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Cox, Southern Illinois knock off S. Dakota in FCS playoffs

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) Avante Cox had a career-high 10 receptions for 148 yards and a touchdown, Romeir Elliott scored on a 5-yard run midway through the fourth quarter and Southern Illinois beat South Dakota 22-10 on Saturday night in the first round of the FCS playoffs.

Southern Illinois improved to 4-3 all-time against the Coyotes. Despite both teams being in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the programs hadn't faced off since the Salukis won 48-28 at South Dakota in 2019.

The Salukis (8-4), ranked No. 23 in the FCS coaches poll, plays at third-ranked and No. 2 seed North Dakota State - another MVC member - next Saturday. Southern Illinois won its last meeting with the Bison 38-14 on Feb. 27, ending NDSU's 39-game win streak.

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Leaders
Passing Yards: C. Camp2252
Passing TDs: C. Camp17
Rushing Yards: N. Thomas717
Rushing TDs: T. Theis8
Receiving Yards: C. Bell673
Receiving TDs: C. Bell5
Interceptions: None 
Schedule 2021
Date Opponent Result / Time
9/3 at Kansas L 14 - 17
9/11 vs. Northern Arizona W 34 - 7
9/18 at Cal Poly W 48 - 14
9/25 at Missouri State L 23 - 31
10/2 vs. Indiana State W 38 - 10
10/9 vs. North Dakota W 20 - 13
10/16 at UNI W 34 - 21
10/23 vs. Illinois State L 14 - 20
11/6 at Western Illinois W 42 - 21
11/13 vs. South Dakota State W 23 - 20
11/20 at North Dakota State L 24 - 52
11/27 vs. Southern Illinois L 10 - 22
Missouri Valley
  Conference Overall
3 North Dakota State 7-1 10-1
12 Missouri State 6-2 8-4
21 Southern Illinois 6-3 8-4
11 South Dakota State 5-3 9-3
17 South Dakota 5-4 7-5
Northern Iowa 4-4 6-6
Indiana State 3-5 5-6
North Dakota 3-5 5-6
Western Illinois 2-6 2-9
Illinois State 2-6 4-7
Youngstown State 2-6 3-7
Offense (FCS Rank)
Yards: 4528 (29)
Passing Yards: 2480 (43)
Rushing Yards: 2048 (22)
Points per game: 27.0 (50)
Yards per game: 377.3 (44)
Touchdowns: 38 (40)
Field Goals: 13 (28)
Defense (FCS Rank)
Yards: 4127 (62)
Passing Yards: 2676 (84)
Rushing Yards: 1451 (36)
Points per game: 20.7 (23)
Yards per game: 343.9 (35)
Touchdowns: 29 (34)
Field Goals: 13 (99)
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