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    Bryan Presume makes a tackle in last year's Black Out Cancer game.

    Bryan Presume makes a tackle in last year's Black Out Cancer game.
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    Sept. 23, 2013

    Youngstown State (3-1, 0-0 MVFC) vs. Southern Illinois (2-2, 0-0 MVFC)
     Date Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013
     Time 6 p.m. CT
     Location Carbondale, Ill. - Saluki Stadium
     Radio Saluki Sports Network
     Television Mediacom/WatchESPN
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    The Last Meeting
    Southern Illinois38
    Youngstown State21
    October 20, 2012
    Youngstown, Ohio
    Salukis extend winning streak to 3 games with 38-21 win over Youngstown
    SIU overcame a 21-10 first half deficit as they forced five turnovers and scored 28 unanswered points to finish the game.


    - Southern Illinois has posted more than 400 yards of total offense in each of its first four games of the season for the first time since 2007. The Saluki offense only produced more than 400 yards of total offense in two games in 2012. 

    - The last time SIU produced at least 400 yards of total offense in each of its first five games to start a season was in 1992. 

    - Southern Illinois has scored at least 30 points in each of its first four games for the first time since 2007 when the Salukis scored at least 30 points in each of their first five games.

    - The Salukis are fourth in the MVFC and ranked 31st in the nation in total offense with an average of 442.3 yards per game.

    - Kory Faulkner is making his 23rd consecutive start at quarterback for the Salukis.

    - Faulkner is second in the conference and 26th in the nation in passing yards (237.3 per game).

    - Faulkner has thrown 10 touchdown passes this season, one shy of his career-best for a single season.

    - Last week, Faulkner became the ninth player in school history to throw 25 career touchdown passes. He enters the week with 26 career TD passes, one behind Rick Johnson for eighth on SIU's all-time list and two behind Kent Skornia for seventh.

    - Senior fullback Rik Hicks has only four receptions this season, but he has caught a touchdown pass in three of Southern Illinois' four games. For his career, Hicks has caught seven passes, and five of them have resulted in a touchdown.

    - Junior tight end MyCole Pruitt and junior wide receiver LaSteven McKinney are both tied for fourth in the MVFC with 5.0 receptions per game.

    - Senior wide receiver John Lantz and Pruitt rank third and fourth, respectively, in the conference in receiving yards per game. Lantz is averaging 74.8 yards per game, and Pruitt is averaging 71.2 yards per game.

    - Pruitt is SIU's all-time leader in receptions by a tight end with 112. He has the seventh-most receptions overall in school history.

    - Pruitt has four touchdown receptions this season, matching his career high for a single season. He has 11 career touchdown passes, which puts him in a five-way tie for seventh place in school history.

    - Pruitt has 1,424 receiving yards for his career, moving him into 10th place on SIU's all-time list. He is 118 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 11-straight games and 25 of the 26 games in his SIU career.

    - Lantz has 299 receiving yards this year, surpassing his previous career best of 278 receiving yards in a single season.

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

    - Junior running back Malcolm Agnew ran for a career-high 127 yards last week against Southeast Missouri. It broke a streak of 14-straight games without a 100-yard rusher for the Salukis.


    - Southern Illinois leads the MVFC and is ninth in the nation in rushing defense, allowing 83.5 rushing yards per game.

    - The Salukis held SEMO to 53 total rushing yards last week, including -3 rushing yards in the second half. The Salukis have held opponents to negative rushing yards in two halves in 2013 (first half at Illinois, second half vs. SEMO).

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

    - SIU has recorded at least 10.0 TFL in two out of four games in 2013.

    - In 11 of its last 14 games, Southern has posted at least 5.0 TFL.

    - SIU is tied for first in the MVFC in sacks with 13 for a total loss of 107 yards.

    - With two sacks against the Redhawks, 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 six games and 12 out of its last 14.

    - Southern has forced a turnover in 10 consecutive games.

