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    Nov. 11, 2013

    Illinois State (5-5, 4-3 MVFC) vs. Southern Illinois (5-5, 3-3 MVFC)
     Date Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013
     Time 2 p.m. CT
     Location Carbondale, Ill. - Saluki Stadium
     Radio Saluki Sports Network
     TV Comcast SportsNet Chicago
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    - SIU has thrown for 23 passing touchdowns this season, tied for fourth most in school history and the highest single-season total since the Salukis set the school record with 28 passing touchdowns in 2007.

    - Last week against Missouri State, senior receiver John Lantz threw his first career touchdown, a 23-yard completion to Josh Sullivan.

    - 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 leads the conference and is 26th in the nation with 233.2 passing yards per game. He leads the MVFC and is 28th in the nation in total offense (258.4 yards per game).

    - Lantz set a career high with 139 receiving yards last week against Missouri State.

    - Lantz is second in the MVFC and 40th in the FCS with 773 receiving yards this season. It is the sixth-highest single-season total in SIU history and the most by a Saluki since Brent Little had 781 receiving yards in 2005. 

    - Lantz is tied for 12th on SIU’s career list with 1301 receiving yards. He is 50 yards away from moving into the top 10.

    - With four receptions last week against MSU, junior tight end MyCole Pruitt moved into second place in school history with 140 career receptions. He is 67 receptions behind leader Cornell Craig.

    - Pruitt is SIU’s all-time leader in receptions (140) and receiving yards (1,740) by a tight end.

    - Pruitt has 1,740 career receiving yards. That is fourth overall in SIU history, 69 yards behind third place Justin Roebuck.

    - Pruitt is third in the MVFC with 4.8 receptions per game. Junior wide receiver LaSteven McKinney is sixth with 4.4 receptions per game, and Lantz is tied for ninth with 4.2 receptions per game.

    - Lantz and Pruitt rank third and fifth, respectively, in the conference in receiving yards per game. Lantz is averaging 77.3 yards per game, and Pruitt is averaging 60.1 yards per game. McKinney ranks 10th with 41.5 yards per game.

    - Pruitt has a career-high five touchdowns this season. He has 12 career touchdown catches, which is seventh in school history.

    - Pruitt has a caeer-high 601 receiving yards this season. He has 48 receptions this season, one catch shy of matching his career high.

    - Pruitt has recorded at least one reception in 17-straight games and 31 of the 32 games in his SIU career.

    - 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 sixth in the MVFC with 80.3 rushing yards per game and ninth in the conference with 91.9 all-purpose yards per game.

    - Agnew averages 109.8 rushing yards per game and 5.5 yards per carry in SIU’s five wins. He averages 43.5 rushing yards per game and 4.0 yards per carry in the four SIU losses in which he has played. He did not appear in the season opener against Illinois.


    - Southern Illinois ranks third in the MVFC and 25th in the FCS in rushing defense, yielding 127.6 yards per game on the ground.

    - SIU has allowed an average of 227.3 rushing yards over the past three games after giving up an average of 84.9 rushing yards per game in its first seven games.

    - In 10 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 its previous three games for the first time in 2013.

    - Southern has allowed at least 100 rushing yards in only 26 of the 68 games Dale Lennon has coached at SIU.

    - Southern has recorded a sack in 36-consecutive games and 49 of its last 50 games.

    - SIU is fifth in the MVFC and tied for 37th in the nation in total sacks (22). It is tied for 42nd in the FCS with 2.2 sacks per game.

    - SIU has recorded at least 5.0 tackles for loss in 15 of its last 20 games and seven of 10 games in 2013.

    - The Salukis recorded 8.0 TFL last week against Missouri State. It was SIU’s highest total in a conference game this season.

    - Junior linebacker Tyler Williamson set new career-highs with 11 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss in Saturday’s game against Missouri State.

    - Senior linebacker Bryan Presume has at least seven tackles in 15 of his 21 starts at SIU and eight of 10 games in 2013.

    - Presume ranks second in the MVFC and is tied for 33rd in the FCS in tackles per game (9.4). He ranks third in the MVFC and is tied for 27th in the FCS in total tackles (94).

    - Presume’s 94 tackles in 2013 are the most by a Saluki since Chauncey Mixon had 118 in 2007.

