For the second week in a row, SIU football has a 21-7 lead at halftime.
The Saluki defense held South Dakota to 190 yards of offense and forced two Coyote interceptions.
Freshman safety Jeremy Chinn and redshirt freshman linebacker Airan Reed each got interceptions on USD’s first two drives.
This was Reed’s first career start and first interception.
Sophomore quarterback Sam Straub started in place of senior Josh Straughan, who is not injured but sitting out because of a “coach’s decision,” said John Lock, an SIU associate sports information director.
Straub has completed 11 of his 18 pass attempts for 220 yards and a touchdown.
The Salukis would get on the board first as Straub threw a seven-yard pard pass to junior fullback Hans Carmien that put SIU up 7-0.
In the opening drive of the second quarter, South Dakota junior quarterback Chris Streveler threw a 57-yard pass to junior reciever Alonge Brooks for a touchdown that would tie the score.
Brooks has caught three catches for 74 yards and a touchdown.
Junior running back Cameron Walter’s two touchdowns in the second quarter would give the Salukis a 14-point cushion going into the half.
SIU could possibly be up by more, but Walter fumbled the ball at the five-yard line just before halftime.
Sophomore receiver Darrell James has continued to be a big-play threat for SIU with three catches for 92 yards.
SIU will receive the opening kick of the second half.
Staff writer Jonathan Thompson can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @TheReal_Jt3.
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