Southeast Missouri State Football Game Notes
Sept. 23, 2002
Football Game Information
Southeast Missouri State at Middle Tennessee
Date: Sept. 28, 2002
Time: 6 p.m. (CDT)
Location: Floyd Stadium, Murfreesboro, Tenn. (30,788)
Playing Surface: Artificial Turf
Affiliations: Southeast Missouri, NCAA I-AA, Ohio Valley Conference Middle Tennessee, NCAA I-A, Sun Belt Conference
Series: Middle Tennessee leads 10-1
Last Meeting: Middle Tennessee won 21-19 at Houck Stadium in 1998
2002 Records: Southeast Missouri 2-2, Middle Tennessee 0-3
2001 Records: Southeast Missouri 4-7, MT 8-3
The Coaches: Tim Billings is 9-17 in his third season at Southeast Andy McCollum is 17-19 in his fourth year at MT
Radio: Southeast Radio Network anchored by K-103 FM in Cape Girardeau. Other network stations include KSIM in Sikeston and KWOC in Poplar Bluff. Erik Sean will do play-by-play with Ron Hines as color analyst. Internet: The Southeast Radio Network broadcast can be heard over the internet at www.GoSoutheast.com.
Aug. 29 - SE 42, UAM 41 2OT Sept. 7 - SE 21, SIU 14 Sept. 14 -- E. Mich 35, SE 32 Sept. 21 - SMS 28, SE 21 Sept. 28 -- @ Middle Tenn. Oct. 5 - Tennessee State Oct. 12 -- @Tenn.-Martin Oct. 19 - Eastern Illinois Oct. 26 -- @Murray State Nov. 2 - Tennessee Tech Nov. 9 -- @ Eastern Ky. Nov. 16 -- Samford
THE TEAMS: Southeast Missouri is 2-2 after losses to I-A Eastern Michigan and Southwest Missouri and wins over Arkansas-Monticello and Southern Illinois. Middle Tennessee is 0-3 with road losses to Southeastern Conference teams Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky. The Blue Raiders are 13-2 at Floyd Stadium and have won 11 straight home games.
THE COACHES: Tim Billings, a former assistant at Marshall, Missouri and Oklahoma, is 9-17 in his third season at Southeast Missouri. Andy McCollum is 16-19 in his fourth season at Middle Tennessee.
THE SERIES: Middle Tennessee leads the series 10-1. The only Southeast win was a 16-13 overtime win in 1996. The teams last met in 1998 when the Blue Raiders won 21-19 in Cape Girardeau. The last meeting in Murfreesboro was in 1997 when MT won 55-6.
PONDER TOPS OVC RECEIVERS: Senior wide receiver Willie Ponder leads the OVC in all receiving categories. He leads in receiving yards per game (118.75), total receiving yards (475) and receptions per game (8.0). Ponder is third in the OVC in scoring with 7.5 points per game and ranks second in all-purpose running with 141.75 yards per game. Nationally, Ponder ranks third in receptions per game, sixth in receiving yards per game and 24th in all-purpose running. He was the OVC Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 17 after catching nine passes for 101 yards and two TD's in the Indians 21-14 win over SIU. Ponder had three catches in Southeast's 80-yard game winning drive that concluded with a 38-yard touchdown catch with 0:49 remaining in the game. Ponder has compiled over 100 receiving yards in every game this season. Lindy's football magazine and Don Hansen's Football Gazette have both named Ponder to their second team Division I-AA All-America team. Last season, Ponder led the OVC in receptions per game with 6.36, receiving yards per game with 99.09 and receiving yards with 1,090. He had 70 catches and scored a team-high 11 touchdowns. Ponder had eight catches for 116 yards and one TD in the Indian opener against Arkansas-Monticello.
Ponder Game by Game Opp. Catches Yards TD KOR Yards TD UAM 8 116 1 1 8 0 SIU 9 101 2 1 21 0 EMU 6 121 1 0 0 0 SMS 9 137 1 3 63 0
TOMCO 2ND LEADING OVC PASSER: Junior quarterback Jack Tomco, named the OVC Newcomer of the Week after completing 15-23 passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns in the 21-14 win over SIU, ranks 2nd in the OVC in passing efficency with a rating of 136.49. Eastern Illinois' All-American Tony Romo is third with a rating of 125.03. Tomco's pass efficiency ranks 29th nationally. After four games, Tomco is 72-111 for 806 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions. He was 24-33 for 298 yards and two TD's at Eastern Michigan and 27-45 for 297 yards vs. SMS. Tomco threw for 2,100 yards and 16 touchdowns last season at Scottsdale Community College.
Tomco Game by Game Opp. Att-Comp-Int Yards TD UAM 10-6-2 82 0 SIU 23-15-0 129 2 EMU 33-24-0 298 2 SMS 45-27-2 297 2
KINSEY 2ND IN OVC RUSHING: Diminutive sophomore running back Corey Kinsey (5-9, 180), has rushed for over 100 yards in three of the four games this season. He ranks second in the OVC rushing with an average of 112.2 yards per game. Kinsey ranks 13th nationally in rushing and is on course to establish a new school record for rushing in a season. He ranks third in the OVC and 30th nationally in all-purpose running with 136.5 yards per game.
Kinsey Game by Game Opp. Rush Yards TD Catches Yards TD UAM 21 180 1 1 5 1 SIU 24 132 0 0 0 0 EMU 13 29 0 2 6 0 SMS 22 108 0 6 47 0
INDIANS LEAD OVC IN OFFENSE: Southeast leads the OVC in scoring offense (29 ppg) and total offense (403 ypg).
