Southeast Missouri State University student publication

Football five winning game streak ends at Murray State

Monday, November 12, 2018
Several Redhawks take a knee prior to the start of the game against Tennessee State on Nov. 3, including junior offensive lineman Elijah Swehla (right).
Photo by Joshua Dodge ~ Photo Editor

The Southeast football team suffered a heartbreaking loss to Murray State on Saturday, Nov. 10, losing a 31-7 halftime lead before rallying in the final minutes, only to have the Racers score the game-winning touchdown on a 79-yard kickoff return with three seconds remaining.

Murray State's Malik Honeycutt's return ended Southeast's five-game winning streak and hopes for its first Ohio Valley Conference title since 2010.

Southeast led 31-7 at halftime but was held scoreless in the second half until junior quarterback Daniel Santacaterina found sophomore receiver Zach Smith on a 5-yard touchdown pass with 20 seconds remaining in the game. The scored capped a seven-play, 64-yard drive after the Racers had completed a 34-0 run with a touchdown with 1 minute, 42 seconds left in the game.

Southeast fell to 7-3 on the season and 5-2 in the OVC with the loss.

Murray State improved to 5-5 and 5-2, ending a two-game OVC losing streak.

Southeast had taken a 31-0 lead in the first half with the help of two defensive touchdowns by junior Justin Swift, who returned a fumble 60 yards in the first quarter and an interception 76 yards.

Southeast running back Marquis Terry had two touchdown runs in the first half and finished the day with 120 yards on 22 carries.

Santacaterina completed 18 of 34 passes for 156 yards and one touchdown.

The loss opened the door for Jacksonville State to win its fifth consecutive OVC crown, which it clinched with a 41-14 victory over Tennessee State.

Southeast closes its regular season Saturday, Nov. 17, when Eastern Illinois visits Houck Stadium.