FOOTBALL TEAM BENDS BUT DOESN'T BREAK TO SPOIL SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE'S HOMECOMING
October 20, 2012
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Senior quarterback Derek Carr and The University of Tennessee at Martin offense was forced back to reality against host Southeast Missouri State, but that was ok as the Skyhawks spoiled the Redhawks homecoming 27-17 Saturday afternoon at Houck Stadium.
“We were glad to get the win,” UT Martin head coach Jason Simpson said. “You have to take your hat off to Southeast Missouri State. They slowed our game down.”
Carr, who threw for more than 550 yards and seven touchdowns against Murray State this past week, overcame a slow start against the Redhawks. He completed 22 of 28 passes for with one interception for 156 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for a 1-yard touchdown with 12:50 to play in the first quarter.
The senior quarterback’s consistent effort was matched by the Skyhawk defense who managed to squelch the Redhawks’ time-consuming drives. The Skyhawks forced four turnovers (two fumbles and two interceptions) in the game. Redshirt freshman Marquis Clemons ended the first half by recovering a fumble that led to a field goal and the Skyhawks 17-10 halftime lead.
Clemons intercepted Southeast Missouri State quarterback Scott Lathrop with 24 seconds left in the game.
Despite the four turnovers, Southeast Missouri piled up 414 yards of total offense.
UT Martin had 23 yards of total offense in the first quarter, but the score was deadlocked at 7-7.
Southeast Missouri State took a 10-7 lead with 3:50 to play in the first half when Drew Geldbach kicked a 32 yard field goal.
The Skyhawks took the lead for good when Carr connected with senior Quentin Sims for a 3 yard touchdown pass with 22 seconds left in the half. Clemons recovered the fumble and Sandlin added the field goal to give the Skyhawks a 17-10 lead at the break.
“When we played fast, we made some things go,” Simpson said.
Sandlin added a 35 yard field goal in the third quarter, while senior running back Jason McNair added a 3-yard rushing TD with 1:25 to play in the third quarter. While McNair rushed seven times for 35 yards, senior Tevin Barksdale led the Skyhawks with 11 carries for 107 yards.
“I am proud of our offense line and Tevin Barksdale,” Simpson said. “It was good for our run game. I think it opened up the pass game.”
Southeast Missouri State added a touchdown in the third quarter, but both teams were scoreless in the fourth quarter.
With the victory the Skyhawks improve to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the Ohio Valley Conference. Southeast Missouri State falls to 2-5 on the year and 1-3 in the league.
“The biggest difference was the four turnovers,” Simpson said. “We kind of bent, but did not break. It worked today”
Photos by Christel Thompson Laney