GAME NOTES: Saturday's game marks the 25th all-time between Southeast Missouri and UT Martin. Southeast Missouri controls the all-time series by a 13-11 margin although UT Martin has won the last four in a row. That came on the heels of the Redhawks having won eight in a row between 1997 and 2004. UT Martin won last year's meeting in Cape Girardeau by a 31-21 margin. In that game Cade Thompson threw for two touchdown passes and Brandyn Young rushed for two more for the Skyhawks. For Southeast, Matt Scheible passed for 108 yards and a score and ran for 90 additional yards and a touchdown.
SCOUTING SOUTHEAST MISSOURI: Southeast Missouri fell to 4-15 all-time in OVC openers with a 23-14 home loss to Eastern Illinois on Saturday. After falling behind 7-0, Matt Scheible scored on a 1-yard run late in the first quarter to pull the Redhawks even. A quarter later Henry Harris scored from nine yards out to give Southeast the lead. And although EIU would turn the ball over four times, SEMO could not capitalize as EIU scored 16 unanswered points in the second half to pull away. Scheible finished 17-of-35 for 171 yards and a team-high 75 yards on the ground. Harris added 72 yards and Mike Jones had 63 yards as the Southeast team had 210 total yards on the night. On defense Justin Woodlief had 10 tackles in his first career start; he also forced a fumble. This week's game with UT Martin marks the beginning of a stretch that will see the team play four of its next five on the road.
SCOUTING UT MARTIN: After a season-opening victory over Iowa Wesleyan, UT Martin has dropped two straight on the road, falling to Missouri State and this past week to FBS foe Memphis. It marked the first meeting between the west Tennessee schools since 1932. UTM started slow, committing 13 penalties for 108 yards in the first half alone. Those mistakes allowed Memphis to pull ahead 24-0 at the half and eventually 31-0 early in the third quarter. But the Skyhawks would finally get on the board with 10:13 to play when junior Eunique Williams caught a 44-yard touchdown pass from Cade Thompson. Williams finished the night with four catches for 117 yards. Former quarterback Dexter Anoka pulled down a team-high five catches. Under center Thompson was 11-of-29 for 209 yards while Miguel Barnes led the team with 105 rushing yards. For Barnes it marked his third 100-yard rushing game at UTM and second of this season. For the contest the Skyhawks were without wide receiver Mike Hicks and running back Brandyn Young due to injury; both who were preseason All-OVC selections.