SIU punter Jack Colquhoun made the most of the 15-20 mph wind at his back Saturday at No. 3 South Dakota State, uncorking the longest punt in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.
On his last punt of the day with the wind at his back, Colquhoun, an Australia native who grew up competing in Aussie rules football, kicked one high and deep toward Jackrabbits punt returner Jaxon Janke. Janke, standing near the 15 when Colquhoun hit it from behind the Saluki 20 yard line, looked like he was going to catch it with his back to the line of scrimmage before he gave up.
The ball bounced near the 10 and crawled into the end zone for a touchback. The 80 yard punt was the third-longest in SIU history and the longest since Nick Neidig hit one 75 yards against Western Illinois in 2014. Colquhoun, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound junior, past Steve Mick for third place.
Mick hit a 78 yard punt against Arkansas State in 1976 that was the third-longest in school history before Colquhoun's boot. Mick also had the fourth-longest punt in school history before Saturday, a 76 yarder against Lamar in 1977.
Scott Ravanesi (83 yards against UMass in the 2007 playoffs) and Drew Morrison (83 yards against Austin Peay in 1986) hold the Saluki record. Colquhoun (41.2 yards per punt) is currently fifth in the Valley in net punting.
• NDSU goes seven straight quarters without allowing a touchdown: One of the best defenses in the FCS is at it again this year, even without seven starters from last year's national champions.
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The top-ranked Bison (5-0, 1-0 MVFC) have now gone seven straight quarters without allowing a touchdown after beating previous No. 6 Illinois State (3-2, 0-1) 37-3 on the road last weekend. NDSU has allowed the fewest touchdowns in the FCS this year (five) and is tied with No. 3 South Dakota State for the third-lowest scoring defense in the country (11.6 points allowed per game).
Only Dartmouth (8 points allowed per game) and Georgetown (9.6) have allowed fewer points per game than the Bison and Jackrabbits.
• Bears bite back: Missouri State, which won only two conference games all year last season, opened its Valley schedule with a three-overtime win over Western Illinois in Macomb.
The Bears (1-3, 1-0) had to rally from 14 points down just to force the extra session at Hanson Field. Missouri State eventually prevailed 37-31 and snapped a three-game losing streak.
Missouri State hosts South Dakota (2-3, 1-0) Saturday in Springfield, Missouri.