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.
Houston could make the playoff. Or it could be eliminated from contention on Sept. 3. Such is life for a Group of 5 team hoping to crash the Power 5 party. And it all starts against Oklahoma.
The Oregon Ducks will put their new quarterbacks on display as well as give a first look at their new 4-3 defense under coordinator Brady Hoke.
With more evaluation, prospects like OLB Jaelan Phillips and others proved worthy of moving into or jumping in the player rankings.
It's no surprise that Alabama and LSU appear to be the strongest up front on defense in the SEC at this point.
In Da'Wan Hunte, Purdue features a defender who likely locked up a starting position at an opportune moment in his career.
Baylor lineman/curiosity LaQuan McGowan wants a shot at the NFL, but if that doesn't pan out he might consider the WWE as an alternative.
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|South Dakota State||5-3||8-4|