McDOWELL IS OUT: Sophomore quarterback Jeromy McDowell injured his left knee in practice on Sept. 2 and underwent surgery in St. Louis on Monday, Sept. 9. He came off the bench in the season opener to complete 13-23 passes for 147 yards and three touchdowns. McDowell tore the ACL in his knee executing a drill in practice and will be lost for the remainder of this season. McDowell is just the third player in Southeast history to pass for over 2,000 yards in a season with 2,051 yards last season.
AUSSIE PUNTER HONORED: Andrew Winters, freshman punter from Melbourne, Australia was named the OVC Specialist of the Week after averaging 40 yards per punt in his first football game against Arkansas-Monticello. He played high school rugby but caught the eye of scouts at a kicking camp in Texas that was also attended by former Southeast All-American kicker and punter Jason Witczak. After four games, Winters averages 36 yards per punt.
BIG O-LINE: The Southeast offensive line averages 306 pounds per man. The tackles are Justen Meyer (6-5, 295) and Dan Connolly (6-4, 295), the guards are Taurean Robinson (6-4, 320) and Dan Bieg (6-4, 305) and the center is Eugene Amano (6-3, 315).
INJURIES: Defensive backs Demetrius Patterson who missed the Eastern Michigan game with a sore hamstring played only briefly against SMS and is questionable this week. Marco Tipton who received a bruised knee in the EMU game did not play in the SMS game but is probable this week.. Adam Jones, who missed the EMU and SMS games with a knee injury is probable for the Middle Tennessee game.
PRESEASON HONORS: Southeast had six players named to the preseason All-OVC football team with three more earning honorable mention. It is the highest number of preseason honors since Southeast joined the OVC in 1991. Four defensive players were on the first team including senior tackle James Jennette, junior linebacker Ricky Farmer, and senior defensive backs, Prince Anderson and Demar Winston. On offense, Ponder and sophomore tackle Dan Connolly were named to the first team. Sophomore quarterback Jeromy McDowell, junior offensive guard Eugene Amano and sophomore defensive back Dimitri Patterson were honorable mention selections.
OVC WEEKLY HONORS: 9-2 - Andrew Winters, Specialist of Week 9-9 - Willie Ponder, Off. Player of Week Jack Tomco, Newcomer of Week 9-16 - Keiki Misipeka, Newcomer of Week
FIVE ELECTED CAPTAINS: Five players have been elected as captains for the 2002 season. Defensive captains will be Ricky Farmer, James Jennette and Ryan Roth while offensive captains will be Jeromy McDowell and Willie Ponder.
ONLY 11 SENIORS: There are only 11 seniors on this year's Southeast team with 19 juniors, 22 sophomores, five redshirt freshmen and 28 freshmen.
SQUAD BY STATE: There are players from 14 states, American Samoa, Canada, Australia and Bulgaria. Missouri leads the way with 40, followed by Florida 14, California 5, Illinois 5, Oklahoma 3, Texas 3, New York 2, Tennessee 2, Samoa 2, Michigan 2 and one each from Alaska, Arkansas, West Virginia, Mississippi, Canada, Australia and Bulgaria.
HITTING THE BOOKS: The football team had a record 25 players honored last spring as Southeast Scholar Athletes for having a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average. Eleven Southeast players have been named to the OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll for having a 3.2 or higher GPA. Junior tight end Chuck McElroy leads the football scholars with a 3.8 grade point average. He attended an NCAA Leadership Conference during the summer.
SOUTHEAST PICKED SIXTH IN OVC RACE: Southeast was picked to finish sixth in the preseason poll of league head coaches and sports information directors. The five teams ahead of the Indians are all ranked in the top 25 nationally by at least one publication. Eastern Illinois was picked to repeat as league champion with Eastern Kentucky second, Tennessee Tech and Tennessee State tied for third, Murray State fifth, Southeast sixth and Tennessee-Martin seventh.
NEW LOOK FOR HOUCK STADIUM: The exterior of Houck Stadium is undergoing a complete renovation with a new almond colored textured surface and a newly painted black iron fence. The press box is also being completely remodeled with new walls both inside and outside as well as new carpeting and new work surfaces.
SOUTHEAST ON RADIO: Southeast football games are broadcast throughout Southeast Missouri and into four additional states on the Southeast Football Network originated by the Zimmer Broadcast Group of Cape Girardeau. Erik Sean will be in his third season as the "Voice" of Southeast football. Former Indian quarterback Rick Wieser handles commentary on home games while Ron Hines does color on the road. The Southeast Football Network flagship station is 100,000 watt K-103 FM that covers a portion of five states. Other network stations include KWOC, Poplar Bluff and KSIM, Sikeston. All games can be heard live over the internet at www.GoSoutheast.com or www. k103fm.com
TIM BILLINGS RADIO SHOW: Tim Billings has a radio show each Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The show, on KGIR, 1220 AM, originates from Show-Me's Restaurant in Cape Girardeau.
TELEVISION FOR MURRAY STATE GAME: The Indian game at Murray State on Oct. 26 will be televised live on Fox Sports Net South that goes into over nine-million homes in the southern United States. The kickoff has been moved to 2:30 p.m.
NEXT GAME: Southeast will return to Houck Stadium for the Family Weekend game against Tennessee State. The Oct. 5 kickoff will be at 6 p.m. with a free concert to follow the game.
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