    - Senior inside linebacker Bryan Presume was named the MVFC Defensive Player of the Week after his performance against SEMO last week. Presume tallied nine tackles (seven solo, two assisted), 1.0 TFL, one forced fumble, one interception that was returned 34 yards, one pass breakup and one blocked PAT.

    - Presume leads the MVFC in total tackles (41). He also ranks second in the MVFC and is tied for 25th in the country in tackles per game (10.2).

    - Presume has been the Salukis' leading tackler in all four games in 2013. Presume led SIU in tackles in four games in 2012.

    - Presume has started each of the last 15 games and recorded at least seven tackles in 12 of those games.

    - Defensive end Brandon Williams recorded a 26-yard sack against the Redhawks last week. Williams ranks second in the country and MVFC in sack yardage (39 yards) behind UNI's Colin Albrecht (48).

    - Williams ranks third in the MVFC in sacks (3.5, 0.88 per game) and third in TFL (4.5, 1.12 per game).

    - Outside linebacker Tyler Williamson sacked SEMO quarterback Kyle Snyder in the end zone last week, forcing a fumble that led to a team safety for SIU.

    - Williamson now ranks tied for third all-time at SIU in career forced fumbles with five. His next forced fumble will put him in a three-way tie for first.

    - Last week the Salukis gave up a 75-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Snyder to Paul McRoberts. It was the longest passing touchdown allowed by SIU since UNI's Sawyer Kollmorgen threw a 76-yard touchdown pass to Brett LeMaster against SIU on Oct. 13, 2012.

    - Last season against Youngstown State, the Saluki defense scored on two fumble recoveries and Anthony Thompson's 100-yard interception return. SIU also blocked a punt in the victory.


    - 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 fourth overall in the conference and 20th nationally in scoring.

    - Kinney is third in the nation in field goals made (eight) and tied for third in the nation in field goals attempted (11).

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

    - Southern posted 101 kick return yards against the Redhawks last week, the first time since Nov. 12, 2011 that the Salukis eclipsed the 100-yard mark.

    - Return specialist LaSteven McKinney is sixth all-time in punt return yardage at SIU with 378 career yards.

    - McKinney is tied with Cornell Craig for fourth in SIU history with 48 career punt returns.

    - 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 (7,197) and seventh in career punt attempts (182).

    - Pucylowski pinned two punts inside the 10-yard line against Southeast Missouri State. One of those punts was downed at the one-yard line and led to a safety for the Saluki defense.

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


    - Southern Illinois is 21-8 in regular-season home games under Dale Lennon and 22-10 overall at home under Lennon

    - This is only the second time SIU has opened the conference schedule against Youngstown State and the first time the Salukis have opened the conference season at home against the Penguins. SIU opened the conference schedule at YSU in 2010.


    - Youngstown State is 3-1 this season with its lone loss coming at Michigan State. The Penguins have outscored FCS opponents 154-40 in their three victories.

    - YSU entered the FCS Coaches Poll this week with a rank of No. 25. It also received votes in The Sports Network Poll.

    - Youngstown State leds the MVFC in total offense, averaging 459.0 yards per game. The Penguins also lead the Valley with 238.8 rushing yards per game.


    - Southern Illinois trails the all-time series, 12-11-1, but has won seven of the last 10 meetings.

    - The Salukis are 3-2 under Dale Lennon against YSU.

    - Since Youngstown State joined the conference in 1997, the two teams have met annually and split the series with each team winning eight of the 16 matchups.

    - SIU has won four of its last five home games against the Penguins.


    - 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 62 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.

    - Southern Illinois is hosting its third annual Black Out Cancer game this week with the game against Youngstown State. Fans were able to 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.

    - Saluki Athletics and Southern Illinois Healthcare have helped raise over $200,000 to fight cancer since the inception of the Black Out Cancer game promotion in 2011. This year the Black Out Cancer game has raised over $56,000.

    - 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.