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    Oct. 11, 2008

    Final Stats | Photo Gallery

    By Jeff Honza

    CARBONDALE, Ill. - Ten Salukis scored in No. 15 Southern Illinois University's commanding 60-7 win over Indiana State earlier today in front of a Homecoming crowd of 11,857 at McAndrew Stadium.

    SIU (3-2, 2-1) put up 50 points in the first half, including 36 in the second quarter. It was SIU's second-most first half and second quarter points scored in a game in school history.

    The Salukis also made huge plays on defense and special teams in the balanced effort. ISU (0-6, 0-2) lost its 20th-straight game and now owns the nation's longest losing streak at all divisions.

    "Today is what we needed. We were able to accomplish a lot of the things we wanted on offense, defense and special teams," said SIU head coach Dale Lennon.

    The Dawgs seemed to score in every conceivable fashion early on. Chris Dieker completed a 60-yard touchdown pass to Damian Sherman on the first play from scrimmage, and the rout was on.

    "We came out strong and scored on the opening drive," said Dieker. "It set the tone for the rest of the game."

    Another big pass play, this time a 22-yard completion from Dieker to Sherman, helped set up Larry's Warner's 10-yard rushing touchdown on SIU's third possession. Warner's TD capped a 9-play, 81-yard drive, as the Salukis extended their lead to 14-0 with 8:03 left in the first quarter.

    Then came the big second quarter

    The Salukis got tricky on their third play of the stanza when Dieker threw a screen pass behind the line of scrimmage to Matt Guinn. Guinn then connected with Dieker on a 36-yard touchdown pass, giving SIU a 21-0 cushion.

    ISU was in punt formation on its next possession when Lance Caldwell rushed the middle to block Gabe Mullane's kick. Caldwell recovered and scored on a 3-yard return to push the lead to 28-0 at the 12:42 mark.



    The Saluki defense came up big again, this time with James Cloud forcing a fumble when he sacked Sycamore quarterback Calvin Schmidtke. Kyle Walker scooped up the ball and ran eight yards into the end zone. Kyle Dougherty completed a pass to Jason Seaman for the two-point conversion, as SIU pulled ahead 36-0.

    Mullane's shanked punt for -5 yards gave SIU the ball at ISU's 22-yardline, setting up yet another TD. Three plays later, Lucien Walker scored on a 1-yard run.

    Reese Craig coughed up the ball on ISU's first play after the kickoff and Chance Coda recovered at the Sycamore 14. Richard White's 14-yard run came after that, lifting SIU's lead to 50-0 at the half.

    SIU and ISU each ended their third quarter scoring droughts to start the second half.

    Koby Kraemer dropped back to field a 36-yard Scott Ravanesi punt, but fumbled the ball on the play. Travis Bloomfield recovered at ISU's 9-yard line. Three plays later, Dougherty made a 25-yard field goal, making it 53-0 in favor of the Dawgs with 7:07 on the clock.

    The Sycamores finally got on the board after marching 72 yards on 10 plays. Schmidke's 48-yard TD pass to Ryan Patrick accounted for ISU's only points at the 5:25 mark.

    The Salukis (48-0) and Sycamores (64-0) entered the game scoreless in the third quarter before each of those scores.

    Jonate Govan's first career touchdown, a 20-yard run, put the finishing touches on the win with 9:12 left in the game.

    Dieker completed a perfect 5-of-5 passes for 117 and one touchdown. He also had a TD reception. All of Dieker's completions and passing yards were in the first quarter.

    Warner, Govan, White and L. Walker combined for SIU's rushing touchdowns. The Salukis outrushed the Sycamores 237-63 en route to a season-high in rushing yards.

    Sherman was SIU's leading receiver with two catches for 82 yards and a TD.

    Defensively, K. Walker paved the way with seven tackles, one sack, a tackle for loss, one forced fumble, a fumble recovery and one touchdown in his first career start on defense.

    "Today was just a big day for us overall as a football team," Walker said. We did everything we had talked about all week in practice."

    The Salukis had three takeaways on the day, all of which came off fumbles. Cloud also forced a fumble, while Coda and Bloomfield joined Walker with fumble recoveries.

    Special teams wise, Caldwell (6), Dougherty (10) and Seaman (2) added 18 points to SIU's scoring. In addition, Caldwell became the first Saluki to block a kick this season. Ravanesi also had a nice 41-yard punt that was downed at ISU's 1-yardline.

    "We actually worked a lot this week on kicking from the 45-50 yard line because Scott's leg is so strong. A lot of times he's been kicking into the end zone. He did a great job of toning down his kick," said Lennon.

    SIU hits the road for the next two weeks. The Salukis visit Youngstown State on Oct. 18 and Missouri State on Oct. 25.