MONDAY MORNING DIGEST: YSU 17, SIU 14; SALUKIS DROP HEARTBREAKER ON THE ROAD

The Salukis led for nearly the entire second half of their game at Stambaugh Stadium this past Saturday.  The Salukis still had a 14-6 lead with five minutes left but things quickly collapsed.

SIU Safety Joe Patterson, who was in for Jeremy Chinn after the starter was ejected, made a leaping grab in the Penguins endzone, which seemed to ice the game.  But Patterson was called for pass interference.  Youngstown State would use their second chance to tie things up.

The Saluki offense went three-and-out on their next drive, giving the Penguins plenty of time and a short field thanks to a short field.  YSU would go on to win 17-14.

PLAYING WITHOUT A FULL DECK

The Salukis were disadvantaged from the very start as they began the game without seven starters, a group that included starting quarterback Sam Straub who is in concussion protocol.

D.J. Davis also was missed the beginning of the game because he was attending his grandfather’s funeral but showed up before halftime.

Throughout the game, the Salukis would lose another five players for various reasons.  Jeremy Chinn the most notable loss during the game; Chinn was called for a controversial targeting call and ejected from the game in the third quarter.  The replay in the press box did not show any contact with the helmet but officials still called the penalty.

OFFENSE HAMPERED

The Salukis put up less than 300 yards of offense for the first time this season.  SIU was limited to just 278 yards of total offense.  The Penguins gave up 173 yards rushing but stopped the Salukis for passing for anything more than 105 yards.

D.J. Davis’ streak of 100-yard games on the ground was snapped in the loss after being limited to 65 yards rushing.

 

DEFENSIVE STRONGHOLD

Despite it being hit hardest by the losses, the Saluki defense still put up a respectable effort.  Airan Reed, Sam Skinner, and Jordan Berner all pulled Montgomery VanGorder to the ground for a sack.  SIU’s defense as a whole had ten tackles for loss.

Chinn’s loss hit hard for the Dawgs, he was involved in a pair of turnovers, nabbing an interception on one play and deflecting a pass into the arms of Reed on another.

LOSS OF CONTROL

The Salukis struggled to maintain possession for lengthy amounts of time.  SIU only held on to the ball 23 minutes and three seconds in the contest to Youngstown’s 36 minutes and 57 seconds.

PRESEASON ALL CONFERENCE BACK

Tevin McCaster proved why he was chosen as the preseason favorite to be named All Missouri Valley Football Conference.  McCaster rushed for 116 yards with a touchdown, that led the Penguins in all purpose yards.

NEXT UP

The Salukis head to Normal, Illinois to take on the Redbirds of Illinois State this Saturday.  The Salukis will try to play spoiler with it being homecoming in Normal.  The Salukis sit at 1-4, 0-2 this season while the Redbirds are 4-1, 1-1.  You can hear that game on 101.5 CIL-FM, pregame is at 1pm before a 2pm kickoff on October 13th.

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