Kory Faulkner threw for 384 yards against SEMO, the third-highest single-game total in school history.
Sept. 17, 2012
What: Southern Illinois (1-2) at Missouri State (0-3)
Where: Plaster Field; Springfield, Mo.
When: Sept. 22, 2012 at 1 p.m. CT
Radio: Saluki Sports Network with Mike Reis (play-by-play), Gene Green, and Joel Sambursky
TV: Mediacom with Scott Warmann (play-by-play) and Randy Ball
- Mika'il McCall leads the nation in scoring at 14.0 points per game. McCall has seven touchdowns in three games.
- Steve Strother became the 33rd person in school history to rush for 1,000 career yards after rushing for 72 yards against SEMO.
- Kory Faulkner passed for 384 yards against Southeast Missouri, the third-highest single-game passing total in school history.
- Faulkner had 399 yards of total offense, the fourth highest single-game total offense total in school history.
- Faulkner now holds two of the top six total offense games in school history.
- Southern's offense piled up 272 yards and 21 points before the defense allowed Southeast Missouri State to gain a first down.
- Mika'il McCall leads the nation in scoring, averaging 14.0 points per game after scoring seven touchdowns in the first three games. No other player in the MVFC has scored more than five touchdowns.
- Steve Strother became the 33rd player in SIU history to rush for 1,000 yards in a career. With 72 yards against Southeast Missouri, Strother has 1,059 career rushing yards.
- Kory Faulkner threw for 384 yards against Southeast Missouri State, the third-highest single-game passing total in school history. He also rushed for 15 yards. His 399 yards of total offense are the fourth most in a single game in school history. Faulkner now holds two of the top six single-game total offense marks in school history.
- Faulkner has three career 250-yard passing games, one away from tying him with five others for fifth-most in school history.
- Faulkner leads the conference in passing (290.7) by 17 yards per game and total offense (293.3) by 15 yards per game. Faulkner's total offense numbers rank him 11th nationally. SIU ranks 13th nationally in passing (294.33/game).
- Since 1999, a Saluki quarterback has thrown for more than 315 yards only three times. Kory Faulkner accounts for two of those occasions. Faulkner threw for 334 yards against Illinois State last year and 384 against SEMO last week. Nick Hill threw for an SIU-record 436 yards against Northern Iowa in 2007.
- MyCole Pruitt led the team with nine receptions for 121 yards against SEMO. Pruitt has recorded at least four receptions in eight of the last nine games and nine of the last 11, dating back to last season.
- Pruitt has led the team in receiving yards in six of the last nine games and seven of the last 11. He has at least 60 receiving yards in seven of the last nine games.
- SIU outgained SEMO 212 yards to four in the first quarter and 364 to 30 in the first half.
- Southern set a Saluki Stadium record with 565 yards of total offense against SEMO. The previous record was 508 yards, set against Indiana State in 2010.
- The Salukis 565 yards of total offense were the most by SIU since it put up 606 yards on Illinois State in 2009.
- Against SEMO, Southern Illinois racked up 272 yards of total offense and 21 points before the Redhawks obtained a single first down.
- Southern has outrushed its opponent in 10 of its last 14 games.
- Kory Faulkner attempted a career high 58 passes against Eastern Illinois. That is two shy of the school record set by Scott Gabbert, who threw the ball 60 times in a game against Northern Illinois in 1989. He also completed a career-high 31 passes, fourth most in school history.
- Mika'il McCall's 74-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter of the Eastern Illinois game matched the longest play from scrimmage SIU had in 2011, when Steve Strother had a 74-yard run at Ole Miss. The touchdown pass to McCall was also the longest pass of Kory Faulkner's career.
- Against SEMO, SIU allowed the fewest yards in a game since giving up only 90 yards to Indiana State in 2009.
- Southern Illinois has only allowed one 100-yard rusher in the last eight games, dating back to last season. Shakir Bell rushed for 137 yards in SIU's 35-28 win over the Sycamores in 2011. Since the start of the 2011 season, SIU has only allowed three 100-yard rushers in the last 14 games.
- The Saluki defense has at least one sack in 18 consecutive games and 31 of the last 32 games.
- Jayson DiManche recorded 2.0 tackles for loss against Eastern Illinois, 1.0 against Miami (OH) and 1.5 against SEMO, giving him 27.5 career tackles for loss, ranking him 11th in school history. He is only 1.5 TFLs away from tying Bart Scott for the ninth-most career TFLs in school history with 29.0.
- DiManche's 4.5 tackles for loss this season tie him for second in the conference in TFLs. Eze Obiora is tied for sixth in the conference with 3.5 TFLs.
- DiManche has recorded a sack in each of the first three games of the season. DiManche had three total sacks in 2011.
- Southern only allowed SEMO one first down in the first half and 30 yards of total offense. SEMO ranked first in the OVC in rushing yards per game at 238.0 coming into Carbondale but mustered just 113 on 33 attempts against SIU.
