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    LaSteven McKinney has 17 receptions in the last three games.

    LaSteven McKinney has 17 receptions in the last three games.
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    Oct. 29, 2012

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    What: No. 21/25 South Dakota State (6-2, 4-1) at Southern Illinois (5-4, 4-2)
    Where: Saluki Stadium; Carbondale, Ill.
    When: 2 p.m. CT on Saturday, Nov. 3
    Radio: Saluki Sports Network with Mike Reis (play-by-play), Gene Green and Joel Sambursky
    Stream: Saluki All-Access
    Live State:

    The Last Meeting
    Southern Illinois34
    South Dakota St.45
    November 5, 2011
    Brookings, S.D.
    Hampton Rushes for a Career High in 45-34 loss to SDSU
    The Salukis twice cut the deficit to a touchdown in the second half, but lost on the road to South Dakota State.

    Saluki Sports Network
    Saluki Hall of Fame broadcaster Mike Reis is in his 33rd year as the "Voice of the Salukis." Reis will be joined once again by Gene Green and former Saluki quarterback and 2004 MVFC Offensive MVP Joel Sambursky.

    Radio Network Affiliates
    WVZA-FM, 105.1 - Carbondale (Flagship)
    WMOK-AM, 920 AM - Metropolis, Ill.
    WRXX-FM, 95.3 FM - Centralia, Ill.
    WRUL-FM, 97.3 FM - Carmi, Ill.
    WEBQ-FM, 102.3 FM - Harrisburg, Ill.
    KYRX-FM, 97.3 FM - Cape Girardeau, Mo.
    WHCO-AM, 1230 AM - Sparta, Ill.
    KATZ-AM 1600 - St. Louis, Mo.
    WVMC-AM 1360/FM-99.1 - Mt. Carmel, Ill.

    - Kory Faulkner surpassed 3,000 career passing yards during the game against North Dakota State. Faulkner now has 3,096 career passing yards and is currently in 10th place in school history for career passing yards.

    - He also set a new career high for season passing yards during the game with 1,611.

    - Kory Faulkner threw for 384 yards against Southeast Missouri State earlier this year, the third-highest single-game passing total in school history. He also rushed for 15 yards in the game. 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.

    - With six receptions for 93 yards against Youngstown State, sophomore tight end MyCole Pruitt became the 20th player in school history to record 1,000 career receiving yards. He now has 1,070 receiving yards for his career, which puts him at 17th on the all-time list.

    - Pruitt also moved into a tie for 13th place on the school's all-time list with 85 career receptions. He earned CFPA honorable mention Tight End of the Week honors after recording four receptions for 53 yards against North Dakota State.

    - Pruitt earned CFPA honorable mention Tight End of the Week honors after recording four receptions for 53 yards against North Dakota State.

    - Pruitt now has four TDs on the season, one more than he did as a freshman in 2011. Pruitt's next touchdown reception will give him eight for his career, tying him for 14th place on SIU's career list.

    - LaSteven McKinney has a touchdown catch in each of the last two games and has three total TD receptions this season. He is the only receiver other than Pruitt to record more than one touchdown reception. McKinney has exactly 500 career receiving yards.

    - After recording zero receptions against both Indiana State and Illinois State, McKinney has 17 catches in the last three weeks and two touchdown catches.

    - David Lewis has recorded at least one catch in 12 consecutive games, dating back to last season. Lewis is the only SIU receiver with at least one catch in every game in 2012.

    - Steve Strother set a career high with six receptions at Youngstown State. His previous single-game high was three receptions, which he accomplished seven times in his career.

    - Strother is the 34th player in school history to run for 1,000 yards in a career. He enters the game with 1,319 career rushing yards, good enough for 24th place on the school's all-time list.

    - Strother has 421 rushing yards this season, 46 yards shy of his career-best of 467, which he accomplished as a sophomore in 2010.

