CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — Nic Baker threw for 458 yards and three touchdowns, two in the fourth quarter to Izaiah Hartup, and Southern Illinois beat Southeast Missouri State 26-25 on Saturday night.
Trailing 25-13 with 12:37 to play, Baker connected with Hartup with a 15-yard touchdown pass that pulled Southern Illinois (3-0) to within 25-20 with 7:40 remaining. About six minutes later, SIU's Desman Hearns forced a Geno Hess fumble at the SEMO 47 and then Baker and Hartup connected on a 9-yard score with 11 seconds left.
Baker completed 37 of 51 passes. Vinson Davis III had eight receptions for 126 yards and a touchdown catch. Hartrup finished with seven catches for 94 yards.
Paxton DeLaurent was 26-of-46 passing for 251 yards and threw one touchdown pass for Southeast Missouri State (1-2). Hess had 23 carries for 99 yards rushing with a 9-yard touchdown run that put the Redhawks up 22-13 with 6:36 to play in the third quarter.
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