Southeast Football Notes Versus Murray State
Oct. 21, 2002
Football Game Information
Southeast Missouri State at Murray State
Date: Oct. 26, 2002
Time: 2:30 p.m. (CDT)
Location: Stewart Stadium, Murray, Ky. (16,800)
Playing Surface: Artificial
Affiliations: Southeast Missouri, NCAA I-AA, Ohio Valley Conference Murray State, NCAA I-AA, Ohio Valley Conference
Series: Murray State leads the series 31-4-1
Last Meeting: Murray State 45, Southeast 35 last season at Cape Girardeau
National Ranking: Southeast was ranked 26th by The Sports Network
2002 Records: Southeast Missouri 5-3 (2-1 0VC), Murray State 2-4 (1-1 OVC)
2001 Records: Southeast Missouri 4-7, Murray State 4-6
The Coaches: Tim Billings is 12-18 in his third season at Southeast Joe Pannunzio is 12-15 in his third season at Murray State
Television: The game will be telecast live on FOX Sports Net South
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.
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 - SE 24, MT 14 Oct. 5 - SE 49, TSU 25 Oct. 12 - SE 50, UTM 35 Oct. 19 - EIU 44, SE 27 Oct. 26 -- @Murray State Nov. 2 - Tennessee Tech Nov. 9 -- @ Eastern Ky. Nov. 16 -- Samford
THE TEAMS: Southeast Missouri is 5-3 overall and 2-1 in the OVC while Murray State is 2-4 overall and 1-1 in the OVC.
THE COACHES: Tim Billings, a former assistant at Marshall, Missouri and Oklahoma, is 12-18 in his third season at Southeast Missouri. He is 0-2 vs. Murray State. Joe Pannunzio is 12-15 in his third season at Murray Statte. He is 2-0 vs. Southeast Missouri.
THE SERIES: Murray State leads the series 31-4-1. The last Southeast win was 27-21 in 1992. The last Southeast win at Murray was 24-12 in 1978.
LAST SEASON: The teams combined for 769 yards in total offense as Murray State prevailed 45-35 at Houck Stadium in Cape Girardeau. Willie Ponder 10 catches for 110 yards for Southeast.
LAST WEEK: Southeast lost to Eastern Illinois 44-27 while Murray State lost to Eastern Kentucky 31-7.
GOOD OVC START: Southeast is 2-1 in the OVC for the first time ever. The 50 points scored against Tennessee-Martin was the most points ever scored by the Indians against an OVC opponent topping the previous week's 49 points against Tennessee State.
NATIONAL RANKING: Southeast is knocking on the door of the national Top 25 lists. In last week's voting, based on votes received, Southeast was 26th in the Sports Network poll and 29th in the ESPN/USA Today poll.
PONDER ON PAYTON WATCH LIST: Senior wide receiver Willie Ponder has been added to The Sports Network's 16-man Payton Watch list, a preliminary grouping of candidates for the Walton Payton Award - the Division I-AA football equivalent of the Heisman Trophy. He is the national leader in total receiving yards with 943. Ponder leads the OVC in all receiving categories including receiving yards per game (117.88), total receiving yards (943) and receptions per game (7.6). Ponder is third in the OVC in scoring with 7.0 points per game and ranks second in all-purpose running with 134.8 yards per game. Nationally, in addition to leading the nation in total receiving yards, Ponder ranks fourth 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 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 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 5 90 0 2 31 0 TSU 8 121 2 0 0 0 UTM 6 104 1 0 0 0 EIU 10 153 2 0 0 0
FARMER DEF PLAYER OF WEEK:
Junior linebacker Ricky Farmer has been named the OVC Defensive Player of the Week after recording 14 tackles and intercepting a pass in the loss to Eastern Illinois.
TOMCO OVC NEWCOMER OF WEEK THREE TIMES: Junior quarterback Jack Tomco has already established four new school records in his first year with the Indians. He was named the OVC Newcomer of the Week for the third time this season after establishing three new school records and tieing another in the win over Tennessee-Martin. Tomco completed 29-39 passes for a school record 429 yards and a school record five touchdowns. His 429 yards in total offense was also a school record. He holds the school record for touchdowns in a season with 19. The previous week he was the OVC Newcomer of the Week after equaling a school record with four TD passes against Tennessee State. He completed 25-36 passes for 300 yards and four TD's. He was also 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. The junior from Anchorage, Alaska, ranks second in the OVC in passing efficency, in passing, total offense and points responsible for. Nationally Tomco is 10th in passing efficiency and 24th in total offense. Tomco threw for 2,100 yards and 16 touchdowns last season at Scottsdale Community College. Tomco Game by Game
KINSEY LEADS THE OVC IN RUSHING: Diminutive sophomore running back Corey Kinsey (5-9, 180), has rushed for over 100 yards in three of the seven games played this season and leads the OVC in rushing with an average of 97.14 yards per game. Kinsey ranks 25th nationally in rushing and is on course to establish a new school record for rushing in a season. He ranks fourth in the OVC and 55th nationally in all-purpose running with 113.4 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 0 TSU 19 77 0 0 0 0 UTM (Did Not Play) EIU 18 94 0 1 6 0
MOTLEY 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 the week prior to the Middle Tennessee game, granted him this season of eligibility
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. McDowell tore the ACL in his knee executing a drill in practice and will be lost for the remainder of this 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 Murray State game. Backup linebacker Todd Frazier, who fractured his hand in practice on Sept. 25 will miss the game but everyone else is probable.
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 10-6 - Jack Tomco, Newcomer of Week Chris NesSmith, Specialist of Week 10-13 -- Jack Tomco, Newcomer of Week 10-20 - 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.
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.
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 WEEK: The Indians return to Houck Stadium to host Tennessee Tech in the 6 p.m. Hall of Fame game.