Scores

Final

UT Martin 30

(9-3, 6-1 OVC)

S Illinois 36

(9-3, 4-3 MVC)

2:30 PM ET, November 25, 2006

McAndrew Stadium, CARBONDALE, IL

1 2 3 4 T
UTM 14 7 6 330
SIU 0 7 7 2236

Top Performers

Passing: G. Preston (UTM) - 137 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: A. Whitlock (SIU) - 28 CAR, 207 YDS, 4 TD

Receiving: J. Burton (UTM) - 6 REC, 110 YDS

S. Illinois 36, Tenn.-Martin 30

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) -- Nick Hill connected with Alan Turner for a 45-yard touchdown pass with :57 seconds left to give Southern Illinois a come-from-behind 36-30 win over Tennessee-Martin the first round of the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs.

Southern Illinois trailed by 20 points early in the third quarter and 27-21 entering the fourth, but Arkee Whitlock scored from 1-yard out to give the Salukis their first lead of the day.

Taylor Brown responded with a 34-yard field goal to put the Skyhawks ahead 30-28 with 2:44 remaining, setting the stage for Hill's game-winning touchdown pass. Hill followed up the touchdown with a pass to Braden Jones for the two-point conversion.

Whitlock finished with 28 carries for 207 yards and four touchdowns, accounting for nearly all of Southern Illinois' rushing yardage. He set a new Saluki record for points scored in a season with 150, surpassing Muhammad Abdulqaadir's 128 points in 2002.

Southern Illinois (9-3) rolled up 350 yards of total offense, with 221 yards coming on the ground.

Tennessee-Martin (9-3) jumped out to an early 14-0 lead in the first quarter after Donald Chapman scored on a one-yard run and Jack Greenwood intercepted a Nick Hill pass and returned it 51 yards for another touchdown. Chapman's second touchdown run put the Skyhawks ahead 27-7 with 12 minutes left in the third quarter.

Chapman finished with 108 yards on 31 carries, and quarterback Greg Preston completed 10-of-16 passes for 137 yards and one touchdown for Tennessee-Martin.

Hill completed 8-of-14 passes for 129 yards with one touchdown and one interception for Southern Illinois.

Southern Illinois and Montana will meet in the quarterfinals on Dec. 2.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UTM
SIU
1st Downs1720
Total Yards299350
Passing137129
Rushing162221
Penalties5-405-52
3rd Down Conversions4-116-11
4th Down Conversions1-10-1
Turnovers21
Possession29:1630:44

Passing Leaders

Tennessee-MartinC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Preston10/161378.611-
Southern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Hill8/141299.211-

Rushing Leaders

Tennessee-MartinCARYDSAVGTDLG
Chapman311083.5215
Burton13838.0038
Southern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Whitlock282077.4447
Randle7101.406

Receiving Leaders

Tennessee-MartinRECYDSAVGTDLG
Burton611018.3051
Chapman11212.0012
Southern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Beeler23316.5023
Turner14545.0145

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUTMSIU
TD11:40DONALD CHAPMAN 1 YD RUN (TAYLOR BROWN KICK)
Drive info: 3 plays, 57 yards.
70
TD8:34JACK GREENWOOD 51 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (TAYLOR BROWN KICK)140
SECOND QUARTERUTMSIU
TD12:57ARKEE WHITLOCK 1 YD RUN (CRAIG COFFIN KICK)
Drive info: 9 plays, 60 yards.
147
TD7:45JUSTIN GLOVER 4 YD PASS FROM GREG PRESTON (TAYLOR BROWN KICK)
Drive info: 11 plays, 80 yards.
217
THIRD QUARTERUTMSIU
TD12:04DONALD CHAPMAN 13 YD RUN (MISSED KICK)
Drive info: 7 plays, 80 yards.
277
TD10:15ARKEE WHITLOCK 11 YD RUN (CRAIG COFFIN KICK)
Drive info: 5 plays, 59 yards.
2714
TD3:41ARKEE WHITLOCK 47 YD RUN (CRAIG COFFIN KICK)
Drive info: 2 plays, 57 yards.
2721
FOURTH QUARTERUTMSIU
TD9:42ARKEE WHITLOCK 1 YD RUN (CRAIG COFFIN KICK)
Drive info: 11 plays, 58 yards.
2728
FG2:44TAYLOR BROWN 34 YD FG
Drive info: 15 plays, 51 yards.
3028
TD0:57ALAN TURNER 45 YD PASS FROM NICK HILL (BRADEN JONES 2PT PASS FROM NICK HILL)
Drive info: 8 plays, 80 yards.
3036