First college football game at Busch: Salukis vs. Southeast Missouri

News-DemocratSeptember 21, 2013 

The first college football game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis will feature the Salukis of Southern Illinois University Carbondale against the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks.

Game time is 1 p.m. Saturday and plenty of tickets are available (radio: KATZ-AM 1600).

SIUC (1-2) relies heavily on an offensive attack that has produced at least 400 yards in each of its first three games. The Salukis rank 17th in the nation in total offense at 453.3 yards per game.

Salukis fifth-year senior quarterback Kory Faulkner suffered an injury to his non-throwing shoulder last week in the 31-10 victory over Charleston and is questionable this week.

He has completed 63 of 104 passes for 749 yards and eight touchdowns this season with no interceptions.

SEMO (0-2) has dropped games to Mississippi (31-13) and Southeastern Louisiana (45-7). SIUC lost to Illinois (42-34) and Eastern Illinois (40-37 in two overtimes)

The Saluki defense is anchored by inside linebacker Bryan Presume (32 tackles) and defensive ends Brandon Williams and Calvin Belts.

SIUC ranks 10th nationally in rushing defense, allowing 93.7 yards per game, and has beaten SEMO in six of the last seven meetings.

The Salukis haven't played a neutral site game since beating Western Carolina 43-7 in the 1983 national championship game.

SIUC also played a game at the old Busch Stadium, throttling Missouri State 68-6 on Nov. 22, 1968.

SEMO's top defensive player is linebacker Matt Starks. Quarterbacks Scott Lathrop (17-of-30, 172 yards, two TDs, 2 int.) and Kyle Snyder (6-of-13, 75 yards) both have seen playing time.

Local line

Redshirt freshman Chase Allen (Belleville East) is a backup outside linebacker for SIUC and has seven tackles. Other local players on the Salukis are sophomore tight end Adam Fuehne (Mater Dei; one catch for five yards), freshman linebacker Markese Jackson (East St. Louis) and freshman running back Cameron Walter (Greenville).

SEMO's local contingent includes junior cornerback Sam Poole (O'Fallon), freshman receiver Tyler McLemore (Alton) and former Marquette standouts running back Michael Ford and offensive lineman Michael Cooke.

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