Southeast Hosts Tennessee-Martin In Annual Homecoming Football Game
Oct. 27, 2004
Tennessee-Martin at Southeast Missouri State
Date: Oct. 30, 2004
Time: 1:00 p.m. (Homecoming)
Location: Houck Stadium, Cape Girardeau, Mo. (10,000)
2003 Records: Tennessee-Martin 2-10, Southeast Missouri 5-7
2004 Records: Tennessee-Martin 2-6, 1-4 OVC, Southeast Missouri 1-6, 1-3 OVC
The Coaches: Tim Billings is 21-32 in his fifth season at Southeast Missouri
Matt Griffin is 4-16 in his second season at Tennessee-Martin
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 the color analyst.
Internet: Southeast Radio Network broadcast can be heard over the internet at www.k103fm.com.
THE TEAMS: Southeast Missouri is 1-6 overall and 1-3 in the OVC after dropping a 28-13 decision to Murray State. Tennessee-Martin is 2-6 overall and 1-4 in the OVC after upsetting Eastern Illinois 32-14 last Saturday at Martin.
THE COACHES: Tim Billings, a former assistant at Marshall, Missouri and Oklahoma, is 21-32 in his fifth season at Southeast. He was the 2002 OVC Coach of the Year and the 2002 AFCA Region 3 Coach of the Year. Billings is 4-0 vs. Tennessee-Martin.
Matt Griffin is 4-16 in his second season at Tennessee-Martin. He is 0-1 vs. Southeast Missouri.
THE SERIES: Southeast leads the series 12-7 and has won the last seven in a row. The last Skyhawk victory was 7-6 at Houck Stadium in 1996.
RAPPER WILL FLIP COIN: Southeast Missouri State freshman and renowned recording artist, Murphy Lee, will make the coin toss prior to the game. Murphy Lee has gained experience and a reputation as one of the best in the music business working with Nelly and the St. Lunatics. His new single "Cardinals Walk" has become the number one rap for all Cardinal fans.
SIMONHOFF SECOND NATIONALLY IN PUNTING: Southeast sophomore punter David Simonhoff leads the OVC and ranks second in the nation in punting. He averages 45.7 yards per punt with a long of 74. The national leader is Paul Ernster of Northern Arizona who averages 47.4 yards per punt. Against Eastern Illinois, Simonhoff averaged 46.1 yards per punt with a long of 71. Simonhoff was named the OVC Special Teams Player of the Week after averaging 53.2 yards per punt against SIU.
Simonhoff has three punts of over 70 yards this season. He was second team all-OVC last season when he averaged 41 yards per punt.
SOUTHEAST 7TH NATIONALLY IN PASSING: Southeast leads the OVC and is ranked seventh nationally in passing offense. The Indians average 287.9 yards per game through the air. The national leader, Southeastern Louisiana,, averages 389.3 yards per game.
GOODENOUGH LEADS OVC PASSING: Senior Andrew Goodenough leads the OVC in passing yards per game with 286.6. He ranks second nationally in average completions per game with 27.9. Goodenough is second in the OVC and 111h nationally in total offense with 279.9 yards per game. He has passed for over 300 yards in four of the last five games. In the loss to EKU, Goodenough completed 33-57 passes for 339 yards and one TD, but was intercepted four times. At Eastern Illinois, he was 34-49 for 321 yards and two TD's. In the Samford game, Goodenough was 25-44 for 327 yards and two TD's with no interceptions. Against Central Michigan he was 32-50 for 304 yards and three TD's. At Bowling Green, he completed 25-33 passes for 269 yards with one interception. In the season opener against SIU, Goodenough completed 21-35 passes for 183 yards with one interception.
NEW RECORDS: Southeast established new team and individual records for passes attempted and completed in the loss to Eastern Kentucky. The 59 passes as a team broke the old record of 56 vs. Murray State in 2001 and the 33 receptions broke the record of 34 vs. Eastern Illinois earlier this year. Andrew Goodenough established new records for attempts in a game with 57 breaking the old record of 50 set by Goodenough earlier this season at Central Michigan. The 33 completions by Goodenough broke the old record of 34 he established earlier this year at Eastern Illinois.
