Scores

Final

Youngstown St 17

(4-2, 1-1 MVC)

S Illinois 24

(6-0, 2-0 MVC)

3:30 PM ET, October 6, 2007

McAndrew Stadium, CARBONDALE, IL

1 2 3 4 T
YSU 10 0 0 717
SIU 0 10 7 724

Top Performers

Passing: N. Hill (SIU) - 165 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Randle (SIU) - 16 CAR, 122 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Evans (SIU) - 6 REC, 93 YDS

S. Illinois 24, Youngstown St. 17

Associated Press

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) -- Running back Deji Karim scored a game-winning last-minute touchdown to lift No. 6 Southern Illinois past Youngstown State 24-17 on Saturday.

Karim's 15-yard touchdown run came with 1:50 left during a fourth quarter that started with both teams tied 17-17. Youngstown State (4-2, 1-1 in the Gateway) then tried to turn things around, managing to make it to the Saluki 41-yard line, only to see two incompletions thrown by quarterback Tom Zetts.

Zetts ultimately completed 19-of-32 passes for 164 yards and one interception.

The Homecoming game win leaves the Salukis (6-0, 2-0 Gateway) undefeated.

Youngstown State scored the first 10 points of the afternoon in the first quarter, starting with a 42-yard field goal from Brian Palmer and a 12-yard run by Fernando Williams.

Southern Illinois didn't make it to the board until the second quarter when John Randle scored on a five-yard run at 14:10. The Salukis tied the game at 10-10 just before the half as Kyle Dougherty made a 32-yard field goal.

Southern Illinois' Justin Allen scored the only points of the third quarter to put the team ahead 17-10.

The Penguins return home Saturday for a non-conference game against Southern Utah. SIU heads to nationally ranked Northern Iowa for a Gateway matchup.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
YSU
SIU
1st Downs2120
Total Yards330372
Passing164165
Rushing166207
Penalties6-586-36
3rd Down Conversions0-00-0
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers22
Possession31:5928:01

Passing Leaders

Youngstown StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Zetts19/321645.101
Southern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hill13/201658.311

Rushing Leaders

Youngstown StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams Jr.15875.820
Smith9404.400
Southern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Randle161227.610
Hill12403.300

Receiving Leaders

Youngstown StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Berry46015.000
Williams Jr.7436.100
Southern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Evans69315.500
Goforth23115.500

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERYSUSIU
FG13:49Brian Palmer 42 Yd 30
TD05:40Ferlando Williams Jr. 12 Yd Run (Brian Palmer Kick) 100
SECOND QUARTERYSUSIU
TD14:10John Randle 5 Yd Run (Kyle Dougherty Kick) 107
FG00:00Kyle Dougherty 32 Yd 1010
THIRD QUARTERYSUSIU
TD06:00Justin Allen 14 Yd Pass From Nick Hill (Kyle Dougherty Kick) 1017
FOURTH QUARTERYSUSIU
TD11:32Ferlando Williams Jr. 3 Yd Run (Brian Palmer Kick) 1717
TD01:50Deji Karim 15 Yd Run (Kyle Dougherty Kick) 1724