Football dominates Austin Peay

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The Murray State Racers improved to 3-3 on the year and 2-1 in the OVC with a 52-14 win over Austin Peay (0-6, 0-4 OVC) on Saturday night at Governors Stadium in Clarksville, Tenn.

Senior Casey Brockman (Murray, Ky.) notched his third 400-yard plus game of the season and seventh of his career by going 38-for-43 for 455 yards and five touchdowns. Junior Walter Powell led the Racers’ receiving corps on the night by making nine catches for 172 yards and two touchdowns. Senior Dontel Watkins (Nashville, Tenn.) also had two scores on the night with six catches for 70 yards.

Brockman entered the game needing just two touchdowns to tie former Racer Michael Proctor (1986-89) for the most touchdown passes in school history. Brockman tied the record in the first quarter with his second score of the night, a 38-yard pass to junior Duane Brady (St. Augustine, Fla,), to give him 52 for his career.

With just 21 seconds left in the first half, Brockman broke the record on a 12-yard pass to senior Ja-Vonta Trotter (St. Petersburg, Fla.) to give the Racers a 24-14 halftime lead. Murray State’s last drive of the half lasted just 34 seconds and went five plays for 45 yards.

With his third pass in the second half, a 16-yarder to freshman Jeremy Harness (Radcliffe, Ky.), Brockman passed former Eastern Illinois and current Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo for third on OVC all-time passing list. Romo ended his four-year career with the Panthers with 8,212 passing yards.

Next up for Brockman on both the OVC and Murray State passing yard leaderboard is Proctor who had 8,682 passing yards in his four years with the Racers. Passing Proctor will not only allow Brockman to become second on the all-time OVC list and first on the all-time Murray State list, it will also allow him to officially top all four major career categories for a Murray State quarterback, including passing yards, attempts, completions and touchdowns.

Those weren’t the only records Brockman broke on the night as he also became the OVC’s all-time leader in completions with 793. He took the record from Morehead State’s Chris Swartz who ended his career with the Eagles with 774. Brockman also passed Swartz on the OVC total offense list, as he now has 8,856 yards of total offense for his career.

In the second half, the Racers poured on the offense with four touchdowns and 279 total yards. Brockman combined with freshman K.D. Humphries (Montgomery, Ala.) in the frame for 233 passing yards on 18 completions. Murray State ended the game with 35 straight unanswered points.

Humphries closed out the game with a nine-yard pass to Watkins with just over six minutes to play for his first collegiate touchdown. Freshman Marc Wynstra (Murray, Ky.) got a first of his own on the play, by kicking his first collegiate extra point.

Defensively, the Racers were led by freshman T-Ray Malone (Smyrna, Tenn.) who had 11 total tackles on the night, including four solo and one for a loss. Junior Corey Addison (Jacksonville, Fla.) led the team in solo tackles in the game with five to finish the night with six total

The Racers will return to action at The Track next Saturday for homecoming. Murray State will host rival UT Martin (4-2, 2-1 OVC) with kick-off set for 3 p.m.

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