SPRINGFIELD, Mo — A chance to bounce back ended in a deeper hole for the Bears as they fell to Southern Illinois, 49-35.
The Salukis exploded in the second half, outscoring the Bears 28-14 in the final quarters to snap a six-game losing streak with the win.
Things started well for Missouri State as Peyton Huslig opened the scoring with a six-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead.
The Salukis would tie the game at seven, but Huslig responded with a four-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Murray to regain a seven point lead.
SIU would answer again, however, as Nigel Kilby hit Matt Desomer for a 35-yard touchdown to knot the game once again.
The game would stay tied into halftime with a 21-21 score.
In the second half, the Salukis took control.
Up 28-21, DJ Davis slipped through the Bears’ defense for a 14-yard touchdown run to go up 14 on Missouri State.
The Salukis followed that with a pick-six on Peyton Huslig after the quarterback was hit while throwing.
In the end, The Bears fell 49-35 for their second straight loss.
After the game, Head Coach Dave Steckel and the Bears said they need to take a long, hard look in the mirror.
“I don’t know what their mood is, but my mood is embarassment and dissapointment,” Steckel said. “We’ve got to look in the mirror and we’ve got to fix this so we can move on and move forward. We’ve got a stretch coming up here. Now, we’ve got to put our attention on how to figure out how to beat South Dakota State. I don’t really care what their attitude is, I know what mine is.”
“I think everybody on the team needs to take a look in the mirror and really figure out who they are and if they’re willing to play for us still,” Huslig said. “I know we are. I know for sure. I feel like we need to go home and take a look in the mirror.”