’t win Saturday at No. 19 Austin Peay, Morehead State football did put up nearly 500 total yards and battled until literally the final play in a 59-35 shootout at the Govs’ Fortera Stadium.

MSU slipped to 1-2 with its second matchup against a top-20 FCS program this fall, but the Eagles recorded 466 total yards and scored five touchdowns, including a long passing score on the last play of the game.

Graduate student QB Mark Pappas attempted a career-high 51 passes, completing 21 for 218 yards and a score to senior WR BJ Byrd. Freshman signal-caller Grady Cramer came on late in the game and threw for a career-high 127 yards on just six completions, including 34 and 47 yard touchdown tosses to sophomore transfer wideout Kyle Daly, who had those only two catches for a team-high 81 yards for his first two career TDs.

On the ground, MSU rushed for 121 yards and got a late ground-game score from freshman Chance Harris for his first career TD.

Defensively the Pioneer League’s top backfield tackler, Vaughn Taylor, Jr., made three and a half stops behind APSU’s line of scrimmage. He now has 7.5 TFLs in the first three games.

Eagle Scoring Plays

– Trailing 8-0, MSU climbed back to 8-6 on Issiah Aguero’s one-yard plunge with 1:36 left in the first quarter. A Pappas to DeVonte Adamsconnection got the Eagles down to the one-yard line on a third and 10 situation.
– MSU fell behind 28-6 at the half, but made it 28-12 with 8:18 left in the third quarter when Pappas found Byrd for a six-yard score. It marked Byrd’s third TD of 2021 and the eighth game of the last nine since the spring he’s caught at least one TD.
– With 1:28 left in the third, graduate student kicker Andrew Foster drilled a 35-yard FG to make it 35-15.
– Trailing 45-15, Harris found paydirt with 7:03 remaining in the game.
– Just two minutes later, Cramer and Daly hooked up on a 34-yard score to make it 52-29.
– Cramer launched a Hail Mary as time expired, and Daly came down with the ball as the clock hit zeros. Foster added the PAT for the final score.


– The Eagles rank in the PFL and the FCS’s top ranks among passing teams and had 345 passing yards today.
– Aguero led the rushers with 44 yards on 15 carries.
– The Eagles had 27 first downs to the Govs’ 26. Austin Peay finished with 580 total yards.
– Foster, the league’s top punter on average, booted seven punts for a 47.9 per punt.
– MSU was 4-of-4 in the red zone and is now 13-of-13 when playing inside the opponent 20-yard line this season.
– MSU attempted 59 passes, just eight short of the single-game school record for the program, set in 1987.

Next Up

The Eagles have a bye week on Sept. 25 and then open PFL play Oct. 2 at home versus Dayton.