- After giving up eight explosive plays to the EIU offense (20 or more yards), the Saluki defense only surrendered one against each Miami and SEMO.
- Eze Obiora earned National Defensive Lineman of the Week honors from the College Football Coaches Association after his Week 1 performance. Obiora picked up the honor after posting three sacks against Eastern Illinois.
- Obiora's three sacks against Eastern Illinois were the most by an SIU player since Jayson DiManche recorded three sacks against Western Illinois in 2010.
- Obiora recorded a half sack against Miami (OH), giving him 3.5 for the season. He is tied for the conference lead in sacks, and DiManche is tied for fourth in the MVFC in sacks with 3.0.
- Bryan Presume needs just one more forced fumble to join 12 others in SIU history who have recorded three forced fumbles in a season. Ron Geels holds the school record with six forced in 1977. No one else has forced more than four.
- Presume is the only player in the MVFC with more than one forced fumble this season.
- SIU recovered four fumbles against EIU. SIU last recovered four fumbles in a game in 2008 against UNI. SIU has recovered six fumbles this year but has no interceptions.
- SIU's five sacks against Eastern Illinois were the most sacks in a game for SIU since it sacked Western Illinois five times in both 2010 and 2011. In the Lennon era, Southern has now recorded at least five sacks in five games.
- Carlton Lewis recorded a career-high 11 tackles and 2.0 tackles for loss against Miami (OH). SIU hadn't had a player record 11 tackles in a single game since Joe Okon recorded 13 against South Dakota State in 2010.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
- Steve Strother is a preseason All-Conference selection after averaging 27.14 yards per kick return in his first three seasons with SIU. Eastern only kicked deep to Strother twice in seven kicks and Miami (OH) tried two squib kicks.
- Strother is currently second in school history in kick return average, averaging 25.6 yards per return. Larry Warner averaged 26.93 yards per return in 2008 and 09. SIU's last kick return for a touchdown was Strother at home against SEMO in 2010.
- LaSteven McKinney average 12.25 yards on four punt returns against SEMO. McKinney has a long of 23, his fourth career punt return of at least 20 yards. McKinney is second in the conference in punt return average (7.8).
- Austin Pucylowski enters his third year as the SIU punter. Pucylowski averaged 44.8 yards on 13 punts in the first two weeks. Only one of the punts has been returned and five were pinned inside the 20. Both punts against SEMO were pinned inside the five yard line.
- Only 17 of Pucylowski's 67 punts since 2011 have been returned.
- Southern is fifth nationally in net punting (42.3).
- Chris Adams only had nine touchbacks in 55 kickoffs last year, but he already has four in 2012.
- SIU has won its conference opener in nine of the last 10 seasons. Two of those wins have come against Missouri State.
- SIU beat Missouri State in Carbondale in last year's conference opener. Kicker Jackson MacLachlan kicked a game-winner with less than a minute remaining, earning him MVFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors.
MISSOURI STATE BEARS
- Missouri State dropped to 0-3 after last week's loss to Murray State. MSU opened with back-to-back FBS games against Kansas State (L, 51-9) and Louisville (L, 35-7).
- The Bears rank fourth in the conference in passing offense, averaging 270.0 yards per game through the air.
- MSU only averages 99.3 yards per game rushing through the first three contests, which is ninth in the conference.
- In its only competition vs. FCS opposition, Missouri State passed for 337 yards last week against Murray State. The Bears rushed for just 104 yards. Missouri State trailed Murray State by two touchdowns at halftime but clawed back to twice take the lead.
- The Bears are last in the MVFC in scoring offense (13.0), third down conversions (28%), scoring defense (38.0), passing defense (276.3), and total defense (455.7).
- Missouri State's Austin Glaser is fourth in the conference in passing yards per game (239.7) and total offense (236.0).
- Southern Illinois has won eight of the last nine meetings between the two schools, with the only setback in that time being a 51-41 loss in 2010. Southern tied the series at 17-17 after last year's 20-18 win in Carbondale.
- Southern won the first six meetings between the schools. Missouri State dominated between 1984 and 2002, winning 16 of 19 meetings in that span. Since, the Salukis have won eight of the last nine meetings.
- SIU is 6-10 in Springfield, Mo., after losing in its last visit.
- Head coach Dale Lennon tied Dick Towers on the SIU all-time wins list with 30. He needs one more to tie Abe Martin for fourth place in school history with 31.
- Five of the Salukis six longest plays from scrimmage came against SEMO. The only other play was Mika'il McCall's 74-yard reception in the season opener against Eastern Illinois.SIU has three explosive plays that have scored touchdowns, and three of them came against Southeast Missouri.
- Southern Illinois was picked to finish seventh in the MVFC preseason poll. Since 2003, SIU has been picked to finish fifth or worse two times. Each of the previous two times (2003, 08), SIU went on to win a share of the MVFC title.
- In 2011, SIU finished tied for seventh in the MVFC. Lennon has only finished as low as seventh two other times. The last time Lennon finished seventh, in 2002 with North Dakota, he guided his team to a national runner-up season the following year.