Category: Sports Blog

Salukis extinguish #10 Flames in home opener

By: Steve Maves

Saturday night at Saluki Stadium went better than planned for the Southern Illinois Salukis as they were able to win the home opener 34-13 over #10 Liberty Flames.

The Salukis were coming off of two heart-breaking defeats at the hands of the Indiana Hoosiers in week 1 and Southeastern Missouri State in week 2. Coming home to play a game against one of the top football teams in the FCS and win was exactly what the Salukis needed.

SIU quarterback Mark Iannotti stated, “It was a big win for our football team, the university, and the community.”

A win for the community is what they received, not only did the Salukis win, but they also raised $31,778 dollars for cancer research in the 5th annual Black Out Cancer game. Along with the Black Out Caner game it was also Family Night and that also helped draw the large crowed of 11,887. Off the field SIU was a winner, but also on the field the team took care of business.

For most of the first half the Flames controlled the ball, which made it tough for the SIU offense to get going early. With the number six-offense team in the country on the sidelines the Salukis defense needed to step up in a big way and that is what they did. They held the Flames to just 6 point in the first half and a huge turnover and allowing the offense to kick into gear when they got the ball.

In the first quarter SIU only had one possession that resulted in a field goal, but after the teams switched sides at the end of the quarter it was all Salukis. After another field goal by Austin Johnson the defense was able to get pressure on quarterback Josh Woodrum and forced a fumble inside the Flames 10 yard line. From that fumble SIU was able to punch it in for a touchdown and later in the quarter Daquan Isom blasted through an opening for a 49 yard touchdown to put SIU up 20-6 going to halftime.

Coming out in the second half SIU drove the ball down the field and scored to put them up 27-6. There was no looking back for the Salukis as they were able to shutdown the Flames offense the rest of the night and force quarterback Josh Woodrum to commit another fumble and they scored on that as well. Final score SIU 34 Liberty Flames 13.

Final Stats
482 total yards including 255 rushing yards, and 227 passing yards.
They won the turnover battles 2-1 and were 6 for 11 in third down conversions.
Mark Iannotti passing: 19 of 24, 208 yards. Rushing: 9 rushes for 56 yards and 1 touchdown.
Daquan Isom rushing: 10 carries for 123 yards and 1 touchdown (WIDB Player of the Game)
Billy Reed receiving: 5 catches for 87 yards
Kenny James defense: 16 tackles including 4 solo tackles.

368 total yards including 81 rushing yards and 287 passing yards.
They held the ball for 32 minutes and finished 10 for 19 on third down conversions.
Josh Woodrum passing: 26 of 47 for 277 yards, two fumbles lost
B.J. Farrow receiving: 8 catches for 101 yards
Avery James defense: 15 tackles including 4 solo tackles.

SIU heads to 1-2 on the season and will head to Western Illinois to play the Leathernecks next Saturday.
Liberty falls to 2-2 on the season, as they will play Georgia State at the Georgia dome next Saturday.

NFL Picks Week 3

By Jeremy Sneed & Xavier Cantrell

Sunday September 27

12:00 Bengals (2-0) @ Ravens (0-2)

Xavier: Without defensive leader Terrell Suggs, the Ravens defense has been struggling mightily.  I think the Bengals offense will expose their weaknesses and win the game 24-10.

Jeremy: With the pressure of falling to 0-3, I think the Ravens offense will support their struggling defense and pull out their first win, 26-21.

12:00 Raiders (1-1) @ Browns (1-1)

Jeremy & Xavier: With Josh McCown returning to the starting spot for the Browns, we think that the Cleveland fans will be all over the staff cheering for Johnny Football.  Youngsters Derek Carr and Amari Cooper are coming off a really strong performance against the Ravens.  Final score: 31-21 Raiders!

12:00 Saints (0-2) @ Panthers (2-0)

Xavier & Jeremy: After a rough first week for Cam Newton, he really showed us the real Cam in his win against the Texans.  We believe Cam will be his regular superstar self at home against a struggling Saints Defense.  Also, with Brees coming off of a minor shoulder injury, the Saints offense will be a little rusty.  Final score: 28-14 Panthers!!

