Scores

Final

W Illinois 24

(3-2, 1-1 MVC)

South Dakota 17

(1-4, 0-2 MVC)

3:00 PM ET, October 6, 2012

Dakotadome, VERMILLION, SD

1 2 3 4 T
WIU 0 3 14 724
SDAK 3 7 7 017

Top Performers

Passing: W. Lunt (WIU) - 170 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: N. Watson (WIU) - 21 CAR, 138 YDS

Receiving: F. Salomon (WIU) - 3 REC, 109 YDS, 2 TD

W. Illinois 24, South Dakota 17

Associated Press

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Wil Lunt connected with Fredson Salomon on a 66-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter Saturday and Western Illinois held on to beat South Dakota 24-17.

The Leathernecks (3-2, 1-1 Missouri Valley) trailed 10-3 at halftime but Kieron James blocked a punt to set Western Illinois up in Coyotes territory, and Lunt threw a 25-yard TD pass to Salomon to tie it. Lunt later hit Charles Chestnut for 39 yards to the South Dakota 1 and Caulton Ray ran it in on the next play to make it 17-10 WIU late in the third quarter.

South Dakota (1-4, 0-2) tied it up quickly. After Jasper Sanders returned the kickoff 55 yards, three plays later Josh Vander Maten found Anthony Williams for 41 yards and the tying score. But Lunt and Salomon answered for the winning points with 7:40 left.

Nikko Watson ran for 138 yards for the Leathernecks.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WIU
SDAK
1st Downs1613
Total Yards350293
Passing170179
Rushing180114
Penalties8-826-55
3rd Down Conversions4-142-12
4th Down Conversions1-10-2
Turnovers13
Possession32:2127:39

Passing Leaders

Western IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lunt10/201708.521
South DakotaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Vander Maten18/311795.811

Rushing Leaders

Western IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Watson211386.6032
Ray16533.3112
South DakotaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Vander Maten12675.6035
Sims14402.9119

Receiving Leaders

Western IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Salomon310936.3266
Chestnut25527.5039
South DakotaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams24623.0141
Powell7456.4013

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWIUSDAK
FG10:56Kevin Robb 39 Yd 03
SECOND QUARTERWIUSDAK
FG13:33Pat Smith 21 Yd 33
TD00:23Marcus Sims 8 Yd Run (Kevin Robb Kick) 310
THIRD QUARTERWIUSDAK
TD11:42Fredson Salomon 25 Yd Pass From Wil Lunt (Pat Smith Kick) 1010
TD03:23Caulton Ray 1 Yd Run (Pat Smith Kick) 1710
TD01:48Anthony Williams 41 Yd Pass From Josh Vander Maten (Kevin Robb Kick) 1717
FOURTH QUARTERWIUSDAK
TD07:40Fredson Salomon 66 Yd Pass From Wil Lunt (Pat Smith Kick) 2417