Scores

Final

S Illinois 7

(1-1, 0-1 away)

Northwestern 33

(3-0, 2-0 home)

12:03 PM ET, September 13, 2008

Ryan Field, EVANSTON, IL

1 2 3 4 T
SIU 7 0 0 07
NW 6 10 10 733

Top Performers

Passing: C. Bacher (NW) - 184 YDS

Rushing: T. Sutton (NW) - 17 CAR, 101 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: R. Lane (NW) - 5 REC, 49 YDS

Sutton, Northwestern run down Southern Illinois

Associated Press

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Tyrell Sutton ran for 101 yards and three touchdowns, leading Northwestern to a 33-7 victory over Southern Illinois on Saturday.

Sutton had 17 carries, scoring on runs of 44 yards in the second quarter, 2 yards in the third and 15 in the fourth. The Wildcats (3-0) scored 27 unanswered points in a game that was played in a steady rain that closed down a highway north of the city and flooded streets near Ryan Field.

Northwestern quarterback C.J. Bacher completed 21 of 29 passes for 184 yards and Amado Villarreal kicked four field goals, all under 40 yards.

The Wildcats moved the ball easily, but had trouble finishing off drives in the red zone and needed a career day from Villarreal to bail out the offense early.

Larry Warner ran for 58 yards and a touchdown to lead the Salukis. His 19-yard cutback run to end the first quarter gave Southern Illinois (1-1) a 7-6 lead before Sutton's long run with 11 minutes 11 seconds left in the second put the Wildcats ahead for good.

Northwestern redshirt freshman Jacob Schmidt blocked a Scott Ravanesi punt in the third quarter and recovered it at the Salukis' 10. Villarreal kicked a 20-yard field goal to make it 26-7. Sutton then punched it in early in the fourth.

Southern Illinois gained only 11 yards on 12 plays in the third quarter, seven coming on Joe Allaria's run to end the quarter. Quarterback Chris Dieker went 14-for-22 for 115 yards and Lucien Walker had six carries for 46 yards.

Northwestern defensive end Corey Wootton had two of Northwestern's five sacks and three of its 12 tackles for a loss.

Southern Illinois came in ranked 13th in the Football Championship Subdivision coaches poll.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SIU
NW
1st Downs1720
Total Yards263333
Passing178185
Rushing85148
Penalties10-1056-61
3rd Down Conversions4-149-16
4th Down Conversions1-30-0
Turnovers00
Possession32:0827:52

Passing Leaders

Southern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Dieker14/221155.200
NorthwesternC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bacher21/291846.300

Rushing Leaders

Southern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Warner16583.6119
Walker6467.7020
NorthwesternCARYDSAVGTDLG
Sutton171015.9344
Conteh6244.007

Receiving Leaders

Southern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Cheatham24221.0038
Morris4328.0011
NorthwesternRECYDSAVGTDLG
Peterman45313.3027
Lane5499.8018

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSIUNW
FG11:19Amado Villarreal 35 Yd 03
FG02:10Amado Villarreal 33 Yd 06
TD00:00Larry Warner 19 Yd Run (Kyle Dougherty Kick) 76
SECOND QUARTERSIUNW
TD11:11Tyrell Sutton 44 Yd Run (Amado Villarreal Kick) 713
FG04:51Amado Villarreal 18 Yd 716
THIRD QUARTERSIUNW
TD07:25Tyrell Sutton 2 Yd Run (Amado Villarreal Kick) 723
FG02:01Amado Villarreal 20 Yd 726
FOURTH QUARTERSIUNW
TD12:23Tyrell Sutton 15 Yd Run (Amado Villarreal Kick) 733