Indians Fall to Eastern Kentucky, 38-13
Oct. 17, 2004
By: Patrick Clark -
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - (Saturday, October 16, 2004) The Southeast Missouri State football team couldn't overcome five turnovers in losing 38-13 to Eastern Kentucky (3-3, 3-1 OVC) in an Ohio Valley Conference match-up Saturday night in Houck Stadium. In addition to the five turnovers, four of which were interceptions, Southeast (1-5, 1-2 OVC) had a punt blocked and a field goal blocked by the Colonels.
The second offensive play of the game for the Indians was a preview of what would happen throughout the game. Senior QB Andrew Goodenough's pass was intercepted by Will Stilley and returned 37 yards for an Eastern Kentucky touchdown. The Colonels missed the extra-point to make it 6-0.
Southeast had an excellent chance to score in the first quarter. Southeast had first and goal at the EKU 3-yard line, but EKU showed why they are the top defensive team in the OVC, stuffing four straight Southeast running plays.
Southeast bounced back, taking advantage of great field position and scored a touchdown in their next possession. Goodenough found a wide open Brian Matthews in the back of the end zone. A Derek Kutz extra point gave Southeast the lead, 7-6 in the first quarter. It was Matthews' third TD reception of the season.
EKU answered with special teams. After Pierre Wright blocked a David Simonhoff punt, Colonel's quarterback Matt Guice hooked-up with wideout Andre Ralston for a 20-yard touchdown. Ralston scored on an end-around on the two-point conversion to give EKU the 14-7 lead.
Southeast responded with a Kutz 32-yard field goal to make it 14-10.
Junior cornerback Kellin White intercepted a Guice pass and returned it 52-yards to the EKU 29-yard line. Southeast could only get three-points off the turnover, a Kutz 44-yard field goal.
The Colonels added a Phil Kuhl field goal before the end of the half to extend their lead to 17-13 as both teams headed into the lockerooms.
The first offensive series for Southeast in the second half was similar to their first series of the game. Goodenough was sacked by Chad Dewberry and fumbled. Dewberry recovered his own forced fumble and rumbled 11 yards for a Colonels touchdown and a 24-13 lead.
Southeast's offense struggled the rest of the game and was shutout the second half.
EKU added two fourth quarter touchdowns for the final margin of 38-13.
Goodenough finished with 339 passing yards and one touchdown. It's Goodenough's fourth straight 300-yard passing game.
Ray Goodson caught 8 passes for 60 yards to lead the Southeast receiving corps.
David Taufoou was Southeast's top rusher with 58 yards on the ground.
The Colonels were led by C.J. Hudson on the ground with a game-high 103 rushing yards and one TD. Ralston was the leading receiver with a game-high 162 yards and two TDs.
Southeast finished with more first downs (24-10) then EKU and finished with more offensive yards. Defensively played much better despite the final score. They held the Colonels to 1 of 11 on third down conversions.
Next for the Indians is an OVC match-up with Murray State on Saturday, October 23 in Murray, Kentucky. Start time for the game is set for 1:30 P.M.