Winningham’s late TD gives UCA a win in the FCS Kickoff over APS

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

At one point, it looked like there would not be a college football season. The coronavirus pandemic wreaked havoc on the United States. 

And early on, as there were lockdowns around the country, college football was an afterthought. However, on Saturday night, the stage was set for college football games to be played. 

Football Stadium
Football Stadium (Photo by Unsplash)

The Central Arkansas Bears defeated the Austin Peay State Governors in the Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama. The Bears came-from-behind to win the contest, 24-17.

With the win, Central Arkansas is now 2-0 all-time against Austin Peay State. One-year-ago, the Bears defeated the Governors, 24-16. 

This is a tough loss for the Governors, who are only slated to play three games during the fall. Following this game, Austin Peay State takes on two FBS teams in the Pittsburgh Panthers and the Cincinnati Bearcats on Sept. 12 and Sept. 19, respectively. 

Central Arkansas will actually attempt to play nine games in the fall. If they pull it off, it’ll be the most games played by an FCS team in the fall. 

Only 15 FCS programs are actually playing in the fall due to concerns from the coronavirus pandemic. 

Bears quarterback Breylin Smith went 26 of 49 for 283 yards. He had one touchdown pass and two interceptions. 

Kierre Crossley had 12 carries for 110 yards and a touchdown. Tyler Hudson had five receptions for 82 yards.

Lujuan Winningham had the team’s lone touchdown reception.

Governors quarterback Jeremiah Oatsvall went 14 of 31 for 181 yards. He had one interception in the contest. 

CJ Evans Jr. had 10 carries for 98 yards and a touchdown. Oatsvaall also had a rushing touchdown.

Jay Parker had three receptions for 55 yards.

The Bears outscored the Governors 24-7 after 7:37 in the second quarter. Winningham caught the game-winning 10-yard touchdown with 34 seconds left in the game.

Oatsvall gave the Governors a 17-16 lead with 1:40 left in the game. He scored on a one-yard rushing touchdown to cap off a nearly three minute drive. 

Hayden Ray put Central Arkansas up 16-10 at 7:44 in the fourth quarter. Crossley scored on a 34-yard touchdown run at 14:00 in the third quarter to cut the lead to 13-10. 

Ray made two field goals in the first half to cut the Austin Peay lead to 10-6. The Governors led 10-0 when CJ Evans Jr. scored on a 75-yard kickoff return for a touchdown on the opening play of the college football season. 

Grant Paulette also made a 28-yard field goal.

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