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    Kory Faulkner was named MVFC Offensive Player of the Week following his performance at South Dakota State.

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    Oct. 7, 2013

    Southern Illinois (3-3, 1-1 MVFC) vs. No. 4/5 Northern Iowa (4-1, 0-1 MVFC)
     Date Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013
     Time 4 p.m. CT
     Location Cedar Falls, Iowa - UNI-Dome
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    OFFENSIVE NOTES

    - The Salukis are second in the MVFC and 32nd in the nation in total offense with an average of 432.5 yards per game.

    - The Salukis have scored 17 passing touchdowns and six 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 was named MVFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against SDSU. He threw for one touchdown and ran for two more.

    - Faulkner leads the conference and is 15th in the nation in total passing yards (1,475). He leads the MVFC and is 23rd in the nation in total offense (270.7 per game).

    - Faulkner is seventh in SIU history with 31 career touchdown passes. He is one TD pass behind sixth-place Sherard Poteete, who had 32 career touchdown passes.

    - Faulkner has thrown 15 touchdown passes this season, which is his career-best for a single season. He is also tied for seventh most touchdown passes in a single season in school history.

    - With five receptions against Youngstown State, junior tight end MyCole Pruitt moved into a third-place tie for career receptions at SIU with 125. He is 13 receptions away from moving into a tie for second place on the school’s all-time list.

    - With five receptions for 75 yards against South Dakota State, Pruitt passed Damon Jones for the most career receiving yards by a tight end in school history.

    - Pruitt has 1,582 career receiving yards. That is fifth overall in SIU history, 47 yards behind fourth place Billy Swain.

    - Pruitt is tied for the MVFC lead with 5.5 receptions per game, and junior wide receiver LaSteven McKinney is fourth in the conference with 4.8 receptions per game.

    - Senior wide receiver John Lantz and Pruitt rank first and fourth, respectively, in the conference in receiving yards per game. Lantz is averaging 78.0 yards per game, and Pruitt is averaging 73.8 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 13-straight games and 27 of the 28 games in his SIU career.

    - Lantz has 468 receiving yards this year and is only 88 yards away from doubling his previous career best of 278 receiving yards in a single season.

    - Lantz has 996 career receiving yards and is four yards away from becoming the 21st receiver in school history to record 1,000 career receiving yards.

    - Junior running back Malcolm Agnew is sixth in the MVFC with 81.6 rushing yards per game and sixth in the conference with 91.0 all-purpose yards per game.

    - Agnew recorded his second 100-yard rushing game of the year with a 105-yard performance last week against South Dakota State. He has 408 yards in five games and is averaging 5.5 yards per carry.

    - Last week SIU surpassed 1,000 rushing yards for the season and now has 1,025 rushing yards. That is only 330 yards behind last year’s season total.

    DEFENSIVE NOTES

    - Southern ranks seventh in the nation and second in the MVFC in rushing defense, yielding 92.8 yards per game on the ground.

    - Northern Iowa holds the MVFC’s third-best rushing offense at 195.2 yards per game thanks to running back David Johnson, who ranks sixth in the nation at 138.2 yards per game.

    - As a team, Southern is tied for 27th nationally in tackles for loss per game with 6.8 TFL per game.

    - Southern has forced at least one turnover in 12 consecutive games.

    - Southern has allowed 100 yards rushing in only 23 of Dale Lennon’s 64 games at SIU.

    - With 6.0 tackles for loss against SDSU, the Salukis have recorded at least 5.0 TFL in 13 of their last 16 games and five out of six games in 2013.

    - SIU ranks second in the MVFC and is tied for ninth in the country with 17 total sacks and 20th in the country in sacks per game (2.83 per game). Northern Iowa ranks first in the MVFC and is tied for 12th nationally with only four sacks allowed.

    - With three sacks against the SDSU, Southern extended its streak of consecutive games with a sack to 32 and 45 of its last 46 games.

    - Senior inside linebacker Bryan Presume posted 10 total tackles (five solo, five assisted) and 2.0 sacks  in last Saturday’s win against SDSU. It was the first multi-sack game of his Saluki career and the seventh double-digit tackle game of his career -- his fourth in 2013.

