MACOMB, Ill. -- D.J. Davis and Javon Williams both had their career-high in rushing yards and Southern Illinois ran past Western Illinois 45-21 on Saturday.
Davis, who had 207 yards with two touchdowns, surpassed his previous high of 201 yards set last season against South Dakota State. Williams, a redshirt freshman, had 149 yards with three touchdowns, topping his previous best of 138 yards against UT Martin in September.
The Salukis piled up 388 yards on the ground and outgained the Leathernecks 580 yards to 315. Kare Lyles completed 12 of 18 passes for 144 yards for Southern Illinois (7-4, 5-2 Missouri Valley).
Connor Sampson completed 22 of 36 passes for 208 yards and three touchdowns for Western Illinois (1-10, 1-6).
SIU led just 10-7 at halftime but poured it on with three touchdowns in the third quarter to build a 31-7 lead and added two more scores in the fourth.
Late touchdown lifts Sam Houston State Bearkats past South Dakota State for first FCS title
Eric Schmid threw for three touchdowns, including a 10-yarder to Ife Adeyi with 16 seconds left, and Sam Houston State wrapped the longest and most unusual college football season with its first FCS title, beating top-seeded South Dakota State 23-21.
Sam Houston State's late TD gives them FCS title
Ife Adeyi hauls in the touchdown pass with 16 seconds remaining to give Sam Houston State the lead and the FCS title.
Davis dishes out monster stiff-arm on 85-yard South Dakota State TD
South Dakota State's Isaiah Davis dishes out the huge stiff-arm then takes off for the 85-yard touchdown.
Davis with some impressive moves for South Dakota State TD
South Dakota State running back Isaiah Davis tip-toes the sidelines and powers over the defense for 28-yard touchdown.
Schmid, Ezzard connect for second TD of first half
Eric Schmid finds Jequez Ezzard in the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown to give Sam Houston State a 14-7 lead.
Sam Houston State turns a short pass into a 35-yard TD
Jequez Ezzard catches a short pass and breaks free for a 35-yard touchdown.