How They Scored

First Quarter

Illinois 3, SIU 0

How they scored: Taylor Zalewski hit a 33-yard field goal to cap the opening drive. Illinois reached the SIU 15-yard line but had to settle for three points.

Time of score: 11:38

Drive details: 7 plays, 68 yards, 3:22

SIU 7, Illinois 3

How they scored: Mika’il McCall scored SIU’s only rushing touchdown of the day off a 1-yard run over the right side. Thomas Kinney made the extra point.

Time of score: 8:01

Drive details: 3 plays, 42 yards, 0:59

Second Quarter

Illinois 10, SIU 7

How they scored: Running back Josh Ferguson took a short pass, broke a tackle and sped 53 yards for the longest offensive score of the day. Zalewski added the extra point.

Time of score: 9:31

Drive details: 4 plays, 64 yards, 1:40

Illinois 17, SIU 7

How they scored: Donovonn Young plunged in from the 2-yard line for the touchdown. Illinois got the ball at the SIU 30 after it recovered a McCall fumble. Zalewski hit the extra point.

Time of score: 9:02

Drive details: 2 plays, 30 yards, 0:23

Illinois 25, SIU 7

How they scored: The Illini tacked on a late score right before the half when tight end Jon Davis caught an 11-yard pass from Nathan Scheelhaase. Tim Russell, the Illinois holder, found tight end Matt LaCosse for a fake extra point try and a 2-point conversion.

Time of score: 0:17

Drive details: 7 plays, 94 yards, 1:15

Halftime score: Illinois 25, SIU 7

Third Quarter

Illinois 25, SIU 14

How they scored: Kory Faulkner found fullback Rik Hicks off a play-action pass to his right for the 3-yard touchdown. Kinney hit the extra point.

Time of score: 12:04

Drive details: 3 plays, 8 yards, 0:51

Illinois 32, SIU 14

How they scored: Aaron Bailey, Illinois’ third-string quarterback, scored out of the Wildcat formation from two yards out for the touchdown. Zalewski hit the extra point.

Time of score: 8:48

Drive details: 7 plays, 88 yards, 3:16

Illinois 32, SIU 17

How they scored: Kinney hit his first career field goal when he connected from 20 yards out. Running back Ken Malcome was stopped short of the 1 on a third-and-3 from the Illini 3-yard line to force the field goal.

Time of score: 5:47

Drive details: 6 plays, 84 yards, 3:01

Illinois 39, SIU 17

How they scored: V’Angelo Bentley returned Chris Adams’ kickoff 100 yards for the touchdown. Zalewski added the extra point.

Time of score: 5:30

Drive details: 1 play, 100 yards

Illinois 39, SIU 24

How they scored: Wide receiver John Lantz scored his first career touchdown off a 35-yard pass from his roommate, Faulkner. Kinney added the extra point.

Time of score: 2:48

Drive details: 5 plays, 75 yards, 2:42

Fourth Quarter

Illinois 42, SIU 24

How they scored: Zalewski hit a 31-yard field goal after Illinois’ drive stalled at the SIU 13-yard line.

Time of score: 12:05

Drive details: 11 plays, 62 yards, 5:43

Illinois 42, SIU 27

How they scored: Kinney hit a 41-yard field goal into the wind at Memorial Stadium.

Time of score: 7:08

Drive details: 12 plays, 51 yards, 4:57

Illinois 42, SIU 34

How they scored: MyCole Pruitt’s diving catch in the end zone made it a one-score game. Kinney hit the extra point.

Time of score: 4:14

Drive details: 3 plays, 31 yards, 0:50

Final score: Illinois 42, SIU 34




The Salukis offense was good, very good, in the second half loss to Illinois on Saturday.

The offensive line struggled in the first half. SIU runners were frequently hit at the point of attack, Kory Faulkner was afforded little time to throw. As a result, the Salukis became predictable, relying heavily on short passes and bubble screens.

However, that changed markedly in the second half with the Salukis moving the ball crisply, especially through the air. SIU never truly established a running game.



The defense gave up a ton of yards through the air. The Salukis allowed some receivers to get wide open. Illinois got too many big plays.

However, the defense also sacked Illini quarterbacks five times. The defense also kept the Illinois running game bottled up all day. Illinois had negative rushing yardage in the first half.

The defense stepped up big in the fourth quarter comeback, forcing a fumble and then a three-and-out on Illinois’ last possession. The defense will be tested by another spread offense against Eastern Illinois next week.

Special teams


V’Angelo Bentley’s 100-yard kickoff return was the only blemish on a solid performance by SIU special teams.

