Nov. 18, 2013
|Southern Illinois (6-5, 4-3 MVFC) vs. Indiana State (1-10, 0-7 MVFC)|
|Date||Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013|
|Time||1:05 p.m. CT|
|Location||Terre Haute, Ind. - Memorial Stadium|
|Radio||Saluki Sports Network|
|Game Notes||Southern Illinois | MVFC|
|Season Stats||Southern Illinois | Indiana State | MVFC|
|Social Media||@SIU_Football | Facebook|
|Indiana State (Family Weekend)||24|
Indiana State downs Football, 24-3, with fourth quarter onslaught
The Sycamores (3-2, 1-1) broke open a tight game with 17 points against SIU (2-3, 1-1) in the final quarter. It broke SIU's streak of nine consecutive wins against Indiana State.
- SIU has thrown for 24 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.
- Senior quarterback Kory Faulkner has missed the last three games 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 26th in the nation with 233.2 passing yards per game. He leads the MVFC and is 31st in the nation in total offense (258.4 yards per game).
- In his two starts at quarterback combined, redshirt freshman Ryan West has thrown for 374 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions.
- Senior wide receiver John Lantz is third in the MVFC and 47th in the FCS with 786 receiving yards this season. It is the fifth-highest single-season total in SIU history and the most by a Saluki since Brent Little had 822 receiving yards in 2004.
- Lantz is 13th on SIU’s career list with 1,314 receiving yards. He is 10 yards away from matching John Ference (1965-67) for 12th and 36 yards from tying Tom Massey (1963-64, 66-67) for the 11th spot.
- Junior tight end MyCole Pruitt is out for the season with a fractured tibia. He is second all-time at SIU with 140 career receptions and fourth all-time with 1,740 receiving yards. He is the Salukis’ all-time leader in both categories for tight ends.
- Pruitt is third in the MVFC with 4.8 receptions per game. Junior wide receiver LaSteven McKinney is seventh with 4.4 receptions per game, and Lantz is 10th with 3.9 receptions per game.
- Lantz and Pruitt rank third and fifth, respectively, in the conference in receiving yards per game. Lantz is averaging 71.5 yards per game, and Pruitt is averaging 60.1 yards per game. McKinney ranks 10th with 42.5 yards per game.
- Lantz, McKinney and Pruitt each have five touchdown catches in 2013, the most by a Saluki since Damian Sherman had five touchdown catches in 2008.
- Pruitt (1,740), Lantz (1,314) and McKinney (1,012) each have more than 1,000 career receiving yards. It is the first time in school history that SIU has three players on the same team with at least 1,000 career receiving yards.
- Junior running back Malcolm Agnew is eighth in the MVFC with 79.1 rushing yards per game and 92.8 all-purpose yards per game.
- Junior running back Ken Malcome scored a pair of touchdowns last week against Illinois State to double his season total to four rushing touchdowns.
- Agnew and Malcome combined for 124 yards on 28 carries against Illinois State.
- Southern Illinois ranks second in the MVFC and is tied 25th in the FCS in rushing defense, yielding 130.4 yards per game on the ground.
- In 11 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 four games for the first time in 2013.
- Southern has allowed at least 100 rushing yards in only 27 of the 69 games Dale Lennon has coached at SIU.
- Southern Illinois broke a streak of 36-consecutive games with a sack by not recording one against Illinois State last week. SIU has still recorded at least one sack in 49 of its last 51 games.
- SIU has recorded at least 5.0 tackles for loss in 16 of its last 21 games and eight of 11 games in 2013.
- The Salukis have recorded 14.0 TFL combined over thee last two weeks against Missouri State and Illinois State.
- Redshirt freshman linebacker Carl Bivens made his first career start and recorded 13 tackles last week against Illinois State. That is the second-highest tackle total by a Saluki this season.
- Senior linebacker Bryan Presume has at least seven tackles in 16 of his 22 starts at SIU and nine of 11 games in 2013.
