Redhawks Fall to Nationally Ranked Eastern Illinois, 31-16
Sept. 29, 2007
By Tyler Koonce, Assistant Football Contact
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Southeast Missouri State was defeated by No. 21 Eastern Illinois, 31-16, at Houck Stadium Saturday night. The Redhawks fall to 2-3 on the season and 0-2 in Ohio Valley Conference play.
Eastern Illinois answered back when Jason Fisher caught a 10-yard touchdown from quarterback Bodie Reeder. Tyler Wilke's extra point tied the game at seven.
Doug Spada added field goals of 27 and 26 yards to put Southeast ahead 13-7 with 3:19 left in the half.
Jordan Campanella caught a 5-yard touchdown from Reeder 49 seconds left in the half, giving the Panthers a 14-13 halftime lead.
Spada opened up the scoring in the second half with a 38-yard field goal at the 6:02 mark in the third quarter. The Redhawks briefly led 16-14 before Micah Rucker caught a 45-yard touchdown from Reeder with one minute left in the third.
It would be all Eastern in the fourth quarter. Ademola Adeniji scored on a 1-yard run and Wilke added a 32-yard field goal with 55 seconds left in the game to give the Panthers a 31-16 lead that would stand up as the final.
For Southeast, Holloman finished with 133 yards on 28 carries, marking his fourth straight game to pass the century mark. Victor Anderson split time under center with Steve Callanan and finished with 44 yards on the ground. Callanan went 7-18 passing for 60 yards.
Ron Jordan led Eastern Illinois rushers with 115 yards while Adeniji added 92 yards. Reeder finished 13-28 passing with 159 yards and three touchdowns.
Defensively, preseason All-OVC linebacker Adam Casper recorded a career-high 20 tackles for the second consecutive season against Eastern Illinois. Nick Ketelsleger finished with a career-high nine tackles and a sack. Jared Goodson made six tackles.
Jack Kosinski led EIU with 10 tackles while All-American Donald Thomas finished with seven stops. The Panthers secondary intercepted two passes on the night.
Doug Spada was a perfect 3-3 in field goals and punted seven times for an average of 47.6 yards per punt. He also added a career-long 65-yard punt and place two inside the EIU 20-yard line. Spada is 9-10 on the season in field goal attempts and has converted his last eight attempts. He is now averaging 42.4 yards per punt this season.
Southeast returns to OVC play on Saturday, Oct. 13 at Eastern Kentucky. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Roy Kidd Stadium in Richmond, Ky.