12:00 Buccaneers (1-1) @ Texans (0-2)

Jeremy & Xavier:  With the QB carousel going in Houston, the Buccaneers defense will benefit off of the inconsistent Texans offense.  Winston had a bounce back performance in week 2 against the Saints and we think he will dominant the Texans defense this week.  Final score: 21-6 Bucs!

12:00 Falcons (2-0) @ Cowboys (2-0)

Jeremy & Xavier: Pretty simple, without Romo and still no Dez Bryant, Falcons win this one 24-14.

12:00 Colts (0-2) @ Titans (1-1)

Xavier: I am confident in my hometown town and that Andrew Luck will give the Colts their first and much needed win. Colts: 20-17

Jeremy: This will be Marcus Mariota’s first home start with the Titans.  I think the energy in that stadium will be too much for the struggling Colts defense.  Mariota throws 3 more TD’s and the Titans win 21-14.

12:00 Jaguars (1-1) & Patriots (2-0)

Xavier & Jeremy: The Jaguars team is too inconsistent for the high powered New England offense.  Brady and Gronk roll over the Jaguar defense and win this one 42-6.  Sorry Jacksonville.

12:00 Chargers (1-1) & Vikings (1-1)

Jeremy & Xavier:  Bridgewater, Peterson and Rudolph made their presence known against divisional rival Detroit last week.  Despite a strong Chargers offense, we think the Vikings defense will withstand the Chargers fire power and win this game 28-21.

12:00 Steelers (1-1) & Rams (1-1)

Xavier:  Big Ben and Antonio Brown will be too much for the Rams defense connecting for two touchdowns.  Despite the return of Todd Gurley for the Rams offense, Pittsburgh wins this one easily, 27-10.

Jeremy:  The Rams have been inconsistent this season opening with an upset against the Seahawks and then losing to the Redskins in week 2.  With Todd Gurley making his first career appearance, I think the Rams will run all over the Steelers defense with a couple more TD’s from Foles.  The rams win this one 28-15.

12:00 Eagles (0-2) & Jets (2-0)

Jeremy & Xavier:  With DeMarco Murray’s recent hamstring injury, the already sluggish Eagles offense will be impacted greatly by that injury.  After a great Monday night performance from the Jets, We think the Jets will carry this momentum into week 3 and win this one easily 20-9.

3:05 49ers (1-1) & Cardinals (2-0)

Jeremy:  In the upset of the week, I think Kaepernick will have another good game and start connecting with Anquan Bolding and Vernon Davis and pull out a hard fought win, 20-17.

Xavier:  After two dominating performances against the Saints and Bears, I think the Cardinals offense will keep on rolling against the 49ers.  I think they will easily win 38-27.

3:25 Bills (1-1) & Dolphins (1-1)

Xavier:  Going into week 3, Tyrod Taylor does not look like a QB who has just played his first two NFL games.  I think Taylor will have another solid performance and the Bills tough defense will shut down Tannehill and the Dolphins.  Final score: 24-17

Jeremy:  This is the home opener for the Dolphins and newcomer Ndamukong Suh.  I think Tannehill and Suh will dominant both sides of the ball and win this game 21-13.

3:25 Bears (0-2) & Seahawks (0-2)

Jeremy & Xavier:  Despite a 0-2 start from the reigning NFC champs, Cutler’s out and the Bears have too many banged up receivers.  Seahawks get their first win with a 24-7 win at home.

7:30 Broncos (2-0) & Lions (0-2)

Xavier:  The Broncos offense will be way too strong for the Lions, even on the road.  CJ Anderson breaks through and rushes for a couple TD’s as the Broncos win this one 35-21.

Jeremy:  This is the home opener for the Lions and I think they pull off the upset victory on Sunday Night Football.  I think the Lions defensive lineman force Manning into 3 interceptions and the Lions win this game 20-10.

Monday Night Football

7:30 Chiefs (1-1) & Packers (2-0)

Xavier & Jeremy:  With Jordy Nelson out for the season, Rodgers and the Packers have looked past it with two dominating wins over the Bears and the Seahawks.  We think this week will be no different and with a banged up Eddie Lacy look for James Starks to take charge at running back.  We think the Pack win this game easily 42-10.