Ryan West threw for two touchdowns in his first collegiate start, and Southern Illinois held on to defeat Western Illinois 34-28 on Saturday at Macomb, Ill.
Kory Faulkner had started 26 consecutive games for the Salukis (5-4, 3-2 Missouri Valley) before breaking a finger last week. West's two TD passes gave SIU a 14-0 lead, and the Salukis would not be caught.
The Leathernecks (3-7, 1-5), losers of five straight, outgained SIU 460-278 and had a 29-16 edge in first downs. J.C. Baker had 25 carries for two touchdowns, and Trenton Norvell threw for two scores.
Baker's 63-yard run got WIU within 20-14 in the third quarter but a field-goal attempt was blocked and returned 85 yards for a score by Bryan Presume.
Baker came back with a 1-yard score, but Malcolm Agnew's 8-yard run put SIU up 34-21 early in the fourth.
WIU scored a touchdown 30 seconds left.
Crete-Monee grad Lance Lenoir caught four passes for 62 yards and two TDs for the Leathernecks. Lenior leads the team in receptions (32) and TDs (seven).
Eastern Illinois 56, Tennessee Tech 21: Jimmy Garoppolo threw four touchdowns on 399 yards passing, guiding Eastern Illinois to a win over Tennessee Tech.
The Panthers (8-1, 5-0 Ohio Valley Conference) maintained sole possession of first place in the conference, handing Tennessee Tech (3-7, 0-6) its fifth loss in a row.
Garoppolo had four touchdown passes for the sixth time this season, including two first-quarter touchdown passes to Erik Lora. The Panthers built a 28-7 halftime advantage before adding four more touchdowns in the second half.
Lora caught 12 passes for 119 yards and three touchdowns in the game.
The special teams unit also produced offense for Eastern Illinois, as Shepard Little returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. Lora added a punt return touchdown of 80 yards in the third quarter.
Jared Davis threw three touchdowns on 183 yards passing to lead the Golden Eagles.
Illinois St 13, N Iowa 3: Tevin Allen's fumble recovery for a touchdown led Illinois State to a victory over Northern Iowa.
Special teams and turnovers factored large in this defensive battle.
After Northern Iowa's second possession, the Redbirds' Teddy Corwin deflected Logan Beighler's punt — which went just five yards — leading to Nick Aussieker's 24-yard field goal. On the next play from scrimmage, Chad Owens fumbled and Allen scooped it up and went 17 yards to put Illinois State (5-4, 4-2 Missouri Valley Conference) up 10-0.
Northern Iowa (4-5, 0-5) scored in the third quarter courtesy of its special teams. Shawn Rush blocked C.J. Laros' punt, setting the Panthers up on Illinois State's 22-yard line. Three plays resulted in just two yards though, and they settled for Tyler Sievertsen's 37-yard field goal.
The Redbirds benefited from another short punt in the fourth, setting up Aussieker's 28-yard field goal to ice the win.