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    Rik Hicks is tied for the team lead with three touchdowns.

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    Sept. 16, 2013

    Southern Illinois (1-2, 0-0 MVFC) vs. Southeast Missouri State (0-2, 0-0 OVC)
     Date Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013
     Time 1 p.m. CT
     Location St. Louis - Busch Stadium
     Radio Saluki Sports Network
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    - Southern Illinois has posted more than 400 yards of total offense in each of its first three games of the season. The Saluki offense only produced more than 400 yards of total offense in two games in 2012.

    - The Salukis lead the MVFC and are ranked 17th in the nation in total offense with an average of 453.3 yards per game.

    - The last time SIU produced at least 400 yards of total offense in each of its first four games to start a season was in 2011. 

    - Senior quarterback Kory Faulkner suffered an injury to his non-throwing shoulder in the final minute of last week's game against Charleston.

    - Faulkner is second in the conference and 23rd in the nation in passing yards (249.7 per game).

    - Faulkner has not thrown an interception in his last 112 pass attempts. That eclipses his previous best streak of 95 consecutive pass attempts without an interception, which he accomplished during a four-game stretch last October.

    - The last redshirt freshman to start a game at quarterback for Southern Illinois was Paul McIntoch, who started the final six games of the 2009 season after starter Chris Dieker suffered an injury.

    - Redshirt freshman Ryan West threw his first two career touchdown passes last week against Charleston. One of those touchdowns was to redshirt freshman wideout Kyle Newquist. It was Newquist's first career reception.

    - Fullback Rik Hicks has only four receptions this season, but he has caught a touchdown pass in each of SIU's three games. That makes him tied for the team lead and tied for fifth in the conference in touchdowns. For his career, Hicks has caught seven passes, and five of them have resulted in a touchdown.

    - Senior wide receiver John Lantz and junior tight end MyCole Pruitt rank fourth and fifth in the MVFC in receiving yards. Lantz has caught 11 passes for 228 yards, and Pruitt has caught 15 passes for 217 yards.

    - Pruitt is SIU's all-time leader in receptions by a tight end with 107. He is tied for eighth-most receptions overall in school history.

    - Pruitt has three touchdown receptions this season, giving him 10 for his career and moving him into a tie for 11th place on SIU's career list. His next touchdown catch will move him into a five-way tie for seventh place.

    - Pruitt has 1,356 receiving yards for his career, which puts him at 12th on SIU's all-time list. He is 186 yards away from matching former Jacksonville Jaguar Damon Jones for the most career receiving yards by a tight end in school history.

    - Pruitt has recorded at least one reception in 10-straight games and 24 of the 25 games in his SIU career.

    - Lantz has 228 receiving yards this season and is only 50 yards away from matching his career best of 278 receiving yards in a single season.

    - SIU has run for more than 200 yards in each of its past two games, which is something the Salukis had not done since the final three games of the 2011 season.

    - SIU has not had a 100-yard rusher in its last 14 games. The last Saluki to run for 100 yards was Jewel Hampton, who had 178 rushing yards against Indiana State on Nov. 19.


    - SIU leads the MVFC and ranks 10th nationally in rushing defense at 93.7 yards allowed per game.

    - Southern has held opponents to 50 or fewer rushing yards in four of its last five games dating back to 2012.

    - The Saluki defense tallied 11.0 tackles for loss against Charleston, the second time SIU has notched over 10.0 TFL in three games in 2013.

    - 11.0 TFL is the most by a Saluki team since the 2012 season finale in which Southern posted 12.0 against Western Illinois.

    - In 11 of its last 13 games, the Salukis have posted at least 5.0 TFL.

    - With four sacks, Southern extended its streak of consecutive games with a sack to 29 and 42 of its last 43 games.

    - SIU has had at least two sacks in each of its last five games and 11 out of its last 13.

    - Southern has forced a turnover in nine consecutive games.

    - Inside linebacker Bryan Presume ranks second in the MVFC and is tied for 21st nationally in tackles with 32 total tackles (14 solo, 18 assisted).

