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Tennessee-Martin Beats Southeast, 55-20

Oct. 27, 2007

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MARTIN, Tenn. - Tennessee-Martin (2-7, 2-4 OVC) scored on their first three possessions and racked up 566 yards of total offense to defeat Southeast Missouri State (2-6, 0-5 OVC), 55-20, on Saturday at Hardy Graham Stadium.

Tennessee-Martin opened up the scoring on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Cade Thompson to Jamaal Akbar on their first drive. Tom Hansen added the extra point to put the Skyhawks up by a touchdown at the 7:16 mark in the first quarter.

Hansen increased the UTM lead to 10 with a 21-yard field goal with 2:18 left in the first quarter.

Thompson connected with Jessie Burton on a 46-yard bomb with 19 seconds left in the opening quarter. Hansen's point after put Martin ahead 17-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Martin scored their third touchdown of the half on a blocked punt that was recovered Anthony Johnson in the end zone. Hansen's extra point was true, giving the Skyhawks a commanding 24-0 lead.

Hansen's second field goal from 26 yards out added three more points to the lead with 3:37 left in the first half.

Southeast got on the board with 25 seconds left in the first half when Alfred Reese scored on a 1-yard run. The eight play, 68-yard drive in three minutes, seven seconds was highlighted by a 31-yard reception by Reese on a screen pass from Houston Lillard. Doug Spada added the extra point to make the score 27-7.

The Skyhawks continued the scoring on their first drive of the second half when Marcus Dawson scored on an eight-yard run around the left tackle. Hansen again made the point after and Martin led 34-7 with 11:11 remaining in the third quarter.

Thompson threw his third touchdown pass of the day to Akbar with 40 seconds left in the third quarter. Hansen's PAT capped off the seven play, 83-yard drive in two minutes and 10 seconds to increase the margin to 41-7.

Lillard connected with Daryl Gist on a slant pattern for his first career touchdown reception, a 16-yard catch and run with 13:56 left in the game. Spada made the extra point to cap the six play, 77-yard drive in one minute, 36 seconds.

Dawson scored his second rushing touchdown of the game on a 1-yard plunge with 10:17 remaining in the fourth quarter. Hansen again made good on the extra point to push the lead to 48-14.

Miles Edwards hauled in a touchdown on a 12-yard fade pattern from Lillard with 6:56 left in the game. The Redhawks went 88 yards over 11 plays in three minutes, 16 seconds on the scoring drive.

Brandyn Young broke loose for a 43-yard insurance touchdown run with 4:23 left in the game for the Skyhawks.

Thompson finished 23-32 passing for 317 yards and the three scores. Linzey Patterson led the receivers with five receptions for 54 yards. All-American Don Chapman rushed for 116 yards on 20 carries.

Houston Lillard completed 19-33 passes for 252 yards and two touchdowns for the Redhawks. Joseph Tuineau led the receiving corps with a season-high five receptions and 78 yards. Daryl Gist added four catches for 72 yards and his first career score. Miles Edwards also finished with four grabs for 38 yards and one touchdown.

Defensively, Adrian Pruitt led UTM with six tackles, including one sack for a loss of two yards. He also forced a fumble and registered one quarterback hurry.

Nick Stauffer, starting in place of Adam Casper at inside linebacker, led Southeast with 15 tackles. Vincent Anderson made 11 tackles, including nine solo stops and one tackle for a loss of four yards.

The Redhawks return home next weekend to play Austin Peay in an OVC game at Houck Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. with tailgating activities beginning at 11 a.m. on Bellevue Street, in front of the Redhawks Success Center.


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