Southeast Missouri State Redhawks (1-5, 0-4 OVC)
at Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (3-3, 2-2 OVC)
Saturday, Oct. 24
Series Record: Tennessee Tech leads 10-7
Last Meeting: Tennessee Tech won 29-27 (9/11/08)
Tony Samuel at Southeast Missouri: 12-28 (4 yrs.)
Tony Samuel Overall: 46-85 (11 yrs.)
Watson Brown at Tennessee Tech: 10-19 (3 yrs.)
Watson Brown Overall: 104-170-1 (25 yrs.)
Southeast Missouri Last Week: Idle
Tennessee Tech Last Week: L, 23-15 at #25 Eastern Illinois
GAME NOTES: Coming off a bye week Southeast Missouri State travels to Cookeville to battle Tennessee Tech. The two teams have played 17 times over the years with the last six meetings being some of the most exciting in the series. Those six games have been decided by a combined 25 points (average margin of victory 4.2 points) with no game being decided by more than a touchdown (and an overtime game in the mix). Tennessee Tech has won the last three, which have come after Southeast Missouri won three straight. Last year's meeting, which was televised on ESPNU, was a back-and-forth affair with the game being decided in the fourth quarter when Derrian Waters scored from 2-yards out to put TTU on top 29-27. The game also included a 63-yard touchdown run by Tech's Henry Sailes, a play that made SportsCenter's Top 10 that day. Sailes finished the game with 113 yards rushing and 51 yards receiving. Lee Sweeney threw for 229 yards for the Golden Eagles.
SCOUTING SOUTHEAST MISSOURI: Southeast Missouri is coming off a bye week. The Redhawks were last in action on Oct. 10 when they hosted their Homecoming game against Austin Peay. The first half saw Henry Harris run for a touchdown in the second quarter as SEMO held a 7-3 advantage at halftime. In the third quarter Bryan Blanfort picked off a pass and returned it 69 yards for a touchdown to put the Redhawks up 14-3 with 5:57 to play in that quarter. But the Redhawks defense was unable to hold off the Govs, who scored three fourth quarter touchdowns to pull ahead and win 24-14. The Southeast passing attack netted just 29 yards, while the Redhawks did manage 125 rushing yards, with Mike Jones leading the way with 54 yards. Philip Klaproth had 14 tackles while Eddie Calvin and Blanfort added 10 apiece. Justin Woodlief and Aris Bowen also added picks for the Redhawks.
SCOUTING TENNESSEE TECH: Despite a 23-15 road loss to nationally-ranked Eastern Illinois on Saturday, Tennessee Tech finds itself at 3-3 overall and 2-2 in the league after six games. Despite getting down 20-0 late in the third quarter, the Golden Eagles fought back to tie the game near the end of the contest. After the score was 20-0, TTU got a safety near the end of the third quarter. On the ensuing possession Lee Sweeney hooked up with Alden Olverson for a 29-yard touchdown to make the score 20-8. With 3:54 to go Sweeney found Colin Allen for an 11-yard score to pull Tech within five points. EIU added a field goal to increase the margin to eight. On the next kickoff Maurice Wallace took the kick 81 yards to the EIU 18-yard line. Sweeney completed one pass for four yards but a fourth down pass from the 14-yard line was incomplete and ended the game. Sweeney completed 19 passes for 198 yards and two scores while Allen hauling in six catches for 80 yards. Kelechi Ordu had 12 tackles while Taron Ryce added eight tackles, an interception, a sack and three pass breakups.