    - Defensive end Brandon Williams is tied for fourth in the MVFC in both sacks (0.83 per game) and TFL (1.17 per game).

    - Defensive end Calvin Belts forced two fumbles against Charleston to give him three for his career.

    - Belts is second in the MVFC in forced fumbles with two.

    - Senior cornerback Terrell Wilson's streak of 26-consecutive starts was snapped last week against Charleston. Junior transfer Chris Davis made his first career start and recorded three tackles (two solo, one assisted).

    - Inside linebacker Jordan Poole nabbed his first career interception and returned it 12 yards against the Golden Eagles.

    - Redshirt freshman Carl Bivens scooped up his first career fumble recovery last week against Charleston.

    - Belts was a Defensive Lineman Performer of the Week honorable mention by the College Football Performance Awards following last week's game against Charleston.


    - Junior kicker Thomas Kinney leads all MVFC kickers in field goals made (2.0 per game) and leads all MVFC kickers in scoring (10.0 points per game). He is tied for third overall in the conference in scoring.

    - Kinney is tied for fifth nationally in field goals made per game (2.0) and tied for third in the FCS in total field goals attempted (nine).

    - Kinney has scored at least seven points in each of his first three games.

    - Wide receiver/return specialist LaSteven McKinney posted his fifth career and third consecutive game with at least 100 all-purpose yards against Charleston last week. McKinney had 52 yards receiving, 19 yards on kick returns, 18 rushing yards and 12 punt return yards for a total of 101.

    - With his 12 punt return yards against Charleston, McKinney moved up to sixth all-time in punt return yardage at SIU. McKinney now sits at 376 career yards, passing Cornell Craig (371).

    - McKinney is tied with Doug Hollinger for fifth all-time in career punt returns with 47.

    - Senior Austin Pucylowski ranks fourth in the MVFC with an average of 39.9 yards per punt in 2013.

    - Pucylowski is ranked sixth all-time at SIU in career punting average (39.5), seventh in career punting yards (7,077) and seventh in career punt attempts (179).

    - Wide receiver/return specialist LaSteven McKinney and punter Austin Pucylowski were both All-Conference honorable mentions in 2012.


    - This will be the first neutral site game for the Salukis under Coach Dale Lennon.

    - SIU's last neutral site game was the 1983 National Championship game against Western Carolina, which was played in Charleston, S.C. Southern won the game, 43-7.

    - Southern Illinois defeated Missouri State, 68-6, at the old Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Nov. 22, 1968.


    - Southeast Missouri State is 0-2 with road loses at Southeastern Louisiana and Ole Miss. The Redhawks are coming off a bye week.

    - The Redhawks rank eighth out of nine times in the Ohio Valley Conference in total offense (273.0 yards per game) and total defense (513.0 yards allowed per game).

    - Junior linebacker Matt Starks leads the OVC with 9.5 tackles per game.


    - Southern Illinois trails the all-time series, 37-33-8, but has won six of the last seven meetings.

    - The Salukis are 3-1 under Dale Lennon against the Redhawks.

    - This will be the first time the two schools play each other at a neutral site.


    - Dale Lennon is in his sixth season as head coach at SIU. That moves him into sixth place on SIU's all-time list for years coached. He passes Carmen Piccone and Bob Smith who each led the Salukis for five seasons.

    - Dale Lennon enters the game having coached 61 games at SIU, sixth most in school history. With the 12th and final game of the regular season, he will surpass Dick Towers to move into fifth place.

    - Saluki Athletics is celebrating a century of Saluki Football this season. The SIU football program began in 1913 and has run continuously with the exceptions of 1918, 1920 and 1943 due to World Wars.

    - Southern Illinois will host its third annual Black Out Cancer game on Saturday, Sept. 28 during the game against Youngstown State. Fans can bid to put their name or the name of a loved one who has been affected by cancer on one of the 80 special black jerseys that the Salukis will wear during the game.