The first quarter and fourth quarter Saturday at Southern Illinois gave the Salukis plenty of good vibes.
The two quarters in between, however, were the reason SIU (1-6) lost its sixth game in a row and extended its Missouri Valley Conference losing streak to eight games dating back to last season.
Indiana State used 156 yards and two touchdowns from standout running back Ja’Quan Keys to rush to a 24-21 win at Saluki Stadium, spoiling SIU’s Homecoming and ending its own 14-game MVFC losing streak.
Senior quarterback Matt DeSomer started in place of Sam Straub and rushed for 135 yards, including a 4-yard, first-quarter touchdown.
“I felt Matt deserved a shot to play, to give him the keys to the team,” SIU coach Nick Hill said. “He’s a leader on this team. People rally behind Matt.”
Running back D.J. Davis got into the act with 126 rushing yards to provide SIU with the first 100-yard rushing duo in a game since 2015.
Despite two fourth-quarter TDs in the final 8 minutes, and a last-second heave toward the end zone, SIU lost for the fourth time in its last five games by a touchdown or less.
5 Stats That Stood Out
2 – Turnovers by SIU, giving them 15 for the season in seven games.
5.7 – Yards per carry for Indiana State.
65 – Yards that SIU outgained Indiana State by in the loss.
266 – Total passing yards combined for both teams.
587 – Total rushing yards combined for both teams.
Southern Illinois (1-6) at Missouri State (4-3), 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.