- Presume ranks second in the MVFC and is tied for 34th in the FCS in tackles per game (9.3). He ranks third in the MVFC and is tied for 23rd in the FCS in total tackles (102).
- Presume is the first Saluki to record more than 100 tackles in a single season since Chauncey Mixon had 118 in 2007.
- Presume leads the MVFC with 55 solo tackles. That is five more than anyone else in the conference.
- Presume (12.5 TFL) and junior outside linebacker Tyler Williamson (10.0 TFL) rank fifth and tied for 11th 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 second in the MVFC and tied for 13th in the nation with three forced fumbles this season.
- SIU intercepted a season-high three passes last week against Illinois State. Sophomore safeties D.J. Cameron and Anthony Thompson and junior linebacker Tyler Williamson each had an interception in the game.
- Cameron and junior cornerback Chris Davis are tied for the team lead with two interceptions each.
- SIU held Illinois State to 268 yards of total offense last week. It was the second-lowest total by an FCS opponent against the Salukis this season and the third time this year SIU has held an opponent to fewer than 300 yards of total offense in a game.
- Junior linebacker Jordan Poole leads the team and is tied for 11th in the MVFC with 4.0 sacks.
- 10 different Salukis have recorded a sack in 2013.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
- 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 11 games in 2013.
- Kinney has five of his last six field goal attempts.
- Kinney is second in the MVFC and tied for fourth in the FCS in field goals made (17).
- Kinney is second in the MVFC and tied for eighth in FCS scoring among kickers with 7.9 points per game.
- Kinney’s 17 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 32nd in the nation with an average of 41.3 yards per punt.
- Pucylowski booted a 72-yard punt three 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 (215) and career punting yardage (8,582) and ranks sixth in career punting average (39.9). He is 102 punting yards away from moving into a tie for fourth place with David Peters.
- Last week against Illinois State, junior LaSteven McKinney returned the opening kickoff 45 yards. The previous week, 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.
SALUKIS ON THE ROAD
- SIU is 3-1 in true road games this season, including wins over then-No. 4 UNI and then-No. 7 South Dakota State.
- Southern Illinois has won seven of its last eight conference road games with the only loss coming at No. 3 North Dakota State last year.
- Southern Illinois is 15-8 in conference road games under Dale Lennon.
SCOUTING THE SYCAMORES
- Indiana State has lost eight-consecutive games and is trying to avoid a winless conference season.
- The Sycamores’ only win this season was a 70-7 victory against Division II Quincy.
- Indiana State is ninth in the MVFC in points scored with 21.7 points per game. The Sycamores allow a conference-worst 36.4 points per game.
- Sophomore outside linebacker Connor Underwood is third in the conference with 8.0 sacks on the season.
- Southern Illinois leads the all-time series, 26-24, and has won nine of the last 10 meetings.
- Last season in Carbondale, the Sycamores downed SIU by a score of 24-3. It broke a streak of nine straight wins for the Salukis over Indiana State.
- SIU has won its last five games in Terre Haute. The last time the Salukis lost a road game to Indiana State was during Jerry Kill’s first season as head coach in 2001.
- The teams first met in 1944 and have played annually since 1971.
- The Salukis are 4-1 under Dale Lennon against Indiana State and have won those four games by an average margin of 30.3 points.
- This will be Dale Lennon’s 70th game as head coach at SIU. That passes Dick Towers for the fifth most in school history.
- With last week’s win, SIU has posted a conference record of .500 or better for the 10th time in the last 11 years.
- With a win over Indiana State, SIU will have finished in third place or better in the MVFC in nine of the last 11 seasons.
- Southern Illinois is 3-1 against unranked FCS opponents this season with wins over Southeast Missouri State, Western Illinois and Illinois State.
- The Salukis have won nine-straight regular season finales dating back to 2004. That is the longest such streak in school history. Three of those nine wins have been against the Sycamores.
- Saluki Athletics is celebrating a century of Saluki Football this season.