Redhawks Come Up Short to Austin Peay in Double Overtime Thriller, 34-31
Nov. 3, 2007
By Tyler Koonce, Assistant Football Contact
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Southeast Missouri State fell in double overtime, 34-31, to Austin Peay Saturday at Houck Stadium. The Redhawks came back to tie the game with 1:27 left in regulation to send it into overtime but were unable hold the Governors offense in the second extra frame. Southeast falls to 2-7 (0-6 OVC) while Austin Peay improves to 6-3 (4-2 OVC).
Austin Peay opened the scoring on their first offensive play after recovering a fumble on the opening kickoff. All-American running back Chris Fletcher put the Governors ahead on a nine-yard run around right tackle. Isaac Ziolkowski added the extra point to put them ahead 7-0.
Southeast responded five minutes later when Houston Lillard connected with Miles Edwards on an 18-yard touchdown pass. Edwards' third touchdown reception of the season capped a two-play drive that was set up by Damian Smith's forced fumble and recovery. Doug Spada added the extra point to tie the game.
The Redhawks pulled ahead with 2:27 left in the first half when Walter Peoples scored his first career touchdown on a 25-yard pass from Lillard. Spada's extra point was true, putting Southeast ahead 14-7.
With only 19 seconds remaining in the half, Doug Spada's punt was blocked and returned 67 yards for a touchdown by Kevin Buckley. Ziolkowski tied the game at 14 with the point after and the score would remain tied until late in the fourth quarter.
Chris Fletcher scored his second rushing touchdown of the game on a 25-yard run with 3:57 left in the game. Ziolkowski again made the extra point to put Austin Peay up 21-14.
Southeast answered back when Lillard hit Edwards for his second touchdown catch of the day, a 25-yarder in the corner of the end zone with 1:27 left in the game. Spada's point after tied the game at 21. Edwards made a 30-yard reception on third and 17 the play before making the scoring grab.
The Redhawks drove down to the Austin Peay 22-yard line at the end of regulation, but Doug Spada's 39-yard field goal attempt sailed wide left with four seconds remaining. Austin Peay quarterback Mark Cunningham kneeled on the ball, sending the game into overtime.
On the first play of overtime, Fletcher rushed 25 yards for his third touchdown of the game. Ziolkowski's extra point was good to make the score 28-21 Governors.
Edwards brought Southeast back when he made his third touchdown catch of the game on Lillard's fourth scoring pass. Spada's point after sent the game into double overtime.
Doug Spada made a 43-yard field goal to put the Redhawks up 31-28 after their offensive possession in the second extra frame.
Again, Austin Peay struck on the first offensive play in the second overtime. Mark Cunningham hit Darryl Miller on a 25-yard touchdown pass to win the game for the Governors.
Gary Orr finished 8-17 passing for 94 for Austin Peay. Cunningham went 4-12 for 43 yards and the game-winning touchdown pass. Fletcher ran for 162 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries. Adrian Mines and Lanis Frederick led the receivers with three catches each for 40 and 36 yards, respectively.
Houston Lillard was 17-31 through the air for career highs of 265 yards and four tochdowns. Miles Edwards also enjoyed a career day, catching eight passes for 131 yards and three touchdowns. Joseph Tuineau made three receptions for 56 yards. Elton Peterson saw the majority of the time at running back, carrying 19 times for 80 yards.
Defensively, both teams registered five sacks. Ricky Thomas led Austin Peay with 10 tackles, including eight unassisted stops. Chris Haynes finished with seven tackles and one sack.
Adam Casper led the Redhawks with 16 tackles. Jared Goodson made 11 stops while Kendall Magana finished with nine. Damian Smith led the team with two sacks and three tackles for lossses to along with two forced fumbles, including one recovery. Brandon McCrary, Nick Ketelsleger and Quentin Brown each notched one sack.
Southeast will travel to Missouri State next Saturday to play their final non-conference game of the season. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Plaster Field in Springfield. The Redhawks will return home for the final game of the season on November 17, which will be Senior Day. All seniors and their families will be honored prior to the 1 p.m. start.