New playing field: Southern Illinois has a new AstroPlay turf surface which was just put down this past summer. It is a softer surface than most artificial surfaces and resembles natural grass. It also has a soft rubber base underneath to provide better cushioning. It is the same surface that Indiana State added to its stadium and, according to YSU athletic director Ron Strollo, it will probably be the next surface for Stambaugh Stadium. In 2002, SIU will begin construction on a new football stadium, which is expected to be completed in 2004, but will use the same surface.
Doby surgery: YSU junior tailback Josiah Doby, who has been bothered by injuries all season and has not played, finally underwent surgery on his knee last week. Doby has been officially redshirted this season and will return next year as a junior.
Double duty: Several times in Saturday's game the Penguins had both senior starting quarterback Jeff Ryan and junior backup Colby Street in the lineup at the same time. One time Ryan was at quarterback and Street at running back and another time Street was at quarterback and Ryan was at wide receiver.
Small Crowd: The Salukis 1-7 record was indicative of the attendance. It was listed as 2,090, but that was being generous. The Penguins almost had as many fans as the Salukis.
Ryan's play: Ryan had his best day passing the football since 1999 when he threw for 245 yards in the playoff game against North Carolina A & amp;T. For the first time this season Ryan went the entire game without a sack or without a loss rushing.
Defense: Junior linebacker Jon Tekac and junior defensive back Anthony Barone led the YSU defense with seven tackles each. Wendel Parish had two tackles for losses and Russell Stuvaints had one.
Up Next: The Penguins have an open date next Saturday and will return to play on Nov. 17 when they play host to Elon University in a 1 p.m. kickoff at Stambaugh.
-- Pete Mollica