Bryan Presume is second in the MVFC with a career-high 88 tackles this season.
Nov. 4, 2013
|Missouri State (4-6, 4-2 MVFC) vs. Southern Illinois (5-4, 3-2 MVFC)|
|Date||Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013|
|Time||2 p.m. CT|
|Location||Carbondale, Ill. - Saluki Stadium|
|Radio||Saluki Sports Network|
|Video||Saluki All-Access (pay)|
|Game Notes||Southern Illinois | Missouri State | MVFC|
|Season Stats||Southern Illinois | Missouri State | MVFC|
OFFENSIVE GAME NOTES
- SIU has thrown for 22 passing touchdowns this season, the most since the Salukis set the school record with 28 passing touchdowns in 2007.
- Last week against Western Illinois, Ryan West became the first Saluki quarterback to help the Salukis to a win in his first career start since Chris Dieker led SIU to a 37-31 win over Hampton on Sept. 6, 2008.
- The last SIU quarterback to win his first two starts was Nick Hill who won his first five starts of the 2006 season. That included a 35-28 win over Indiana in his second career start on Sept. 16, 2006.
- Senior quarterback Kory Faulkner is out indefinitely with a fractured right index finger, which he suffered in the third quarter of the game against North Dakota State.
- Faulkner is second in the conference and 25th 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).
- Junior tight end MyCole Pruitt has 136 career receptions, third-most in SIU history. He is three 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 (136) and receiving yards (1,706) by a tight end.
- Pruitt has 1,706 career receiving yards. That is fourth overall in SIU history, 103 yards behind third place Justin Roebuck.
- Pruitt is third in the MVFC with 5.3 receptions per game. Junior wide receiver LaSteven McKinney is fifth with 4.4 receptions per game, and senior wide receiver John Lantz is ninth 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 70.4 yards per game, and Pruitt is averaging 63.0 yards per game.
- Pruitt set a new personal single-season best last week with his fifth touchdown reception of this season. He has 12 career touchdown catches, which is seventh in school history.
- Pruitt has 567 receiving yards this season, 10 yards shy of matching his career high. He has 44 receptions this season, five shy of matching his career high.
- Pruitt has recorded at least one reception in 16-straight games and 30 of the 31 games in his SIU career.
- Lantz is second in the MVFC and 55th in the nation with 634 receiving yards this season. That is the highest total by an SIU receiver since Joe Allaria totaled 697 receiving yards in 2009.
- Lantz and Pruitt have 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 81.5 rushing yards per game.
- Agnew averages 109.8 rushing yards per game and 5.5 yards per carry in SIU’s five 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.
- Southern ranks second in the MVFC and 22nd in the FCS in rushing defense, yielding 123.1 yards per game on the ground.
- SIU has allowed 514 combined rushing yards in its last two games after allowing a total of 363 rushing yards combined in its previous five games.
- In nine 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 25 of the 67 games Dale Lennon has coached at SIU.
- Southern has recorded a sack in 35-consecutive games and 48 of its last 49 games.
- SIU is tied for fifth in the MVFC and tied for 35th in the nation in total sacks (21). It is tied for 39th in the FCS with 2.3 sacks per game.
- Southern has recorded at least 5.0 tackles for loss in 14 of its last 19 games and six out of nine games in 2013.
- Senior linebacker Bryan Presume has at least seven tackles in 15 of his 20 starts at SIU and eight of nine games in 2013.
- Presume ranks second in the MVFC and is tied for 26th in the FCS in tackles per game (9.8). He ranks third in the MVFC and is tied for 22nd in the FCS in total tackles (88).
- In SIU’s last game, Presume surpassed his previous career-high of 78 tackles in a single season. His 88 tackles this season are the most by a Saluki since Chauncey Mixon had 118 stops in 2007.
- Presume (8.5 TFL) and junior outside linebacker Tyler Williamson (7.5 TFL) are tied for fifth and tied for 14th in the MVFC in tackles for loss, respectively.
- Against WIU last week, Presume scored his second career touchdown when he blocked a 32-yard field goal attempt and returned it 85 yards for a touchdown. His first touchdown was a 100-yard fumble recovery against UNI in 2012.
- 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 five of nine 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 277 passing yards in a game since.
- Junior linebacker Jordan Poole leads the team and is tied for eighth in the MVFC with 4.0 sacks this season.
- 10 different Salukis have recorded a sack in 2013.
- Junior cornerback Chris Davis recorded his first career Division I interception last week against Western Illinois.
- SIU allowed 460 yards of total offense to Western Illinois last week. That is the most yards allowed by the Salukis in a win since surrendering 463 yards in a 45-38 overtime win over Northern Iowa on Oct. 9, 2010.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
- Junior kicker Thomas Kinney was named Missouri Valley Football Conference Special Teams Player of the Week this week.
- Kinney kicked a career-long 52-yard field goal last week against WIU. His previous career best was a 47-yard field goal against NDSU earlier this year.
- Kinney’s 52-yard field goal was one yard shorter than the longest field made by an FCS kicker this season.
- Kinney has at least seven points in six of Southern’s nine games in 2013.
- Kinney is second in the MVFC and tied for fifth in the FCS in field goals made (14).
- Kinney is second in the MVFC and is tied for fifth nationally in field goals attempted (17).
- Kinney is second in the MVFC and tied for ninth nationally in scoring among kickers with 8.0 points per game.
- Kinney’s 14 field goals made are seventh most by a Saluki in a single season. Kyle Dougherty set the school record with 19 in 2009.
- Senior punter Austin Pucylowski is third in the MVFC with an average of 41.2 yards per punt.
- Pucylowski booted a 72-yard punt last week against WIU. It was the longest punt of his career and the fifth longest punt in school history.
- Pucylowski is fifth all-time at SIU in career punt attempts (207) and career punting yardage (8,249) and ranks sixth in career punting average (39.9).
- Junior wide receiver/return specialist LaSteven McKinney is third all-time in career punt returns (54) and sixth in career punt return yardage (395) at SIU.
SALUKIS AT HOME
- SIU is 1-3 at home this season. Those three losses were to North Dakota State, Eastern Illinois and Youngstown State, which are currently ranked No. 1, No. 2 and No. 9, respectively.
- Despite winning seven of its last eight conference road games, Southern Illinois has lost three of its last four conference home games.
- SIU is 10-10 all-time at Saluki Stadium.
SCOUTING THE BEARS
- Missouri State enters the game on a three-game winning streak and is tied for third place with a conference record of 4-2.
- The Bears are last in the MVFC in total offense, averaging 329.1 yards per game. However, they are third in the conference in rushing offense with an average of 181.2 yards per game.
- All-American safety Caleb Schaffitzel is second in the conference and 14th in the nation with 92 tackles this season.
- MSU’s defense is tied for third in the nation with 15 interceptions on the year. Last week against Indiana State, the Bears recorded four interceptions and returned three of them for touchdowns.
- Southern Illinois leads the all-time series, 18-17, and has won nine of the last 10 meetings.
- The Salukis have won five straight home games against Missouri State and have not lost at home to MSU since a 25-24 loss to the Bears in 2001.
- The teams first met in 1965 and have played annually since 1982.
- SIU beat Missouri State 14-6 last year in Springfield, Mo.
- The Salukis have won three of their last four games and five of their last seven.
- SIU’s remaining three opponents have a combined overall record of 10-18 and a combined conference record of 8-9.
- Southern Illinois is 2-0 against unranked FCS opponents this season with wins over Southeast Missouri State and Western Illinois.
- 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.