Saturday’s other Missouri Valley Football Conference games
Southern Illinois 17, Illinois State 0
Anthony Thompson returned a blocked punt for a touchdown, and Southern Illinois intercepted four passes. The Salukis (3-3, 2-1 Missouri Valley), who had just 182 yards of offense, recorded their first shutout since 2009. Cameron James blocked Patrick Wright’s punt, and Thompson ran it 16 yards to the end zone with 5:38 remaining in the first quarter. Matt Brown was 21 of 40 for 216 yards for the Redbirds (5-1, 2-1), but all four of his interceptions thwarted drives inside the Southern Illinois 35-yard line. The Salukis salted it away with their most sustained offense of the game, driving 91 yards in 10 plays to Mika’il McCall’s 1-yard TD run midway through the fourth quarter. Tyler Williamson had seven tackles, a sack and interception for Southern Illinois.
Western Illinois 24, South Dakota 17
Wil Lunt connected with Fredson Salomon on a 66-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter.
The Leathernecks (3-2, 1-1) 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.
Indiana State 31, Missouri State 17
TERRE HAUTE, IND.
A late touchdown by Shakir Bell gave Indiana State all the breathing room it would need. Bell crossed the goal line with 9:23 to go in the fourth quarter on a 24-yard touchdown run. After Tanner Fritschle made the extra point, it was 28-17 Indiana State. Fritschle added a 26-yard field goal attempt with 2:22 remaining to seal the deal. Indiana State (4-2, 2-1) had only 280 yards of offense against the Bears, 113 of which came from Bell on 25 carries. Mike Perish completed 11 of 24 pass attempts for 127 yards and two touchdowns but was picked off twice by a Missouri State (0-6, 0-3) defense which also held the Sycamores to 4 of 15 on third down.