The Indiana State football team will be hosting Southern Illinois on Saturday. The last time these two squads met up the Sycamores fell 23-14 to the Salukis in 2019.

SIU has a plethora of momentum as they will enter the contest with a 6-3 record and a 3-2 record on the road this season. They also lead the all-time series over Indiana State 29-28.

“They’re very explosive,” said head coach Curt Mallory. “They’re very active upfront. They just had eight sacks last game and they’re like that every week.”

Indiana State is coming off a bye week after a tough loss on the road to North Dakota State. The Sycamores home-field advantage should help them as they have a 3-1 home record thus far.

Southern Illinois is averaging ten more points per game than ISU. The Sycamores’ offense has only averaged 283 yards compared to SIU’s 365.

Southern Illinois has forced three more turnovers than ISU has committed. The Sycamores have surrendered 19-yards less than the Salukis this season.

The Sycamores have forced 13 turnovers which is the same number of turnovers Southern Illinois has caused.

Peterson Kerlegrand leads the Sycamores in rushing yards this season with 713 yards on 148 carries and five touchdowns. Southern Illinois’ run game ate up the ISU defense last season as they finished with 265 rushing yards in Terre Haute last season. Their leading rusher thus far is Donnavan Spencer. Spencer has only accumulated 366 yards on 67 carries with five touchdowns.

Anthony Thompson leads the Sycamore passing game with 1,134 yards and six touchdowns this season. Nic Baker leads the Salukis passing game with 2,442 passing yards and 22 touchdowns thus far into the season.

“Nic Baker does a tremendous job,” Mallory stated. “He’s accurate with a quick release. He knows how to win.”

The contest will take place at 1pm in Terre Haute at Memorial Stadium.