GAMEDAY College Football

Southern Illinois 31, Northwestern 24

By MATT CARLSON
Associated Press

EVANSTON, Ill. - Nic Baker hit Jacob Garrett with a touchdown pass for the second time in the game to break a tie with 12:28 left in the fourth quarter, and Southern Illinois went on to top Northwestern 31-24.

Garrett caught Baker's toss to cap a 19-play, 74-yard drive to put the Salukis ahead 23-17 as SIU (1-2) beat a Big Ten opponent for only the second time. A Missouri Valley Conference member, Southern Illinois' other win over a Big Ten foe - against seven losses - was against Indiana in 2006 when coach Nick Hill was their quarterback.

SIU made it 31-17 when Baker pushed up the middle for a 1-yard score with 5:09 left after Northwestern quarterback Ryan Hilinski fumbled at the Wildcats 10-yard line.

The Salukis needed the extra score. Hilinski capped a late 16-play, 75-yard drive with a fourth-and-goal touchdown pass to Malik Washington with 1:19 left.

Baker finished with three touchdowns and 241 yards on 23-of-34 passing. Garrett had 47 receiving yards to go with his two scores.

Tyce Daniel also scored off a Baker pass as the Salukis' air game lifted them to the win. SIU finished with 96 total rushing yards.

Baker and Garrett stole the show from Hilinksi, who entered averaging 374.5 yards in two previous games, Hilinski threw for more than 300 yardsin each of them, but settled for 214 in this one on 27-of-43 passing.

Hilinksi scored his first rushing touchdown this season, plowing in on fourth-and-1 late the first quarter, but he also tossed two key interceptions

Evan Hull also scored on a fourth-and-1 for the Wildcats (1-2).

Hull rushed more than 100 yards again, gaining 124 on 25 carries and added eight catches for 33 yards. He entered leading the nation with an average of 235 all-purpose yards per game.

THE TAKEAWAY

Southern Illinois: Led by Baker and Garrett and some timely defensive plays, Salukis were plucky in their ninth game ever against a Big Ten opponent. SIU opens its Missouri Valley schedule next week, The Salukis had lost their only other meeting with Northwestern, 33-7 in 2008, in a heavy rainfall in Evanston.

Northwestern: Hilinski and Hull are the headliners, but weren't as dominant in this one. Hilinksi's pass accuracy was questionable again as Wildcats continued to wheel-and-deal against a non-conference opponent. But Northwestern needs to tighten up its play on both sides of the ball, especially as Big Ten play arrives. On the D-side, Northwestern's three sacks of Baker helped.

NO PICK

It appeared Combs had intercepted Hilinksi a second time midway through the third and raced in four a touchdown that would have put the Saluki's up 24-14. But SIU was charged with defensive holding that nullified the play and prompted an unsportsmanlike call against Salukis coach Nick Hill.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter SIUNW
NW TD 2:14 Ryan Hilinski 1 yd run (Adam Stage kick) 0 7
Second Quarter SIUNW
SIU TD 14:52 Tyce Daniel 57 yd pass from Nic Baker (Jake Baumgarte kick) 7 7
NW TD 10:56 Evan Hull 1 yd run (Adam Stage kick) 7 14
SIU TD 2:04 Jacob Garrett 18 yd pass from Nic Baker (Jake Baumgarte kick) 14 14
Third Quarter SIUNW
SIU FG 8:05 Jake Baumgarte 45 yd FG 17 14
Fourth Quarter SIUNW
NW FG 14:56 Adam Stage 26 yd FG 17 17
SIU TD 12:28 Jacob Garrett 9 yd pass from Nic Baker (Jake Baumgarte kick) 24 17
SIU TD 5:09 Nic Baker 1 yd run (Jake Baumgarte kick) 31 17
NW TD 1:19 Malik Washington 3 yd pass from Ryan Hilinski (Adam Stage kick) 31 24
Team Stats
  Southern Illinois Northwestern
First downs 22 24
  Rushing 7 8
  Passing 13 13
  Penalty 2 3
3rd Down Efficiency 5-16, 31% 6-16, 38%
4th down efficiency 3-3, 100% 4-5, 80%
Rushes-Yards 35-96 44-167
Passing Yards 261 213
Return Yards 76 25
Completions-Attempts-Int 25-37-1 27-43-2
Sacks-Yards Lost 3--17 3--22
Punts 4 3
Punts-Average 44 46
Fumbles Lost 0-0 4-2
Penalties - Yards 4-42 6-45
Time of Possession 31:02 28:58
Southern Illinois Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
N. Baker 23 34 241 3 1
J. Williams Jr. 1 2 12 0 0
Z. Zebrowski 1 1 8 0 0
Northwestern Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
R. Hilinski 27 43 213 1 2
Southern Illinois Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Williams Jr. 10 55 5.5 0
A. Cox 3 22 7.3 0
N. Baker 10 16 1.6 1
D. Cox 1 7 7.0 0
R. Elliott 6 5 0.8 0
J. Strong 2 -3 -1.5 0
Northwestern Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
E. Hull 25 124 5.0 1
C. Porter 11 40 3.6 0
A. Tyus III 1 5 5.0 0
R. Hilinski 6 4 0.7 1
Southern Illinois Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Daniel 2 65 32.5 1
J. Williams Jr. 4 48 12.0 0
J. Garrett 4 47 11.8 2
D. Cox 4 38 9.5 0
R. Elliott 4 18 4.5 0
J. Strong 2 16 8.0 0
Z. Gibson 3 15 5.0 0
A. Cox 1 8 8.0 0
B. Miller 1 6 6.0 0
Northwestern Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Washington 4 76 19.0 1
E. Hull 8 33 4.1 0
M. Lang 3 25 8.3 0
T. Gordon 2 18 9.0 0
D. Navarro III 3 16 5.3 0
B. Kirtz 2 15 7.5 0
A. Clair 2 13 6.5 0
G. Hooper Price 1 8 8.0 0
J. Gill 1 6 6.0 0
C. Porter 1 3 3.0 0
Southern Illinois Interceptions
Player Int Yards
B. Combs 1 19
Z. Burrola 1 0
Northwestern Interceptions
Player Int Yards
X. Mueller 1 0
Southern Illinois Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
N. Torney 4 176 44.0
Northwestern Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
L. Akers 3 138 46.0
Southern Illinois Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Northwestern Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Southern Illinois Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Williams Jr. 2 38 19.0
T. Atkins Jr. 1 19 19.0
Northwestern Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
E. Hull 1 25 25.0
Southern Illinois Missed FG
Player Length
J. Baumgarte 42
J. Baumgarte 32
Northwestern Missed FG
Player Length




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