Southeast Falls to In-State Rival Missouri State, 55-17
Nov. 10, 2007
By Tyler Koonce, Assistant Football Contact
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Missouri State outgained Southeast 534-328 en route to a 55-17 victory on Saturday at Plaster Field. The Bears held a 27-3 halftime advantage and never looked back after the break. Gerald Davis scored three rushing touchdowns, giving him 19 on the year to break the MSU single-season record.
Bears quarterback Cody Kirby threw for two first half touchdowns in leading Missouri State to the 24 point halftime lead. Missouri State led 34-3 before Houston Lillard got into the end zone for the Redhawks on a 1-yard quarterback sneak with 7:42 left in the third quarter.
Missouri State added three more second half touchdowns with a Victor Anderson 45-yard fumble return for a score sandwiched in between to bring the final score to 55-17 in favor of the Bears.
Kirby finished 18-21 passing for 255 and two scores. Kingjack Washington led the rushing attack for MSU, carrying the ball 11 times for 91 yards, including a 37-yard touchdown early in the second half. Clay Harbor led the receivers with six receptions for 76 yards.
Houston Lillard completed 20 of 39 passes for 230 yards in addition to his first career rushing touchdown. Miles Edwards led the receivers for the second week in a row with seven catches for 85 yards. Brad Stewart and Elton Peterson each caught three passes. Peterson also rushed for 29 yards on eight carries.
Defensively, Tony Randolph and Jeremy Dawson led Missouri State with eight tackles each. Dawson also recovered a fumble. Cedric Alvis and Chris Geisz intercepted passes and Brandon Hilt finished with 3.5 tackles for losses totaling 16 yards, including two sacks.
For Southeast, Jared Goodson led the way with 11 tackles. Victor Anderson and Adam Casper each made 10 stops. Anderson registering two forced fumbles, including one on a sack and one he returned for the 45-yard touchdown. Nick Stauffer returned the initial fumble 44 yards to set up the first Redhawks touchdown.
Southeast returns home next Saturday for the final game of the 2007 season. It will be Senior Day with all the seniors and their families being honored prior to kickoff at 1 p.m. Tailgating activities begin at 11 a.m. on Bellevue Street in front of the Redhawks Success Center.