Scores

Final

S Illinois 23

(5-2, 4-1 MVFC)

Missouri State 17

(3-4, 2-2 MVFC)

2:30 PM ET, October 25, 2008

Plaster Sports Complex, Springfield, MO

1 2 3 4 T
SIU 0 3 0 2023
MOSU 0 0 7 1017

Top Performers

Passing: C. Dieker (SIU) - 243 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: L. Warner (SIU) - 26 CAR, 167 YDS

Receiving: M. Cheatham (SIU) - 4 REC, 103 YDS, 2 TD

S. Illinois 23, Missouri St. 17

Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Chris Dieker threw a 51-yard touchdown pass as time expired to lead Southern Illinois to a 23-17 win over Missouri State on Saturday.

Dieker, who had 243 yards passing, was nearly sacked by three Missouri State defenders before he escaped and threw the pass to Marc Cheatham who ran untouched into the end zone for the winning score while his teammates streamed onto the field to celebrate as time expired.

Missouri State (3-4, 2-2 Missouri Valley) tied the game at 17 with 19.8 seconds left on a 26-yard pass from Cody Kirby to Brandon Oliver.

SIU (5-2, 4-1) had to overcome five turnovers, including four in the first half, as it struggled to a 3-0 halftime lead.

Missouri State took the lead in the third quarter when Cory Harbor blocked a Scott Ravanresi punt and Derek Miller ran the ball 40 yards for Missouri State with 3:59 left in the third quarter.

SIU regained the lead on two quick scores that included a 1-yard run by Dieker with 11:50 left in the game followed by a 29-yard touchdown pass on SIU's next possession from Dieker to Cheatham with 9:03 left to put SIU ahead 17-7.

Missouri State scored on a 20-yard field goal with 4:11 left before tying the game.

SIU had 498 yards of offense to 285 for Missouri State. Larry Warner rushed for a career-high 168 yards for SIU. Kirby finished with 253 yards passing.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SIU
MOSU
1st Downs2618
Total Yards498285
Passing243253
Rushing25532
Penalties11-732-30
3rd Down Conversions6-143-12
4th Down Conversions1-10-0
Turnovers51
Possession35:5524:05

Passing Leaders

Southern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Dieker19/302438.122
Missouri StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Kirby22/402536.311

Rushing Leaders

Southern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Warner261676.4018
White18713.9011
Missouri StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Washington14382.709
Johnston3113.7010

Receiving Leaders

Southern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Cheatham410325.8251
Allaria56312.6029
Missouri StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Harbor34916.3022
Mejia5479.4017

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERSIUMOSU
FG00:42Kyle Dougherty 18 Yd 30
THIRD QUARTERSIUMOSU
TD03:59Derek Miller 36 Yd Return Of Blocked Punt (Matthew Hottelman Kick) 37
FOURTH QUARTERSIUMOSU
TD11:50Chris Dieker 1 Yd Run (Kyle Dougherty Kick) 107
TD09:03Marc Cheatham 29 Yd Pass From Chris Dieker (Kyle Dougherty Kick) 177
FG04:11Matthew Hottelman 20 Yd 1710
TD00:19Brandon Oliver 26 Yd Pass From Cody Kirby (Matthew Hottelman Kick) 1717
TD00:00Marc Cheatham 51 Yd Pass From Chris Dieker 2317