Redhawks Beaten at Eastern Kentucky, 44-17
Oct. 13, 2007
By Tyler Koonce, Assistant Football Contact
RICHMOND, Ky. - Southeast Missouri State fell, 44-17, against Eastern Kentucky Saturday afternoon at Roy Kidd Stadium. The loss moves the Redhawks record to 2-4 overall and 0-3 in the Ohio Valley Conference.
After Zack Buck partially blocked Eastern's first punt, the Redhawks opened up the scoring on Victor Anderson's first career rushing touchdown. Anderson scored on a quarterback sneak to cap a three play, 53-yard drive. He set up the scoring plunge with a career long 37-yard run to begin the drive. Doug Spada's extra point was true to put Southeast up 7-0.
EKU answered back after recovering a fumble at the Southeast 6-yard line. Mark Dunn scored on a 5-yard run and Taylor Long's extra point evened the game at 7-7 with 7:23 remaining in the first quarter.
Dunn put Eastern ahead for good with his second touchdown, a four-yard scamper with 54 seconds left in the first quarter. The touchdown was set up by a 57-yard pass from Allan Holland to Garnett Phelps. Long's kick was good to make the score 14-7 EKU.
The Colonels increased their lead when Holland scored on his own quarterback sneak with 9:09 left in the first half. Long's extra point made 21-7 in EKU's favor. Two plays earlier, Holland connected on a 37-yard completion to Evan Cromer.
Long connected on a 21-yard field goal with 3:02 left in the second quarter, giving EKU a 24-7 lead that would hold up until halftime.
Doug Spada opened up the second half scoring with a 28-yard field goal at the 5:31 mark in the third quarter. He is now 10-11 in field goal attempts on the season and has connected on nine consecutive attempts.
Bobby Washington added a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs in the second half for the Colonels. Aaron Bradley finished off the scoring with a 5-yard run to put Eastern up 44-17, which became the final.
Victor Anderson finished 8-18 passing for 55 yards and one interception. He also added 47 yards on the ground.
Alfred Reese scored his first career touchdown on a three-yard run with 4:13 left in the game. Spada's extra point made the score 37-17.
Mike Jones started at running back and carried the ball 15 times for 64 yards. Elton Peterson added 50 yards on six carries and Reese finished with 37 yards on the ground over nine attempts. Doug Spada gained 24 yards on a successful fake punt.
Holland had a career day for EKU, going 23-39 passing for 361 yards. Kyle Barber caught five passes for 46 yards while Quinton Williams, Garnett Phelps and Bobby Washington each made four receptions. Washington and Mark Dunn both scored two rushing touchdowns.
Southeast returns home next weekend to face Murray State at 1 p.m. at Houck Stadium. It will be Homecoming weekend and free tailgating activities will begin at 11 a.m. on Bellevue Street in front of the Redhawks Success Center.