Nov. 12, 2011
Southern Illinois 45, Eastern Illinois 28
Carbondale, Ill. // Saluki Stadium // Attendance: 7.447
Head coach Dale Lennon tied Carmen Piccone for the sixth most wins all-time at SIU by a head coach. Lennon is only four wins from jumping all the way to fourth all time, past Piccone (28), Dick Towers (30) and Abe Martin (31). After Martin, there's a 23-game gap before Rey Dempsey (54) and Jerry Kill (55). SIU's all-time wins leader is William McAndrew, who won 83 games between 1913-1938.
The 45 points scored by the Salukis were the most of the year, topping the 38 points the team put up on SEMO.
SIU raised $89,890 from bidding for the black jerseys worn for the game, and school officials anticipate the number will increase to more than $100,000 after all donations come in. All of the money goes to the American Cancer Society and Coaches vs. Cancer.
SIU's 489 total yards are also a season high.
Southern's 255 rushing yards are the second most on the season, behind only the 262 rushing yards it pinned on WIU.
The Salukis' 234 passing yards are the third most on the season, behind Faulkner's historic 334 yard effort against Illinois State and the season opening rout of SEMO.
Jackson MacLachlan booted a career-long 40-yard field goal in the third quarter.
David Lewis caught four passes for 55 yards. His four receptions tied a career high and his 55 yards set a new career high.
Steve Strother jumped into second in school history in single-season kickoff return yards. Strother returned four kicks for 135 yards, giving him 695 for the 2011 season. Strother jumped over Antonio Moore's 1987 season and Larry Warner's 2008 season. Strother trails only Craig Turner, who had 756 yards in 2007.
Strother jumped ahead of Dave Short and is fifth in school history in career kickoff return yards.
Jewel Hampton has 15 touchdowns this season, which places him seventh in school history in single-season touchdowns.
Hampton rushed for 110 yards, giving him 943 on the season. Hampton is 57 yards shy of becoming the 19th player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season.
Hampton went over 100 yards for the second game in a row and the fifth time this season.
Hampton also caught four balls for 59 yards, both career highs. Hampton had 169 yards of total offense on the game.
Kory Faulkner completed 73% of his passes (16-22) and threw for 234 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions. Faulkner added 55 yards on the ground and two touchdowns rushing. Faulkner has had two rushing touchdowns twice this season.
LaSteven McKinney led the Salukis with a career high 72 receiving yards. His previous career high was 19 yards. McKinney also posted a career long reception with a 43-yard reception that set up a Saluki score.
Kenneth Boatright picked 3.0 tackles for loss, a career high. Boatright has had at least 1.0 TFL in seven of the last eight games.
Scott Cole set a new career high with 3.0 tackles for loss.
The Salukis had 11.0 tackles for loss, the most of the season. The last time a Saluki team had 11 tackles for loss was against Indiana State in 2009.
SIU had 4.0 sacks, the second most on the season. The Salukis collected 5 sacks against Western Illinois and have three other three-sack games, but this was the first four-sack game of the season.
After collecting three sacks in a three-game stretch earlier this season, SIU has seven sacks in the last two games.
SIU has had at least one sack in 27 of the last 28 games.
The Salukis picked off three passes, marking the third three-pick game of the season, the second such game in a row, and the 10th three-pick game in head coach Dale Lennon's tenure.