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    Oct. 28, 2013

    Southern Illinois (4-4, 2-2 MVFC) vs. Western Illinois (3-6, 1-4 MVFC)
     Date Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013
     Time 1 p.m. CT
     Location Macomb, Ill. - Hanson Field
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    The Last Meeting
    Western Illinois0
    Southern Illinois35
    November 17, 2012
    Carbondale, Ill.
    Salukis blank WIU, 35-0, in season finale
    Southern Illinois finished the season with a winning record following a dominant performance against the Leathernecks. It was the second shutout win for SIU this season.


    OFFENSIVE NOTES

    - The Salukis are third in the MVFC and 44th in the nation in total offense with an average of 409.1 yards per game.

    - SIU has thrown for 20 passing touchdowns this season, the most since the Salukis set the school record with 28 passing touchdowns in 2007.

    - Senior Kory Faulkner has started the last 26 games at quarterback, the most by a Saluki QB since Nick Hill started 27-consecutive games in 2006 and 2007. The last game Faulkner did not start for the Salukis was Oct. 1, 2011 at Western Illinois.

    - Faulkner is second in the conference and 29th in the nation with 233.2 passing yards per game. He leads the MVFC and is 29th in the nation in total offense (258.4 yards per game).

    - Faulkner is out indefinitely with a fractured right index finger, which he suffered in the third quarter of the game against North Dakota State.

    - Ryan West will be the first redshirt freshman to start a game at quarterback for SIU since Paul McIntoch started the final six games of the 2009 season after starter Chris Dieker suffered an injury.

    - Junior tight end MyCole Pruitt has 133 career receptions, third-most in SIU history. He is six receptions away from moving into a tie for second place on the school’s all-time list.

    - Pruitt is SIU’s all-time leader in receptions (133) and receiving yards (1,674) by a tight end.

    - Pruitt has 1,674 career receiving yards. That is fourth overall in SIU history, 135 yards behind third place Justin Roebuck.

    - Pruitt is third in the MVFC with 5.1 receptions per game. Junior wide receiver LaSteven McKinney is tied for fifth with 4.9 receptions per game, and senior wide receiver John Lantz is 10th with 4.0 receptions per game.

    - Lantz and Pruitt rank third and fifth, respectively, in the conference in receiving yards per game. Lantz is averaging 74.4 yards per game, and Pruitt is averaging 66.9 yards per game.

    - Pruitt has four touchdown receptions this season, matching his career high for a single season. He has 11 career touchdown catches, which puts him in a five-way tie for seventh place in school history. However, he has not caught a touchdown in any of the last four games.

    - Pruitt has 535 receiving yards this season, 42 yards shy of matching his career high.

    - Pruitt has recorded at least one reception in 15-straight games and 29 of the 30 games in his SIU career.

    - Lantz has more than doubled his previous career best of 278 receiving yards in a single season. His 595 yards are the most by an SIU receiver since Joe Allaria totaled 697 receiving yards in 2009.

    - Lantz has five touchdown catches in 2013, the most by a Saluki since Damian Sherman had five touchdown catches in 2008.

    - Junior running back Malcolm Agnew is seventh in the MVFC with 77.9 rushing yards per game.

    - Agnew averages 110.5 rushing yards per game and 5.6 yards per carry in SIU’s four wins. He averages 34.3 rushing yards per game and 3.3 yards per carry in the three SIU losses in which he has played. He did not appear in the season opener against Illinois.

    DEFENSIVE NOTES

    - In 2012, Southern Illinois recorded five sacks and 12 tackles for loss against WIU, holding the Leathernecks to 16 rushing yards in the game.

    - Southern ranks second in the MVFC and 16th in the FCS in rushing defense, yielding 115.6 yards per game on the ground.

    - SIU allowed a season-high 331 rushing yards against North Dakota State. That is more than the Salukis had allowed in their previous four games combined.

    - Prior to their last game, the Salukis had not allowed 300 rushing yards in a game since Northern Iowa totaled 325 against SIU on Oct. 9, 2010. 

    - In SIU’s last game, NDSU became the first team to have two 100-yard rushers in the same game against SIU since Oct. 9, 2010 against UNI. John Crockett (165 yards) and Sam Ojuri (143 yards) were the leading rushers for the Bison.

    - In eight games, SIU’s defense has held opponents to under 100 yards rushing five times and under 50 yards three times.

    - Southern has allowed at least 100 rushing yards in only 24 of the 66 games Dale Lennon has coached at SIU.