KUTZ LEADS OVC IN FIELD GOAL KICKING: Senior kicker Derek Kutz, the OVC Special Teams Player of the Week after scoring 15 points in the 51-48 win over Samford, continues as the top field goal kicker in the OVC. Against Samford, Kutz was 6-6 on PAT's and 3-3 on field goals including the game winner of 22 yards in the forth overtime. He kicked a career-long 47-yard field goal in the third overtime. For the season, Kutz has made 16-18 PAT's and 7-9 field goals.
BIG DAY FOR MILCIC: Junior wide receiver T.J. Milcic had a big day at Eastern Illinois with 13 catches for 145 yards. The 13 catches are the most by a receiver in the OVC this season and rank as just missed the Southeast single game record of 14 by Farron Haley in 1989.
For the season, Milcic has played in six games and has 28 catches for 400 yards. He ranks fourth in the OVC.
GOODSON ROLLS ON: Twelve days after having knee surgery, Southeast All-American tight end Ray Goodson eight catches for 60 yards against EKU. For the season, Goodson has 40 catches for 419 yards and ranks third in the OVC in receptions per game with 6.67. He is sixth in the OVC in receiving yards per game. For his career, Goodson has 133 catches for 1,276 yards.
INJURIES: Offensive linemen Caleb Daniel has been lost for the remainder of the season because of a neck injury. Defensive safety Anthony Lumpkin is out for the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury. Offensive guard Austin Russell, who missed last week's game at Murray State with an ankle injury, is probable for the UT-Martin game.
CONNOLLY SELECTED FOR LAS VEGAS BOWL: Senior offensive tackle Dan Connolly has been invited to play in the Las Vegas All-American Classic on Jan. 22 in Las Vegas. He will be one of 94 players to participate with most coming from I-A schools. Former Southeast wide receiver Willie Ponder, now with the New York Giants, participated in the Las Vegas Classic in 2003.
TOUCHDOWN 4 A CURE: Southeast co-captain and kicker Derek Kutz is heading up a campaign this fall called Touchdown 4 A Cure. Football team members are asking fans to pledge a dollar amount for each touchdown or field goal scored. Many of the players have had family members who have been affected by cancer and Touchdown 4 A Cure is their way of wanting to make a difference. The money raised will go to the kids of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis.
Professional golfer Karen Stupples, the touring pro for Dalhousie Golf Club in Cape Girardeau and the British Open Champion, who attended the Southeast football media day, was impressed by the cause and made a $1,000 donation. PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANS: Tight end Ray Goodson has been selected as a preseason All-American by three different publications. Dan Bieg and Derek Kutz have been honorable mention on at least one preseason All-America team.
TWO NFL DRAFT CHOICES IN TWO YEARS: Southeast has had NFL draft choices in each of the last two years. Willie Ponder, a consensus All-American at Southeast, was drafted in the sixth round of the 2002 NFL draft by the New York Giants.
Ponder, the Southeast record holder for receiving yards in a season with 1,453 and career receiving yards record holder with 2,513 yards in 2001-2002, made the Giants team and is returning kickoffs and listed as number two at wide receiver for the Giants this season.
Eugene Amano, the 2003 Rimington Award winner as the top center in I-AA football, was drafted in the seventh round of the 2003 draft by the Tennessee Titans.
A four-year starter at Southeast, Amano has signed with the Titans and is currently number two on the Titan depth chart.
BILLINGS ON TELEVISION: Southeast Missouri Football with Tim Billings is televised weekly on UPN-The Beat. Todd Richards hosts the show that airs at 6:30 p.m. each Thursday.
Tim Billings RADIO SHOW: Tim Billings has a one-hour radio show each Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The show is broadcast live from Buffalo Wild Wings in Cape Girardeau on ESPN Radio, 1220 AM. Erik Sean is host for the show that also includes call-ins and audience participation.
INDIANS TO REDHAWKS: The Southeast nickname is currently Indians but will become Redhawks in January of 2005.
NEXT WEEK: Southeast will go on the road to play in Tennessee State's homecoming game at the Coliseum in Nashville. The kickoff will be at 7 p.m..