Southeast Missouri (0-3) battled back to tie the game with a 75-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Snyder to Paul McRoberts midway through the third quarter, but Southern Illinois (2-2) responded with 17 unanswered points to pull away with a 36-19 victory Saturday afternoon in the first NCAA football game at Busch Stadium. 14,618 was the announced attendance for the game.
Southeast trailed, 19-13, when Snyder hit McRoberts in stride. A native of St. Louis, McRoberts secured the ball after it was tipped by a Saluki defender and dashed to the end zone to tie the game with 7:34 left in the third quarter. Alex Knight, however, missed the PAT that would have given the Redhawks the lead.
“I thought we gave a great effort and had our chances,” said Southeast head coach Tony Samuel. “This was a great experience for our team to get to play in a game at Busch Stadium. We are still working on some things and are looking forward to opening up Ohio Valley Conference play at home.”
After that, SIU responded with a 25-yard field goal by Thomas Kinney and two fourth-quarter touchdowns, including an 18-yard pass from Kory Faulkner to MyCole Pruitt and a 9-yard run by Malcolm Agnew to grab the victory.
(Recap courtesy of Southeast Missouri Athletics)
The attendance was the largest in a game the Redhawks have played against SIU as the home team. A total of 26 different Redhawks from the metropolitan St. Louis areas returned home to play in a football game at Busch Stadium.