Football Travels to Southern for Season Finale
Courtesy: Western Illinois Athletics  
Release: Friday 11/13/2012
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DATE: Saturday, November 17
TIME: 2 p.m.
LOCATION: Carbondale, Illinois
STADIUM: Saluki Stadium
SURFACE: Field Turf
ALL-TIME SERIES: Western leads 34-19-4
LAST MEETING: @WIU 27, SIU 21 (10/1/11)

RADIO (Leatherneck Sports Network)
ANNOUNCERS: Beau Spencer/Mark Bloom

Macomb: WIUS 88.3 FM (Flagship)
Macomb: WJEQ 102.7 FM
Galesburg: WAIK 1590 AM
Quincy: WPWQ 106.7 FM
Clinton, Iowa: KCLN 1390 AM
Monroe City, Missouri: KWBZ 107.5 FM


ANNOUNCERS: Aaron Viner (PBP), Josh Gleason (analyst)

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Western Illinois looks to end the 2012 campaign on a positive note when it travels to Southern Illinois on Saturday... It's the season-finale for both programs... A win for Western would snap a five-game overall losing streak, and seven of the last eight... A Leatherneck victory would also end a five-game losing streak in Carbondale... Southern is looking to clinch a winning season for itself.

Mark Hendrickson is in third year as full-time head coach with a 13-21 record, and his 14th year with the Leatherneck Football program (18-31 overall record including parts of 2008/2009 season as acting head coach)... Dale Lennon owns a 34-23 record in his fifth year at Southern Illinois, and is 136-55 overall in 16 years as a head coach.

This marks the 58th overall meeting between the two programs... From 1984-2001 the Fighting Leathernecks won 18 consecutive games in the series... Southern rebounded to win nine straight, a streak that Western snapped at Hanson Field last year thanks to a last minute touchdown.


  • For the fifth time in the last seven years Western currently owns a winning record against non-conference competition.
  • When Western's running back lost a fumble during the fourth quarter of the Youngstown State game, it was the first coughed up by a back since the Indiana State game in 2010 (span of 30 games).
  • Following the Youngstown State game, for the second time this year, Western had two players finish with 10 or more tackles each (South Dakota). Jonathon Rollins recorded a career-high 14 stops while J.J. Raffelson matched a season-high of 13.
  • The Leathernecks moved up a spot to a tie for second nationally in redzone offense percentage. The touchdown during the Youngstown State game put Western at 94 percent overall (14-of-15).
  • With 15 interceptions this year (203 yds), Western currently stands in a tie for seventh nationally and one shy of the MVFC lead. The Leathernecks had eight all of last year for only 55 yards. That's the most since Western had 17 during the 2004 season. That total also ties Western for 10th place among the season 'Top 10' (2002 team).
  • Western also ranks 20th nationally in fewest penalty yards, averaging 44.7 yards per game.
  • Pat Smith is tied for 36th nationally in field goals made averaging 1.0 per game. His 10-for-10 accuracy is tops among all kickers at a 1.000 percentage. He now surpassed his previous two-year total. The junior kicker is up to 107 career points.
  • Martinez Davis ranks second nationally with his two interception returns for a touchdown. His five picks this year not only lead the team but tie him for seventh nationally.
  • David McDaniel moved into the 'Top 20' nationally following his fourth interception of the season. The fellow sophomore is tied for 18th nationally averaging 0.4 per game.
  • Redshirt-freshman J.J. Raffelson was one of 16 nationwide chosen to the initial Jerry Rice Award Watch List (National Freshman of the Year), as announced by the Sports Network. In the two revisions since, Raffelson remains on the list as one of 20 overall and one of five representatives from the Missouri Valley Football Conference... He's tied for 31st nationally in tackles per game, and the second-leading freshman tackler in the country.

Western has been opportunistic this season in recording interceptions... The Leathernecks got #15 last weekend against Youngstown State, thanks to David McDaniel's fourth on the year which helped set up a touchdown run... That ties for the 10th-most in program history, and the most since the 2004 team recorded 17 on the year... Martinez Davis leads the way with five picks (tied seventh nationally), including two for a score... McDaniel's four ranks next, followed by Theon Dixon, Luke Venegoni, Kieron James, Antoine Ford, Trey Garvey and Keith Enderlein have one apiece.

Southern Illinois is coming off its bye week heading into the season-finale... The Salukis rank 16th nationally in rushing defense (120.8 ypg), 18th in net punting (37.7) and 17th in punt returns (12.6)... Southern is 11th in sacks (3.0)... Lasteven McKinney stands 26th in punt returns averaging 8.5 yards... Kory Faulkner is 80th averaging 180 yards of total offense per game... Austin Pucylowski averages better than 40 yards per punt, good for 44th in the country... Jayson DiManche and Eze Obiora are tied for second in the Missouri Valley Football Conference and 21st nationally averaging 0.70 sacks per game.

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