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Southern Illinois upsets #4 UNI in overtime

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Southern Illinois' defense stepped up to the challenge stuffing UNI running back David Johnson on 4th and 1 to preserve a 24-17 overtime victory over the Panthers.  The loss is the second straight for UNI.

The Panthers came out sluggish in front of their homecoming crowd mustering just 76 yards of total offense in the first half.  The Salukis took advantage as quarterback Kory Faulkner threw a pair of scoring strikes to Josh Sullivan and LaSteven McKinney to put Southern Illinois up 14-0 at halftime.

UNI finally came alive in the second half as Ray Mitchell intercepted a Faulkner pass, returned it 31 yards before fumbling, but the Panthers Deiondre' Hall scooped it up and returned it the rest of the way to pull UNI within 7.  Three minutes later Sawyer Kollmorgen hit Kevin Vereen for a 52 yard touchdown while the two teams traded field goals to sit tied at 17 in the final minutes.

Southern Illinois appeared to be on their way to a win in regulation, but kicker Thomas Kinney missed a 29 yard field goal attempt with seconds remaining to send the game to overtime.

The Salukis' Malcolm Agnew scored a couple plays in to the overtime to put the pressure on the UNI offense.  The Panthers elected to pass on 3rd and 1, which resulted in an incompletion.  One play later, SIU stuffed Johnson on 4th down to end the ball game.

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