Baker guides Southern Illinois over Northern Illinois 14-11 for the first FCS-over-FBS result

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — Nic Baker and Ro Elliott each ran for a first-half touchdown and FCS-member Southern Illinois held on for a 14-11 victory over Northern Illinois on Saturday.

It was the second consecutive season SIU has beaten an FBS school — and the first FCS-over-FBS result this season.

Baker, who also passed for 148 yards, scored on an 8-yard run with 1:58 left in the first quarter to put the Salukis (2-0) up 7-0. Elliot pushed the lead to 14-0 early in the second quarter with a 10-yard scoring run.

Jake Seibert's 27-yard field goal pulled the Huskies (1-1) within 11 points at halftime.

The only scoring in the second half came 47 seconds into the final quarter when Rocky Lombardi connected with Kacper Rutkiewicz for a 62-yard touchdown and then converted the two-point pass to get the Huskies within three points. The TD completed a nine-play, 99-yard drive.

Baker competed 16-of-24 passes for Southern Illinois. Elliott finished with nine carries for 58 yards.

Lombardi completed 21-of-37 passes for 297 yards with two interceptions. Rutkiewicz finished with six catches for 139 yards.


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