11/14/2009 12:00:00 AM
Football Defeats Murray State, 49-13
Nov. 14, 2009
Final Stats |
By Tyler Koonce
Southeast Missouri State Sports Information
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Southeast Missouri State rushed for 302 yards and five touchdowns as the Redhawks defeated Murray State, 49-13, Saturday at Houck Stadium. Mike Jones and Henry Harris both scored two touchdowns on the ground in the rout. It was the first time they gained over 300 rushing yards since they rushed for 309 yards at Murray State on Oct. 28, 2006.
Southeast (2-8, 1-7) led 20-10 at halftime and outscored the Racers 29-3 in the second half to snap an 8-game losing streak.
Murray State (3-7, 2-5) got out to an early 3-0 lead thanks to a 40-yard field goal by Kienan Cullen on the first drive. The Racers covered 49 yards over seven plays in three minutes and 14 seconds. The big play was a 33-yard catch-and-run from Casey Brockman to Prince Nwagbara.
Southeast answered right back with a 68-yard scoring drive that covered four minutes and was capped off on a 2-yard scoring run by Henry Harris. All nine plays on the drive were rushing plays. It was the sixth rushing touchdown on the season for Harris. The extra point attempt failed, leaving the score at 6-3.
The Racers regained the lead with 1:17 remaining in the first quarter when Brockman connected with Rashad Daniels for a 33-yard touchdown on a wide receiver screen pass. Cullen added the extra point to give Murray the 10-6 advantage.
Five minutes into the second quarter, Matt Scheible hit Chantae Ahamefule for a 44-yard touchdown along the sideline. The Redhawks marched 78 yards on three plays in just one minute and 12 seconds. The duo of Scheible and Ahamefule connected on the first play of the drive for a 31-yard completion. Curtis Huge converted the point after to give Southeast a 13-10 lead.
The Redhawks increased the lead to 10 points with just 16 seconds remaining in the first half when Scheible rushed 16 yards up the middle for his fourth rushing touchdown of the season. Southeast went 50 yards on two plays in 28 seconds. On the play before the touchdown, Southeast got the benefit of a pass interference penalty on a long pass intended for Walter Peoples.
Southeast rushed for 130 yards in the first half. The Redhawks led the total yardage battle 224-197 as the teams headed to the locker room at halftime.
On the first drive of the second half, Scheible hit Ahamefule on a 75-yard touchdown pass to increase the lead. It was the longest pass for the Redhawks since Houston Lillard hit Miles Edwards for an 80-yard touchdown against Southwest Baptist on Aug. 28, 2008. The 150-yard receiving performance by Ahamefule was the first by a Redhawks receiver since Peoples finished with 154 yards against Eastern Kentucky on Nov. 1, 2008.
Huge made the extra point to complete the 5-play, 85-yard drive in less than two minutes that gave Southeast a 17-point advantage with 10:09 remaining in the third quarter.
Cullen added a 48-yard field goal with 4:20 left in the third quarter to cut the lead to 27-13.
Southeast continued its dominance on offense by scoring three fourth quarter rushing touchdowns. Harris scored from two yards out while Mike Jones rushed in from 38 and seven yards to make the final score 49-13.
Jones enjoyed his second 100-yard rushing performance of the season as he finished with 113 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. Harris added 99 yards on 21 carries and two scores while Scheible finished with 48 yards and a score.
Scheible was 6-for-12 passing for 188 yards and the two touchdown passes to Ahamefule.
Ahamefule caught three balls for 150 yards and registered his first multiple touchdown game of his career.
Charlie Jordan rushed for 89 yards on 18 carries for Murray.
Brockman finished 20-for-36 passing for 205 yards and one touchdown. Marcus Harris led the receivers with seven catches for 72 yards. Derrick Townsel added four receptions for 32 yards.
Defensively, Joshua Jackson led the way with 12 tackles. Aris Bowen added eight stops. Marvin Anderson finished with seven tackles, including his first two career sacks.
Tamar Butler notched 12 tackles for the Racers defense. Justin Clark contributed 10 stops while Josh Marshall finished with seven.
Southeast concludes the season Nov. 21 when they host No. 1 Southern Illinois. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Houck Stadium.