Painful Beginning

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CARBONDALE -- The Football Salukis played a nearly flawless first half, but could not make it hold up, losing their Missouri Valley opener 28-27 to Youngstown State.

Saluki senior quarterback Kory Faulkner was outstanding in the opening half, throwing for four touchdowns. After Faulkner's fourth touchdown though, Thomas Kinney missed the extra point.

SIU led 27-14 at the half, but that missed extra point wound up costing the Salukis dearly.

Neither team was able to do much offensively in the third quarter.

Youngstown State's senior quarterback Kurt Hess found Nate Adams for a 15-yard touchdown to cut it to 27-21.

The Penguins got the ball back and marched down the field capped by Hess' one-yard scoring pass to Carson Sharbaugh on fourth and goal. YSU hit its extra point to take a 28-27 lead with 1:50 to play.

With no timeouts, the Salukis were able to get into Penguins' territory, but MyCole Pruitt fumbled, and YSU recovered with 43 seconds left to seal it.

Pruitt suffered a knee injury on the play. The severity is not known at this point.

Faulkner finished with 419 total yards and those four first half touchdowns, but it was not enough.

The Salukis fall to 2-3 (0-1). Up next, a trip to South Dakota State next week.
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