Redhawks Drop Homecoming Contest to Murray State, 31-17
Oct. 20, 2007
By Tyler Koonce, Assistant Football Contact
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Southeast Missouri State dropped an Ohio Valley Conference game, 31-17 on Saturday at Houck Stadium. The Redhawks fall to 2-5 on the season and 0-4 in the OVC. Murray State improves to 2-5, 1-3 in the OVC.
Both teams played a sloppy first half that led to a scoreless halftime tie. Mike Jones started at running back for Southeast and rushed for 58 yards over the first two quarters.
Rod Harper opened up the scoring, hauling in a 25-yard touchdown pass from Jeff Ehrdardt to put the Racers ahead. Tyler Weiss added the extra point to cap a six play, 65-yard drive that made the score 7-0.
Southeast answered back two minutes later when Mike Jones scored his first career touchdown on a three-yard run. The Redhawks went 80 yards in seven plays, highlighted by a career long run of 59 yards by Jones. Doug Spada's extra point was true to tie the game at seven with 10:35 left in the third quarter.
Weiss added a 32-yard field goal with 8:36 left in the third to put Murray ahead 10-7 and they would not relinquish the lead the rest of the game.
Lee McGinnis increased the lead when he caught Ehrhardt's second 25-yard touchdown pass of the game at the 5:18 mark of the third quarter. Weiss added the extra point to give the Racers a 10 point lead.
Doug Spada brought the Redhawks to within seven when he made a career long 50-yard field goal with 11:58 left in the game.
Ehrhardt answered back once again, this time on the ground. He led a seven play, 54-yard drive that was finished by his three-yard plunge into the end zone with 10:19 left in the fourth quarter. Weiss made his third extra point of the half and Murray led 24-10.
Following a long kickoff return by Elton Peterson, Mike Jones scored his second touchdown of the day on a two-yard burst that was set up by a 27-yard catch and run by Michael Williamson. Spada's extra point again brought Southeast within a touchdown at 24-17, which would be as close as the Redhawks would come.
Charlie Jordan finished up the scoring with a 20-yard touchdown scamper with 6:32 left that put the game out of reach for the Racers. With the successful point after, Murray State went up 31-17, which would prove to be the final.
Ehrhardt finished 11-33 passing for 164 yards and the two scores and was also intercepted by Eddie Calvin and Salim Powell. Jordan rushed for a game-high 157 yards on 29 carries and also made a 29-yard reception. Ehrhardt also added 65 yards on the ground. DeAngelo Nelson, Lee McGinnis and Derrick Townsend each caught two passes for the Racers.
Houston Lillard returned in the fourth quarter for Southeast and provided a spark by going 8-13 passing for 139 yards and one interception. Victor Anderson started at quarterback and went 5-13 through the air for 49 yards. He also rushed for 26 yards.
Jones rushed for a career best 131 yards on 14 carries in his second career start in as many weeks. Elton Peterson added 44 rushing yards on 10 attempts. Peterson also averaged 30.5 yards over six kickoff returns, including a career long 51-yard return.
Joseph Tuineau led the receivers with three catches for 60 yards. Miles Edwards and Brad Stewart also made three receptions, for 59 and 36 yards, respectively. Michael Williamson also hauled in two passes for 38 yards.
Defensively, Derrick Parrott led the Racers with 10 tackles, nine unassisted, including one sack and one tackle for loss.
Kendall Magana and Jared Goodson both registered a game-high 11 tackles for Southeast. Vincent Anderson made nine stops, including seven solo tackles in his first career start in the secondary for the Redhawks. Adam Casper finished with eight tackles.
Doug Spada punted seven times for an average of 44.9 yards and placed all but one inside the opposing 20-yard line. His longest punt of the day went for 53 yards.
The Redhawks will travel to Tennessee-Martin next week with kickoff scheduled for noon. The next home game will be in two weeks against Austin Peay at Houck Stadium with a 1 p.m. start time.