Scores

Final

North Dakota St 14

(1-3, 0-1 MVFC)

S Illinois 24

(2-1, 1-0 MVFC)

7:00 PM ET, September 26, 2009

1 2 3 4 T
NDSU 0 7 0 714
SIU 0 10 7 724

Top Performers

Passing: C. Dieker (SIU) - 186 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: D. Karim (SIU) - 23 CAR, 127 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Allaria (SIU) - 6 REC, 90 YDS, 1 TD

S. Illinois 24, N. Dakota St. 14

Associated Press

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Chris Dieker threw two touchdown passes as Southern Illinois held off North Dakota State 24-14 in a Missouri Valley Football Conference opener Saturday night.

Dieker connected with Jeff Evans on a 61-yard pass to open the scoring, then finished it with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Joe Allaria midway through the fourth quarter. Dieker was 10 of 23 for 186 yards for the Salukis (2-1, 1-0).

Southern's Deji Karim rushed for 127 yards on 23 carries, including a 23-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Kyle Dougherty added a field goal.

D.J. McNorton scored on a 1-yard run for North Dakota State (1-3, 0-1), and Gerry Ebel scored the other touchdown on a blocked field-goal return.

Pat Paschall led all rushers with 150 yards on 28 carries for North Dakota State.

SPONSORED HEADLINES

ESPNChicago.com 

Team Stat Comparison

 
NDSU
SIU
1st Downs1914
Total Yards324325
Passing105186
Rushing219139
Penalties6-505-78
3rd Down Conversions5-163-12
4th Down Conversions0-20-0
Turnovers10
Possession37:3422:26

Passing Leaders

North Dakota StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Mertens9/231054.601
Southern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Dieker10/231868.120

Rushing Leaders

North Dakota StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Paschall281505.4014
McNorton12373.117
Southern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Karim231275.5135
Dieker362.006

Receiving Leaders

North Dakota StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Holloway56312.6035
Washington12525.0025
Southern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Allaria69015.0132
Evans27035.0161

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERNDSUSIU
TD10:25Jeff Evans 61 Yd Pass From Chris Dieker (Kyle Dougherty Kick) 07
TD05:36D.J. McNorton 1 Yd Run (Shawn Bibeau Kick) 77
FG02:41Kyle Dougherty 44 Yd 710
THIRD QUARTERNDSUSIU
TD08:54Deji Karim 23 Yd Run (Kyle Dougherty Kick) 717
FOURTH QUARTERNDSUSIU
TD13:19Gerry Ebel Recovered Fumble In End Zone (Shawn Bibeau Kick) 1417
TD08:16Joe Allaria 7 Yd Pass From Chris Dieker (Kyle Dougherty Kick) 1424