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Southeast Come From Behind To Beat Jacksonville State

Nov. 17, 2007

Final Stats

Cape Girardeau, Mo. - Southeast Missouri State came from behind in the second half to claim a 32-25 Ohio Valley Conference win over Jacksonville State. The win in the season finale ended a seven game losing streak for the Redhawks.

Jacksonville State, 6-5 overall and 5-3 in the OVC, took a 25-10 lead with 5:18 remaining in the third quarter and the Gamecocks seemed headed for a season ending win. The Redhawks, however, bounced right back with an eight play, 72-yard touchdown drive that ended with senior tight end Joe Tuineau scoring on a 12-yard pass from Houston Lillard. It was the first touchdown catch of Tuineau's career.

Early in the fourth quarter, Bryan Blanton blocked a Jacksonville punt and Mukai Matsiga returned it 13 yards for a touchdown. Trailing 25-23, the Redhawks went for two and Lillard hit Tuineau with a jump pass for the game tieing two point conversion.

On the Gamecocks next posession, safety Vincent Anderson picked off a Jacksonville State pass and returned it 26 yards to the Jacksonville State 36 yard line. The Redhawks drove for the winning touchdown in just seven plays with Lillard hitting Miles Edwards with a six yard pass for the touchdown and a 32-25 Southeast win.

The Redhawks defense held the gamecocks in their next posession and then they ran out the clock for the upset victory. Southeast ended the season 3-8 overall and 1-6 in the OVC.

Lillard was 14-25 for 224 yards and three touchdowns while senior running back Elton Peterson rushed the ball 33 times for 120 yards to give him the first 100-yard plus rushing day in his career.

Defensively, senior Adam Casper, the top tackler in the OVC, led Southeast with 12 tackles.


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