CARBONDALE, Ill. — No. 1-ranked North Dakota State couldn't extend its historic streak to 40 consecutive victories on Saturday, Feb. 27, at Saluki Stadium before a COVID-restricted crowd of 2,400 fans.

Southern Illinois scored the game's first 17 points and rolled to a 38-14 victory against the Bison, halting an NCAA Division I FCS record winning streak of 39 consecutive games.

NDSU lost for the first time since a 33-21 loss at South Dakota State on Nov. 4, 2017. The Bison suffered their worst loss since a 37-6 defeat at Cal Poly in 2005.

“I’m really proud of everybody that’s involved in the program, starting with the players," said Southern Illinois head coach Nick Hill.

Below are the images Forum photographer David Samson captured from the history-making afternoon

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Southern Illinois' cornerback James Ceasar takes down North Dakota State quarterback Zeb Noland on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. David Samson / Forum News Service
Southern Illinois' cornerback James Ceasar takes down North Dakota State quarterback Zeb Noland on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. David Samson / Forum News Service

North Dakota State's defensive unit is dejected after giving up a touchdown against Southern Illinois in the fourth quarter on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. David Samson / Forum News Service
North Dakota State's defensive unit is dejected after giving up a touchdown against Southern Illinois in the fourth quarter on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. David Samson / Forum News Service


Southern Illinois' defensive tackle Keenan Agnew slams North Dakota State running back Kobe Johnson to the turf on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. David Samson / The Forum
Southern Illinois' defensive tackle Keenan Agnew slams North Dakota State running back Kobe Johnson to the turf on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. David Samson / The Forum

North Dakota State's quarterback Zeb Noland scores a touchdown over Southern Illinois defender Clayton Bush on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. David Samson / The Forum
North Dakota State's quarterback Zeb Noland scores a touchdown over Southern Illinois defender Clayton Bush on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. David Samson / The Forum

Southern Illinois' Jajuan Blankenship tracks down North Dakota State quarterback Cam Miller as Bryce Notree closes in to assist on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. David Samson / The Forum
Southern Illinois' Jajuan Blankenship tracks down North Dakota State quarterback Cam Miller as Bryce Notree closes in to assist on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. David Samson / The Forum

North Dakota State's Braylon Henderson (12) fumbles a return against Southern Illinois on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill.
David Samson / The Forum
North Dakota State's Braylon Henderson (12) fumbles a return against Southern Illinois on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. David Samson / The Forum

Southern Illinois' defensive tackle Keenan Agnew slams North Dakota State running back Kobe Johnson to the turf on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. David Samson / The Forum
Southern Illinois' defensive tackle Keenan Agnew slams North Dakota State running back Kobe Johnson to the turf on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. David Samson / The Forum

Southern Illinois' cornerback James Ceasar rushes from the edge past North Dakota State's Cody Mauch on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill.
David Samson / The Forum
Southern Illinois' cornerback James Ceasar rushes from the edge past North Dakota State's Cody Mauch on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. David Samson / The Forum

Southern Illinois' Southern Illinois' running back Romeir Elliott scampers down the NDSU sidelines on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill.
David Samson / The Forum
Southern Illinois' Southern Illinois' running back Romeir Elliott scampers down the NDSU sidelines on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. David Samson / The Forum

Southern Illinois' Jajuan Blankenship celebrates his tackle on North Dakota State quarterback Zeb Noland on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. David Samson / Forum News Service
Southern Illinois' Jajuan Blankenship celebrates his tackle on North Dakota State quarterback Zeb Noland on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. David Samson / Forum News Service

North Dakota State's Michael Tutsie tries to snare Southern Illinois' Justin Strong on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill.
David Samson / The Forum
North Dakota State's Michael Tutsie tries to snare Southern Illinois' Justin Strong on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. David Samson / The Forum

Southern Illinois' running back Javon Williams Jr. carries on a touchdown run against NDSU on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill.
David Samson / The Forum
Southern Illinois' running back Javon Williams Jr. carries on a touchdown run against NDSU on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. David Samson / The Forum

North Dakota State players leave the field after their loss to Southern Illinois on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill.
David Samson / Forum News Service
North Dakota State players leave the field after their loss to Southern Illinois on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. David Samson / Forum News Service

North Dakota State's Kobe Johnson goes airborne on a carry against Southern Illinois on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill.
David Samson / Forum News Service
North Dakota State's Kobe Johnson goes airborne on a carry against Southern Illinois on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. David Samson / Forum News Service

Southern Illinois quarterback Nic Baker has his helmet knocked off by North Dakota State's Josh Hayes on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. David Samson / Forum News Service
Southern Illinois quarterback Nic Baker has his helmet knocked off by North Dakota State's Josh Hayes on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. David Samson / Forum News Service

Southern Illinois running back Romeir Elliott powers into the end zone against North Dakota State on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. David Samson / Forum News Service
Southern Illinois running back Romeir Elliott powers into the end zone against North Dakota State on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. David Samson / Forum News Service

Southern Illinois wide receiver Avante Cox is taken down by North Dakota State's Michael Tutsie after a long pass reception on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. David Samson / Forum News Service
Southern Illinois wide receiver Avante Cox is taken down by North Dakota State's Michael Tutsie after a long pass reception on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. David Samson / Forum News Service