Southern Illinois cruises to 55-3 win over Dayton
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Nic Baker threw for three touchdowns and FCS top-10 ranked Southern Illinois beat Dayton 55-3 on Saturday night.
Baker was 16-of-21 passing for 235 yards, including a 53-yard catch-and-run TD to Avante Cox. Cox and Landon Lenoir, who also had a TD, finished with 98 yards receiving each.
Javon Williams Jr. rushed for 123 yards on three carries, all in the first half. His total included a 73-yard run for the game’s first touchdown. Justin Strong added 75 yards, including a 12-yard score.
The Salukis (2-1) led 38-0 at halftime, outgaining the Flyers 438-89, including just 14 Dayton rushing yards. For the game, SIU outgained Dayton 658-218.
SIU’s Anthony Knighton was credited with a shared sack, giving him 23.5 for his career and a school record.
Sam Webster kicked a 38-yard field goal late in the third quarter, ensuring the Flyers’ 489th straight game without a shutout, extending their NCAA all-division record.
Jack Cook threw for 131 yards for Dayton (1-1).
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