Redhawks' Fayetteville Experience Memorable

FAYETTEVILLE — First, Oge Oge was asked about his name.

"My father is Nigerian, and his tradition is that the first son gets the same first and last name," said Oge, a senior wide receiver for Southeast Missouri State.

Oge caught three passes for 48 yards against Arkansas on Saturday, but couldn't keep the Razorbacks from ripping the Redhawks 63-7.

Still, he said, "I'll never forget this chance to showcase my talent against a really good Southeastern Conference team. It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience."

Oge, a 6-foot-4 senior from Jackson, Miss., was involved in a highly visible play in which he caught a pass for a first down before being body-slammed by Hogs cornerback Chris Houston.

"He surprised me," Oge said, grinning. "But I saw the first-down marker as soon as I caught the ball, so I wasn't worried about how he tackled me."

Oge said he traded verbal barbs with Houston and Hogs cornerback Matterral Richardson throughout the game.

"It wasn't that friendly," Oge said. "They were talking noise and I talked right back. I wasn't going to be intimidated."

Oge said comments from the UA fans were lighter-spirited.

"They asked (5-6 receiver) Stevelan Harper when he was going to grow up," Oge said. "And they told me I should tell our quarterback to give me the ball."

Oge got letters from Ole Miss in high school but received offers only from SEMO and Southeastern Louisiana after playing for Hinds (Miss.) Community College.

SEMO senior punter David Simonhoff, who averaged 45.1 yards on seven boots including a 75-yarder over Reggie Fish's head, was as excited as Oge just to play against Arkansas.

"It was a great opportunity to come here," Simonhoff said. "I'll never forget it the rest of my life."

Redhawks coach Tony Samuel wasn't surprised by the lopsided outcome.

"The game was about what we expected," said SEMO coach Tony Samuel. "Arkansas is a good team and we don't match up. We played our starters for two and a half quarters. Our plan was to come here and get better for our next game (against Eastern Kentucky this Saturday)."

But Samuel added, "We weren't going to back off. We went for it on fourth down (while trailing 14-0)."

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