True freshman Matt Scheible dove in the corner of the end zone for a 5-yard game-winning touchdown run in overtime to highlight a 27-20 comeback victory over No. 19 Tennessee State. Southeast rallied from a 17-3 halftime deficit and Doug Spada kicked a 37-yard field goal on the last play of regulation to force overtime.
The Redhawks defense, led by a career day from senior linebacker Nick Stauffer, held the Tigers to three points in the second half and kept TSU off the scoreboard in the extra period.
TSU got out to a 10-0 lead in the second quarter behind a 6-yard scoring run from Javarris Williams and a 37-yard field goal by Eric Benson. Spada got the Redhawks on the board with a 26-yard field goal with 7:48 remaining in the first half.
With 31 seconds left in the second quarter, Dante’ Thomas scored on a 4-yard run to increase the TSU lead. Benson converted the extra point to make the lead 17-3 before the teams headed into the dressing rooms for halftime.
After a scoreless third quarter, Houston Lillard found Walter Peoples for an 8-yard touchdown pass with 14:36 left in regulation. Spada was true on the PAT to cut the lead to seven at 17-10.
After a missed TSU field goal, Lillard led a 7-play, 75-yard drive in 3:12 that was capped off by a 34-yard scoring catch and run by senior running back Timmy Holloman. Spada’s extra point tied the game at 17 with 4:42 left in the fourth quarter.
TSU answered back, marching down the field to regain the lead with an 18-yard field goal from Benson with 29 seconds left in regulation. On the ensuing kickoff, Henry Harris found a lane and returned the ball to the Southeast 43-yard line.
On the final play of regulation, Spada drilled a 37-yard field goal to force the overtime session.
SEMO got the ball first in overtime and moved to the TSU 10-yard line after a pass interference penalty. Two plays later the Redhawks were faced with 3rd-and-goal from the 5-yard line when Scheible entered the game for the first time all afternoon.
Scheible took the shotgun snap, ran to the right and headed for the corner of the end zone. He leaped into the air, extending the ball inside the pylon for the eventual game-winning score. Spada again was true on the extra point, putting Southeast ahead 27-20 as the defense headed onto the field.
Defensive end Damian Smith stopped TSU quarterback Antonio Heffner for a loss of three yards on the first defensive play. The Redhawks then forced three straight incompletions to seal the victory. Lillard went 15-for-29 passing with 236 yards and the two touchdowns. Peoples led all receivers with seven receptions for 89 yards. Ahamefule finished with four catches for 85 yards on his birthday.