It's 7 p.m. at Davies Gym and head coach Justin Ingram is giving the volleyball team his last few words of encouragement. The team huddles together and prepares to make an explosive start in the first set.
Just by looking at Tanner Crum you wouldn't know that he's flexible enough to do the splits. You wouldn't know that his favorite singer is Ted Nugent. But what you would know is that he's meant to play football. Not only does the senior center look the part, but he plays the part, and he has since his first season at SIU.
No. 1 North Dakota State played a nearly flawless game on Saturday, beating No. 13 Southern Illinois, 38-10, and extending its winning streak to 30 games. The final score, however, was in no way indicative of how close the game was.
Southern Illinois is 5-1 at the midway point of the season and playing its best football of the year. SIU steamrolled its second-straight Missouri Valley Football Conference opponent on Saturday night and can now focus on No. 1-ranked North Dakota State.
The Saluki football team improved to 4-1 with another dominant second-half performance against Western Illinois on Saturday night. Southern Illinois has now out-scored opponents 83-13 in the second half of games this year.