Football Game Notes Versus Tennessee State
Oct. 2, 2002
Tennessee State at Southeast Missouri State
Date: Oct. 5, 2002 (Family Weekend)
Time: 6 p.m. (CDT)
Location: Houck Stadium, Cape Girardeau, Mo. (10,000)
Playing Surface: FieldTurf
Affiliations: Southeast Missouri, NCAA I-AA, Ohio Valley Conference Tennessee State, NCAA I-AA, Ohio Valley Conference
Series: Tennessee State leads the series 6-5
Last Meeting: Tennessee State won 20-14 at the Coliseum in Nashville
2002 Records: Southeast Missouri 3-2, Tennessee State 1-4
2001 Records: Southeast Missouri 4-7, Tennessee State 8-3
The Coaches: Tim Billings is 10-17 in his third season at Southeast James Reese is 12-15 in his third year at TSU
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 Rick Wieser as color analyst.
Internet: The Southeast Radio Network broadcast can be heard over the internet at www.GoSoutheast.com.
Southeast Schedule/ResultsTHE TEAMS: Southeast Missouri is 3-2 after upsetting I-A Middle Tennessee 24-14 last Saturday. The Indians have losses to I-A Eastern Michigan and Southwest Missouri and wins over Arkansas-Monticello and Southern Illinois. Tennessee State is 1-4 with a win over Prairie View and losses to South Carolina State, Jackson State, Grambling and Florida A & M.
THE COACHES: Tim Billings, a former assistant at Marshall, Missouri and Oklahoma, is 10-17 in his third season at Southeast Missouri. He is 0-2 vs. TSU. James Reese is 12-15 in his third year at TSU and is 2-0 vs. Southeast.
THE SERIES: Tennessee State has won the last five games in the series to take a 6-5 lead. The last Southeast win was 24-21 at Nashville in 1996.
LAST SEASON: Tennessee State won 20-14 as Southeast failed to score from the one yard line on the last three plays of the game.
BIG WIN: Southeast is coming off a 24-14 win over Division I-A Middle Tennessee. It was the Indians' first win ever over a I-A team.
MISIPEKA HONORED BY OVC: Senior running back Keiki Misipeka, a transfer from Hawaii, was selected as the OVC Player of the Week and Newcomer of the Week, after rushing for 144 yards and one TD against Middle Tennessee. The touchdown was a 78-yard romp in the fourth quarter that sealed the Southeast upset win. Misipeka was also Newcomer of the Week after he rushed for 126 yards against Eastern Michigan. In two games against I-A opponents, Misipeka has rushed 29 times for 270 yards and four TD's. Against I-A teams, he averages of 9.3 yards per carry.
FARMER LEADS DEFENSE: Junior middle linebacker Ricky Farmer was named the OVC Defensive Player of the Week after recording 11 tackles including two quarterback sacks for losses of 11 yards in the win over Middle Tennessee. Farmer leads Southeast tacklers this season with 53 which ranks him third in the OVC.
PONDER TOPS OVC RECEIVERS: Senior wide receiver Willie Ponder leads the OVC in all receiving categories. He leads in receiving yards per game (113), total receiving yards (565) and receptions per game (7.40). Ponder is third in the OVC in scoring with 6.0 points per game and ranks second in all-purpose running with 137.6 yards per game. Nationally, Ponder ranks eighth in receptions per game, eighth in receiving yards per game and 27th 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 all but one 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 MTS 4 87 0 2 31` 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 with 86-134 for 1,010 yards, eight touchdowns and six interceptions. He was 24-33 for 298 yards and two TD's at Eastern Michigan and 27-45 for 297 yards vs. SMS. Tomco is third in OVC pass efficiency with a rating of 64.18 and is third in OVC total offense with 198.8 yards per game. 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 MTS 23-14-2 204 2KINSEY 4th IN OVC RUSHING: Diminutive sophomore running back Corey Kinsey (5-9, 180), has rushed for over 100 yards in three of the five games this season. He ranks fourth in the OVC rushing with an average of 101.8 yards per game. Kinsey ranks 23rd 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 42nd nationally in all-purpose running with 123.4 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 MTS 22 60 0 1 11 0MOTLEY GAINS ELIGIBILITY: Senior defensive tackle Jermaine Motley has been granted an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA. Going into the season, Motley did not have enough hours to satisfy NCAA academic progress guidelines, but due to extenuating circumstances, he appealed his eligibility and the NCAA, in a ruling this week, granted him this season of eligibility In this first game of the season, Motley three tackles including 1.5 tackles for losses of three yards.
90 Jermaine Motley, 6-2, 310, Sr., Danville, Va.
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.
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: The Indians should be at near full strength for the TSU game. Only backup linebacker Todd Frazier, who fractured his hand in practice this week is expected to miss the 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 9-30 - Keiki Misipeka, Off. Player of Week Keiki Misipkea, Newcomer of Week Ricky Farmer, Def. Player 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.
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 go back on the road for an OVC game at Tennessee-Martin, Oct. 12, 2 p.m.
SCHOOL STAT LEADERS: Single Season Passing Leaders 1. 2,580, Jason Liley, 1990 2. 2,326, Jason Liley, 1992 3. 2,128, Jim Eustice, 1989 4. 2,051, Jeromy McDowell, 2001 5. 1,959, Greg Brune, 1966