Austin Pucylowski was his steady self, averaging 46.5 yards per kick. In addition, he placed a pair of punts inside the 20. Thomas Kinney was perfect on PAT attempts and added a pair of field goals, including a 41-yarder. Field goals were a real problem last year.

The Salukis didn’t have a chance to return many kickoffs, but LaSteven McKinney had a 60-yard return.



If the game had ended at halftime, Saluki fans would have had every right to be frustrated. The offense was bland and sputtered. The defense seemed unprepared to face the spread. Things changed at halftime. The offensive line provided Kory Faulkner with time to throw the ball downfield. The defense hurried Illini quarterbacks throughout the second half and created two turnovers in the second half, both of which led to touchdowns. The same effort by both units in the first half could have produced an upset.

By the Numbers

2 – Rik Hicks, an Anna-Jonesboro graduate, caught the second touchdown pass of his career. He apparently specializes in catching touchdowns against BCS schools. His first came last year at Mississippi.

3 – Kory Faulkner had three touchdown passes against Illinois. He has 19 for his career, passing Brad Pancoast for 11th all-time.

13 – V’Angelo Bentley returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown against SIU. That marked the first time in 13 years a team has returned a kickoff for a touchdown against SIU. Drake was the last team to accomplish the feat.

Extra points

Finally a TD: It took John Lantz three seasons and one game to get a receiving touchdown. A senior from Springfield, he had 52 catches coming into the season.

And, he had an apparent touchdown taken away in the first quarter of SIU’s 42-34 loss to Illinois.

Lantz scored what appeared to be a 39-yard touchdown, but the play was reviewed and Lantz was ruled down at the one. However, he later scored on a 35-yard play in the third quarter.

Excessive heat: It took 3.5 hours for SIU and Illinois to finish their football game in the heat of Illinois’ Memorial Stadium.

Only one player went down with a cramp during the game. However, head linesman Robert Davis had to be taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for heat-related issues.

Locating Pruitt: SIU tight end MyCole Pruitt, who entered the game ranked 13th on SIU’s all-time receiving list, did not catch a pass in the first half of the Salukis’ loss to Illinois.

Apparently the Salukis made some adjustments in the second half, Pruitt caught five passes, including a one-yard touchdown pass. He has 97 career receptions, second among tight ends in SIU history. He trails former Jacksonville Jaguar by two receptions.

Sackmasters: The Salukis registered five sacks against the Fighting Illini. SIU has now recorded at least one sack in 27 straight games. Illinois did not have a sack Saturday.

Box Score

SIU 7 0 17 10 — 34

Illinois 3 22 14 3 — 42

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

ILL — Zalewski 33 Field Goal, 11:38.

McCall 1 run (Kinney kick), 8:01

Second Quarter

ILL — Ferguson 53 pass from Scheelhaase (Zalewski kick), 9:31.

ILL — young 2 run (Zalewski kick), 9:02.

ILL — Davis 11 pass from Scheelhaase (LaCosse pass from Russell), 0:17.

Third Quarter

SIU — Hicks 3 pass from Faulkner (Kinney kick), 12:04.

ILL — Bailey 2 run (Zalewski kick), 8:48.

SIU — Kinney 20 field goal, 5:47.

ILL — Bentley 11 kickoff return (Zalewski kick), 5:30.

SIU — Lantz 35 pass from Faulkner (Kinney kick), 2:48.

Fourth Quarter

ILL — Zalewski 31 field goal, 12:05.

SIu — Kinney 41 field goal, 7:08.

SIU — Pruitt 1 pass from Faulkner, 4:14.

Team Stats


First Downs 17 21

Rushes-Yds 26-66 30-49

Passing Yds 341 415

Comp-Att-Int 26-41-0 29-37-1

Punts 6-46.5 4-42.2

Fumbles-Lost 1-1 3-1

Penalties-Yds 6-56 8-70

Individual Stats

RUSHING—SIU: McCall 7-24, Malcome 12-21, Willis 3-13, Faulkner 3-10. ILL: Ferguson 9-49, Davis 1-15, church 1-9, Young 8-6, Bailey 2-6.

PASSING—SIU: Faulkner 25-40-0, Lantz 1-1-0. Scheelhaase 28-36-1, O’Toole, 1-1-0.

RECEIVING—SIU: McKinney 7-52, Pruitt 5-83, Lantz 4-99, Willis 4-21, Sullivan 2-15, Faulkner 1-29. ILL: Lankford 6-115, Osei 5-24, Ferguson 4-103, Barr 4-36, Hull 2-64.

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