    - Strother has 3,063 all-purpose yards in his career. Strother ranks seventh in school history in career all-purpose yards.

    - Southern's 14 first-half points were the most surrendered by the NDSU in a first half this year. It was the second time this year the Bison have trailed at halftime.

    - Southern set a Saluki Stadium record with 565 yards of total offense against SEMO. SIU outgained SEMO 212 yards to four in the first quarter and 364 to 30 in the first half. Against SEMO, Southern Illinois racked up 272 yards of total offense and 21 points before the Redhawks obtained a single first down.

    - Southern Illinois has returned a fumble for a touchdown in three consecutive games. SIU had never previously recorded more than two fumble returns for touchdowns in any season in school history.

    - Southern recorded a 100-yard defensive play in back-to-back weeks against Northern Iowa and Youngstown State. Bryan Presume returned a fumble 100 yards against Northern Iowa, and Anthony Thompson returned an interception 100 yards against Youngstown State. Southern Illinois is the only school in MVFC history to record 100-yard defensive plays in back-to-back weeks.

    - Before the Northern Iowa game, SIU had only one 100-yard play in its 936-game history--JerMarsh Robinson's 100-yard kickoff return in 2000.

    - Eight of SIU's 26 touchdowns (31 percent) have been on defense or special teams. Seven of those eight non-offensive touchdowns have occurred in the last four weeks. A list of those plays can be found on below.

    - Southern scored on offense, defense and special teams in back-to-back weeks against Northern Iowa and Youngstown State. Southern had never previously scored in all three phases in back-to-back weeks.

    - SIU scored three non-offensive touchdowns against Youngstown State, the first time the Salukis had done that since returning a fumble, interception and blocked punt against SEMO in 2005.

    - The Saluki defense is tied for second in the country with 14 fumble recoveries and tied for sixth nationally with 22 forced turnovers.

    - Against Youngstown State, SIU forced five turnovers. The Salukis hadn't forced five turnovers in a game since 2009. In the Dale Lennon and Bubba Schweigert era, Southern has forced five or more turnovers five times. Under Lennon and Schweigert's leadership, the Southern defense has forced at least three turnovers 25 times in 56 games (45 percent).

    - Sixteen players on the Saluki defense have recorded at least 20 tackles. Seven players have recorded an interception. Nine players have recorded a sack. Sixteen different players have recorded at least a half-tackle-for-loss. Twelve different players have recovered a fumble, and 13 different players have forced a fumble.

    - Southern is tied for second in the conference in sacks (2.7 per game) and South Dakota State has allowed the most sacks in the MVFC (3.1 per game).

    - Bryan Presume earned National Linebacker of the Week honors from the College Football Performance Awards for his game against Northern Iowa after returning a fumble for 100 yards.

    - Eze Obiora earned National Defensive Lineman of the Week honors from the CFPA after posting 3.0 sacks against Eastern Illinois.

    - Mulku Kalokoh and Anthony Thompson earned Missouri Valley Football Conference Player of the Week honors for special teams and newcomer, respectively, for their performances against Youngstown State. Kalokoh blocked a punt that was recovered for a touchdown and returned four kickoffs for a total of 65 yards. Thompson recorded SIU's first-ever 100-yard interception return for a touchdown and recovered two fumbles.

    - Tyler Williamson was named MVFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Illinois State. He led the team with seven tackles and recorded a sack and his first career interception. He had 2.0 tackles for loss in the game

    - In the last 23 games, only six SIU opponents have compiled more than 400 yards of total offense.

    - The Saluki defense has at least one sack in 24 consecutive games and 37 of the last 38 games. In those 35 games, Southern has avoided being sacked six times.

    - Jayson DiManche has 32.0 career tackles for loss, tying him for fifth in school history. DiManche passed SIU great Bart Scott with a half-TFL against Indiana State earlier this season.

    - SIU held Illinois State to 257 yards of total offense, more than 100 yards fewer than ISU's previous season low. Illinois State had only thrown three interceptions in five games before facing SIU, and the Salukis picked off ISU quarterback Matt Brown four times.

