By Jeff Honza
CARBONDALE, Ill. - John Randle rushed for a career-high 132 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries to lead No. 11 Southern Illinois University (1-0) to a 59-14 win over Quincy University (0-1) earlier tonight in its season-opener at McAndrew Stadium.
SIU, which won its fourth-straight game at home, moved to 6-1 all-time in season-openers under head coach Jerry Kill.
Craig Turner returned the opening kickoff 63 yards, setting up Randle's first TD, which came from a yard out to give SIU a 7-0 lead not even five minutes into the first quarter.
Quincy countered by marching 65 yards on 11 plays to tie the game when Craig Moore scored on a 5-yard run.
"I was mad after they scored," said Randle. "It fired us up."
The Salukis then rattled off 24-straight points to take a commanding 31-7 lead at the half.
SIU continued to shoot down the Hawks in the second half, where it put up 28 more points, including 21 in the fourth quarter.
Randle scored again in the third quarter before Deji Karim scored a pair of touchdowns to highlight the fourth. Karim returned Quincy punter Alex Beard's fumbled snap for an 11-yard TD and scored on a 3-yard run.
Randle and Hill keyed the Salukis to 480 yards of total offense, including 278 on the ground and 202 in the air. SIU also went the entire night without turning the ball over.
Randle posted 100 or more yards for the second time in his career. Hill completed 13-of-18 passes for 174 yards and two TDs.
Turner piled up 103 yards on two kickoff returns, and as a result, and as a result, moved to sixth in career kickoff return yardage at SIU.
"It was an all-around team effort tonight," said Kill. "We were able to play a lot of different guys. We played hard."
SIU improved to 8-0 against NAIA or NCAA Division II institutions in six years, outscoring those foes, 538-65.
The Salukis return to action at FBS opponent Northern Illinois on Sept. 8.
|Thursday, Aug 28|
|Football||Carbondale, Ill.||7:00 PM|
|Saturday, Sept 6|
|Football||Charleston, Ill.||6:00 PM|
|Saturday, Sept 13|
|Football||Carbondale, Ill.||6:00 PM|
|Saturday, Sept 20|
|Football||West Lafayette, Ind.||TBA|