Salukis face road test against No. 7/9 South Dakota State

    SIU has produced more than 400 yards of total offense in each of its first five games.

    SIU has produced more than 400 yards of total offense in each of its first five games.
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    Sept. 30, 2013

    Southern Illinois (2-3, 0-1 MVFC) vs. No. 7/9 South Dakota State (3-2, 0-1 MVFC)
     Date Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013
     Time 2 p.m. CT
     Location Brookings, S.D. - Coughlin Alumni Stadium
     Radio Saluki Sports Network
     Television Mediacom/WatchESPN
     Game Notes Southern Illinois Get Acrobat Reader | South Dakota State Get Acrobat Reader |  MVFC Get Acrobat Reader
     Live Stats Provided by SDSU
     Season Stats Southern Illinois | South Dakota State | MVFC
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    - Southern Illinois has posted at least 400 yards of total offense in each of its first five games of the season for the first time since 1992 when the team did it in each of its first six games. 

    - The Salukis are third in the MVFC and tied for 30th in the nation in total offense with an average of 444.2 yards per game.

    - The Salukis have scored 16 passing touchdowns and four rushing touchdowns. Only twice since 1998 has SIU finished the season with more passing touchdowns than rushing touchdowns, and in both of those instances (2000 and 2012), Southern had only one more passing TD than rushing score.

    - Senior quarterback Kory Faulkner leads the conference and is ninth in the nation in total passing yards (1,290). He leads the MVFC and is 15th in the nation in total offense (288.2 per game).

    - Against Youngstown State, Faulkner threw for 341 yards and ran for 71 yards. His 412 yards of total offense were the third-highest single-game total in school history and accounted for 91 percent of SIU’s total offense in the game.

    - Faulkner is seventh in SIU history with 30 career touchdown passes. He is two TD passes behind sixth-place Sherard Poteete, who had 32 career touchdown passes.

    - Faulkner has thrown 14 touchdown passes this season, which is his career-best for a single season. He is also tied for ninth most touchdown passes in a single season in school history.

    - With eight receptions against Youngstown State, junior tight end MyCole Pruitt moved into a sixth-place tie for career receptions at SIU with 120. He is five receptions away from moving into a tie for third place on the school’s all-time list.

    - Against YSU, Pruitt became the eighth player in school history to surpass 1,500 career receiving yards. He has 1,507 career yards, 35 yards behind former Jacksonville Jaguar Damon Jones for the most receiving yards by a tight end in school history.

    - Pruitt is second in the MVFC with 5.6 receptions per game.

    - Junior wide receiver LaSteven McKinney ranks fourth and senior John Lantz ranks ninth in the MVFC in receptions per game with 5.2 and 4.0 receptions per game, respectively.

    - Lantz and Pruitt rank third and fourth, respectively, in the conference in receiving yards per game. Lantz is averaging 75.8 yards per game, and Pruitt is averaging 73.6 yards per game.

    - 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 recorded at least one reception in 12-straight games and 26 of the 27 games in his SIU career.

    - Lantz has 379 receiving yards this year, surpassing his previous career best of 278 receiving yards in a single season.

    - Lantz has 907 career receiving yards and is 93 yards away from becoming the 21st receiver in school history to record 1,000 career receiving yards.

    - Junior running back Malcolm Agnew is fifth in the MVFC with 77.5 rushing yards per game and eighth in the conference with 86.3 all-purpose yards per game.


    - Southern Illinois ranks second in the MVFC and eighth in the FCS in rushing defense, allowing only 93.2 rushing yards per game.

    - As a team, Southern is tied for 23rd nationally in tackles for loss per game with 7.0 TFL per game.

    - With 5.0 TFL against the Youngstown State, Southern has now recorded at least 5.0 TFL in 12 of its last 15 games.

    - Three Salukis rank in the top-ten in tackles for loss in the MVFC: Bryan Presume (second, 1.20 TFL per game), Tyler Williamson (eighth, 0.90 TFL per game) and Brandon Williams (10th, 0.90 TFL per game). SIU has 15 different players who have recorded at least 0.5 TFL this season.

    - With two sacks against YSU, Southern extended its streak of consecutive games with a sack to 31 and 44 of its last 45 games.

    - The Saluki defense has 14 sacks (2.80 per game) in 2013, the third-most per-game total in the MVFC, which is also tied for 19th in the nation.

