A few items of interest here from the notes package on Southern Illinois, the Rebels’ FCS opponent this week.
First, a key TV note: The game can be seen only on pay-per-view. It’s being offered to all cable outlets in Mississippi. It cannot be seen on ESPN3.com or ESPN Game Plan in Mississippi, Illinois or Memphis. Contact your service provider for more information.
Now, on to the Southern Illinois Salukis.
SIU is 2-5 against FBS teams with wins against Indiana and Northern Illinois.
Since 2003, SIU ranks third in FCS in total wins with 76 trailing Montana with 87, Appalachian State with 84.
SIU defeated Indiana 35-28 in Bloomington in 2006. The Hoosiers had a double-figure lead in the second half, but the Salukis scored four touchdowns in the second half.
Last year against Jacksonville State, Ole Miss led 31-10 in the middle of the third quarter.
SIU became the first Gateway Conference team to defeat a Big 10 team. The Gateway – which has since become the Missouri Valley Football Conference – was 0-18 against the Big 10 at the time.
SIU defeated Northern Illinois, a MAC opponent, 34-31 in 2007. The Salukis trailed by 17 in the fourth quarter but returned an interception for a touchdown, and, still down 10, sandwiched two touchdown drives around an onside kick all in the last 4:06 of play. SIU scored the game-winner with 22 seconds left.
SIU opened last Saturday with a 38-10 win over Southeast Missouri State.
As a result, the Salukis are currently ranked in the top 20 in FCS in 10 different categories, most noteworthy total offense (12th), rushing offense (11th), scoring defense (t-16th).