Football Loses to Austin Peay, 24-14, on Homecoming
Oct. 10, 2009
By Jeff Honza
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Ryan White rushed for 228 yards and a touchdown and Terrence Holt ran for 100 yards and two touchdowns to lead Austin Peay (2-4, 1-2) to a 24-14 come-from-behind win over Southeast Missouri State (1-5, 0-4) Saturday at Houck Stadium.
The Governors trailed, 7-3, at halftime, but scored 21 points in the fourth quarter to spoil the Redhawks homecoming. Southeast, which is still winless in the Ohio Valley Conference, suffered its fifth-straight loss.
"It was a tough second half and our defense showed signs of fatigue," said Southeast head coach Tony Samuel. "We just have to continue to work hard and make something happen the rest of the way."
After Southeast free safety Bryan Blanfort returned an interception 69 yards for a touchdown to give the Redhawks a 14-3 lead with 5:57 left in the third quarter, APSU responded with three rushing touchdowns in the game's final 15 minutes.
Southeast was forced to punt on its first drive of the fourth quarter.
APSU later capped a 7-play, 56-yard march when Holt scored on a 6-yard run to cut the Redhawks lead to 14-10 with 10:29 remaining.
Jeremy Ross picked off Matt Scheible on the second play of the Redhawks next possession, and the Governors were in business, taking over on downs at Southeast's 30-yardline.
White gained 15 yards and eight yards on back-to-back carries before hitting paydirt on a 2-yard plunge, giving APSU its first lead (17-14) at the 8:58 mark.
Southeast was then forced to punt again.
White broke free for a 20-yard run to help key a 13-play, 64-yard drive. Holt's 2-yard run capped the scoring, as APSU put the finishing touches on its 24-14 win.
White carried the ball 32 times, averaging over seven yards (7.1) per rush. Holt followed with 23 carries for a 4.3 average.
The Governors tallied 418 yards of total offense, while the Redhawks mustered just 154. Southeast was held to just 29 passing yards on the day with only five in the second half. APSU converted on 12-of-17 third downs, as well.
APSU also ran 79 offensive plays, 25 more than Southeast's 54. It marked the fourth time in five games where an opponent has run 75 or more plays against the Redhawks.
Henry Harris scored Southeast's other touchdown on a 1-yard run to give the Redhawks a 7-0 lead with 9:13 left in the second quarter.
In addition, there were seven turnovers between the two teams. Southeast had three interceptions and recovered a fumble, and APSU had two interceptions and one fumble recovery. Blanfort's 69-yard run was the second-longest interception return for a touchdown in school history.
Southeast will be off next week before returing to action at Tennessee Tech on Oct. 24.