Football Drops Season Opener to No. 2 SIU, 42-3
Sept. 2, 2004
CARBONDALE, Ill. -
The Southeast Missouri State football team dropped their 2004 season opener to No. 2 Southern Illinois University, 42-3 in a non-conference showdown of the long-time rivals. The loss is Southeast's second straight against the Salukis in as many years.
Southeast had difficulty getting their offense going throughout the game as a Derek Kutz 38-yard field goal in the 1st quarter accounted for the lone score for the Indians.
The Southeast defense contained the high-powered Saluki offense in the 1st half, allowing only a 1 yard TD run by Brandon Jacobs in the 1st quarter and a Jacobs' 2-yard TD run in the 2nd quarter to keep the score close, 14-3 at the half.
Quarterback Andrew Goodenough was an efficient 10-17 for 108 yards in the first half and led two impressive drives. One led to the Kutz field goal and another was stalled by a Southeast turnover right before the half.
Turnovers continued to hurt the Indians in the 2nd half as they committed two more, each in Saluki territory and eventually leading to Saluki touchdowns.
Goodenough finished with 183 yards on 21-31 passing with one interception. Running back Jamel Oliver finished with 79 yards from scrimmage (31 rushing, 43 receiving). David Taufoou led the Indians in rushing with 36 yards on the ground.
The Salukis finished with over 554 yards of total offense, with 320 yards on the ground. Jacobs and Arkee Whitlock each rushed for over 100 yards. Jacobs finished with four rushing touchdowns.
Southeast's next game is September 11, as they face I-A opponent Bowling Green in Bowling Green, Ohio.