COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Sunday was certainly worth the wait for the Tennessee Tech football team. It had been nearly 15 months since the last time the Golden Eagles took to the field, and while it took a little time to get the offense going in the 2020-21 season opener against Austin Peay, Tech certainly finished with a flourish.
Trailing 14-3 midway through the third quarter, the Golden Eagles rifled off 24 straight points, then held on in a wild finish, knocking off defending Ohio Valley Conference champion Austin Peay 27-21 at Tucker Stadium on Sunday.
“It was an exciting win and a big win for the Tennessee Tech team,” said Golden Eagle head coach Dewayne Alexander. “That is a very good Austin Peay team, defending conference champ and went three rounds deep into the FCS playoffs last season. They have very good players and just kept fighting tough. Coach (Scotty) Walden is an outstanding young coach and he goes at it the right way.
“Our team – what can you say? It wasn’t pretty, but any time you win an OVC game, it’s always big. We knew this was going to be an important game. We probably should have been ahead more than we were as we squandered some opportunities, especially in the first quarter. But we kept responding. Halftime, I told the guys that we just had to win the second half – and we had contributions from all three phases of the game. The defense caused turnovers, special teams caused turnovers and the offense taking advantage of a short field and score touchdowns when we needed to.”
- Stadium: Tucker Stadium
- Location: Cookeville, Tenn.
- Attendance: 1825
- Duration: 3:25
TTU: FISHER, Bailey (106PASS); GIST, David (56RUSH); FLEMING, Metrius (52REC);