Archive for October 2021

3 things we learned: Cedar Falls struggles continue for No. 3 Southern Illinois

SIU wide receiver Landon Lenoir had a game-high 93 receiving yards and scored the Salukis’ lone TD in Saturday’s 23-16 loss at Northern Iowa. (Photo by With no timeouts, less than 2 minutes, 30 seconds on the clock and trailing by a touchdown in the fourth quarter Saturday, the Southern Illinois offense quickly moved... Read more »

3 things we learned: Leathernecks net rivalry win over Redbirds with comeback

Record-setting Western Illinois quarterback Connor Sampson helped lead the Leathernecks to a comeback win over rival Illinois State Saturday in Macomb. (photo courtesy Time and again this season Western Illinois fell behind early in games, staged strong second-half comebacks, yet still wound up losing. That formula netted a different result Saturday at Hanson Field... Read more »

3 things we learned: SEMO second-half surge spells another defeat for Eastern

Eastern Illinois Isaiah Hill, shown here in last week’s home game against Tennessee State, had a 207-yard receiving game in Saturday’s loss at Southeast Missouri. (photo courtesy Eastern Illinois held a two-point halftime lead Saturday on the road at Southeast Missouri State. Then came the second-half kickoff and everything about the game changed. SEMO’s... Read more »

Illinois State, WIU renew rivalry Saturday in Macomb

Phaleak Brown scores a touchdown in Illinois State’s spring win over rival Western Illinois. (photo courtesy The last time rivals Illinois State and Western Illinois met on the field, the Redbirds came away with their lone win of the Missouri Valley Football Conference-only spring schedule. A day later, injury-depleted ISU called off its season.... Read more »

Southern Illinois running game thrives with an all-hands-on-deck approach

Justin Strong has started every game at running back for SIU this fall. He’s part of a group of four running backs that are powering the Salukis. (Photo by When it comes to running the football this fall, it isn’t just a one-man job for Southern Illinois, the nation’s No. 3 ranked team. The... Read more »

EIU must address disappointing offense as season enters final phase

If Eastern Illinois is to post another win this season, the Panther offense needs to produce. (photo courtesy EIU Athletics) As Eastern Illinois enters the final stretch of its fall season, the Panthers continue to look for answers on offense. EIU has lost three straight games and stands at 1-7 overall and 1-2 in the... Read more »

Moving the Chains with ... Illinois State linebacker Shanon Reid

Illinois State linebacker Shanon Reid has a team-leading 56 tackles for the Redbirds this fall. (Photo by In the 11 games he has played in an Illinois State uniform, linebacker Shanon Reid has earned a reputation as a big hitter since transferring from the University of Tennessee. His physical play is much like that... Read more »

SIU Salukis up to No. 3 in this week's national FCS rankings

Southern Illinois moved up one spot in the national FCS polls. (photo courtesy Despite being idle with a bye week, head coach Nick Hill’s Southern Illinois Salukis moved up one spot in the national FCS rankings. SIU now stands at No. 3 in both polls. The Salukis, winners of five straight games, are 6-1... Read more »

3 things we learned: Defense saves the day for Redbirds, ending 3-game losing skid

The Illinois State defense held South Dakota 16 points below its season average Saturday in the Redbirds’ first MVFC win of the season. (Photo by With crowd noise rising in the DakotaDome, South Dakota’s offense playing at a speedy tempo and Illinois State’s defense trying to catch its breath, holding onto their first Missouri... Read more »

3 things we learned: Turnovers prove to be EIU's undoing in Homecoming shutout defeat

Tennessee State shut out Eastern Illinois 28-0 Saturday at O’Brien Field in Charleston. (photo courtesy Sandy King/EIU Athletics) CHARLESTON—From players on Eastern Illinois 1978 Division II national champions to a Heisman Trophy winner to a 22-year NFL head coach who was a member of the ’85 Chicago Bears, there was plenty of star power on... Read more »