    - Southern Illinois has forced a turnover in 11 consecutive games.

    - Twice this season, the Saluki defense has allowed a quarterback to throw four passing touchdowns in a single game (Eastern Illinois’ Jimmy Garoppolo and Youngstown State’s Kurt Hess).

    - In 2012 the Saluki defense yielded more than one passing touchdown only once (Aug. 30, Eastern Illinois, seven TDs).

    - In the Dale Lennon/Bubba Schweigert era, the Saluki defense has only allowed four or more passing touchdowns in a game a total of five times in five seasons. 

    - Lennon and Schweigert’s SIU defenses have not allowed 100 rushing yards in more than one-third of their games coached at Southern (23 of 63).

    - Senior inside linebacker Bryan Presume has been SIU’s leading tackler in each of its first five games in 2013. Last week against Youngstown State, he recorded 12 total tackles (seven solo, five assisted).

    - Presume has started each of the last 16 games and recorded at least seven tackles in 12 of those games. He has posted double-digit tackles in six games in his Saluki career. Three of those games have come in 2013.

    - Presume leads the MVFC in total tackles (53). He ranks second in the MVFC and is tied for 19th nationally in tackles per game (10.6).

    - Brandon Williams is tied for third in the country in sack yardage with 39 total yards. Williams racked up 26 of those yards on a single sack against SEMO.

    - Williams ranks fifth in the MVFC in sacks with 3.5 total sacks (0.70 per game).

    - Jordan Poole has 3.0 sacks, which ranks 11th in the MVFC.


    - Despite not attempting a field goal last week against YSU, junior kicker Thomas Kinney still leads the conference in total field goals made (eight) and field goals attempted (11). He ranks second in the MVFC in field goals made per game (1.60).

    - Kinney is second in the MVFC in scoring by a kicker and fifth in overall scoring with 8.6 points per game.

    - Kinney ranks seventh nationally in field goals made per game (1.60).

    - Kinney scored at least seven points in each of SIU’s first four games of 2013.

    - With two punt returns last week against YSU, wide receiver/return specialist LaSteven McKinney moved into sole possession of fourth place all-time at SIU in career punt returns with 50. He surpassed Cornell Craig, who returned 48 punts in his SIU career.

    - McKinney ranks sixth all-time in career punt return yardage at SIU with 383 yards.

    - Last week, senior punter Austin Pucylowski moved up to sixth all-time at SIU in career punt attempts with 185, passing Barclay Allen who punted 183 times during his career from 1966-69.

    - Pucylowski is ranked sixth all-time at SIU in career punting average (39.6) and seventh in career punting yardage (7,326).

    - Pucylowski is third in the MVFC in punts downed inside the 20-yard line with nine.

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


    - Southern Illinois has won four of its last five conference road games with the only loss coming at North Dakota State last year.

    - The Salukis have won three of their last four road games against ranked teams.

    - Southern Illinois is 12-8 in conference road games under Dale Lennon.

    - The Salukis are 4-4 under Dale Lennon in road games against teams ranked in the top 10 of the FCS Coaches Poll.


    - South Dakota State is 3-2 this season and has lost consecutive games at Nebraska and at home against No. 1 North Dakota State.

    - Following the loss to NDSU, the Jackrabbits dropped from No. 6 to No. 9 in the FCS Coachs Poll and dropped one spot from No. 6 to No. 7 in The Sports Network Poll.

    - Zach Zenner leads the MVFC and is third in the nation with 746 rushing yards through five games. He is averaging 149.2 yards per game, which ranks fourth in the nation.


    - Southern Illinois trails the all-time series, 3-2, and has lost each of the last three meetings.

    - The teams have met annually since 2008, and all five meetings have been with Dale Lennon coaching the Salukis.

    - South Dakota State won last year’s game at Saluki Stadium, driving 94 yards in the final minute of the game to hand SIU a 16-12 loss.

    - This is Southern Illinois’ third ever road game against SDSU. The Salukis won in Brookings in 2009 and lost there in 2011.


    - Including the South Dakota State game, SIU’s next three games will be against teams ranked in the top 10 in both the FCS Coaches Poll and The Sports Network Poll.

    - Dale Lennon enters the game having coached 63 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.

    - Last week, Southern Illinois hosted its third annual Black Out Cancer game 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 wore 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 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.