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Govs ride Wilson's overtime field goals to Homecoming win

Prior to Saturday, Austin Peays football team had not converted a field goal in its 46 previous quarters.

In fact, APSU entered its game against Davidson as one of four teams in Division I-AA without a field goal in 2004. But on Saturday the Governors asked freshman kicker Bradley Wilson not once ... but twice for a little field-goal magic, and he responded both times.
Prior to Saturday, Austin Peay's football team had not converted a field goal in its 46 previous quarters.

In fact, APSU entered its game against Davidson as one of four teams in Division I-AA without a field goal in 2004. But on Saturday the Governors asked freshman kicker Bradley Wilson not once ... but twice for a little field-goal magic, and he responded both times.

The Marietta, Ga., native booted a 34-yard field goal in the first overtime Saturday and then hit the game-winner from 33 yards out as the Governors captured a dramatic 20-17 homecoming victory against Davidson.

Wilson, who entered the game zero-for-two after taking over the placekicking chores when Kevin Abney quit prior to the Dayton game, was mobbed after the game by teammates, including 19 seniors who were playing their final home game.

“I told our players in pre-game that this game was about our seniors,” said Coach Carroll McCray. “But I told the seniors they couldn't do it without the rest of them, the younger players. And we had some younger players step up along with those seniors.”

The victory was the Governors' second straight after eight straight losses. It also was the team's first Pioneer Football League South win.

The Governors will look to end the season with three straight wins when they head to Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Saturday, Nov. 13.
—Brad Kirtley