Kutz Field Goal Wins It for Indians
Nov. 13, 2004
By: Patric Clark -
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - (Saturday, November 13, 2004) The Seniors. That's what the Southeast Missouri State football team was playing for on Saturday afternoon. Not for the National title, not for a playoff berth, not for the Ohio Valley Conference title and most importantly not for themselves. They were playing for 18 seniors who have been in the trenches with them since day one. So it was fitting that it came down to the blocking of Dan Bieg and Dan Connolly, the snap of Justin DeShon, the hold of Chris NesSmith and the foot of Derek Kutz, all seniors, all playing their final game in Houck Stadium. They, along with the other seniors, left with a 31-27 overtime victory over Tennessee Tech and the memory that they left Houck the same way they entered it for the first time...as winners.
The Southeast (3-7, 3-4 OVC) defense continued their timely play-making when they stopped a fourth and one run by Tennessee Tech (6-4, 3-3 OVC) in overtime. The defense ran off the field and put it in the hands of their All-Conference kicker to win the game.
The Golden Eagles called a timeout to ice Kutz and hopefully make him think of his missed potential game winner against Tennessee State last weekend. That thought was far from his mind and his teammates. Kutz lined-up and converted on his 44-yard try sending the sideline in a frenzy as they mobbed the kicker near midfield.
Southeast wouldn't have had the opportunity to win if it wasn't for the armspan of wide receiver T.J. Milcic.
The Golden Eagles had the chance to win in regulation when they sent their kicker out to attempt a 31-yard field goal with two seconds left. Milcic blocked the potential game winner to send the game into the extra period.
Tech was the first team to score when Brandon Fields recovered a block punt in the Southeast endzone for the quick 7-0 lead in the first quarter.
Southeast answered by converting Tennessee Tech mistakes into points of their own. Southeast turned two Tech interceptions into 14 points in the second quarter. Jamel Oliver scored on a two-yard pass and Brian Matthews caught a 30-yard pass, both from senior quarterback Andrew Goodenough.
Southeast continued their scoring in the third quarter when Oge Oge caught a 19-yard pass from Goodenough making it 21-7.
The Golden Eagles answered with two touchdowns in the third period to tie the game at 21 apiece.
Milcic pulled in a 18-yard TD pass from Goodenough to put Southeast back on top, 28-21.
Tech scored the lone TD in the fourth quarter on a Trey Bonner 10-yard TD run to tie the game at 28.
Goodenough finished with 250 yards passing and a career-high four touchdown passes.
Oliver was the leading receiver with nine catches for 46 yards from the running back position.
Copi-Rite Player of the Game Reggie AuBuchon recorded two interceptions for Southeast as the defense forced three picks and one fumble.
Southeast ends the season on the road when they travel to Jacksonville, Alabama to face 14th-ranked Jacksonville State on Saturday, November 20th.