Oct. 18, 2008
By Jeff Honza
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Southern Illinois University's defense scored eight points, registered a season-high four sacks, had two interceptions and blocked a field goal in a dominating 33-0 win over Youngstown State earlier today at Stambaugh Stadium.
The Salukis (4-2, 3-1) blanked the Penguins (2-6, 1-3) for the first time in 20 meetings. SIU also recorded its first shutout against a Missouri Valley Football Conference opponent on the road since 1982.
SIU handed YSU its second shutout this season. The last time the Penguins were held scoreless twice in a season was 1980.
It took SIU only three plays in a little over a minute to get on the board. After Larry Warner broke free for a 42-yard run, Chris Dieker threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Joe Allaria with 13:58 left in the first quarter. The TD reception was the first of Allaria's career.
The Saluki defense added its third touchdown in two games when Ryan Patton picked off Dailyn Campbell on a 3rd-and-8. Patton, who followed a great block from Fred Wright, ran 52 yards into the end zone, giving SIU a 14-0 lead at the 1:48 mark.
SIU had 62 yards of total offense in the second quarter, including 53 on its final drive of the half. Kyle Dougherty's 42-yard field goal capped a 10-play march as time expired, pushing the Dawgs' lead to 17-0. Dougherty has now made six-consecutive field goals.
YSU had opportunities to cut into SIU's lead when it started consecutive drives in Saluki territory midway through the second quarter.
SIU held YSU to under 100 yards of total offense in the first half. The Penguins had 73 yards, including -6 on the ground and 79 through the air.
YSU, aided by a 38-yard run from Karym Keys, managed to get to SIU's 31-yardline, before Brian Palmer missed a 43-yard field goal on the Penguins' first drive of the second half.
YSU started its next possession inside its own 10 when Cloud and Stephen Franklin sacked Campbell at the 2-yardline. The ball came loose on the play and the Penguins recovered in the end zone for a safety, as SIU took a 19-0 lead with 7:46 left in the third quarter.
SIU put the win on ice with a pair of rushing touchdowns in the last 6:30 of the game.
Both of those TDs came in a span of 1:02. Warner scored on a 3-yard run at the 6:16 mark and Richard White hit paydirt from eight yards out (5:14) to polish off the 33-0 win. White's touchdown came two plays after a Kyle Walker interception.
Brandin Jordan led SIU with 11 tackles, his second double-digit tackle performance this season. Derrick Belton and Cloud followed with six takedowns apiece. Jordan (1.5), Cloud (0.5), Franklin (1.0) and Patton (0.5) and Wright (0.5) combined on the sacks.
Offensively, Warner paved the way with 147 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries. It was his second 100-yard game this year. Dieker completed 10-of-23 passes for 107 yards and one TD.
SIU held YSU to 207 yards of total offense, including 70 on the ground. The Salukis gave up only 2.3 rushing yards per carry on the day.
The Salukis posted 306 yards of total offense, with 199 rushing and 107 passing. SIU had a safety, forced a fumble and held YSU to only 66 total yards (29 passing, 37 rushing) in the third quarter alone.
SIU closes out its two-game road stretch at Missouri State on Oct. 25. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m., CT.