    - Presume has now recorded at least seven tackles in 13 of his 17 games started -- including all six games in 2013.

    - Presume ranks first in the MVFC and fourth in the FCS in total tackles (63) and second in tackles per game (10.5).

    - Presume is second in the MVFC and tied for 15th in the FCS with 10.5 tackles per game.

    - Presume (8.0 TFL per game) and junior outside linebacker Tyler Williamson (6.5 TFL per game) rank third and fourth, respectively, in the MVFC in tackles for loss.

    - Williamson recorded his sixth career forced fumble last week against SDSU, tying him for the all-time lead at SIU with six total forced fumbles.

    - Williamson also leads the MVFC with three forced fumbles. Sophomore defensive end Calvin Belts is tied for fifth with two forced fumbles.

    - Sophomore safety D.J. Cameron led SIU with a career-high 11 tackles against SDSU and had the game-winning pass breakup. It was the first time in 2013 that the leading tackler was not Presume or Williamson

    - Sophomore defensive end Brandon Williams blocked a field goal in the third quarter on Saturday against SDSU. It was the first blocked kick of his Saluki career and the third for Southern in 2013.

    - Redshirt freshman linebacker Carl Bivens recorded a career-high eight total tackles (four solo, four assisted) last Saturday against SDSU.

    SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES

    - Against SDSU, junior kicker Thomas Kinney hit a 42-yard field goal, the longest of his SIU career. Kinney’s previous long was 41 against Illinois on Aug. 31. His overall career best was a 45-yarder for Winona State in 2011.

    - Kinney has had at least seven points kicking in five of six games in 2013.

    - Kinney is tied for the conference lead and tied for second in the FCS with 10 field goals made.

    - Kinney’s 8.7 points per game ranks second in the MVFC in scoring by a kicker, fifth in the MVFC in overall scoring and ninth in the FCS in scoring by a kicker.

    - Kinney’s 10 field goals made are the most by a Saluki kicker in a single season since Kyle Dougherty set the school record with 19 field goals made in 2009. 

    - Last Saturday against SDSU marked the second-straight game that the Salukis did not punt in the first half.

    - Senior punter Austin Pucylowski has pinned 10 punts inside the 20-yard line, which ranks fourth in the MVFC.

    - Pucylowski ranks sixth all-time at SIU in career punt attempts (185), sixth in career punting average (39.6) and seventh in career punting yardage (7,410).

    - Junior wide receiver/return specialist LaSteven McKinney ranks fourth all-time at SIU in career punt returns (50) and sixth in career punt return yardage (383).

    SALUKIS ON THE ROAD

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

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

    - Southern Illinois is 13-8 in conference road games under Dale Lennon.

    - The Salukis are 5-4 under Dale Lennon in road games against teams ranked in the top 10 of the FCS Coaches Poll.

    SCOUTING THE PANTHERS

    - UNI is 4-1 this season and is coming off a 24-23 road loss to No. 1 North Dakota State.

    - Following the loss to NDSU, the Panthers remained at No. 4 in the FCS Coaches Poll and dropped one spot from No. 4 to No. 5 in The Sports Network Poll.

    - UNI is allowing an average of only 14.2 points per game and leads the conference with 19 total sacks on the season. However, linebacker Jake Farley, who leads the MVFC with 11.2 tackles per game suffered a broken leg at NDSU.

    - Panthers running back David Johnson is second in the MVFC in  rushing, averaging 138.2 yards per game.

    SERIES NOTES

    - UNI leads the all-time series, 16-15, but SIU has won four of the last five meetings.

    - The teams first met in 1965 and have played annually since 1986. Since 1997, the home team has won every contest with the exception of 2009 when the Salukis won in Cedar Falls.

    - Southern Illinois won last year’s game at Saluki Stadium, 34-31. Austin Johnson kicked the game-winning field goal in the final minute of the game.

    MISC. NOTES

    - This is SIU’s second game in a stretch of three straight games against top 10 teams. The Salukis knocked South Dakota State out of the top 10 with a road win last week.

    - Of SIU’s first six games against FCS opponents this season, five are against teams currently ranked in the top 20, and four are against teams that have been ranked in the top 10 this season.

    - Dale Lennon enters the game having coached 64 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.


     

     

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