Austin Peay knew playing at No. 15 Virginia Tech was a tall order, and somehow the Governors came away feeling good about their performance despite a lopsided final score.
Given little chance of replicating the upset fellow FCS member James Madison handed the Hokies two years ago, the Governors hung around early with some gritty defense before falling prey to that old Virginia Tech tradition: momentum-seizing special teams play.
The Hokies (2-0) had a 46-yard punt return and blocked a punt to set up their first two touchdowns, overcoming a slow start for a 42-7 win Saturday.
''We knew coming in we had to do everything right,'' Austin Peay coach Rick Christophel said. ''When you don't do things right on special teams and you give up some big plays, you're going to have some problems.''
Still, he was happy with the way his team performed on the big stage.
''We really, really played hard,'' Christophel said. ''I told ...