Scores

Final

S Illinois 35

(2-0, 1-0 away)

Indiana 28

(2-1, 1-1 home)

4:00 PM ET, September 16, 2006

Memorial Stadium, BLOOMINGTON, IN

1 2 3 4 T
SIU 0 7 14 1435
IND 14 0 7 728

Top Performers

Passing: N. Hill (SIU) - 142 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: A. Whitlock (SIU) - 23 CAR, 103 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Gilmore (IND) - 4 REC, 60 YDS

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 opponent.

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 Tuesday.

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 chance.

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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Team Stat Comparison

 
SIU
IND
1st Downs2023
Total Yards386314
Passing142238
Rushing24476
Penalties9-743-28
3rd Down Conversions7-143-12
4th Down Conversions0-01-4
Turnovers12
Possession33:0027:00

Passing Leaders

Southern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Hill10/181427.940-
IndianaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Lewis20/402386.011-

Rushing Leaders

Southern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Whitlock231034.5118
Wise7426.0012
IndianaCARYDSAVGTDLG
McCray10494.9112
Thigpen7324.6212

Receiving Leaders

Southern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wise3258.3015
Beeler23517.5027
IndianaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gilmore46015.0023
Fisher45213.0019

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSIUIND
TD8:36MARCUS THIGPEN 3 YD RUN (AUSTIN STARR KICK)
Drive info: 10 plays, 67 yards.
07
TD4:55NICK POLK 9 YD PASS FROM KELLEN LEWIS (AUSTIN STARR KICK)
Drive info: 5 plays, 52 yards.
014
SECOND QUARTERSIUIND
TD0:27BRADEN JONES 5 YD PASS FROM NICK HILL (CRAIG COFFIN KICK)
Drive info: 7 plays, 33 yards.
714
THIRD QUARTERSIUIND
TD8:00MARCUS THIGPEN 2 YD RUN (AUSTIN STARR KICK)
Drive info: 7 plays, 40 yards.
721
TD3:44RYAN KERNES 7 YD PASS FROM NICK HILL (CRAIG COFFIN KICK)
Drive info: 10 plays, 78 yards.
1421
TD0:11ALAN TURNER 8 YD PASS FROM NICK HILL (CRAIG COFFIN KICK)
Drive info: 5 plays, 21 yards.
2121
FOURTH QUARTERSIUIND
TD10:17PHIL GOFORTH 29 YD PASS FROM NICK HILL (CRAIG COFFIN KICK)
Drive info: 4 plays, 48 yards.
2821
TD8:00DEMETRIUS MCCRAY 12 YD RUN (AUSTIN STARR KICK)
Drive info: 7 plays, 72 yards.
2828
TD5:50ARKEE WHITLOCK 9 YD RUN (CRAIG COFFIN KICK)
Drive info: 7 plays, 80 yards.
3528