    - 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.

    - Emmanuel Souarin recorded a pick-six in week 4 against Missouri State. Anthony Thompson's interception return against YSU gave the Salukis multiple interceptions returned for touchdowns in a season for the first time since recording four pick-sixes in 2009.

    - After failing to pick off a pass in the first three games, Southern Illinois has recorded eight interceptions in the last six games.

    - Southern blocked a punt and returned it for it for a touchdown in three straight weeks against Illinois State, Northern Iowa and Youngstown State. SIU had never previously returned three blocked punts for a touchdown in a season, much less three consecutive weeks. Southern is the first known team in FCS history to block three punts and return them for touchdowns in three straight weeks.

    - Steve Strother is in third place in school history with 1,404 career kick return yards. He is also currently third in school history in kick return average, averaging 24.6 yards per return. Larry Warner averaged 26.93 yards per return in 2008 and 2009.

    - Only 28 of Pucylowski's 111 punts since the start of the 2011 season have been returned. Only 12 of his 57 punts in 2012 have been returned, and opponents have totaled 27 total yards on those returns. Southern Illinois is fourth nationally in punt return defense.

    - The Salukis are 10th nationally in net punting (38.3).

    - Austin Johnson hit a game-winning field goal with less than a minute remaining against Northern Iowa and went 1-for-1 against both Youngstown State and NDSU. After starting the season 0-for-3 on field goals, Johnson has hit six of his last seven and five in a row.

    - The Dawgs recorded their first blocked field goal since 2010 during the North Dakota State game. Tyler Williamson blocked the field goal, and the field position resulted in an SIU field goal.

    - SIU has blocked five kicks in the last four weeks (3 punts, 1 field goal, 1 extra point).

    - Southern Illinois returns home for its final two regular season games. Southern is 2-1 at home this year and 44-8 in the last nine seasons. The Salukis are 28-7 in conference play during that time.

    - The Salukis are 8-6 in their third season at Saluki Stadium.

    - The South Dakota State Jackrabbits are one of three MVFC schools with only one conference loss. The Jacks knocked off Indiana State in the conference opener to give the Sycamores their only conference loss.

    - The Jackrabbits are led by running back Zach Zenner, who leads the nation in rushing with 181 yards per game. Zenner averages 7.5 yards per rush.

    - SDSU quarterback Austin Sumner is coming off a career-high five-touchdown performance against Youngstown State. Sumner threw for four touchdowns and 328 yards against SIU last year.

    - The two schools have only met four times in their history, meeting annually since 2008. The Salukis won the first two matchups, but the Jacks have won each of the last two, including last year's 45-34 SDSU win.

    - In last year's matchup, South Dakota State led 35-14 at halftime and withstood a furious SIU rally in the second half. SIU closed the gap to as close as 34-42 before falling.

    - Four weeks ago, Southern was 2-3 and was facing the preseason top four teams in the conference in the next four weeks, with three of those games being on the road. In that stretch, SIU went 3-1. All four teams (Illinois State, Northern Iowa, Youngstown State, North Dakota State) reached the top-10 nationally at some point during the season.

    - South Dakota State is the sixth consecutive SIU opponent that has been ranked in the top-25 this season. The Jacks are ranked 21st in The Sports Network poll and 25th in the FCS Coaches poll.

    - Southern Illinois has a winning record despite not having a 100-yard back in any game this season. The most yards by an SIU back in a game this season was Mika'il McCall's 82 yards rushing against SEMO.

    - Head Coach Dale Lennon recorded his 32nd career victory at Southern Illinois against Illinois State, surpassing Abe Martin for the fourth-most in school history. After wins over Northern Iowa and Youngstown State, Lennon has 34 and needs 20 more wins to match Rey Dempsey (54 wins) for third place on the school's all-time list.

    - 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.