Scores

Final

S Illinois 34

(2-0, 1-0 away)

N Illinois 31

(0-2, 0-2 home)

7:30 PM ET, September 8, 2007

Huskie Stadium, Dekalb, IL

1 2 3 4 T
SIU 0 7 7 2034
NIU 0 21 10 031

Top Performers

Passing: N. Hill (SIU) - 238 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: M. Clanton (NIU) - 13 CAR, 91 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Anderson (NIU) - 8 REC, 87 YDS, 2 TD

S. Illinois 34, N. Illinois 31

Associated Press

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) -- A 30-yard pass from quarterback Nick Hill to wide receiver Justin Allen with seconds left Saturday lifted Southern Illinois to 34-31 victory over Northern Illinois.

The Salukis scored twice in a 39-second span, with the second touchdown -- the Hill to Allen play -- coming with 21.6 left in the game.

SIU (2-0) made a game of it late as tight end Ryan Kernes caught at 26-yard pass with 1:01 to play that cut the Huskies' lead to 31-28. The Salukis then recovered the ensuing kickoff and marched 57 yards in five plays for the game winner.

Northern Illinois (0-2) led most of the way as tailback Justin Anderson hauled in the first two touchdown receptions of his career and added another on the ground. A sophomore, Anderson scored twice within a 64-second span late in the open half as the Huskies opened a 21-7 lead by halftime.

But the Salukis, behind the passing of Hill, who was 22-of-34 for 245 yards, fought back in the second half. Hill tossed a 16-yard TD strike to wide receiver Allen Turner with 5:49 left in the third. Sophomore cornerback Brandon Williams added a timely 52-yard interception return with 10:30 to play that cut the lead to 31-21.

Kernes lead the Salukis with six receptions for 69 yards while Turner was 4 for 53.

Northern Illinois tailback Montel Clanton led all rushers with 13 carries for 91 yards and a touchdown, but left the game in the third quarter with a knee injury. Anderson had 78 yards rushing on 21 carries and had eight receptions for a game-high 87 yards.

The win was Southern Illinois' first over Northern Illinois since 1979. The Huskies still lead the 76-year rivalry 28-14-1.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SIU
NIU
1st Downs1924
Total Yards340430
Passing238223
Rushing102207
Penalties4-572-25
3rd Down Conversions3-147-11
4th Down Conversions4-60-1
Turnovers15
Possession30:2229:38

Passing Leaders

Southern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hill21/332387.230
Northern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Nicholson21/272238.323

Rushing Leaders

Southern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Karim9485.3014
Warner11403.6029
Northern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Clanton13917.0159
Anderson21783.7113

Receiving Leaders

Southern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Kernes66911.5126
Turner45313.3126
Northern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Anderson88710.9223
Turner34214.0019

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERSIUNIU
TD14:28Larry Luster 55 Yd Interception Return (Kyle Dougherty Kick) 70
TD12:12Montell Clanton 59 Yd Run (Chris Nendick Kick) 77
TD01:34Justin Anderson 23 Yd Pass From Dan Nicholson (Chris Nendick Kick) 714
TD00:30Justin Anderson 22 Yd Pass From Dan Nicholson (Chris Nendick Kick) 721
THIRD QUARTERSIUNIU
TD08:47Justin Anderson 1 Yd Run (Chris Nendick Kick) 728
TD05:49Alan Turner 26 Yd Pass From Nick Hill (Kyle Dougherty Kick) 1428
FG02:30Chris Nendick 46 Yd 1431
FOURTH QUARTERSIUNIU
TD10:30Brandon Williams 52 Yd Interception Return (Kyle Dougherty Kick) 2131
TD01:01Ryan Kernes 26 Yd Pass From Nick Hill (Kyle Dougherty Kick) 2831
TD00:22Justin Allen 30 Yd Pass From Nick Hill (Pat Failed) 3431