    - Presume (10.5 TFL) and junior outside linebacker Tyler Williamson (10.0 TFL) rank fifth and sixth in the MVFC in tackles for loss, respectively.

    - Williamson has forced six career fumbles, tying him for the school’s all-time lead. He had a forced fumble negated by an offsides call last week.

    - Williamson is tied for second in the MVFC and tied for 10th in the nation with three forced fumbles this season.

    - SIU has recorded an interception in six of 10 games thus far in 2013. In 2012, the Salukis only had four games with an interception.

    - Junior cornerback Chris Davis has recorded an interception in each of SIU’s last two games. Those are the first two interceptions of the first-year Saluki’s career.

    - SIU allowed 510 yards of total offense last week against Missouri State. It was the second highest total allowed by the Salukis this season and only the second time SIU allowed 500 yards to a team other than Eastern Illinois in the last three seasons.

    - Junior linebacker Jordan Poole leads the team and is tied for 10th in the MVFC with 4.0 sacks.

    - SIU has allowed a 100-yard receiver in consecutive games for the first time since the first two games of the season against Illinois and Eastern Illinois.

    - 10 different Salukis have recorded a sack in 2013.


    - Junior kicker Thomas Kinney kicked a career-long 52-yard field goal this season against Western Illinois. His previous career best was a 47-yard field goal against NDSU earlier this year.

    - Kinney’s 52-yarder was one yard shorter than the longest field made in the FCS this season.

    - Kinney has at least seven points in seven of Southern’s 10 games in 2013.

    - Kinney has converted four-consecutive field goals attempts and five of his last six attempts.

    - Kinney is second in the MVFC and tied for third in the FCS in field goals made (16).

    - Kinney is second in the MVFC and is tied for fourth nationally in field goals attempted (21).

    - Kinney is second in the MVFC and tied for seventh in FCS scoring among kickers with 8.1 points per game.

    - Kinney’s 16 field goals made are third 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 and 31st in the nation with an average of 41.3 yards per punt.

    - Pucylowski booted a 72-yard punt two weeks ago 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 (210) and career punting yardage (8,377) and ranks sixth in career punting average (39.9).

    - Last week against MSU, junior Tay Willis returned the opening kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown. It was SIU’s first kickoff return for a touchdown since 2010 and the first time a Saluki returned the game’s opening kickoff for a touchdown since Larry Warner did it in 2008.

    - Junior wide receiver/return specialist LaSteven McKinney is third all-time in career punt returns (55) and sixth in career punt return yardage (382) at SIU.


    - SIU is 1-4 at home this season. Three of those losses were to North Dakota State, Eastern Illinois and Youngstown State, which are currently ranked No. 1, No. 2 and No. 15, respectively.

    - Despite winning seven of its last eight conference road games, Southern Illinois has lost four of its last five conference home games.

    - SIU is 10-11 all-time at Saluki Stadium.


    - Illinois State snapped its three-game winning streak last week with a 28-10 loss at North Dakota.

    - The Redbirds received votes in this week’s The Sports Network poll.

    - Illinois State ranks ninth out of 10 teams in the MVFC in total offense, averaging 330.5 yards per game. The Redbirds rank seventh in the league in total defense, surrendering 375.2 yards per game.

    - The Redbirds have outscored their opponents in the first half by a marin of 169-150 but have been outscored in the second half by a margin of 151-86.


    - Southern Illinois leads the all-time series, 39-33-3, and has won five of the last six meetings. 

    - Last season in Normal, SIU shutout the then-No. 9 Redbirds, 17-0. It was the first shutout by either team in the series since the Salukis won 21-0 in 1985.

    - The teams first met in 1929 and have played annually since 1970.

    - The Salukis are 4-1 under Dale Lennon against Illinois State and have won those four games by an average margin of 16.3 points.


    - This will be Dale Lennon’s 69th game as head coach at SIU. That ties Dick Towers for the fifth most in school history.

    - With a win over Illinois State this weekend, SIU can be assured of at least a .500 conference record for the 10th time in the last 11 years.

    - Southern Illinois is 2-1 against unranked FCS opponents this season with wins over Southeast Missouri State and Western Illinois.

    - The Salukis have won 11-straight Senior Day games and are 5-0 on Senior Day under Dale Lennon.

    - 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.