CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Sam Straub threw for four touchdowns and Southern Illinois ended a 12-game losing streak on the road with a 35-17 win over Southeast Missouri State on Saturday night in the 85th meeting between the teams.
Three of the touchdown passes came in the first half, two to Darrell James, who had six catches for 119 yards. James' 37-yard score with 57 seconds left in the half made it 28-10.
Straub, who was 13 of 29 for 206 yards, connected with Jacob Varble for a 6-yard score late in the third quarter to make it 35-10. The Southern Illinois defense forced four turnovers with Ryan Neal picking off a Jesse Hosket pass and recovering a fumble.
The Salukis (2-0) have won 10 of the last 12 meetings with the Redhawks (0-3) but trail the series 40-37-8.
Hosket was 20 of 38 for 166 yards and a touchdown but was picked off twice and sacked three times.
Duke dodged trouble in the short term when its starting quarterback went down.
The No. 18 Texas Longhorns travel to Kansas State Saturday with one thing on their minds: change. That idea sounds pretty good to Kansas State right now as well.
The schedule forces Michigan State to take a step back this week. If the Spartans want to remain in the rankings, they can't afford to take an even bigger step back.
South Carolina will be the next team to see if it can stop or at least slow Kentucky running back Benny Snell when the Gamecocks and Wildcats clash Saturday in Lexington, Ky.
Florida coach Dan Mullen understands he may get less than a welcoming reception when the Gators visit No. 23 Mississippi State on Saturday.
Two top-10 teams have not squared off at Notre Dame Stadium since 2005.
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