Scores

Final

W Illinois 35

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Sam Houston 28

(0-1, 0-1 home)

7:00 PM ET, September 3, 2009

Bowers Stadium, Huntsville, TX

1 2 3 4 T
WIU 7 7 14 735
SHSU 14 0 14 028

Top Performers

Passing: M. Barr (WIU) - 437 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Aston (SHSU) - 18 CAR, 126 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: L. Senatus (WIU) - 11 REC, 235 YDS, 2 TD

W. Illinois 35, Sam Houston St. 28

Associated Press

HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- Western Illinois' Dre Gibbs rushed for 101 yards and the decisive touchdown, and the Leatherneck defense made a goal-line stand in the closing seconds to defeat Sam Houston State 35-28 Thursday in the season opener for both teams.

Sam Houston drove to the 1 with 21 second to go, but the Leathernecks stopped the Bearkats on three straight plays. Blake Joseph's pass from the 3 for Jason Madkins in the end zone with no time remaining after a penalty fell short.

Chris Brown gave Sam Houston a 28-21 lead with a 64-yard interception return for a touchdown in the third.

Leatherneck quarterback Matt Barr, who completed 18 of 26 passes for 437 yards, hit Lito Senatus for a 30-yard touchdown to tie the game 28-28 with 3:55 to go in the third. He connected with Senatus and Matt Warner in the second and third quarters.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WIU
SHSU
1st Downs2316
Total Yards554374
Passing437196
Rushing117178
Penalties7-447-61
3rd Down Conversions5-116-14
4th Down Conversions1-21-1
Turnovers23
Possession34:4125:19

Passing Leaders

Western IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Barr18/2643716.831
Sam Houston StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Joseph16/271736.400

Rushing Leaders

Western IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Gibbs291013.5124
Gabelmann4174.317
Sam Houston StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Aston181267.0226
Poullard4276.8016

Receiving Leaders

Western IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Senatus1123521.4251
Warner210954.5160
Sam Houston StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Madkins56012.0022
Aston44611.5025

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWIUSHSU
TD07:28Josh Gabelmann 7 Yd Run (Brian Egan Kick) 70
TD03:59James Aston 6 Yd Run (Miquel Antonio Kick) 77
TD03:41Victor Carmichael 21 Yd Fumble Return (Miquel Antonio Kick) 714
SECOND QUARTERWIUSHSU
TD08:40Matt Warner 49 Yd Pass From Matt Barr (Brian Egan Kick) 1414
THIRD QUARTERWIUSHSU
TD14:09Lito Senatus 26 Yd Pass From Matt Barr (Brian Egan Kick) 2114
TD11:54James Aston 10 Yd Run (Miquel Antonio Kick) 2121
TD10:17Chris Brown 64 Yd Interception Return (Miquel Antonio Kick) 2128
TD03:55Lito Senatus 30 Yd Pass From Matt Barr (Brian Egan Kick) 2828
FOURTH QUARTERWIUSHSU
TD14:19Dre Gibbs 6 Yd Run (Brian Egan Kick) 3528