Hill tosses 4 TDs as I-AA Salukis shock Indiana

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Nick Hill threw four touchdown passes
and Arkee Whitlock scored on a 9-yard TD run with 5:50 left to lift
Southern Illinois to a 35-28 over Indiana on Saturday.

The Salukis (2-0), a Division I-AA playoff team the last three
seasons, ended a 20-game losing streak against I-A foes. Their last
win came Oct. 29, 1983 against New Mexico State. It also marked the
first time a team from the Gateway Conference defeated a Big Ten

Indiana (2-1) gave up 254 yards rushing and blew a 14-0
first-half lead. The Hoosiers played without coach Terry Hoeppner,
who had brain surgery Wednesday, and also were missing top receiver
James Hardy. Hoeppner announced Hardy's two-game suspension

Interim coach Bill Lynch started Kellen Lewis at quarterback. He
finished 20-of-40 for 238 yards with one touchdown, one
interception and was sacked twice on the Hoosiers' final scoring

The Salukis allowed only 76 yards on the ground.

But after a slow start, Southern Illinois' strong running game
and Hill's heroics rallied Southern Illinois.

Indiana scored on its first two possessions, and Hill's 5-yard
TD pass to Braden Jones just before halftime made it 14-7.

The Hoosiers took a 21-7 lead in the third quarter, and then
Hill took over.

He hooked up with Ryan Kernes for a 7-yard TD pass on
third-and-goal to make it 21-14 and tied the score with an 8-yard
TD pass to Alan Turner late in the third quarter.

After the teams traded touchdowns early in the fourth, Justin
Allen made an over-the-shoulder catch for 33 yards on third-and-11.
Three plays later, Whitlock was untouched on his touchdown run to
give the Salukis a 35-28 lead.

The Hoosiers got to the Salukis' 32 with 3:08 left, but Lorenzo
Wims sacked Lewis twice to end the threat.

Hill finished 10-of-18 for 142 yards, while Whitlock carried 23
times for 103 yards.


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