Ellis leads Austin Peay past Chattanooga 30-20

Sep 2, 2021, 8:32 AM | Updated: 9:20 pm

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Draylen Ellis threw for 325 yards and four scores to four different receivers and Austin Peay beat Chattanooga 30-20 Thursday night in the season opener for both teams.

Chattanooga entered as the preseason 18th-ranked team in the FCS and Austin Peay No. 20.

Ellis found a diving Drae McCray in the back-right corner of the end zone as he rolled to his right on first-and-goal from the Mocs’ 8-yard line for the go-ahead score with 40 seconds left in the third quarter. The score made it a 23-20 contest and the Governors led the rest of the way. Ellis later connected with Ahmaad Tanner on a 4-yard touchdown to seal it at 30-20 with 8:14 left to play.

Baniko Harley caught six passes for 137 yards and a score for Austin Peay and Tanner had 19 carries for 103 yards.

Drayton Arnold threw for 130 yards and a touchdown for the Mocs.

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