CARBONDALE, Ill. — No. 1-ranked North Dakota State had its historic winning streak ended Saturday, Feb. 27, at Saluki Stadium.
Southern Illinois rolled to a decisive 38-14 victory, handing the Bison their first loss after 39 consecutive victories, which was an NCAA Division I FCS record. NDSU's previous loss was a 33-21 setback at South Dakota State on Nov. 4, 2017.
The Salukis scored the game's first 17 points Saturday and NDSU couldn't weren't to could the SIU lead into single digits after halftime. The Bison were limited to 268 yards on 45 plays, while the Salukis gained 443 yards on 73 plays. The Bison suffered their worst defeat since a 37-6 loss at Cal Poly during the 2005 season.
Below Forum writers Mike McFeely, Jeff Kolpack and Eric Peterson break down the Bison loss and Southern Illinois' dominating performance: