Home, sweet home: South Dakota State moved to 3-0 at home this season with Saturday's 49-14 win.

The eighth-ranked Jackrabbits, who averaged 51 points per game in their first two wins at Dykhouse Stadium, led SIU 35-0 at the break and got to 49 points with 8:19 left in the game.

The attendance Saturday night was 12,891 fans.

"This place is a great home-field atmosphere for them, and they haven't been at home for a while. We knew they have a great crowd," SIU coach Nick Hill said. "No. 1, it starts with their players. They've got a great scheme, and they've got great players. It was gonna be a challenge no matter where we played 'em, that we were going to have to be at our best to shut down All-American-type players and teams."

Christion loves the Salukis: South Dakota State quarterback Taryn Christion loves playing SIU.

After completing 16 of 30 passes for 216 yards and four touchdowns, the junior has thrown for 608 yards, nine scores and no interceptions in two games against the Salukis. South Dakota State beat SIU 45-39 last year at Saluki Stadium and 49-14 Saturday.

First sacks: Defensive ends had both of SIU's sacks Saturday night in Brookings, South Dakota. 

Freshman Sam Skinner had his first two tackles as a Saluki, including a sack of minus-6 yards. Redshirt freshman Jordan Berner wrapped up Christion for minus-8 yards and had four tackles. The two sacks gave SIU 14 for the season, six back of last year's total for the season.

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Todd Hefferman has covered SIU athletics since 2008. A University of Iowa grad, he is a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and a Heisman Trophy voter.

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