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Delta Devils Defense Shuts Out Governors In Second Half

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Mississippi Valley State University football program blanked the red-hot Austin Peay offense for the final 30 minutes but could not overcome its early hole, falling by a 41-0 score. 

The Basics 

  • Score: Austin Peay 41 | Mississippi Valley State 0 
  • Records: Mississippi Valley State (0-2, 0-0 SWAC) | Austin Peay (2-1, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) 
  • Location: Clarksville, Tennessee – Fortera Stadium  
  • Series History: Austin Peay Leads 1-0  
  • Winning Streak: Austin Peay (W1) | Mississippi Valley State’s Last Win: N/A   
  • All-Time History vs. Atlantic Sun Opponents: Atlantic Sun Leads 3-2 

Mississippi Valley State Top Performers 

  • Ronnie Thomas feasted on the Govs’ backfield, lighting up the stat sheet with a career-best 3.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, forcing his third career fumble, and knocking away his second career pass breakup on top of five tackles. 
    • Thomas was just a half-sack shy of being the first MVSU player to record three-plus sacks in an outing since Patrick Harbin Jr. who had 3.5 versus Grambling in 2017. 
  • Christopher Victor and Kalib Alexander both registered a quarterback hurry for the second straight game with Victor bringing down a personal-best five ballcarriers and collecting half a sack. 
  • Kenneth Martin tied a personal-high with a tied for team-leading seven tackles, joining Abdural Lee at the top of the team leaderboard in that category. 
  • Vaughn Jennings had four tackles, a half-sack and a pass breakup, Stefon Smith Sr.’s lone tackle came behind the line of scrimmage, and Jalen Bell logged 1.5 sacks. 

  • Orlando Fernandez was a very busy man and put one of his best performances on display for the ESPN+ audience, tying a personal best with eight punts, falling five yards shy of his career-high (360) booming a pair over 50 yards, including a 67-yard bomb (two shy of career-long), and averaging 45 yards per boot. 

  • Deangelo Wagoner and Cameron Gardner accounted for half of the receiving corps’ catches and 80% of its yards, hauling in four passes for 40 yards (10 yards per catch). 


  • UTEP transfer TJ Goodwin made his Delta Devil debut by playing all but one snap in the second half, rushing for a team-high 21 yards with an additional 16 yards on three completions through the air. 

The Devils renew the Delta Classic rivalry with the Delta State Statesmen on Saturday, September 17 at 6 p.m. inside Rice-Totten Stadium. 

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