Southeast Missouri State Redhawks (4-5, 2-3 OVC) at Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (3-6, 2-4 OVC)
Saturday, Nov. 8 • 1:30 p.m. CT
Tucker Stadium (16,500) • Cookeville, Tenn.
Series Record: Tennessee Tech leads 13-9
Last Meeting: Tennessee Tech won 41-16 (11/9/13)
Southeast Missouri Last Week: Idle
Tennessee Tech Last Week: L, 41-10 vs. Eastern Illinois
GAME NOTES: Both teams will be looking to end losing streaks on Saturday as Southeast Missouri travels to Tennessee Tech for the OVC Game of the Week on ESPN3. The two teams have split the last four meetings, alternating victories each season. A year ago Tennessee Tech picked up a 41-16 victory at Houck Stadium. In that game the Golden Eagles jumped out to a 28-3 halftime advantage behind Darian Stone who finished the game with 135 passing yards while also rushing for a game-high 162 yards and three touchdowns. Stephen Bush added 76 rushing yards and two rushing scores for Tech. Southeast Missouri was led by 104 yards on the ground from DeMichael Jackson.
SCOUTING SOUTHEAST MISSOURI: Southeast Missouri has lost three games in a row but is coming off an open date that has allowed its team to rest and get healthy. In its last game two weeks ago the Redhawks pulled within five points late but eventually lost 33-21 at No. 18 Eastern Kentucky. Southeast is now 2-2 against nationally-ranked FCS opponents this season. Senior quarterback Kyle Snyder rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns while passing for 245 yards and another touchdown. Snyder is second in the OVC with 15 passing touchdowns while ranking 14th nationally in points responsible for (15.6 points/game). DeMichael Jackson added 99 rushing yards against the Colonels while Peter Lloyd had nine catches for 104 yards.
Freshman linebacker Hunter Bledsoe had a season-high with 11 tackles in the game, his second-straight contest with double-digit tackles. Travis Sanders added a career-high three sacks to go along with five total tackles; he was the first Redhawks player to record three sacks in a game since 2004 (Matt Bohnert). As a team Southeast ranks eighth nationally in sacks allowed/game (0.89) and fourth down conversion percentage (68.8%).
SCOUTING TENNESSEE TECH: Tennessee Tech suffered its second-straight loss on Saturday, falling at home to a surging Eastern Illinois team by a 41-10 margin. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak at home dating back to last season. The Golden Eagles have been outscored 90-13 over the last two games. Ladarius Vanlier finished the game with 61 rushing yards and a touchdown and also added 85 kickoff returns and one receiving yard to finish with 147 all-purpose yards; he currently ranks third in the OVC in all-purpose yards (119.89/game). Nationally Vanlier ranks fourth in punt returns (17.1 yards/return) and 34th in kickoff returns (23.9 yards/return).
Jay Rudwall finished the game with 10 tackles and also nabbed his first interception of the season. Trey Thompson and Austin Tallant led the way with 11 tackles a piece while Marty Jones added 10 stops. Jones ranks 31st nationally in tackles/game (9.4) and now ranks eighth in TTU history for total tackles (328). As a team Tennessee Tech is second nationally in fumbles recovered (13) and sixth in fewest yards penalized/game (40.33)