YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Southern Illinois rallied from an early 12-point deficit to beat Youngstown State, 30-22, on a cold, blustery Saturday in northeast Ohio. The No. 11-ranked Salukis (3-1, 2-1) are off to their best start since opening the 2015 season at 5-1.

“It’s tough to go on the road in this league and win,” said SIU head coach Nick Hill, whose team was coming off a 38-14 home victory over No. 1 North Dakota State. “In the first half, our backs were against the wall and it didn’t go like you’d want to draw it up, but they just stuck together.”

After allowing 19 points and 146 first-half rushing yards, Southern’s defense allowed only a second-half field goal and limited the Penguins to 76 second-half yards on the ground.

“(Defensive coordinator Jason) Petrino did a great job,” Hill said. “We brought some pressures in the second half to get them into some more predictable down-and-distances. It’s about winning on first down — you get them in second-and-long, now you have a pretty good idea what they’re going to do.”

Full Recap (Southern Illinois) | Full Recap (Youngstown State) | Box Score
Stadium: Arnold D. Stambaugh
Location: Youngstown, Ohio
Attendance: 1901
Duration: 02:59

Salukis: Baker,Nic (139 PASS); Elliott,Romeir (97 RUSH); Lenoir,Landon (64 REC);

YSU: Waid, Mark (94 PASS); McLaughlin, Jaleel (124 RUSH); Ogletree, Andrew (33 REC);



Stambaugh Stadium
YSU, Youngstown, Mahoning County, Ohio, United States


Southern Illinois01310730
Youngstown State1270322