    - Southern has recorded a sack in 34-consecutive games and 47 of its last 48 games.

    - SIU is tied for fifth in the MVFC and is tied for 34th in the nation in total sacks (19). It is tied for 33rd in the FCS with 2.38 sacks per game.

    - Southern has recorded at least 5.0 tackles for loss in 13 of its last 18 games and five out of eight games in 2013.

    - Senior linebacker Bryan Presume has at least seven tackles in 14 of his 19 starts at SIU and seven of eight games in 2013.

    - Presume ranks second in the MVFC and is tied for 28th in the FCS in tackles per game (9.6). He ranks third in the MVFC and is tied for 25th in the FCS in total tackles (77).

    - Presume (8.0 TFL) and junior outside linebacker Tyler Williamson (6.5 TFL) rank tied for third and 15th in the MVFC in tackles for loss, respectively.

    - Williamson has forced six career fumbles, tying him for the school’s all-time lead.

    - Williamson is tied for the MVFC lead and tied for third in the nation with three forced fumbles this season.

    - SIU has recorded an interception in four of eight games thus far in 2013. In 2012, the Salukis only had four games with an interception.

    - After giving up 400 passing yards in consecutive games to open 2013, the Saluki defense has not allowed more than 276 passing yards in a game since.

    SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES

    - Junior kicker Thomas Kinney has at least seven points in five of Southern’s eight games in 2013.

    - Kinney’s career-long is a 47-yard field goal against NDSU this year. He also missed a 47-yarder in the same game.

    - Kinney is second in the MVFC and tied for sixth in the FCS in field goals made (12).

    - Kinney is second in the MVFC and is tied for fifth nationally in field goals attempted (17).

    - Kinney is fourth in the MVFC and 37th nationally in overall scoring with 7.8 points per game.

    - Kinney’s 12 field goals made are the most by a Saluki kicker in a single season since Kyle Dougherty set the school record with 19 in 2009.

    - Kinney’s 12 field goals in 2013 puts him tied for ninth all-time at SIU in field goals made in a single season.

    - Senior punter Austin Pucylowski punted a season-high eight times against North Dakota State.

    - Pucylowski is fifth all-time at SIU in career punt attempts (201) and ranks sixth in career punting average (39.7) and career punting yardage (7,986) at SIU.

    - Junior wide receiver/return specialist LaSteven McKinney is tied for third all-time in career punt returns (53) and sixth in career punt return yardage (395) at SIU.

    SALUKIS ON THE ROAD

    - SIU is 2-1 in true road games this season with wins over No. 4 UNI and No. 7 South Dakota State.

    - Southern Illinois has won six of its last seven conference road games with the only loss coming at No. 3 North Dakota State last year.

    - Southern Illinois is 14-8 in conference road games under Dale Lennon.

    SCOUTING THE LEATHERNECKS

    - Western Illinois is off to a 3-6 start and has lost four in a row under first-year head coach Bob Nielson.

    - Nielson was the athletic director at the University of Minnesota Duluth while current SIU Associate Head Coach Bubba Schweigert was the head coach from 2004-2007.

    - Western is last in the MVFC in total offense, averaging 319.2 yards per game. However, the Leathernecks are third in the conference in team defense, surrendering only 324.2 yards per game.

    - WIU has two players in the top 10 of the MVFC in rushing yards per game. J.C. Baker is fourth in the conference with 92.8 yards per game, and Nikko Watson is 10th in the conference with 55.0 yards per game.

    SERIES NOTES

    - Southern Illinois trails the all-time series, 34-20-4, but has won 10 of the last 11 meetings. 

    - The teams first met in 1933 and have played annually since 1982.

    - SIU blanked the Leathernecks, 35-0, in last year’s season finale. It was the first time the Salukis shut out WIU since a 7-0 win in 1947.

    - In 2011, their last trip to Macomb, the Salukis lost to WIU, 27-21. It was the first time the Leathernecks had beaten SIU since 2001.

    MISC. NOTES

    - After starting the conference season with four games against ranked opponents, three of which were ranked No. 7 or higher, SIU’s last four games are against MVFC opponents that are currently unranked.

    - The Salukis first four MVFC opponents have a combined conference record of 11-7 and an overall record of 24-9. SIU’s final four opponents have a combined conference mark of 7-12 and an overall record of 11-23.

    - SIU is 4-1 following a bye week under Dale Lennon with the only loss coming at Missouri State on Oct. 30, 2010.

    - 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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