Tenn.-Martin 31, Austin Peay 28
MARTIN, Tenn. (AP) _ Jeff McCrone threw for 253 yards and a touchdown Saturday to lead Tennessee-Martin over Austin Peay in the Ohio Valley Conference, 31-28.
McCrone’s 49-yard pass to Dexter Ford with 7:48 left in the first quarter put the Skyhawks (5-6, 4-4) up 17-0.
Austin Peay’s Chris Horton got the Governors (3-8, 2-6) back in the game. He scored on an 8-yard run with 13:45 to go in the second, then recovered a blocked punt in the end zone minutes later to bring the Governors within three, 17-14.
McCrone, who completed 23-of-40 passes, then ran 10 yards for a touchdown to put the Skyhawks on top for good, 24-14. Tennessee-Martin’s final score came on a 1-yard run by Brent Hamrick late in the third to make it 31-21.
Austin Peay’s Lance Hoeltke, who completed 4-of-19 passes for 45 yards, ran in from 4 yards late in the third to close the gap 31-28.
The Governors had a chance to score again with 27 seconds left in the game, but Tennessee-Martin’s Fred Thomas intercepted the pass on his team’s 2-yard line.